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A Curb-side Castoff Gets A New Life

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My sister in law knows me well. She spotted this old buffet out on the curb and messaged me. Since I couldn't come get it right away, she and her hubby picked it up and took it to their house until I could come get it.
  • a curb side castoff gets a new life
I'm a huge fan of Marian AKA Miss Mustard Seed. This past fall when she posted an empire style buffet (linked later in this post) on which she had worked her magic, I couldn't get done looking at it. It was just beautiful. A few weeks later, it occurred to me to try something similar on my curbside empire buffet. I'm not brave enough to just start sketching on a newly painted piece of furniture so I sketched my design (based on MMS's) onto paper and then used graphite paper to transfer to the buffet.
  • a curb side castoff gets a new life
After the design was transferred, I used a craft brush and craft paint to 'color' the design. (It really is like coloring - big kid style!)
  • a curb side castoff gets a new life
Because I loved Marian's so much and wanted a similar end result, I also used white wax and a light, natural looking top. The original top was too badly damaged to use so I bought a thick pine slab from Menards and cut it down to size. I lightly stained it and used MMS furniture wax (2 coats) to seal it.
  • a curb side castoff gets a new life
I painted the inside white and lined the drawers with scrapbook paper using ModPodge. New knobs from Hobby Lobby complete the look and I'm in love!
  • a curb side castoff gets a new life
Imitation is the best form of flattery, right? Thanks for the inspiration, MMS! You can find her beautiful inspiration piece here: http://missmustardseed.com/2014/09/hand-painted-empire-buffet-take-two/
  • a curb side castoff gets a new life

To see more: http://oldewindmillfarm.blogspot.com/2014/12/mms-inspired-hand-painted-empire.html

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  • Renata Chandler Smotts
    Renata Chandler Smotts Albuquerque, NM
    on Dec 6, 2014

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Swan Road Designs
    Swan Road Designs Sedalia, KY
    on Dec 6, 2014

    You've done a great job. The only thing left to do is to fine-finish the outboard edges of the top. This could be done by applying a thin piece of round molding. That would finish it off perfectly.

    • Rachel @ The Olde Farmhouse...
      Rachel @ The Olde Farmhouse... Lima, OH
      on Dec 6, 2014

      @Swan Road Designs Great idea! I agree, the ends are a little 'meh'. :) I like the square edges, though. I wonder if there's a trim that would keep it mostly square. Hmm, I'll have to do some checking....

  • Swan Road Designs
    Swan Road Designs Sedalia, KY
    on Dec 6, 2014

    Yes, you can buy veneer in a roll, in varying widths, that you apply with a warm iron. My late husband, who was a furniture restorer, used it often. Off the top of my head, I can't recall the correct term for it, but it was a great solution to a problem like yours. You might call/check with someone who does restorations and see if you can get some from them or have them do it for you.

  • Gail Salminen
    Gail Salminen Canada
    on Dec 7, 2014

    @Rachel @ The Olde Farmhouse... don't you love it when you get salvageable furniture for free. You did a great refurbishing job. Love the colour and the stencil - looks fabulous. The pine top was also a nice touch. Thanks for sharing.

  • Peggy
    Peggy Punta Gorda, FL
    on Dec 7, 2014

    Wow! You took a sorry little piece and made it into a statement piece. Nice job!

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