This buffet isn’t my usual redesign. But when I went to Sue’s house, I knew we could bring it back to life and she would love it in her open kitchen / dining room space.
Made in the 1970s or 80s, it’s not nearly as old as most of the pieces brought to me. But it is solid wood throughout (with the exception of the drawer backs), has dove-tailed drawers, and it does have some nice, classic lines.
It was dated and tired though and had some chipped edges along the front apron.
As always, I started with a good cleaning with Mineral Spirits. Since we were completely taking off the fake keyhole escutcheon on the top center drawer, I filled those holes as well as the chipped areas with Plastic Wood.
Sue and I discussed making it a two-toned piece to tie into her dining table and the other wood pieces in her home. As we talked through what to paint and what to keep original, we decided on Annie Sloan’s Country Grey for the body. The buffet top has some slight scratches in it, but not enough to worry about. And a little Hemp Oil brought the original wood back to life.
The original brass drawer pulls didn’t clean up very nicely and I thought that going a little darker would be nice. So I spray painted the pulls in Rustoleum Chestnut.
And I think the end result is a much brighter and more current buffet that will look beautiful in Sue’s dining room.
Thank you, Sue! I’m looking forward to our next project!