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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.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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/

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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