Buffet in Gray

These long leg buffets are some of my favorite pieces for a dining or living space.  They are functional and pretty at the same time.

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As you can see though, this one didn’t start out quite so pretty.  The buffet was part of an estate sale and while very solid, the tired finish was worn and scratched.  It seemed like a great candidate for a makeover.

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I opted to go with Country Chic Paint’s Cobblestone, a medium gray.   I painted on two coats and once both were dry, sanded the entire piece with fine grit sandpaper.  The sanding gave the flat surfaces a very smooth feel and highlighted the details of the piece.  I finished the piece with two coats of clear wax followed by a gentle buffing.  I next turned my attention to the hardware.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I try to keep original hardware whenever possible.  In this case the brass pulls were fine, just quite tarnished as you can see in the above photo.  I cleaned them up with a little Brasso and love how the shiny brass pairs with the warm gray paint.

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Finally, how about those doors?!  Would you believe that I found them curbside?  I happened to be driving by a local museum (founded in 1890!) and they were putting these, along with a number of other items, on the curb!  They told me they needed to purge some items from the museum and if I’d like to have the doors they would be glad to load them for me.   Of course I wanted them!  I was thrilled to bring them home and knew exactly where I wanted to put them.  They are incredibly heavy and at 72 inches when together, quite wide.  They fit nicely on one of my dining room walls which is where I took the above photos.  I plan to either put another buffet in front of them or perhaps a banquet to go with my dining table.  The museum also gave me a large number of beautiful wooden curtain rods along with wooden rings and the most gorgeous turned finials you’ve ever seen.  I love how they, along with doors, add character and charm to my home.   I believe pieces like these with soul and history make a house a home.  How about you?

 

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Summer Blue Bureau

Summer is here and with that a bit of a work slow down for me as I enjoy the warm days with my two young boys.  I did just finish this piece though, in yet another shade of blue.  I’ve never seen a shade of blue I didn’t like and this one is no exception!  It’s called Summer Blueberries and it’s one of the latest limited edition colors from Country Chic Paint.  It’s such a happy, summery hue that I knew would be the perfect fit for my latest makeover.

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Usually I try to take pictures of pieces as I work on them so that you can see how things look not only after they’re finished, but also during.  I’m afraid I didn’t do that this time and I’m sorry!  Unlike many of my projects though, this one was a pretty straightforward paint job with no major issues to contend with.  The dresser was another craigslist find and overall was in pretty good condition.  However, the reddish finish was a bit tired and very dated. I applied two coats of the Summer Blueberries and once dry, lightly sanded the entire piece with fine grit sandpaper.  This gave the flat surfaces a very smooth feel while highlighting the edges and details.  I used Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish to finish and protect the paint.

At some point the original hardware was replaced and though the pulls were appropriate in style for the piece, the finish was not.  They were not brass (which I love!) but instead some sort of metal painted a very shiny gold.  They unfortunately looked cheap and not at all in keeping with the vintage look of the dresser.  I typically try very hard to keep original hardware and while these were actually replacements, I wanted to make them work.  I opted to paint them, something I’ve done on many occasions.  I gave each pull two coats of Country Chic Vanilla Frosting and once that was dry, applied one coat of Country Chic’s new glaze in the color Graphite.  That softened the white and gave them a slightly aged appearance.

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The above pull on the left has been painted with just the Vanilla Frosting while the pull on the right has been finished with the glaze.

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That’s it for now but I’ll be back soon with another makeover.  Happy summer!

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