Buffet Transformation

I wanted to share my very favorite piece of furniture that I’ve ever refinished. I bought this beauty at a yard sale for $45. I got a GREAT deal. Isn’t she gorgeous? Beautiful curves and ornate hardware. It was love at first sight.

Terrible photo, but it’s the only one I got!

The first step was to sand it down all the way to bare wood. I tried two different strippers to make this task a litter more bearable, but neither worked well. So it was back to sanding it my hand. This was truly a labor of love. The only flat pieces on the buffet were the top, side panels, and the side drawer and door faces. I used a belt sander for the top and a finishing sander for the rest of the flat pieces. Everything else was by hand. Hours and hours and hours of sanding. If my hubby didn’t jump in and help me a couple of times, I’m sure I would have threw in the towel.

I used a 100 grit to get most of the poly and stain off, then moved to a 120 grit. Once the entire piece was sanded, I used a 220 grit to make it nice and smooth.

Once it was all sanded, I wiped off all of the debris to make sure it was nice and clean. The first technique I used was a gray wash. 1 part white paint, 1 part gray paint, and 4 parts water. I mixed it up and painted it on, almost immediately wiping it off. This is an important step, not only because the paint will be on the runny side, but because I just spent hours upon hours sanding this thing by hand so I could see the wood grain. If there were spots that didn’t show enough of the grain, I took my 220 grit and sanded it to my liking.

Up close gray wash. Those markings on the drawer is from the hardware, which you won’t see when it is put back on. After the gray wash, I applied Minwax Classic Gray stain. Always remember, you can shake a can of paint, but always stir stain. The stain added some depth to the piece, but it still wasn’t the gray I was looking for.

I created my own mixture of stain, adding Minwax Classic Gray with Minwax Ebony. I loved the richness of the stain, but when I wiped it off, I was left with sort of a “blah” gray color. So, I decided not to wipe it off! I was a bit hesitant because I have never not wiped off stain, but it turned out beautifully!

Then I moved on to hardware. I was for sure keeping the original because it was so gorgeous, I just needed to make it fit the new look of the piece. I bought some metallic spay paint, but found that it made the hardware look cheap and plastic. I decided to do an antiquing glaze over it, and viola it’s perfect!

Here comes the fun part! I decided to paint the inside a pop of color. Why? Because I can! It’s such a fun surprise, isn’t it?

Here she is currently. Holding my pretty china!

Then I lined the drawers with beautiful paper using Mod Podge.

And here is it in all of its gorgeous glory. Oh, how I love it!

In this picture, your can see that I painted the sides of the drawers a dark gray. For some reason, it looks blue, but it’s gray, I promise. I decided to go with the gray because I thought continuing the paper or the pink on the outside of the drawer would be too much.

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