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.
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.
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.
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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