I TRULY love this buffet (or chest of drawers) … I was so anxious to get started that I didn’t take a before picture! Maybe you can picture it for me… she had a mid range dark stain, working locks on all of the drawers, peeling veneer on the top, broken piece off one foot & drawers held together with Duck Tape (what? who does that?)! But she had some beautiful curves and the drawers were perfectly sound they just needed to be reglued. Overall it was in prettygood shape, I KNEW with a little TLC she could be beautiful again!
What I Fixed:
The top veneer COULD have been reattached, but it was so thin and coming off in several places that I felt more comfortable taking it off… and unlike my last buffet project, with the veneer from “you know where”, this veneer came off easily with a scraper! It was completely removed in 3 minutes and made me feel a lot better about my decision to remove it. The top was sanded with 80 to 150 grit sandpaper until smooth.. I knew I was going to paint the top of this one so there was no need to sand to 220. The damaged foot I repaired with some moulding putty.. it’s not perfect by any means but it is not very noticeable. I removed the Duck Tape on the drawers, reset, glued and clamped them until they were dry. I removed the old wood knobs, which were attached with wood pegs (new to me..), not screws, so I drilled through the pegs and wiggled them with a wrench until they came out. Lastly, I sanded the drawer fronts with 150 to 220 until super smooth
“Dressing the Chest”
The drawer fronts had this BEAUTIFUL flame pattern veneer on them that just winked at me after the sanding. They received two coats of Dark Walnut stain and two coats of wax. The cabinet got two coats of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, in Provence, some very slight distressing and a coat of wax. I added the faux tortoise-shell knobs and I was done! She seriously is a beaut… This one is technically for sale, but it is in my Family Room where it will probably have a permanent home… or at least until a new “favorite” comes along… UPDATE (1/12) This piece was sold to a nice couple from Northern Virginia.. now I have to find something else to go there… I think I have a piece in mind 😉
Thanks for checking her out! She loves to hear how pretty she now looks 😉
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