‘Honey, you might want to come look at this’, said my husband. It was dark – pitch dark – and he had gone to walk the dog. So I really wondered what in the world he wanted me to come see!
Our neighbors had been moving out. For several days, they had been hauling stuff to the street. Now, today, they were at it again. We really like them and will sure hate to see them go.
So, when DH said for me to come look, he added that they had put yet another piece of furniture at the street. I didn’t get my hopes up too high, but followed him back out the door.
Even in the dark, I could see that this was indeed worth rescuing! It was an old oak buffet and hutch. It even had beveled glass doors on the hutch, as well as a glass shelf and interior lighting! Oooooh… jackpot!! And I had the perfect spot for it… IN my house, far away from the road. I had been longing for a painted hutch, so that’s exactly what I had planned for this piece.
So he and I began to load it up on the dolly and truck it right over to our house! In the foyer it went. And that’s where it stayed all during it’s makeover… I had no other place to work on it.
After choosing an off-white chalk paint (I made my own – here’s the recipe!), I went to work cleaning it up with household rubbing alcohol, just to remove any dirt and/or residue. I removed the drawers and the doors from the base piece and began painting. The DIY chalk paint went on soooo smoothly that I could hardly believe it was homemade!
After the couple of coats were dry, I took my sanding block to the edges and distressed it somewhat. I didn’t want it quite as distressed as I had done the kitchen table, but I did want it to look like it was showing some wear. The drawers and doors turned out particularly beautiful, I think, as far as the distressing goes. And I fell in love with these antique glass knobs for the drawers and brass pulls for the doors:
Since I have learned a thing or two about painting in the last few years, I opted to give her a coat of polysatin, rather than wax. You can’t paint over the wax, and I wanted the option to make touch-ups if needed. Also, I wanted a slightly more protective finish on this piece, since I plan to also use it as a serving piece.
As you can see, I left the top of the buffet base and the inside of the hutch the stained wood. I love the contrast, and it’s perfect for displaying my collection of whiteware and milk glass.
Here’s an image for you to pin if you like to pin furniture makeovers!
This was such a fun and rewarding project… made sweeter, I think, because it was free. Have you had the experience of giving an inexpensive find new life? Share it with me, please!
Have a wonderfully creative week!
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