Monday, August 2, 2010

Buffet Refinished

Edited on January 22, 2011:  I'm adding to Perfectly Imperfect's Furniture Style Feature.  Go here to check out the other makeovers.


I decided to join Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday. Check out the other great re-dos here.Furniture Feature Fridays
I'm also linking to Style Feature Saturday at Perfectly Imperfect. I love what Shaunna does.
You have to check out all the lovely inspiration on Metamorphosis Monday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. I've linked this post here as well.

About a month ago we found this dresser/buffet at a garage sale around the corner from our house. It was beautiful and massive. The lady came down from $25 to $20 on it and even drove it over to our house in her truck. There was no way it would fit in my Jeep Liberty. And is this baby heavy!

I have dreamed of having a buffet like this but unfortunately it won't be a permanent resident. I have NO space for it. It is 70 inches long, 33 inches high and 20 inches deep. Much larger than the average dresser.

All of the pulls were still on it and in great shape so I decided to reuse them. It also has a few decorative medallions on the front which I didn't think should be painted as they would make the little door pull look funny.
There are two drawers behind the double doors in the middle. (Sorry I forgot a pic of that.)
I wanted to try the spray paint method as it seems to be popular. So we bought 4 cans of Antique White Rustoleum. After cleaning it with a deglosser and taping and papering off the drawer insides, I got to work.

This was not a good decision for two reasons: I have arthritis and it killed my hands pushing the sprayer and waving the can over the furniture, and I hate the way it covered. I could still see spray marks even after three coats and Husband giving it a go.
So we went back to Home Depot and picked up a gallon of Glidden in Elegant Lace, eggshell finish.
Then I brushed one coat on the dresser and the drawers. Sooooo much better! After it dried 24 hours I used sandpaper and distressed the edges. It had a lot of wear and tear, especially around the legs so there was no way I would be able to leave in un-distressed. I rubbed the whole girl down with lemon/beeswax oil. Then back went the pulls.

What do you think? I think it looks slightly French, very sweet. As I said, however, she can't move in. And she's too sweet to go with Daughter's 20 year old BF for his first apartment. She is for sale. But you will have to come visit sunny Central California to pick her up. I'll serve tea and scones on real china should you stop by.
Thanks for checking in on me.

Edited: I'm linking to Before and After at Debbiedoos. Check out the other links.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The piece turned out gorgeous. If I was in Calif and had a place for it , it definitley would be mine. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

I love this piece! I am having a before and after party starting tomorrow...I sure hope to see this piece is awesome!

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Oh, this turned out just beautiful! If I were in CA I would be over to buy it!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh it's gorgeous!! You did an amazing job!! Thanks for your visit today!

Ellie said...

So pretty! I love it! Stopping by from Debbiedoos.

Pam said...

That is a gorgeous buffet. HUGE, but gorgeous. Good job on the paint.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great eye to see a diamond in the ruff and and keeping the medallions, i think I would have made a mistake and painted them also. have you ever tried a little plastic device that clips onto any paint can and makes it a pull handle instead of a push. It's cheap plastic and really inexpensive, but what a hand saver!

Grreat Job!


Sandi (Meme) said...

Oh wow, I think I want to paint mine now. I love how it turned out! Have a great week! Sandi

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Stopping by from debbiedoos! Love how it turned out! I am working on a triple dresser right now, too. Great price for sure!

Sherrie said...

Hello Jeannine,

Love the work! Beautiful!
I have RA but determined to use spray paint on some items I found a grip handle that attaches to the top of spray cans. When the can is empty pop the handle off and use it on the next can. I found these handles to be an answer to my prayers. You can find them at Lowes and Home Depot. Not sure what they are called they usually have them right by the spray paint.
Thanks for sharing your beauty!

Cindy said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I wish I lived close and needed it, it is wonderful!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Gorgeous! I love your creamy transformation!

Vivre Le Jour said...

Bravo! Great buffet, too bad she has to move on. I would like to try this, but have no free space for another piece in my tiny house. Maybe I can get rid of....the lazyboy?!

Kara said...

that piece is huge! But it sure is pretty!
great job.

Shelia said...

Wow! What a piece! I love how it turned out. If I lived closer I could take this off your tiny hands.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debbie Moore said...

You did an awesome job on this piece. It looks fabulous!

Atticmag said...

The piece is a great "investment" and with your hard work it should find a happy home. You going ebay?
Jane F.

the cape on the corner said...

that is so great-both your redo and the piece. i would kill for that length in a dresser i am searching for. can't pick this beauty up from PA, tho, unless we go all out and vacation, lol!

stopping by from FFF

Shaunna said...

This is SUCH a beautiful piece! What a find! You did a great job...and I think adding the top coat of Glidden was a perfect choice! -shaunna :)

Jen said...

I think I would be moving stuff out just so I could keep it!
It's beautiful!

Shaunna said...

Yep, I remember this one....beautiful! Thanks for linking it to SFS again! -shaunna :)