A Tale of the Pretty Red Buffet… a Love Story.
She was not very expensive, she was a great size and had classic lines! What the seller didn’t tell me is that: 1) the hutch was on the second floor 2) it was heavy as crap 3) the knobs were not included (who does that?) 4) she had glued the drawer fronts shut!
So my SAH (Super Awesome Husband) and middle daughter (i.e. furniture mover extraordinaire) went to pick it up for me… poor child, she was very unhappy with me about this move! I however was thrilled with the piece.. it was just the perfect size and it was solid oak! Now don’t get me wrong, the black paint job was awful! Lots of drips, painted hinges, crazy glued drawer fronts (with no drawers boxes behind them!?) etc… but these were mostly easy fixes.
SAH made some drawer boxes for the piece (a first for him) and installed them with new drawer tracks. Meanwhile I sanded down the problem areas, removed all of the remaining hardware to soak in ammonia (my go to product for removing paint etc off metal) and started painting.
This piece was clearly calling for ASCP in Emperor’s Silk, a very beautiful classic red. I didn’t want to use the usual white or cream interior so I used ASCP in Country Grey.. The combination looks great and very traditional. I lightly distressed the red and the entire piece gets a coat of wax and then a good buff with 0000 steel wool. I don’t have a lot of red in my home (or wardrobe) but I do like this piece.. hopefully someone else will to.. this is a unique piece for someone to take home with them! This is such a great size that it would work in the bathroom, kitchen, dining room etc! The glass is easily removable and can be replaced with something else (chicken wire or fabric). I would have loved to have used fabric for the interior back of the cabinet, but I didn’t want to limit my pool of potential buyers… I’m going to do it on the next buffet though, I promise!
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