Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Buffet. Finally.

Remember this pain in my butt that took me forever to finish beautiful piece of furniture that my grandparents gave me?  Well, what I don’t think I mentioned is that I also got a buffet from them.

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I forgot a “before” picture, but I think you can imagine what it looked like.

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The good thing about this piece is that it had about 35 years worth of Pledge build up on it.  THAT was fun to get off.  In the end, she turned out pretty fantastic.  Wanna see her?

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Here you go…

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It was time consuming, but when I think about the extra storage I get, it makes me giddy.

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I mean, look at that roll of shelf liner!  I had NO idea where I was going to put it, and BAM!—new buffet to the rescue!

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It’s considerably bigger than the table I had there before, so that gives quite the justification to go out and buy new Halloween and Thanksgiving decor!

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So many curves to it!  I love that.

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A break down for you…the buffet was free and the paint was what I had left over from all the other millions of projects I’ve done in black.

IMG_7621 The new hardware cost me about $30.00.  I’d say that’s a pretty good deal for a buffet that I’m in love with. 

129 comments:

Anne said...

Fantastic! The paint is so smooth, looks like it came that way!

VidaModa said...

absolutely stunning transformation, it reminds me of the great black buffet from Pottery Barn! I agree with you about all the extra storage that a buffet provides...I guess we just have to shop more to fill them :) LOL

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Love it!!!! I cant believe it is not brand new...great job girl! I bet you are going to have fun decorating around it~

Jed and Kera said...

I'm drooling!! LOVE it!!!

Paige said...

What a beautiful piece! I love your "EEK" in the frame.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That. Looks. Fantastic! I love the curves, too. I love how you accessorized it. Just the right amount of items on top. Very pretty! It looks like you got it in the nick of time, too, what with that roll of paper and all. : )

Courtney said...

Love the buffet!

Lettered Cottage said...

LUSCIOUS!

(And the buffet looks pretty good too)

:-)
Your prom date

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! I love buffets and that is beautiful with the curves. You done good girl!

Aura said...

WOW that looks amazing. We've repainted a few pieces black, but we just can't seem to get the finish of it right. What kind of paint did oyu use?

Beth said...

Good job! Looks great!

barbara said...

ok - can i just say I LOVE this!!!

Bev said...

Beautiful! I love it!

And, thank goodness that you found a place to put that shelf liner. :)

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

WOW! the new buffet looks...WOW...gorgeous!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It looks fantastic! What kind of paint did you use and with what brush to get it so smooth? Spray paint? That would take a gazillion cans. Share your secrets oh wise grasshopper! It's beautiful.

erin@my little creative outlet said...

wow! gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! love everything about it!

ABandCsMom said...

Holy Moly!! That's awesome.

Vintage Dutch Girl said...

Shazam that's awesome! What kind, name of black paint did you use? I'm redoing an entertainment center and am looking for suggestions.

LOVE the tablescaping!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love the black and the arrangement on top. French Provincial furniture is my style!

Kimberly said...

Oh my goodness, that is fabulous! I can't even imagine how PROUD you must be of YOURSELF. Of course, you are probably used to completely beautiful projects. I on the other hand, not so much!

Love it!

Tamara said...

I love it! I love everything you do though. I have something similar and I love the hardware, where did you find them?

Staci said...

Wowza! That pretty well knocked my socks off.

saraiwithani said...

That is GORGEOUS!! What kind of paint did you use? Can you let me know what kind of pain you used? I have a piece that I'm getting ready to refinish, and I would love to get a finish that smooth in the end!

Jen said...

Amazing!! Seriously you amaze me!! LOVE it!!

Katrina Chambers said...

Oh wow that is freakin awesome. Good job!

Kristen said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! I have a hutch/buffet (also from my grandparents!) that I would really love to re-do like this. If you have the time, could you please post the process you went through and the products you used? What type of black paint specifically did you use?
I've never posted a comment before, but I want you to know that I really love your blog! You are so creative and I love the craft projects you do! You really inspire me!
Thanks!

shannonleigh said...

WOW! Amazing job, it's gorgeous!

Jodee Leader said...

No way! It totally looks new! You rock! It's exactly what I need at my house!

Thelissa said...

