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Broken Down Buffet

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Sometimes repairing a furniture piece can cost more than buying something brand new and it can be more work than if you just built something from scratch. This buffet was one of those pieces. Linda reached out to us asking if we could some how make this buffet come back to life. It’s been in her family for generations and it had been living outside for quite a while so it needed MUCH love to make it usable (or even make it stand up for that matter). John looked at me like I was crazy when I said, sure we can.
Here is the buffet before. It’s not on its side because I wanted a before picture showing it at its worst, it’s on its side because the back leg was completely off so it wouldn’t even stand up.
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  • broken down buffet
The bottom frame was pretty much gone as was most of the bottom drawer. Veneer was peeling on the top and the sides of this piece.
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John had to rebuild the drawer by cutting new sides and a base.
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Then he had to rebuild the back leg sections and the bottom front of the buffet. We went with a decorative molding for the bottom of the buffet just to give it an extra pop of detailing.
On to the veneer damage. Some of the sides we replaced with all new wood.
See the new back leg, side, and back of the dresser. Oh and our dog Mel overseeing the project. lol
Then we peeled off the rest of the damaged veneer and used Bondo to repair it. This was a huge chore. Definitely not recommend for the novice upcycler. John came inside many time smelling of the stinky stuff with white hair from Bondo dust.
Then it was time to get our painting on. We used Benjamin Moore’s enamel black paint and lightly distressed it everywhere. We ended up putting new hardware on it as well.
And here is the surprising reveal!
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  • broken down buffet
  • broken down buffet

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  • Brandi
    Brandi Lewiston, ID

    Have one of these that went through a house fire but has been in the family for three generations, can't bear to part with it so this is helpful. Thanks

  • Steve7073

    I am about to do just that ... I will post

  • Geaneysile55

    I think this project is fantastic,thank you.I love it. Sheila Cork Irl.

  • Luz
    Luz Stratford, CT

    You and John did a GREAT job bringing this piece back to life, it looks Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Tracy Flamm
    Tracy Flamm Palm Bay, FL

    That looks amazing! What a great job!

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