Updating An Art Deco Buffet

This Art Deco style buffet is a doozy isn’t it? Would you have bought it… even if it was a “good” price… it looks quite beat-up?


Check out the damage that the top had suffered! I wasn’t sure if I could repair it or not…


But I tried & I was very happy that with some sanding, stain and oil it came out looking great!


I tried to pay homage to the time period, while also updating it. I thought that the Provence Annie Sloan chalk paint was the perfect blue for this piece! A light distressing and a coat of clear wax finishes up the painted sections.

After sanding the top I stained it Dark Walnut and then oiled it with Watco Danish Oil in dark walnut finishing up with a coat of wax for all of the stained parts.

Refinished Art Deco Buffet

Didn’t think the top would turn out this nicely did you?

Refinished Art Deco Buffet

I refinished and reused the original handles, which I really glad I did… they’re just perfect for this piece!


Whether you’re a fan of Art Deco or not I hope you like this little update! It’s amazing what a little know-how and some sandpaper will do to revive a piece that looks like it is on its last legs!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Until next time!

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The Rest of The Sewing Tables

If you’ve been reading my blog for the last few weeks or so you may remember that I had two vintage Singer sewing tables on hand… well actually I only had one sewing table, but two identical bases…

One of them started out looking like this…


Then we took the two cast iron bases and created this super cool playroom table


I used the tilt out tray from the sewing cabinet and created a tabletop organizing tray


My hubby and I then worked on the drawers… I detached the drawer towers from the sewing table top and my SAH used the wood from the table top to create tops and bases for the towers. He created ogee edges for them with the router to give them a little more interest and then attached them to the drawer towers with nails.

I filled in the nail holes and lightly sanded the pieces. After cleaning them with Formula 409 I painted them with a coat of creamy colored Restoration Hardware paint (I have a LOT of Latex paint leftovers) and then topped it off with a coat of a new (to me) CeCe Caldwell paint color I just picked up… Nantucket Spray… it’s a very pretty light beachy blue color!


I lightly distressed the towers with a scrub sponge and warm water… super easy and as a bonus I could do it inside!


I sealed the paint by applying a coat of clear wax to the piece… I used a wax brush for the application because of all the detail on the piece.


I let the wax cure overnight and then buffed it with 0000 steel wool followed up by a soft cloth.


I had a set exactly like these at Lucketts Spring Market last year… and they were among the first pieces to go! I think a lot of us have a love for pieces like these… Now what to put in these cool little drawers?

Hope you like my little “towers”… I think they are super cool!

Until next time… thanks for stopping by!

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What Was This?

I’m not sure what this piece of furniture started out as, but it is a perfect bedside table now! I purchased it a few years ago and had been using it as a bedside table in the guest room. When I finished a piece of furniture that was a better fit for the space I moved this piece out and it waited around for its turn to be updated. This is the way it looked when I bought it…spray painted white and lightly distressed…



All of the pretty details and unique legs drew me to this piece… again not sure what it used to be… but recently I saw something that made me think it may have been an old sewing table…

The same client who had me paint the Green with Envy desk wanted this piece for a bedside table in the same room… so out came the custom green mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and CeCe Caldwell’s clay and chalk paint… so pretty!

It is so much prettier now painted green! I also waxed and buffed it after I lightly distressed it.


Look at all the pretty detail that a new (and better) paint job shows off…


Several layers of tops?…


Love this little finial below!


I just can’t get enough of these legs…


Here it is again… any ideas as to what it might have been originally? What do you think about the sewing cabinet idea?


My client sent me a picture of this setup next to her daughter’s bed and it is sooo perfect for the space! She is using the cabinet area to store books… couldn’t be a better use for this! Her daughter is so proud of her new furniture that she is doing a great job of keeping her books neatly put away now… a nice bonus for Mom don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest update! I’m done with the green paint for now and I have a couple of great coral chalk paint projects almost wrapped up and ready to share!

Until next time…

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