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Depression Buffet Makeover

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A friend of mine called me with the offer of a free buffet that he'd come across.. I quickly accepted, sight unseen. Visions of ornate scrollwork and carved legs filled my head..... that quickly changed when this wooden beast showed up in my driveway. I sidelined him for months. And months. And months.
Almost a full year later, I woke up with a plan for him and ran downstairs to put my plan to work.
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The veneer on the top had started to lift, so, I decided to investigate and see what was underneath. If it was junk, I'd decided I would just repair and paint. If it was decent wood, I'd see it through.
Oak! Planks of solid oak- which completely went with the farmhouse idea I'd planned.
  • depression buffet makeover, decoupage, diy, home decor, painted furniture
I saturated some towels, got out my steam iron, and planted myself in the basement for about 5 hours. This was work!
  • depression buffet makeover, decoupage, diy, home decor, painted furniture
  • depression buffet makeover, decoupage, diy, home decor, painted furniture
I used my palm sander, low grit to high, and got him ready for the next step.-- a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and shellac. This concoction is a beautiful pre-stain method, and the only one I ever use. It makes the wood so lovely and accepting to stains.
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I wanted to show off this lovely grain, so, I chose a mix of General Finishes Gel Stains, in both 'Nutmeg' and ' Antique Walnut', before sealing with their Gel Topcoat Urethane.
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I painted the body and drawers in my favorite black; General Finishes Milk Paint's 'Lamp Black'. I sealed the painted areas in their High Performance Topcoat, in a flat finish, which leaves a slight sheen.
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Using Mod Podge, I lined all of the drawers with my favorite Waverly fabric .(thick fabric works the best for lining drawers)
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I'd ordered the gorgeous ceramic knobs from Decor Steals sometime over the winter, and picked up a few of these back plates from Hobby Lobby. I wanted the doors to have a little difference from the drawers.
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We lugged the buffet upstairs to stage for photos so that I could list it for sale.
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.... a match made in Heaven, right?
  • depression buffet makeover, decoupage, diy, home decor, painted furniture
  • depression buffet makeover, decoupage, diy, home decor, painted furniture
I couldn't go through with a sale.
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I promptly pulled my ads... It absolutely belonged right where these photographs took place. He's all mine.
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  • depression buffet makeover, decoupage, diy, home decor, painted furniture
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  • Daisy'smum
    Daisy'smum United Kingdom
    on May 1, 2016

    and to think you ignored him for months. was just waiting for a little love.

  • Shangrila427
    Shangrila427
    on May 1, 2016

    Oooh, so beautiful!!

  • Jeannie
    Jeannie Bringhurst, IN
    on May 1, 2016

    I'm a sucker for happy endings. What a beautiful piece of furniture. Well done!!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    GrandmasHouseDIY Alexandria, MN
    on May 1, 2016

    What a gorgeous piece! Love that you stained the top!

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on May 1, 2016

    Very beautiful! Love everything about it. The stained top, the color, especially the knobs. Great job!

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