4.28.2013

My New Buffet

This dresser is the first piece of furniture I ever painted.  This is where it all began....what changed my curiosity to obsession!
  This piece came from my husband.  To give you a little history, we have only been married for two years.  We both came from previous marriages that were difficult.  Well, this dresser was given to him when he got married the first time.  Of course they had very little, and so his dear aunt gave him her old, junky dresser.  
I don't have any before pictures (because I never thought I would start a blog at this point), but I will tell you, it was GROSS!  The top was covered in stains and water damage.  None of the drawers slid well.  The outside was sticky from spills that were never wiped up.  My first thought when I saw this was "lets get rid of it!"  But there was something about it that kept me from doing so.  It had good bones, and I thought I saw some potential.  
After many hours of research, and many more hours on my knees painting and sanding, this is how it turned out:  I thought it was beautiful.  Everyone that saw it commented on it.  


These pictures were taken after we moved into our current home.  After many more painting projects!  Although I loved it, I was always on the lookout for something to replace it, something more fitting, more my style.



So when I came across this beauty on Craigslist I couldn't resist!  She was only $60!  Her two front legs were broken off, but I didn't care.  She is about 50 years old, and has all the original hardware!

The first thing I did when I got her home was wipe her down with vinegar.  This is my #1 RULE when ever I get something off Craigslist!  It not only cleans it, but it removes any odor from the furniture, including smoke.  
After that I reattached the broken legs with wood glue.  And, of course, I was too excited to get painting that I once again didn't take a before pic!  Sorry...I'll work on that!

This is her after two coats of my homemade chalk paint:  (I used Valspar's Polar White)
 I applied one more coat of paint before I sanded her and reattached the hardware.


 
Here is a close-up:



 Isn't she BEAUTIFUL?!!!
Here's a Side-By-Side Before and After:


Not a HUGE difference, they are both great, but the new one makes a much bolder statement!

Party Links:
Savvy Southern Style: Wow us Wednesday
Domestically Speaking: Power of Paint Party
Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday
The Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday

47 comments:

  1. Sooo lovely! I wish I could find furniture like that to re-love around here :) Polar White is one of my faves as well.

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  2. Thank you!! Its not often I find pieces like that here in AZ, so I got really lucky!

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  3. So creamy and beautiful! I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Oh, thank you SO much! Your blog is so inspiring!

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  4. WOW you are so AMAZING! Found you from the POPP Party!!

    Brooke
    http://startathome.blogspot.com

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  5. Found u through the party too! Great work! Lets exchange ideas!
    Http://www.soiledrotten.blogspot.com

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  6. She is a real beauty...what an awesome deal you got on her.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. I love love love the new buffet! But I am a sucker for buffets that style. I have one and I keep a collection of them on Pinterest. I just can't get enough of them. I'd love it if you linked it up at my weekly party on Monday - Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life.

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    1. Thank you! I'll definitely link it up!

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  8. It really is beautiful. You can be proud. I love her frenchy lines!

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  9. Love your new buffet! It is wonderful.

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  10. They are both super, but I really do love the new one. Such a pretty piece. Hugs, Marty

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    1. I love them both too! And I'm your newest follower, your blog is so fun!

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  11. Lovely!!! You did a great job, and you did the perfect amount of distressing. I need to get a little more aggressive with that. Thanks for being a great example for me to follow. :-)
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

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    1. Thank you so much! well, sometimes I go overboard with the distressing! haha

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  12. It's perfect! I love seeing the detail on the piece now, and you have it styled wonderfully. Just pinned this to my cottage inspiration board, and it's sure to be a favorite :)
    Cheers, Andrea

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    1. Oh, thank you! Its my favorite right now!

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  13. In love with your new buffet! Came across it on Pinterest. I'm looking for one just like it but haven't been lucky enough to find one yet. What a great find! :)

    Zorrie
    www.sugarandchic.com

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    1. Thanks Zorrie! Yeah, it took me awhile to find one! Keep lookin! k, so I just checked out your blog...I love your style! You are one talented lady!

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  14. Love the new buffet.. beautifully done.
    I'm your newest follower.. :o)

    -Tina (www.clutteredcorkboard.com)

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  15. This is beautiful. I want to do a painted dresser for our entry way. I am bookmarking this blog for ideas and inspiration. Thank you!

    Kristin @ Everyday Organizing

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  16. Love this! It is very inspiring and makes me want to paint the older furniture in my bedroom that I was thinking of giving away to give it new life. Can't wait to check out more of your projects. Happy SITS Day!

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  17. Stopping over from your SITS Day! That is truly amazing work Therena. So much patience in love went into that project and it is evident,

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  18. Wow! Great job Therena. Your patience and passion really come through in that piece.

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  19. What a great find...beautiful piece!
    debbie@tweakandstyle.com

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  20. Really nice pieces! I have tried painting a desk before and it turned out awful! You may have just inspired me to try again, however! :)

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  21. Pinning this! I have an old dresser from my college days that came from the second hand store that is still in our bedroom 20+ years later. It also has good bones. I'd love to do something like this with it! So glad that you're featured on SITS today...loving your blog!

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  22. Great job! Great blog! Visiting from SITS...

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  23. Your new one is beautiful and is a more powerful piece in the space, I agree. But I do love the first one. Good bones. Great way to put it. I hope it's having a wonderful life somewhere else.

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  24. Love it! I have something similar just sitting at home collecting dust. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  25. Very vintage-esque. I wish I liked to paint and redecorate on the level that you do. Hope you enjoy your SITS Day

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  26. Both beautiful pieces! You did a great job! I'm just getting into furniture redos myself. Love giving life to something on the verge of being tossed aside. Happy SITS day!

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  27. So pretty! I have a similar piece of furniture in my "furniture graveyard" just waiting to be given life anew. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  28. Wow! You are talented. There is an art to painting to get it to look good and girl you got it looking great! Visiting from SITS!

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  29. Great find and nice work on that! It looks wonderful :) One of your new SITStahs! - Sandra

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  30. That's a beautiful buffet! My mom's buffet is something she rescued from someone's garbage pile after a fire. She repainted it in a dark green color and the distress from the fire shows through. It's a great piece!

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  31. Wow what a great deal for only $60! Visiting from SITS!

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  32. I am not a DIY person, but I admire those who are able to create beautiful things around their homes. I love your buffet! That was a super idea - it's definitely inspirational.

    Happy SITS Day!

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  33. They both look really nice. I'm inspired by your paint color.

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  34. Lovely! I read so much about chalk paint - I have to find something to use it with! Hope you are having a great SITS day!

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  35. OMG that looks a lot like the one I just did! I also found mine on Craigslist for $200 and painted it white and antiqued it with paint I already had in my garage! Visiting from SITS.

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  36. I love it! It really lightens up the area and makes it seem so open. Awesome idea! And happy SITS day!!! New Google+ follower :)

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  37. Both of those are great! Happy SITS day, late :)

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