Monday, February 25, 2013

Buffet Makeover

I fell in love with this little buffet this summer.  I like that it's a little smaller but has so much detail on it. I've been waiting for some inspiration and it finally came!  


Before

Check out her "jewelry"!

I really, really (yes, really!) wanted a wood top on this one, but the veneer was very damaged in more than one spot.  I contemplated leaving it that way and then decided I wasn't going to take the easy way out, so I ended up peeling it.  When I say "peeling"  I really mean scraping, scratching, gouging, steaming....you get the picture.  It's not a pretty process.  Especially when there are two layers and, of course, this one had two layers (one is the actual veneer and the second layer is the sub they put over the boards to stabilize them).  Two words.  Not.  Fun.  I'll move on since we've had this discussion before. ;)



The end closest to you is the end where both layers have been steamed off.   You can see on the back side of the buffet is the sublayer and on the floor is the actual veneer! :)

I just want you to know I have man hands now.  They are blistered and worn out--I need a good manicure!  I just might treat myself!

 This is what the top looked like after everything was scraped off and it was sanded down with 120 and then 220.  I was happy there was decent wood under the veneer.

 And here she is ...

After









 I love how the distressing turned out.  The paint peeled in a way that looks very natural and I adore the dark wood underneath.





Aren't these legs yummy?! ;)






She's got updated hardware now, which compliments her so much more than those dangly things she had before! 






 The details on this piece are just fantastic, but they weren't really noticeable before.  I dry brushed them with a color two shades darker than the top coat and then distressed.  






 I love this soft gray/green color.  I wanted green, but I wanted subtle, too.  It gives character without making too bold of a statement.


 This isn't a very good pic of the top.  It isn't this dark.  I actually stained it too dark the first time and had to sand the whole thing back off again (yes, I did the same thing not too long ago.  You would think I would learn my lesson!).  It has an interesting grain to the wood...fits well the the rest of the piece. :)



I'm really happy with the way this one turned out and I believe she has a new home already! Yea!

A big THANK YOU to Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage
Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff
Kathryn @ The Dedicated House
Peggy @ PJH Designs
Claire @ The Rustic Pig
Laura @ The Ironstone Nest
Judy @ DIY by Design
Michele @ {Primp}
Deborah @ Green Willow Pond
Ginger @ Ginger Snap Crafts
Tammy @ Homespun Happenings
Cheri @ It's So Very Cheri
Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life
and
Patti @ Ivy and Elephants

for featuring this buffet!

This makeover was also linked up at Jennifer Rizzo's Springsperation Linky Party



Linked up here:
Ivy and Elephants Three Mango Seeds
Common Ground
Designed Decor



nap-time creations





Creations by KaraThe DIY'ers

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
House on the Way
Cozy Little House
A Diamond in the Stuff UndertheTableandDreaming Mod Vintage Life
Home Stories A2ZMore the Merrier Monday Boogieboard Cottage PJH Designs TheRusticPig





 

89 comments:

  1. Lisa This is awesome great Job

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  2. This is gorgeous!! I love the new color and the wood top is perfect. All that hard work does pay off in the end! Saw this Linked at Rustic Pig, Thanks for sharing.
    Susan

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  3. Looks like a lot of work, but the end result is beautiful. Love the color.
    Jeannie

    The French Hen's Nest

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  4. That looks fabulous!Love the knobs you used and how you stained the top.

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  5. Adore the color! Awesome makeover! thanx for sharing, Tiffany

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  6. Well, your hard work paid off. It looks fabulous! I love everything about it.
    Karen

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  7. This looks incredible- wow, you did a great job :) love every bit of it

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  8. Wow, this looks awesome! You did an amazing job.
    Jamie

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  9. This is a stunning makeover. In one of my favorite colors! I'm sharing this on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing it Ann!

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  10. That is beautiful--you brought out the character of this piece perfectly. I have wondered about removing veneer but wasn't sure it was doable or worth the effort. I'll be looking at damaged veneer in a different way now.

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    1. Make sure you look long and hard--lol--it's still a pain!! :) Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a comment. :)

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous!!!
    Perfect color - and perfect amount of distressing - I'm in LOVE with this piece!
    Great job
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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    1. You are always so sweet Suzan--thank you so much. Love what you've been up to, too. You are such an inspiration!

