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:


                                           










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 I will be editing to add links to parties.

20 comments:

  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.

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

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

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  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

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

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

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

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

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  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.

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  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!

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

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  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.

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

    Blessings,
    Linda

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

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  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.
    Judi

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

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

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  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.
    Peggy

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  19. This looks fantastic. Your glazing is great.

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