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Furniture Makeover : 1920's Jacobean Grand Buffet

Found this 1920's Jacobean Buffet on Facebook for $50. I knew I wanted to give it new life for resale. This was my first large project. I had done small pieces before. I was a bit intimidated. Could I do it?
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I started by cleaning it. UGH. Used Krud Kutter along with a bucket of water and a rag. Sprayed on the KK, wiped off grime and rinsed in bucket. It took about 2 hours. 90 years of grime!
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I then removed the drawers and doors. Didn't snap a pic, but I primed it with 2 coats of KILZ sealer/primer. Then painted using General Finishes Persian Blue. I followed that by detailing the white scrollwork with an artists brush and a steady hand.
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It looked "too blue" so I decided to add some Annie Sloan Cocoa to the bottom skirt for more contrast. It added the pop I was looking for.
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The hardware was also yucked up. Used my trick of soaking in a zip lock baggie with white vinegar overnight. The next day I use a brillo pad with ketchup on it (ketchup also contains vinegar) and lightly scrubbed and washed off. Bingo. Looking gorgeous! And so easy to do.
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Added so dark glazing to the white details for depth. I also added some subtle touches of Modern Masters Metallic on the legs to coordinate with the hardware.
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Used General Finishes Java Gel on the top. Two coats, followed by Polyvine Varnish in Dead Flat Finish. Two coats of that.
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The end result! What a difference! Hope you like it.

Material I used for this project:

  • Chalk Paint, Varnish, Metallics, Glazing   (Most on Amazon.)

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  • ShelleyAnn
    ShelleyAnn Auburn, CA

    Simply lovely -- Great eye for color as well as potential!

  • Lisa House
    Lisa House Vickery, OH

    I loved it before but the after is stunning! I agree that you have a great eye for color. Well done!

  • Kelly Peterson

    I love the results, but it looks green on my phone. Do not think I would like the blue much. You did a great job. You did not have to sand or use paint remover first?

  • Sonia Burrows
    Sonia Burrows Scottsdale, AZ

    OMG I can't believe someone actually sold this for only $50. Hope they see this and realize what a mistake they made.

  • Gayle Miller
    Gayle Miller Princeton, NJ

    yup. Lucky me.

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