Watch my buffet makeover with faded blue colors and a CROSS HATCHING technique. This is such an easy furniture painting technique that gives the piece a vintage or coastal vibe. See how painting a buffet with Fusion Mineral paint and a cross hatch technique can transform any piece of furniture from drab to fab.
Ever heard of cross hatching art? I’ve wanted to try this technique on a painted piece of furniture for a while now. It gives the wood lots of dimension and makes it look like it has real texture. I love it!
If you follow along with all my blog shenanigans you know that I recently tried to strip the stain and finish off of this buffet with Easy Off Oven cleaner. Needless to say I was not successful.
I’ve used the Oven Cleaner stripping method in the past with success, just not this time.
So back to square one on this buffet makeover.
I knew I was going to use paint of some sort, I just didn’t know what color or what finish. Then I had an aha moment!
Many moons ago I used this cross hatch technique on an old mirror and loved it. I thought why don’t I try it on a larger scale and makeover the buffet with this cool technique?
I’m also trying something new today; Fusion Mineral Paint!
I’ve heard for years about how awesome this paint is and I’m finally giving it a try on this project.
Let’s get back to cross hatching.
What is cross hatching technique?
Normally cross hatching technique is used by artists who use mediums that do not allow blending to create different shading effects. When these lines are crossed by others, the process is known as cross-hatching.
This technique is normally used with pens and pencils, but I’ve decided to use it with paint today on this buffet makeover to give it a textured look. Some folks would call this “blue jean painting,” especially since I’m using different shades of blue and gray.
Using Fusion Mineral paint
Since the buffet was previously stripped of sealer, I made sure to use a good primer for furniture to seal the tannins and previous stain so it wouldn’t cause any bleed through.
You might be wondering why I’m using primer when Fusion Mineral paint says it doesn’t require primer. That is a loaded question and your best bet is to check out this post about why you need to prime furniture before painting.
In a nutshell, primer is used for so much more than allowing the paint to stick to the surface. Like I said a few sentences ago, I needed to make sure the previous stains wouldn’t “bleed through” the Fusion Mineral Paint.
First we need to gather supplies.
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Materials for the buffet makeover
- 2″ chip brushes
- Primer (not necessary but suggested)
- Synthetic paint brush
- Drop cloth
- Fusion Mineral paint: Blue Pine, Paisley, Raw Silk, Metallic Vintage Gold, Putty
- Small paint brushes
Painting a wood buffet with Fusion Mineral paint in a cross hatching technique
You’ve seen the picture above of what the buffet looked like after I used the oven cleaner/stripper. It’s basically the same as the “before” photo.
The first thing I did was paint one coat of primer over the entire buffet to ensure that the previous finish would not bleed through.
It doesn’t look pretty, but it’s not supposed to…not yet at least.
Next I gathered supplies to begin the cross hatch technique.
I wish I could share lots of in process photos here but I was too busy shooting a YouTube video to focus on snapping a few pics. Sharing a video is more instructional than photos anyways right? Sorry about that guys.
Definitely watch the entire process of this video to see how easy it was to create a lovely coastal vibe to this dark and drab buffet. I love the look now!
Buffet Makeover with cross hatching technique
Here she is in all her glory. I have to say I’m pleased.
Like I mentioned in the video, I originally intended on creating more of an Ombre finish. That being said, I’m ok with how it turned out! I think to get more of that Ombre look I should have chosen colors that contrasted more.
I love the texture that this technique creates. It really does look like a pair of blue jeans doesn’t it?
I see a few spots that I was a little “heavy handed” with the paint brush, but I think the inconsistency of the paint makes it more authentic. That’s what I tell myself at least, LOL.
You see that lovely faux slate wall in the mirror? That was an easy project that didn’t require a wet saw! I love how the dark wall contrasts with my new light blue piece of furniture.
I think the gold accents the buffet really well. I even used a thin paintbrush and highlighted some of the curves in the buffet with gold metallic paint. That leads me to thinking…should I paint that mirror in the same gold color? #alwaysaproject
Here is a better close up view of the top of the buffet.
Like I said, this finish doesn’t look “perfect” but that wasn’t the vibe I was going for.
What do you think? My goal is that I’ve explained this furniture technique as something you could replicate on your own piece.
As always, thanks for following guys,
Sunday 9th of October 2022
I have an entry table that I am willing to paint it with your technique. It’s mostly wooden but has some metal parts too. Can I paint the whole table with the same paints and technique? Thank you
Monday 10th of October 2022
Yes just make sure to prime the metal and wood with at least two coats of a good primer before you begin painting.
Thursday 3rd of February 2022
Hey Lindsey, I didn't know you had a you tube channel but I will start following you there. I'm more of a visual learner. It turned out really good
Friday 28th of January 2022
I like it and I think the mirror would look great in gold!
Saturday 29th of January 2022
That's funny you said that because I've been thinking that exact same thing!
Friday 28th of January 2022
Years ago I had a furniture stripping and refinishing shop where we stripped furniture in a tank, then used oil-based stains and polyurethane to finish the projects. We wore respirator masks, but the fumes were still potent, and to this day, I cannot work with anything oil based. I like the look you have achieved with this process. Hopefully the products you are using are water-based! :-)
Saturday 29th of January 2022
Thank you! Yes I generally don't use oil based products unless I have to.