Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dining room buffet

This is my find that I worked on during my week break from blogging.

I have been to the auction 4 different times to get buffets similar to this one.  Of course, I spent the whole day there finally to bid and lose to a vendor every time.  Well, I am always keeping an eye out on Craig's list.  I stumbled across this.  The lady was actually selling it with a table but I emailed and asked if she would be willing to do them separately.  Luckily, she said yes.  So, on the hottest day of the year, I borrowed my mom's blazer with no air conditioner, drove across town and brought it home for $100.  I never wanted to spend that much but seeing how I wasted 4 days at the auctions, I figure I saved somehow.

You can't tell from the photo but the top had to be refinished and I knew I would be painting it to match my table.  Initially, I wanted to stain the top a dark color but decided against it.  When I stripped the top, I really liked the bare wood/veneer.  I decided to just poly it.  For the body of the buffet.  I primed it with 3 coats, painted 2 coats of my heavy cream, distressed and glazed it, and applied my poly.  I took me a while because I like to sand in between every coat of primer, paint, and poly.  

Here it is:

This is a little close up

I'm so proud of how it turned out.  I have been working on expelling the musty smell old furniture tends to get.  I cleaned it out the Murphey's oil, aired it outside for 2 days, and finally filled all the drawers with tons of crumpled newspaper and activated carbon.  I am letting it set for a week with the carbon and newspaper.  I don't really smell anything but will still wait to make sure.

I plan on sharing this at:



Furniture Feature Fridays

 I will be editing to add links to parties.


  1. Gorgeous! You definitely saved over having to spend another 4 days at auction :)

    I am really liking the refinished tops with painted/distressed bottoms and yours is really well done.

  2. Great job! I love the contrast, I just finished my own side tables with the same idea.

  3. Love it! I have a similar buffet that I hope to get painted next week. Yours turned out great.
    Hugs, Sherry

  4. This looks great! Did you poly the white part? If you did what did you use? I just poly'd a desk I did and it turned a yellow color! YUCK

  5. I love it! What a gorgeous side board and you did a fantastic job at transforming it! Very nice indeed! take care, Maryann

  6. Oh, I just love this you did an amazing job. I like the two tones! Excellent and I bet you are super excited!

  7. Gorgeous! You did a fantastic job. I like the refinished top.

  8. I love it! I am so glad you left the wood top!

  9. It looks wonderful. I have an old-ish Ikea buffet that I stained cherry that may be getting a similar treatment to what you've done here. It looks like new! Found you through Show & Tell at My Romantic Home.

  10. I had to stop by because we both have refinished buffets at a couple of link parties! I love yours! I also did a cream bottom and I stained the top, AND I got it off Craigslist :) Uncanny!

  11. Your buffet turned out beautifully. I like the way you left the top wood and painted the rest. You did a great job!!

  12. You did an awesome job on the buffet! I like the contrast between the paint and the stain. I am stopping by from My Romantic Home.

  13. Her makeover looks soooo GOOD...congrats on finding this piece! Hop over and enter my GIVEAWAY…I think you will like it!


  14. Wow is that ever beautiful!! I love everything about it! I love that you left the top unpainted. What an absolutely gorgeous piece!!

  15. What a fabulous find. I think it was totally worth the $100.00 it has nice detail and you did a great job on it.
    I like how you left the top brown as well...very nice.
    thank you for sharing
    have a wonderful day
    and come by and visit some time.

  16. It's beautiful, a completely different buffet! I bet the lady's kicking herself for selling it now.

  17. Just saw your buffet on MMS and it looks great! No one would ever know you only spent $100 now!

  18. Hi
    Your buffet is just beautiful. The smell will go away with a little dish of baking soda in each drawer. Hope that helps.

  19. This looks fantastic. Your glazing is great.


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