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Painted Buffet Table

By: Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook
Suzanne Cook

Suzanne Cook’s artistic journey started at the young age of six when she won her school’s art competition.  And, the rest is history.  Her love and passion for art made her design career a foregone conclusion and she has never looked back. Suzanne refined her talent at the University of Georgia where she received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1987. 

From her work to her hobbies and her day-to-day life, everything that is Suzanne is art… Her house is filled with an extensive folk art collection as well as art by herself, her husband and daughter, who both are professional artist.

Suzanne is has a reputation for creating art with a positive, whimsical spin that is always colorful and inspiring. Her dreams really did come true when she was able to become one of Plaid’s Design Inspiration Designers!

A Georgia native, Suzanne lives in Suwanee with her husband

Use FolkArt Milk Paint to transform an unfinished buffet table into a home decor must-have.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Tools - Sanding Foam Block
Item #34912
Use with FolkArt Home Decor Chalk to create a perfectly distressed look. Sanding block can be used multiple times. Just rinse and reuse.


FolkArt ® Milk Paint™ - Plymouth Rock, 6.8 oz.
Item #38936
Plymouth Rock is a dark, steely gray shade that works well as a contemporary neutral. FolkArt Milk Paint is a casein based paint that dries to an opaque, matte finish. This centuries old paint tradition has been updated for contemporary applications and is ideal for use on use on raw wood. FolkArt Milk Paint comes premixed, and brushes on like a stain, but dries to a flat finish. Whether you’re going for farmhouse chic or a modern update, FolkArt Milk Paint is a versatile and beautiful option.


FolkArt ® Milk Paint™ Finishing Oil, 3.7 oz.
Item #38938
Used over FolkArt Milk paint, this finishing oil offers exceptional protection from the inside out. Non-toxic and solvent-free, the oil is absorbed into porous surfaces and provides a durable finish. It penetrates the surface to form a final coat of protection without leaving a film that will chip or scratch. Great for raw, stained, or Milk-painted wood, this finishing oil is mineral based and cleans up easily with soap and water.


FolkArt ® Milk Paint™ Brush, 2"
Item #38999
This 2” brush is specially designed for use with Folk Art Milk Paint and makes application a breeze. With its large brush area and easy-to-grip handle, this flag-tipped, rounded-bristle brush helps ensure a smooth, streak free finish. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor projects, this high grade brush is reusable and cleans up easily with soap and water. These brushes continue the quality and ingenuity of the Folk Art Milk Paint line.


Other Supplies
Brush Basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam bowls and plates for palettes
Lint-free cotton cloth
Craft knife
Medium or fine grit sandpaper
Tack cloth
Unfinished wood buffet-style console cabinet


  1. Wipe down the unfinished wood console cabinet to remove dust. Remove decorative knobs and set aside. Lightly sand all surfaces to create a smooth surface as well as open the wood pores before painting.
  2. Pour a small amount of Folk Art Milk Paint Plymouth Rock into a foam bowl.
  3. Using the 2" FolkArt Milk Paint paintbrush, apply an even coat of Plymouth Rock to the entire console cabinet. Let dry 30 minutes.
  4. When dry, apply a second coat of Plymouth Rock. Allow to dry again.
  5. Using the Sanding Foam Block or medium grit sandpaper, lightly sand the edges of the console cabinet as well as areas that normally would be worn overtime to achieve a slightly distressed effect.
  6. Use a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
  7. Working a section at a time, brush on a light application of FolkArt Milk Paint Finishing Oil to the entire cabinet.
  8. While Finishing Oil is still penetrating the surface, lightly sand the surface with fine-grit sandpaper to achieve a velvety smooth finish.
  9. Replace decorative knobs. Allow completed project to cure prior to using.

NOTE: FolkArt Finishing Oil will take 30 days to completely penetrate and cure the Milk Paint painted unfinished surface. It is important to allow the surface to completely cure prior to placing decorative items on it.

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