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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

Got a question about this project?

  • Paula Guy
    Paula Guy Winter Haven, FL

    What a beautiful transformation!

  • Loral
    Loral Bear, DE

    Now that's bringing furniture back to life.

  • Josephine Howland

    Thank you, Rachel.

  • Judy Martin
    Judy Martin Winter Haven, FL

    love it nice!

  • Lorna
    Lorna Sacramento, CA

    A real show stopper. MMS is so inspiring. You do fabulous work with such attention to detail.

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