Hi, you don't know me, but I check in here pretty often to see your neat stuff! I am wondering if you would give a step by step tutorial of refinishing furniture like the one you posted about today. I would love to do this but have no idea where to start. I am assuming you have to sand off the old finish, then what? Prime with something? And are you using spray paint, or painting on with a brush? Do you put another finish on it to make it shine and be durable? Fill us in on how to really do this ourselves! You are an expert!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I love love love this. The hardware is awesome.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

It looks amazing! You did a great job!

Cami said...

I too would love a tutorial on refinishing furniture. What a stunning piece!! I have some pieces I really want to paint, but don't know where to start. Thanks for sharing your talents.

cottagewish said...

Amazing, beautiful, in awe. You don't know how happy I am to see that IT CAN BE DONE. I spent last weekend totally frustrated cause the hutch I was painting black didn't turn out as I had hoped. I primed and used left over paint, but it looked blah. Dull and splotchy. Did you use satin, eggshell, semi? Do tell.

lexiis said...

Honestly, that buffet is absolutely gorgeous! Your ability to envision such a beautiful end product from the original is amazing! That's definitely a piece that you should keep in the house for years!

{ L } said...

Wow! I'm absolutely impressed...once again! This is gorgeous.

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Tiffany said...

I'm even giddy just looking at it and it's not even mine. Love it!

Andrew and Meagan said...

Wow! i just inherited a buffet from my grandparents too but have NO idea where to start. You don't have to be super detailed but, would you mind posting just a simple step-by step list, OH and what kind of paint did you buy? was it a latex? flat? i can't quite tell from the pics. thanks, oh and i love your site- i look everyday. thanks for letting us all in on your creative life! :)
meagan

Andrew and Meagan said...

wow, we all kinda sound like a broken record...i hadn't read all the comments before i posted mine. Apparently we're all drooling and we're all coveting your secrets. :) thanks!

Carmen said...

I'm in love with it too! Wow!!!!! You did a great job!!! I also love your glittery bones. ;)

LaVonne said...

I am going to echo the other commenters. Please post a tutorial. I want to know how to do this so I can buy one of those ugly buffet/hutch on craigslist and do it for myself ;)

It is beautiful!

mommynoodles said...

What a beauty!! Great job!! And what girl dosen't love some more storage??!! lol

Natalie,

Mom's Place said...

Oh wow! I'm speechless! It's absolutely beautiful!

Misty said...

Gorgeous as always! I linked you up tonight in my lame attempt at family rules.

http://housequeen.blogspot.com/2009/10/family-rules-project.html

J and Company said...

WOW! It looks beautiful! I'm a little jealous over here, but I'll get over it. Maybe.
:)

CaryManda said...

Ok.
I am so beyond jealous that it is ridiculous.
fabulouso job!!

Nili said...

WOW...I mean W.O.W. that is one beautiful job....LOVE IT...I need one!

Jessica said...

I need a tutorial.

HouseMama said...

Jealous. I am totally jealous! It turned out AMAZING!!! It's beautiful and so functional - way to go!!!

Mimi Sue said...

Just plain gorgeous. Mimi

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

I'm so excited for you-it is so perfect! A grandparent's loved piece becomes a beauty in your home! I have some old furniture from my parents and grandparents, but I am afraid to take the paintbrush to them! Maybe now I will...
~Nancy

Jacey @ Trash2MyTreasure said...

wow! this turned out gorgeous! and I love all your halloween decor :)

Kristen said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I've always wanted a place to store my shelf liner. It really turned out fantastic. Great job and now aren't you glad you bought the 50 gallon bucket of black paint?!?

Tracie said...

Beautiful...you would never guess how beat up and "pledged" it was before!!

Print Brochures said...

They are really nice. They have a sentimental value and they really look gorgeous. You did a very good job. You're so lucky. Thanks for sharing this.:)

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous buffet! You have done a fabulous job fixing it up.

Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

Cathy said...

This is awesome.. you inspire me..

Amanda said...

I love your buffet! I was wondering if you could tell me how you painted it. I have a buffet I bought of Craigslist very similar to yours and I'm hoping to refinish it, but I've never painted a big piece of furniture before. Tips would be great! Again, I love your new buffet!

jess said...

uh yeah, good deal! it's gorgeous! i wish i happened upon furniture that i could redo. i'm way too scared! :D

Nat said...

