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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Buffet Reveal

On Thursday, I told y'all all about my blunders with the "blasted" buffet.  First of all, I have to send out a huge "Thank you!!" to Shari from Turnstyle Vogue Design and Styling for giving me a much needed "subtle" challenge (works on me every time) and kick in the boo-tay to get this buffet completed.  I probably would have talked myself out of ever tackling it, if she hadn't given me a little nudge.

A little background on this particular piece...

I had initially found a buffet (late 20s) that I adored on Craigslist.  Unfortunately, it was also 2 1/2 hours away and the hubs vetoed it.    The buffet I wanted was a measly $20 because it had some veneer damage (very similar to the one you just redid, Shari), but taking our one ton Dodge to get it would have cost quite a bit in fuel (This was back when gas was hovering around $3.75/gal.)  The hubs reasoned that I could spend $100 on one closer and still spend less than I would spend getting the one I wanted.  Made total sense.  So, that night I sat down on Craigslist and found one that was being sold for exactly $100 and was two hours closer.

The seller did not have pictures posted and I have to admit that I was really disappointed when I got there.  It was definitely not what I had in pictured when he told me it was late 1920s, early 1930s.  Obviously, it was no where close to that old.  The veneer was literally buckling off in huge waves.  It was pitted, chipped, and scratched.  Hinges were falling off due to stripped screw holes.  Knobs were broken off.  Basically the only thing it had going for it was that it had really good bones.  It will be the first and last time I ever go to buy a piece of furniture to refurbish that doesn't have a picture with the ad.

These pictures really don't convey how bad of shape it was in...


Well, being I had just drove 30 minutes and I was determined to have a buffet, I bought it.  I did talk him down to $60 from his original asking price once I pointed out all of it's issues.  My bull headed nature does tend to get me in trouble sometimes, but its also that nature that drives me to tackle things and get them done. Or, at least that's what I tell myself.  ;)





By the time I got home, I knew I had really bitten off more than I thought I could chew.  Of course, I wasn't about to admit that to anyone (Anyone = The Hubs).  So, once we moved it on to the back porch, it has sat there mocking me every time I've come in the back door - for the last 2 months.

Finally, last Wednesday I decided I was going to attack the beast.  I didn't know how I was going to do it, but I was going to get it done. I knew that there was no way in the world the hubs would let me buy another piece of furniture of that size to refurbish if I didn't get that one done.  Plus, Shari's little challenge of "Looks great!  Now how 'bout that buffet?!  Lol." on Wednesday's foyer table reveal really made me decide to tackle the stinkin' thing.  ;)

So, I spent all day Wednesday taking off all the veneer.  Wouldn't you know that the veneer on the doors and drawers were all able to be pulled off by hand, while the top of it fought me like no tomorrow.


  I hated that buffet.  Thursday was spent sanding the little bugger and filling in all the holes and gouges with wood putty.And that evening was spent with the hubs applying paintable wall paper to her doors and drawers.  THANK YOU, DEAR!  Friday morning, I did the finish sanding and went shopping for the paint and knobs.  


  By Friday afternoon, I had her primed and sitting with fans blowing on her from every direction (Patience is not one of my virtues)...


And by midnight I had one coat of paint on...



Saturday morning, I touched up all the spots where I could see the primer through the paint and let that sit all day.  I didn't want heavy coverage since I knew I was going to add some distressing.  By that evening, I was ready to start glazing. (Sorry I didn't get pictures of that part.  I was really intent on getting that far and not screwing the entire thing up.)

Once I got the glaze on the first door, I realized that the "Stone Slate" I wanted to use was too light.  It didn't make the detailing pop like I had envisioned.  Thankfully, I had some "Tall Cattail" on hand and it totally rocked!  Thank the Lord for small favors!  Unfortunately, the glaze really clashed with the knobs I had picked out.  Boo!  After putting on three coats of polycrylic over a nine hour time period (I swear I hardly slept), all she needed was different knobs.

This brings us to Sunday...  As we headed to Noah's last football game of the season, we swung into Menard's where I agonized for a good 45 minutes over the perfect knobs.  For once, the hubs was the one tapping his foot impatiently while I declared one set of knobs perfect, before putting them back when I spied something else.  LOL!  I think I finally decided on the 1000th set of knobs that I picked up after picking up a hundred other kinds and then putting them back.  I'm sure I looked like I had some kind of split personality issue going on:  

"I've found them!"  

"No, I haven't."  

"Oh!  These are it!"  

"No, they're not."

"Finally!  These are it."

"Wait!  What about these?"

