When we first mentioned this to our friend Karen (the one who I still owe big time for helping me strip off the ugly army green paint), she said that we should consider using Milk Paint to finish the buffet. After a bit of research I am super excited to play with the stuff.
Apparently, it is an old school formulation used to achieve a distressed look. While we have never really gravitated toward a shabby chic style, I love the look of distressed furniture. Done well, it can have a lived in quality that is still very high end.
I have been researching the basics of the application on one of my favorite sites, Design Sponge, and while it is going to be a bit more labor intensive, I think that we will be thrilled with the results.
Bonus detail: milk paint is all natural, free of harmful chemicals and noxious odors!