HOly moly I am in love! I want to find one just like it now and do the same thing. Seriously this is amazing!

Freshly Found said...

What a work of Art!

Mel said...

Oh yeah, that's a beaut!

Like many others, I'd love to know how you managed such a smooth finish and what paint you used.

Mel

Sherri S said...

Wowzers! It is absolutely STUNNING! Did you spray it or brush it? It turned out so beautiful. Although I have NO ROOM in my house for it ...I am pea green! LOL

Amanda said...

I'm so jealous. It's georgous. great job

Adorably Distracted... said...

oh my god thats amazing!! I'm completely shocked!! can you come do mine please?

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Wow...and by that I mean WOW...that's gorgeous!!

Christine @UnstructuredBliss said...

That's just incredible! I'm going to echo the comments of all of your readers. How do you get the finish to look so smooth and shiny?? I'd like to refinish something myself but am a little gun-shy. Please post a tutorial!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Wow! That black is gorgeous. You did a wonderful job and it looks great! I want one for my house! You picked great hardware too.

Melanie said...

I have to say that it is absolutely gorgeous. You did a great job.

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

That is simply delicious!!!

Heather said...

Wow! That is absolutely gorgeous!

BLJ Graves Studio said...

It looks fabulous!!! I love the hardware you selected. :-)

Tonia said...

It's wonderful!!! I Want one too.

Lynette said...

Oooh, I like it! So pretty!

NICO Designs said...

I agree with Anne; it looks like it came straight from the store, it is so shiny and smooth looking.

Great job!

Jessica said...

That looks amazing! I am fixing to tackle redoing a china cabinet a lot like the one you did.

I have never attempting a piece this big and have no idea where to start! Do you have any tips?

Denise Sabia said...

She's a beauty!

Richella said...

Oh, wow. This looks absolutely wonderful. You can't go wrong with black paint, can you? Good, good, good for you!!

Blarney said...

I think it's karma that we both just refinished furniture in black. ;) Looks awesome! So when are you going to deliver her to my house? Seriously, dining room is third room on the list so I've got some serious second hand shopping to do. Unfortunatley Mr Blarney has put the kabash on any refinishing until he gets the basmenet floor sealed. Not being able to wander the 2nd hand is just driving me crazy. MEN!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

I love the contrast of the buffet and the art on the wall. I love your site! In fact your back door inspired me to do mine. However, I WILL NOT be showing a picture of it. You see, I didn't get vinyl numbers. I tried to be a rockstar and FREE HAND them. Big mistake. HUGE!

queenbee said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! You must share your painting tips and I loveeee how it looks so satiny (is that even a word) Great job!

Grami's girls said...

I wish I knew exactly what brand of paint and color you used..it's beautiful.

Nikki said...

Ok, this turned out beautiful!

Popcorn Served Daily said...

Awesome job. I have an oak pedistool table that I'm trying to envision in black. This buffet could be my inspiration. Would you mind sharing paint information? The table is used on a daily basis. Nicely done.

B.E.A said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! This is so great! I've been trying to find a china cabinet on Craig's List to beautify!!

Anne said...

wow!!! great job, looks beautiful!!
you inspire me!

cindy b. said...

Absolutely Gorgeous !!! I'm with some of the other girls who left comments...please do a step by step tutorial on how you paint and what you use. I've never seen a finish look like that. You did an awesome job.

ChocolateAddict said...

Wow, that is pretty awesome!!!

Mommy of Many said...

It is absolutely beautiful. Something like this would look great in my home. I think I will stop walking past all the huge pieces of furniture I see at the Goodwill. I just don't seem to have the vision you had. It is so beautiful

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

Beautiful! I wish I had the patience do tackle a project like that. What an amazing transformation - I would never have guessed that you didn't spend bucko bucks on a piece like that. You are talented!

Jamie said...

Oh my goodness...I absolutely love love love it. You are so inspiring, where do you find time to do all of this. I just started a blog and I am having so much fun with it! Great ideas, Thanks

Anonymous said...

Great job

Love it !!!

Kathy :)

Biteofpunkinpie said...

It is gorgeous and I am totally jealous.

Kristin said...

I love it!! It turned out wonderful!!

St. Michael's Wife said...

