A Tale of the Pretty Red Buffet… a Love Story.

Red China Cabinet – After
This is the story of a hutch with lots of potential…

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!

Buffet Section
Love the Distressing
Great Classic Molding

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  1. I love this pop of color…great job! I love your blog so I’m following you by mail, so we can keep in touch. Please stop by and follow me too…I love to meet new blog friends, Lori


  2. I would love this for my kitchen! You did a great job of it. Just wanted to drop by and say thank you for linking up to my blog party last weekend, I really appreciated it. Hope to see you again soon x


  3. Who glues a drawer front shut? Whatever! I love the finished product with the red! Beautiful distressing. Thanks so much for the sweet, uplifting comment on my blog! You have made my day!



  4. I love this piece! I live in a condo in SF but reading your blog makes me dream of buying a bigger place and taking on projects like these! Maybe I’ll just live vicariously through your blog posts. 😉


  5. I know this is two years old, but I just wanted to say that I love what you did here and I’m totally copy catting, except with my cheapo IKEA buffet. I just love the color combination! It looks wonderful!!!!!!



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