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  12. What a lot of work but she is Divine now! Love your shade of green. I am in the process of doing a hutch in a subtle green also. ASCP in Versailles.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  13. Your hard work certainly paid off. What a gorgeous piece!

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  14. What a beautiful makeover, Lisa ~ I love the color, the finish, the handles and the final display ~ all absolutely perfect.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d} and sharing your creativity.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

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  15. I can truly appreciate the effort that went into that veneer top and know all too well the "man Hands" that come with this "hobby". You created a timeless piece with every detail!

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  16. Your buffet is gorgeous after all your hard work on it! You're right, the paint brings out all the details beautifully.
    Mary Alice

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  17. This is a beautiful piece with lots of character. What colour did you use for it?

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    1. Oh my goodness--I had it color matched from a Benjamin Moore color and I only did it at 75%, but I can't remember the name of the color. If I find it again I will let you know! Sorry. :( Thank you for the kinds words. :)

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  18. Thank you so much to all of you for the wonderful compliments! Sometimes I am still so unsure of what I do so it is so nice to hear from all of you!!

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  19. You did a truly beautiful job. Your time and effort is obvious! Pinned for inspiration.

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    1. Thank you for pinning it Heather and for the kind words.

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  20. Wow Lisa - this piece was already so unique! You did a amazing job! I love it! ~ Lisa from HouseOfFabForLess

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  21. I am in love! Love the style, love the color, love her jewelry and love the great job you did. Thanks for the inspiration....think I will go searching for a piece to work on now. Visting from Savvy Southern Style.

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    1. Thank you Shanee and happy hunting! Would love to see what you find!

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  22. What a great transformation! Thanks for sharing it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party! Love it!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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    1. Thank you and thanks for hosting! :)

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  23. Wow, she's gorgeous! Love the color, details and distressing! I can't wait for spring when I can start painting again. I'd love it if you would share this at "What We Accomplished Wednesday," at Green Willow Pond. It is live right now. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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    1. Thank you for the invite Deborah! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. :)

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  24. Wow I really like this :) I've been thinking about painting my sideboard I just need to choose a color. Very nice restyle it looks great and I love the arrangement of goodies too.

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  25. I'm so excited that I found your blog! Your transformation of furniture pieces are amazing!! I am now following because I don't want to miss a thing you transform. Thanks for sharing and for all the inspiration you have given to me. Enjoy your day, Gail

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    1. That's very kind of you, Gail. Thank you for following! I hope I don't disappoint! ;)

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  26. Your pieces are soo beautiful! You have inspired me to try too. Thanks for sharing>

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  27. Oh my goodness!! You've done it again!! LOVE it!! When I saw the before picture, I was thinking.. hmmm.. not cute.. not sure I would have bought that, but then the after pictures! OH MY!!!! LOVE it!!! Just goes to show you that with paint and new hardware, it makes a totally different piece!! You rock!!! LOVE it!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Hugs!! Claire (I think I should win an award for the most exclamation points in a comment!)

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    1. I love all the exclamation points, Claire!!! You made my day! Thank you so much for the sweet words! :)

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  28. All of your hard work paid off. It's beautiful.

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  29. I hope you had a good mani after all that hard work. It turned out beautiful. The color, the distressing and how you made all the detail pop!

    I am a new follower. I hope you can follow back. I love making new friends!:)

    xx
    Sumaya

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    1. I haven't had one yet (I have to wait for my nails to grow back!). lol Thank you so much for following!

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  30. WOW! what a knockout, lisa! i am in love! the color, knobs, distressing.... it all adds up to PERfection!

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  31. Just awesome! I'm so impressed! Love the way you have it styled too!

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  32. OMG, Lisa- oh you did a fabulous job!

    So she has a new home already? Oh how on earth do you let such amazing pieces go?

    (I know, it's your business) but I would hate to part with such a vision.

    You are amazingly talented, lady! WOW!!!!! ♥

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    1. I have a small house--that helps. :) :) (plus my husband would kill me! haha) Thank you so much for the sweet compliment.

