Sunday, November 14, 2010

Finished Buffet!!!

Wow, it has been a few weeks, but the buffet is now finished! It was definitely a ton of work and slightly overwhelming, because it was that first time I have ever attempted painting furniture. It was totally worth it in the end. I love the buffet!!! It turned out exactly how we wanted it to look, and it adds tons of storage to our kitchen area.

First, lets begin with the knobs. After scouring the town (twice lol) we landed on some black metal knobs from Home Depot. They were exactly what I wanted, or so I thought, but after getting them home and thinking things over, I realized I had my heart set on crystal knobs. They are just more me. :) So, we ended up making an emergency stop at Target (don't you just LOVE those) where I had previously seen these gems below:

These knobs are four for $14.99 and I LOVE THEM. Now for the before and after pictures of the finished buffet!

Here she is in all her dirty glory:

Here she is now:

Our wonderful neighbors came over yesterday to help Tommy move our new TV stand inside (more on this in my next post) and they couldn't even believe it was the same piece of furniture. They were amazed! Our neighbors, of course, helped Tommy move this buffet inside as-well.

The Process:
I was incredibly blessed to have my amazing Mom here to help us paint this buffet, otherwise we would have both been lost, (and crazy). We started by going to Home Depot and getting our 120 sandpaper, oil based primer, tarp, foam mini rollers, and Martha Stewart Living Paint in Glass of Milk. I think now I would have gotten a rougher sandpaper because the finish was so glossy we really had to work hard to get it sanded down. I also think I need to invest in a mini paint brush instead of using those disposable foam tip things. They don't hold up real well. We started by giving her a good wipe down followed by sanding her down so that the surface felt rough. Then another wipe down. The next morning, we started the painting process with one coat of primer:

Once she was completely primed and dry we started the painting process: We ended up doing one coat of a high gloss paint and no polyurethane, which I don't know if I will do again. The gloss made the paint very temperamental and difficult to perfect with a brush, and I am definitely a perfectionist!

We found that setting the door fronts on top of paint cans made the perfect painting holders. I am super happy with the outcome and I can't wait to tackle more furniture re-dos! Here are a couple more after pictures. Check out our cookbooks and cooking magazines new home!

Isn't she gorgeous!!!

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  1. Love the buffet Sherie. Your hard work has paid off.. it looks fabulous. It is hard to believe it is the same piece of furniture. We can't wait to see all the updates when we are there at Christmas time. Love, Denise

  2. Thanks Denise! I can't wait for you guys to come and see all of the updates! Hopefully, we will have the new flooring in by the time you get here!!!

  3. I really love this! The gloss looks amazing, just my style. And I think there are products you can get to smooth out the brush marks although I've not tried any yet.

    Great piece :-)

  4. It is beautiful! What a perfect paint job :) You made it gorgeous, I hope you are proud!

  5. This looks fantastic! What a change! The crystal knobs are just perfect ~ I just saw those at Target this morning. :) Visiting from Miss Mustards Party!

  6. I love it!!!!! You did an amazing job.

  7. Yes it is gorgeous! Great job Sherie! I like that you changed out the knobs. I have a collection of knobs, sometimes they make the piece complete!