French Linen Buffet With Farmhouse Flair

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I just finished up this gem, which is now listed for sale & ready for a new home.
I had my hubby pick up this piece some time ago.  However, with the  crazy of Christmas, it just sat in my workshop for a bit. I was eager to get started, and here’s where I began.

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I loved the lines of the piece, with its curvy front, and the beautiful hardware. The top was heavily stained and some veneer was chipping in a few areas…….let’s just say, it had been well loved.  So I gave it a good scrubbing, gentle sanding on the body, followed by several areas of wood putty to even things out a bit, and the top of the piece I sanded WAY down with a heavy grit sandpaper and my palm sander. The grain of the wood was stunning.

I decided to mix a customer batch of Jacobean and Dark Walnut stain, which I applied 3 times, followed by 3 coats of Polycrylic.

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The body of the piece received 2 coats of my DIY chalk paint in a French Linen color (Behr – Ashwood ). After that dried overnight, I tastefully distressed the piece and waxed it with Minwax/Dark Finishing Paste Wax (my all time favorite) for that vintage appeal.

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The original hardware was buffed/polished & brought back to its former glory using ‘Brasso’.

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The color is super neutral and this is such a versatile piece.  Now she just needs a new home.

Serpentine front Buffet

This just completed………

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My sweet client, whom I just recreated a china cabinet for, decided that she wanted first right of refusal on this fabulous, vintage, Bernhardt buffet that I was working on. They recently moved into their new home and she is quickly having fun decorating all of her new spaces. Totally the best part of a new home, I think.

After all of my prep steps, cleaning, sanding and 2 coats of primer….I decided of a french linen color (Behr- Ashwood) as the base color and I trimmed it out with my favorite white (Behr- Polished Pearl).

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At this stage was when my client decided to come and take a look, as she had not hand picked the colors, I had. Loving it ‘as is’, she decided to leave the finish crisp…..so no distressing or glazing. While that is not common place for majority of my work (as I am typically distressing and glazing), I too enjoy the clean finish of this piece.

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The entire piece received a good coat of wax and the top got 2 coats. All original hardware was scrubbed, polished and buffed using Brasso……what a difference. Love the elegant serpentine front…….and the fact that it is going to one of my sweetest clients ever.

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