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  33. Great job! I like how it looks now a lot. I find that color and the "look" very similar to my vintage pieces of furniture of my kitchen.
    Besos from Argentina! Silvina

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  34. Holy cow, this is awesome. I have an 'all my furniture has to be white' problem that I'm curing myself of, and am in lurve with the idea of a painted & stained piece of furniture. Not to mention those knobs. THE KNOBS!! I love the color and the stained top, and the distressing. It's gorgeous and looks like it's been that way for ages. Fabulous job! I'll be lurking around for tons more pieces for sure!

    Poppin in from Southern Lovely's Show & Share!
    Best-
    Kim @ Two Ten

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! I love the knobs, too! You should have seen me when I held them up to the piece right before I put them on (I think I may have jumped up and down once or twice--shhh--don't tell, it's a little scary, haha)/ You are too sweet--thanks for "lurking"--I love a good stalker!! ;)

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  35. Beautiful piece, Lisa! I love the detail on this; I can see why you were taken with it. Love the color and the stained top. What a wonderful size, too. I'd probably need something about that size here in our condo dining area.

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  36. This turned out so nice. The detailing stands out so much more than before you painted. Staining the top (although it sounded like a ton of work) and painting the rest with the distressing was a very smart choice. It turned out just beautiful.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes

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  37. Wow! What a change! Please share your project at www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

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    1. Thanks so much Jennifer. I'm so happy to be able to share!

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  38. Beautiful! I am scrapping some veneer myself right now. Not fun! Life to the full, Melissa

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  39. Gorgeous. I love how it turned out. Great tutorial on how to remove the veneer. Hugs, Marty

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  40. Love, love, love her! *Swoon*
    Great job ~ all that work was worth it. I also love your bird fineal.
    I found you today from the Linky at The Dedeicated House, where I am #374. I hope you will stop by my blog and leave a comment, also.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Megin! I visited your lovely blog, too. :) Love Downton Abbey! :)

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  41. Holy Flip! Lisa, this is gorgeous! You did an amazing job on this!! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. You will be one of the features on Monday! Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you so much Kathryn! Love stopping by. :)

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  42. Beautiful! I love it that you shared so many pics. You are an excellent photographer.

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  43. This is a beautiful piece! The top was well worth your hard work! You find such great pieces to redo! Thanks for sharing at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  44. Gorgeous! I love how it turned out, all your hard work (and man hands) paid off!
    Saw you sharing at It's Party Time.
    Debbie :)

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  45. You did a beautiful job on this and the color you chose for it is perfect!

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  46. Thanks so much for sharing this at Project Inspired! I love the color and the new knobs you added - stunning!

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  47. What a beautiful job. I love the color and believe me I can relate to removing all that veneer. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

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  48. I featured your makeover on my facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=445057752229772&set=a.232530000149216.51425.118325881569629&type=1

    Cheri

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    1. Thank you so much Cheri! That was very kind of you!

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  49. First of all Lisa, you are so brave. It came out absolutely perfect. I love the colour and I am in love with the hardware. I would love it if you would share this amazing post at our WIW Linky Party. It's still open. Hope you can join us!

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Paula--I would love to share. :)

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  50. Look who is featured at Transformed Tuesday.
    xoxo
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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    1. Thank you Peggy! Loved all the features this week--beautiful stuff! :)

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  51. You did a beautiful job. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  52. Featuring you today! :) Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/03/take-look-at-you-link-party-features.html

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    1. Thank you so much Ginger! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  53. Lisa! She is a beauty! I didn't think all that much of her with the before picture. But boyee! Do those details pop after a nice paint job. You did a wonderful job!

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  54. Gorgeous piece, Lisa! You did an absolutely beautiful job on it! Super impressed with your dedication to strip the veneer off the top. It was well worth the work!
    Allison

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    1. Thank you so much Allison! My hand finally healed but I still have the scar from the splinter that went under my fingernail!! It was worth it. ;)

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  55. Thanks so much for sharing, we featured you this week! Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. Thank you so much Patti! Beautiful features this week!

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  56. I love your buffet make-over. great job! what kind of paint and color did you use? milk paint? thx e

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