OMG! When I scrolled to the "finished" pic, it took my breath away! Too beautiful for words!

Grins!
Pamm

Jamie said...

Wow! What can I say...I LOVE it!!!

Katie said...

I LOVE, love, LOVE this buffet! Such a beautiful makeover you gave it. That is INCREDIBLE for just $30.00!

Lynda @ SportsMadGirl said...

I had to get a napkin because that baby is drool worthy :)

Love, love, love it!!!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my goodness, Chris, it's fantastic. You've done such a beautiful paint job. That is exactly what I want for my dining room. So, you know, if you ever decide you don't like it anymore, send it my way! :)

Lisa-Marie said...

It's gorgeous! good work lady!!!

Robin said...

Oh My! It is stunning! I love the hardware you picked out. Wonderful job.

Steph said...

I am completely in awe! That is just so stunning and beautiful!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

I just had a lightbulb moment! I don't need a new buffet, I just need the right paint job on my current buffet (it went well in the old house, but not the new one). Please tell us how you painted it, and what kind of paint you used!
You will save me from spending money I shouldn't on a piece of furniture I don't need, just want.

Kristina

Lucrecia said...

it looks amazing!! Do you talk anywhere about your paint process? How do you get it so glossy?

Wendy said...

That is gorgeous!

Nicoleigh said...

Gorgeous! What is the paint that you use? I really like the finish on it.
Thanks!

Willow Decor said...

Really - I know I say this every time and it's getting really boring but YOU are AMAZING!!! What a great job!!! Fabulous!! I LOVE it!! And I LOVE how you decorated it for the holidays!!
xx-Gina

jerri said...

I love it! I'm about to embark on redoing a bedroom set in black for my 7 year old son. My hubby thinks I'm crazy! How on Earth did you get the finish soooo smooth?!?! Tutorial...please!!!

june@craftyniche said...

Your buffet is stunning! I too, would love to get a tutorial on this. :)

Andrea said...

totally freakin Fab!! unbelievable

DeAnna said...

Wow!! I love it. Black furniture is so cool!! This piece rocks and it was free! So cool!

Melody B. said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!

Melissa said...

This piece is beautiful. You did a great job...i'm off to find me some furniture to paint!

Lil' Woman said...

Oh my goodness, it looks gorgeous!!! : )

LacyHolly said...

I LOVE the candle holders with pumpkins on them! So cute!!! ...I mean I love the transformation too, haha. It looks GREAT! I wish I had room for all kinds of fun pieces to transform.

Great job!

Melissa Miller said...

Chris this is STUNNING!!!! :)

Jerri-Lea said...

OMG! Thank you thank you thank you! We have a "beautiful french provincial" dining table and buffet that we picked up from an old friend. I do mean old ~ in her 80s! My husband really likes it but I HATE how it looks now. I'm going to try to redo it using your exact instructions! I'll let you know how it turns out... though it may have to wait until spring as we've had snow here.
Your home looks amazing!

Bubba said...

I love it! I am looking to do something similar for my living room and this is a great inspiration. Did you make the artwork above the buffet? Those look great too. If you made them please let me know how so I can make some.

Lisa said...

That Looks really great!

pk said...

Wow! That IS gorgeous. I like all of it's curves too. :-)
pk @ Room Remix

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Very nice redo! It looks great!

Stephanie @ and noah makes five said...

Ok seriously how did you paint this? I've never seen such a smooth and gorgeous finish. Awesome job. This piece of furniture looks like a million bucks. Fantastic job! :)

Noelle said...

That turned out absolutely gorgeous. How awesome to goet something so wonderful almost for free. Great job. Love the black.

Tamera said...

Great piece! Looks great painted black, but I am partial to the darker shades!

Tamera@doubledelight

emptynest4two said...

That thing is major gorg. The finish is amazing. I want to find something to do that way!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Wowza... that is GORGEOUS!

Jen R. said...

IT looks amazing ! The finish is great!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

That's so good it's insane. So... if a person already had black paint that wasn't the secret BM low lustre magic paint but happened to be a different BM paint in a satin finish, do you think that would work? And for paint amount purposes, did you really do two coats out of a quart on that?

Janeenie said...

I like everyone else is wondering what paint/gloss/primer you used. I haven't been able to master the finish either. Please pass on your expertise!!!

Janine

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