Opening Knight

By Cindy Collins, Owner, Designer at Romancing the Home at Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors in Buford, GA.

With so much American ingenuity and engineering in the mechanics of this Vintage Saginaw "Expand-O-Matic" buffet/table, it deserved only the best in makeovers.  With a laminate (yes, laminate!) top and table leaves, this piece required a durable finish that would hold up to the "moving parts" for the transiton from buffet-to-table using five self-stored, folding leaves.  Equally important to durability, color execution consistant with mid-century design had to be considered.  Flat Black with gold leaf trim was selected to maintain the intergrity of the piece.  After prepping the laminate surfaces with spray primer,  black paint was then sprayed over the entire cabinet interior, exterior and table leaves. The finish was buffed by hand to create a slight sheen on the surface.   A gold leaf pen was used to highlight and accent the trim.  Gold leaf wax was also applied to the original hardware.  Top coat in flat was applied to protect the finishes.

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesLittle Black Dress

Products Used

  • Plastic Primer by Rust-oleum in Black
  • Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint by Rust-oleum in Flat Black
  • Gold Leafing Pen by Krylon
  • Metallic Wax in Gold Leaf by Rub 'n Buff
  • General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat

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