Simple & Elegant Creamy White Buffet

After completing the rehab on my previous piece, it sold almost immediately. This was a double blessing, as I received a call from a sweet young woman wanting me to find/resource a buffet for her since the Drexel piece was no longer available. She came over for a visit and to look through some of my portfolio of past rehabbed pieces and decided to move forward. My client, darling 25 yr old professional, had just moved into her very own condo and was looking for something to be multifunctional for years to come. For now, this will serve as her entertainment center for her flat screen. Within 24 hours of that meeting I was picking up this gem.


Excellent bones, smooth operating drawers and cabinet doors, very sturdy piece, all original hardware, locking skeleton key for the cabinets and unique with it 8 lovely legs. The stain on the top was quite damaged with water marks and what not. Additionally, I could tell that the age of the stain was likely going to produce a great amount of ‘bleed through’. After a good wipe down I gave it a good once over with some sand paper and cleaned it well with tack cloth. Let the priming begin.

One coat of primer seemed to be sufficient. Moving right along, I lightly sanded the primer and cleaned the piece again. My sweet client knew she wanted white, so I went with my all time favorite with, Alabaster. It’s a Sherwin Williams color that I have always had mixed in Behr premium. I’m a HUGE fan of Behr paints, and sadly, they are not giving me a little kicker bonus to say that. It’s just the truth. 

When the first coat dried I could see the bleed through beginning. Because I always apply two coats of paint, I wasn’t worried. However, after the second coat there were a few areas still faintly showing some bleed through so on went a third coat. Creamy and beautiful was the end result. I allowed the paint to cure really well and then elegantly distressed the buffet with 150 grit sand paper. The body of the piece was given a coat of clear wax but the top needed more durability than anything wax has to offer. Anytime I recreate a piece that has a possible activity surface (table top, dresser, end table, buffet….etc), my ‘go to finish’ is Minwax wipe on polyurethane. It’s a charm to use, still allows a hand applied finish and you can record multiple times after each coat dries. For me, and my pieces, three coats is the magic number. That way I know it has sufficient durability to withstand a lot of use. 

The original hardware was rejuvenated with some antique gold Rub n Buff. LOVE that stuff. And it added the perfect pop of gold against the creamy white. My darling client and her boyfriend pick it up yesterday, I think she was over the moon.

It certainly turned out so elegant. 

Fancy French Armoire

Seems like forever since my last posting. Okay, so not exactly forever, but 79 days to be exact. While the bliss of summer is upon us, we have been living and breathing all things AAA tournement baseball as well as JV cheer and tumbling. Wouldn’t have it any other way. In a blink, our 2 kids (out of 5) now left at home will be gone. Gotta soak it all up now.

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Amidst the chaos of carpools and practices, I was finally able to complete this fun, highly versitile, and special piece. I instantly fell in love with the wonderful details, which look 10 times better with paint..

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I knew for certain that I wanted to create a 2 toned look, but struggled with deciding between the French Grey or French Linen. In the end, the French Grey won. Its classic and timeless.

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From the before…….

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To the after….. Some things are just that much better with paint.

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And the original vintage hardware is stunning. Overall, this gem received 2 coats of DIY chalk paint in a Creamy White and trimmed out with a French Grey. I then tastefully distressed it and applied 2 coats of dark wax.

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Tons of storage allows it to be used in so many different ways.

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The end result is fabulous. Totally for sale, will be hard to let it go. Stay tuned, as I’m rehabbing a solid pine farmhouse table for my brother and his wife. Until the next post……have a blessed summer..

Recreated…Stunning Buffet

Just began my latest piece. I picked up this buffet for a client and I love the design so much that I grabbed the matching china cabinet that matches. (I’ll rehab that piece at a later date). This is the buffet, fabulous curvy lines, sweet detailed legs and incredibly well made. My client wants to use this as a buffet/quasi ‘bar’ area. And it will be fantastic.

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My last piece sold so quickly that she never had an opportunity to see it in person. The gal who bought that piece is using it for her wedding, which will be at the Denver Botanical Gardens…….I was so tickled. She and her hubby will then use it in their home. So, I will recreate this new piece with the same finish as that piece, which looks like so……..

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Thus far, I have cleaned, sanded, primed and sanded again. The prep work is vital to a solid and long lasting finish. Paint will go on shortly, once I run kiddos to school. So stay tuned…….

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From Beat ……to ‘Chic’

This cute little vintage table was in sad shape when I picked it up. The face lift began. Lots of sanding was required to remove, glue, tape and years of abuse. Then I applied 2 coats of my favorite frenchy grey/blue paint, quaintly distressed it to reveal ‘peeks’ of the old black paint, glazed/antiqued it, and finished with 2 coats of Polycrylic for lasting durability.

Very versatile table, would be cute in a small eating area/breakfast nook, an occasional table, entry or even in a playroom. Lovingly ‘shabbied’ and plenty of chic.

Before the rehab…….yuck-a-doo

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And after…….

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Vintage Chic, Antiqued, China Cabinet

My latest creation was this precious china cabinet. It wasn’t so precious when I got it, but I knew I could revive this piece with some paint and elbow grease. This is the piece before…….

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I have been reading a lot about homemade chalk paint. A much cheaper version compared to some expensive name brands. There are many variations of homemade chalk paint out there and I decided on the method of mixing eggshell finish, latex paint with Calcium Carbonate (powder form) purchased from The Natural Grocer. It mixes very smooth and resulted in an easy painting process. Also, because of what I have read, many have claimed that priming the furniture before hand, when using chalk paint, is not necessary. So, I threw caution to the wind (because I always prime everything), sanded it a bit and wiped it down good, mixed up the chalk paint and got busy. It went on beautifully……with no primer. Gotta love that. I painted the outside a creamy white and the inside is a french, grey/blue. So here it is all painted up…….

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Then I tastefully distressed it, but not too much. After that I used some wood stain to antique it and before the stain dried I rubbed finishing wax on it to spread/ lighten the depth of the stain. And the results look like so…….very pleased.

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Vintage China Cabinet……..I didn’t intend to keep her πŸ˜‰

When I purchased this piece she was sad and in distress. She need new molding around the top, so once again, handy hubby to the rescue. We purchased some trim molding from Home Depot and he miter cut it perfectly to to size, then used small finishing nails to attach it. This piece was covered in heavy old stain, so I sanded GOOD, did 2 coats of primer. (I LOVE Bullseye 123). Because touches of stain were still slightly seeping through, I did 3 coats of paint. Antique white on the exterior and my fav’ French grey/blue on the inside. Then she was elegantly distressed, antiqued with glaze and covered in Polycrylic. Perfect piece to house some of my sweet mothers china and she looked lovely all on her own. I just couldn’t part with her, though many have asked if she was for sale. And I love that is has the sweet skeleton key for locking the glass doors. PRECIOUS!!

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