After suffering through an hour of football where my son's team got completely pounded by a team that broke every YSF rule out there - and watching as my son got clotheslined repeatedly causing him to come off the field once when he couldn't breath due to a blow to the neck (Ever wanted to hurt someone else's kid????) - we finally came home and put the finishing touches on my beauty - namely, putting in the drawers, putting on the doors, and adding the knobs.

That's right.  I said, beauty.  Did you catch that?  I tamed the beast!  :)

And now donning a lovely "Covington Blue" by Benjamin Moore and glazed with "Tall Cattail",  please allow me the pleasure of introducing you to my beautiful new-to-me buffet...




And I got the hugest compliment ever from the hubs...

"Would you consider selling it?"

Ummmm...  He got a "No Way!" accompanied with a "Have you lost your ever-lovin' mind?" look.  LOL!

So, here's a quick recap:


Now I have my husband's full support in redoing any furniture that I want.  :)  He's even talking about accompanying me to some auctions.   Annnnnndddddd...  Turning the barn into a workshop where I can work all through the winter!!!  SCORE!


I must say that the pictures don't even begin to do her justice.  I love how she's distressed and aged in all the right places.  I adore her color.  And the knobs are just the right touch.  I chose right!  Its funny how one piece of furniture can motivate you to complete an entire room.  Now I've got to get a move on to get the diva's room done, so I can start working on the dining room (How many times have I said that in 3 months???).  She's just too pretty in that shabby (not in a good way) room.



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43 comments:

Shari said...

Looks wonderful!! Give yoursellf a big pat on the back for that one. And You scored a workshop out of it. Bonus!

cynthia at TheDailyBasics said...

I am loving this SO much. Well done! Now, what is tall cattail and is the relief on the drawers wallpaper glazed over? It looks amazing! I have a few pieces to do over and you have inspired me! Thankx!

Laura @ Our Prairie Home said...

Hopefully you get this, as I could not find a way to respond to you personally. :) The relief is paintable wallpaper that has been technique glazed. The paint I added to the glaze was "Tall Cattail" by Pittsburgh Paints from their Nature Collection. Glad it was inspiration for you! :) The paintable wallpaper is a great way to cover low grade wood that is typically under damaged veneer.

Tanya said...

OOOHHHH, I LOVE IT! It turned out wonderful :) So pretty. I love that color. Man, I need to find an old dresser or buffet to make over!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

You are funny! I love it! The knobs look great and the distressing is amazing on all of that detail:)

Nicole said...

I have a story (or two...) just like that. I seriously have a buffet and a bar on my patio that I keep putting off for the same reason. lol. Live and learn my friend, live and learn. I was thinking of using paper or fabric, love the wall paper idea. Where'd you get it? Thanks for the kick in the butt I needed. ;)

Following you now!

love letters to e and g said...

I love the paint able wallpaper idea...i am always looking for inventive ways to give texture to a piece...came out amazing!!!

Renee said...

I love it, the color is amazing! I have been on a mission for over a year to find the perfect buffet, but haven't found it yet.

Cynthia said...

Absolutely gorgeous! The paintable wallpaper definitely was a nice touch!

whimsicalperspective said...

Love the wall paper touch! I have had an experience before with a rough piece. Well done!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful job! the color and the paper are awesome!

goddessof4 said...

Looks great!!!!!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

turned out beautiful, love the embossed paper and would love to feature it. Please let me know if it would be ok with you.

Our Beaten Path said...

WOW~ Great job! It's beautiful! I think maybe just maybe I may be inspired to try such a project. :)

Kammy Wielenga said...

Absolutely STUNNING!!! Thanks for this awesome idea! Would be tickled pink if you'd share this over at Trash to Treasure Tuesdays on the Korner! :) http://kammyskorner.blogspot.com/2011/10/trash-to-treasure-tuesday-link-party-2.html

Shannon@FoxHollowCottage said...

Laura, Sorry it took me so long to get over here and catch up. OMG lady. I love it. You did tame that beast and turn her into a B~eauty!!! You KNOW I love the color. The wall papered fronts are so pretty, the texture is perfection. I am going to share on my fb wall. Big hugs, SHAN ;)

Deborah March said...

OmiGOSH, what a FABULOUS transformation!

Gretchen said...

Incredible! Amazing! Beautiful! etc., etc. Wowser di that turn out great. Well done and tenacity, stubborness, and indecision were surely your friends through this makeover.
I think you've found your calling girl...
Gretchen

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

AHHH-mazin'!

nuthin' left to say!

amy

~ Tami @ Curb Alert! said...

