Updated Bar/Server

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My sister-in-law was looking for a piece for her entry hall that would tie in with her new area rug and chair that I recently restyled for her. The piece would need to be somewhat small, yet provide storage and bring color into the space. I spotted this bar-server on Craigslist for just $35 and saw its potential. We both loved the end result
I just love the way this turned out and so does my sister-in-law :)
Before I got started with paint, I searched to see if any of the missing hardware was hiding behind the drawer. Low and behold, there were two bent rods and several other pieces I thought were missing. The only piece that needed replacing was the drawer pull. I was able to find a pull that would blend will with the existing hardware, although not a perfect match.
Photo from original Craigslist ad
The top slid apart to expose a black laminate top, plus provided extra room for setting out beverage glasses, etc. The drawer and cupboards had loads of storage room too. Although the finish on the top was peeling up, there were no heavy scratches anywhere, other than one large scuff along the bottom front. I checked for the maker's mark and saw it was made by Hickory Manufacturing, Co., which is a very good brand (now Hickory Chair Co.)
I took a photo of the chair I'd done earlier, the area rug and the wall where the cabinet would ultimately be placed and did my best to match colors to the photos. Here, you'll see the first layered blue paint. It was much brighter than these photos appear and was just too bright for her space when I delivered it. So... we got to work and started mixing all sorts of blues and teals together, trying to match the color palette of the area rug. After several concoctions, we finally came up with a color we liked. We dry-brushed right over the first colors and kept adding (by dry-brushing) and comparing it to the carpet. After 3 - 4 layers of blues and teals, we took some of the darker blue/teal and blended in just a little taupe paint to get a lighter shade to gently dry brush the final layer. After everything was dry, we applied clear wax, then brushed on some antique glaze and wiped it back.
The top was stripped, sanded and stained with MinWax gel stain. Oak does not take stain very well (most of the color deposits into the grain) so the gel stain was used because it is more of a dye-based stain and sits on top of the wood. After drying, I applied 3 coats of Satin Polycrylic.
Another angle in winter's light, late afternoon. I spray painted all of the hardware in matte black finish
Suggested materials:
  • Valspar Paint   (Lowes)
  • Minwax Gel Stain   (Home Depot)
  • Minwax Polycrylic   (Home Depot)
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