Buffet Renew

3 Materials
4 Days

I had this buffet for a long time before I decided to refinish it. Quite frankly, it scared me lol. I knew it was definitely old, not sure if antique old but the wood would need lots of primer and paint.

Taking it apart was not fun. The screws were very small and hard to keep the screwdriver in while turning. I'm sure there is an easier way to do this if anyone would like to share.....

Once I removed the screws and hinges, I taped the hinges to a piece of cardboard so I could put them exactly where they were as I always seem to have problems once I put them back on after removing them.

Once everything was out, I started with the drawers. I gave them a light sand, followed by a coat of primer.

Same process for the body.

I wanted to do an easy no fuss, non permanent process in the drawers and inside doors. I had leftover self adhesive paper, so I just cut each piece a little bigger then the drawer, smoothed it out with a bank card and trimmed the edges.

*Update* This was done long ago and since then, I don't like the style of the paper so I am on the lookout to find something better......it never ends with projects.......

I gave the piece three coats of varnish on the top and two everywhere else. So far it has been a great piece, can hold lots of things and I love the simple look of it. I might accentuate the appliques with some dark wax but that depends on the day. I like simple and clean most days so it always go with the many different ways I can style the house.

The after pictures are not great and I still have to paint the extra support piece in the middle that someone must've added at some point, not sure what I was thinking there.....probably too lazy or got inpatient and wanted it done!

Great space for an xmas village!

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  • Janice Janice on Feb 28, 2021

    Mihaela, a beautiful "renewal" of your buffet. Thanks for posting and the tips about labeling the hinges. I've encountered the same issue as you when putting things back together. Great job and post!

  • Mihaela Parker Mihaela Parker on Feb 28, 2021

    Thank you! I'm happy that my lightbulb moments can help 😁

    Wish I figured this out years ago lol