Gorgeous! Such a beautiful job. I am your newest follower, would love for you to check out CurbAlert! and follow along as well, although it's not nearly as classy as what you have here! Well done!
~Tami

Katie Franck said...

wow!! I just stumbled onto your blog & the cabinet is beautiful!!!! I'm definitely going to follow you...if you have time please come & check me out..(not literally..you know what I mean :)

Kammy Wielenga said...

of COURSE I had to feature this today on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday!! :) Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your awesome buffet with the rest of us out here in blogland! (you can grab an "I was featured" button if you'd like!)

Butterbean Row said...

Laura,

I happened upon your blog and i am so glad! You are one clever lady! I love your idea of using paintable wallpaper to cover up flaws. It turned out beautiful!

♥charlotte

DZgrace said...

Absolutely beautiful !! I have a buffet that I took off someone's hands, before it went to the dump, & was trying to figure out what I was going to do with it. Where did you get the paintable wallpaper at? That's just genius to use that wallpaper...I NEVER would've thought to do that. Now you have me all jazzed up & excited to tackle my buffet.
I, too, am a new follower :)

Steph @ Birdhouse said...

This is such a great idea! It looks gorgeous! I'm pinning it for future inspiration.

Danielle Andrew said...

I LOVE it! Great story, felt like I was right there living the adventure with you. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lindsay said...

Wow! This is fantastic i love the front of the drawers how did you do that? It turned out great!

myomyohi said...

You did an awesome job. Very inspiring!

P.j. said...

Not sure I had discovered you way back in Nov., but this piece turned out fabulous! The color, anaglypta wallcovering, & antiquing glaze worked out SO well! I've seen this technique used on other pieces, but yours is the best!! So much better than fixing veneer or just painting damaged furniture! You proved that any ugly old piece can be transformed, no matter how hopeless it was before.

Melissa Aldana said...

Wow my brain shifted a little I can't wait to try this idea

Jennifer said...

Laura, you are awesome! ! ! I have spent hours trying to figure out what to do with a dresser, and this is perfect, perfect, perfect. Is there a certain name for that wallpaper? And , If I put it on front of drawers, I have a dark walnut? spray paint I was going to paint everything with. What could I rub on top to keep it from being "meh" ? Would the wax thing work and how do you do it? Where do you get it? I know nothing. I just moved my Mom who was 12 hours away to an assisted living area near me. No furniture in her new place . . . . . So....... I bought a bed, got two side table dressers, and a little dining table , but dying to fix up this dresser a friend donated to the cause.. . . . . It's been sitting on porch for a month looking pitiful. Hubs not impressed. Never tried to redo any piece of furniture ever. You are my inspiration........ Any ideas? Jennifer

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Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

What determination! Found you from a pin on Pinterest. I'm impressed with the time you put in, but it was well worth it! Did you use wallpaper paste or Mod Podge to glue the paper to the drawers? It really is amazing!

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Dazia said...

This looks amazing!

Question. I don't understand how you went from pictures of the wallpaper painted one colour, to the finished product where it's blue with tea stain tiny. I don't know how I'd manage that without painting outside of the lines?

BeginnersMind said...

WOW! I can't find a flaw anywhere, and I can be quite the perfectionist, if I'm not careful. The most amazing thing about this is how you got the pattern of the wallpaper to line up with where the knobs go and that the wallpaper pattern fit the piece so well. I can measure something five times and come up with a different number every time. I'm planning on doing the painted textured wallpaper thing with a filing cabinet, but I might do a dresser now that I've seen this. I don't know how much luck I will have with you being able to answer my question(s), considering that this post is almost two and a half years old, but here goes: Okay, so I saw that you wrote that you used paint (or "glaze"--?: "Tall Cattail", followed by three coats of "polycrylic" over a nine hour period, [Then, you said, "Covington Blue" by Benjamin Moore (paint, I would guess)and glazed with "Tall Cattail".] So, is the "glaze" what gives it the darker overlay, tea-stained look that makes the shadows pop? Besides all of this, what I really, really want to know is what the pattern of textured wallpaper is called. I'm really not trying to be obnoxious and copy this exactly. The color is almost what I want (an antiqued Tiffany Blue kind of color; I know pictures will not always give a fair idea of what it really looks like in person). It's more that I'm looking for a really specific tutorial on exactly how to do this, especially in applying the wallpaper. The pattern I fell in love with is only available in Ireland! : ( The one you used goes better with the rug that will be in the same room, however.

Your Hubs is right, I hope you're selling these now! Inspiring.

Thanks so much!
: )

Anonymous said...

What did you use to apy wall paper to drawers so it sticks good enough not to pull off when u open drawers?

princessmommys said...

What did you use to glue the wallpaper? This looks great!

princessmommys said...

I am in process of re-doing an old cabinet into a fish stand.

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