Vicki’s dining room got a pretty, ‘new’ buffet.
So you know that piece of furniture that you see in the store and just love, but it’s out of your price range? I’m sure everyone has gone through some kind of similar situation! We first saw this beautiful large buffet at the Habitat Restore, but with it’s high tag price…we just weren’t ready to pull the trigger and bring it home with us.
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Well the next time we went to the Restore (of course looking for some other piece) we saw this buffet again! This time, it was on sale though!!! Oh, we were so excited. First, that the buffet was still there and nobody snatched it. Second, that it was the right price for us!
It was a big piece and very pretty with it’s curved drawers and original hardware. Another plus, it was in great condition! We like having to do as little filling, sanding, and other prep-work as we have to!
One little trick we have learned from painting furniture is to label where your hardware goes on the furniture piece as your taking them off. Sometimes old hardware that have been on a piece for a long time have little indents that fit perfectly, therefore they should go back in the same place. So we took little plastic baggies and small stickers for labels. We labeled where the drawers were placed as well as the hardware that went with them.
Once everything was labeled it was a quick couple cracks to fill and sand, then it was ready for paint! (This is our favorite wood filler).
This piece was being painted for Vicki’s dining room so she decided to do a look we have done previously but both of us absolutely adore! It is a subtle French Country look. We painted the base coat with Annie Sloan’s ‘Old White’ and then created a color ‘wash’ using AS ‘French Linen’. Once the two coats of white are completely dry, the wash goes over the top and then is wiped back with a cloth. The color stays in the nooks and crannies of the piece.
We used a 3 part water to 1 part paint ratio for the ‘wash’. For more detail in creating a ‘wash’ see our post here.
Once the beautiful wash was on, all that was left was a sealer so the paint wouldn’t chip. Then we had to put everything back together.
Oh wait…but then we had to get it into the house! Yup, we had to clear out all of the dishes out of the cabinet that was originally there, then take that out to our workshop. Then this pretty piece was finally in it’s home!
Since it’s Christmas-time we decorated the buffet to fit in with the holidays. It will be used for all sorts of desserts for the big family gathering, so keeping the decor simple was a must. To see Vicki’s full dining room decorated for the holidays, go here!