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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Farm House Chic inspired Buffet makeover

Hi everyone! It's Kimberly from Prairie Sisters and I'm here to share with you my latest re purposed piece. We got this buffet from an auction for 25 bucks. That's a score! It looks as if it's from the 50's or 60's maybe. Anyway, It's been on the "to do list" and I finally got around to finishing it up. I contemplated on what I was going to do with it for a few months. I wanted a little more of a country look for this piece and I'm thrilled with the results. Here's what I did...

Sneak Peak... The bottom two drawers do not have knobs because they are grooved on each side for the functionality of opening and closing. I did not want to take away from the original function and beauty of the piece that I myself have never seen before. I thought it was cool and if I were to add the knobs they would have been off centered from the top two and would not have looked right anyway. Just in case anyone is wondering. : )

The Process...
This buffet went through many stages and different knobs.


1.  3 coats of....Pittsburgh Paint, Ultra Interior in Satin. Dutch Boy in Designer White.
1. Stained the doors and drawers with Minwax water based stain in Island Water.
2. Sanded that down after it dried a bit.

After...The top one was after I had finished and didn't like it. I felt it needed more character and I wasn't digging the white knobs. So I got out some Minwax water based stain in Coffee tint that I had used on my coffee table you can see that process here http://prairiesistersboutique.blogspot.com/2013/04/hey-guys-its-me-kimberly-from-prairie.html
I decided to stain the top and a light coat over the blue toned stain. It seeped in to the already exposing wood and just made it look so much cuter and aged. However, I was still confused about the newer knobs I had picked out.

Finally...After 2 weeks, and in the middle of house hunting, packing, and bad weather I managed to finish it. I LOVE it. I had to style it outside because well... 1.I couldn't get it inside by myself and 2...our house is full of boxes.

 The Details... I wanted it real rough looking. I sanded it down in places, and then went over certain exposed wood with a darker stain using a Minwax Stain Marker in Dark Walnut which whomever invented those markers are genius. They are like colored pencils for furniture.

I loved the 3rd set of knobs I chose. LOL. It took trial and error and many trips back to Hobby Lobby but I finally decided on these with the help of Kristy. I also decided to stain the back panel in the island blue for an added touch of detail as well as the insides of the drawers and sides.

This piece was a process but a good one. I love the results and look forward to doing more buffets.
Total Cost Break Down..
1. Buffet- $25
2. White Paint- $12
3. Island Blue stain- $13
4. Coffee Stain- Already had
5. Knobs-$12 for all 3.
Total Cost...$62.00

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  1. Fantastic makeover. I love it! I'm really digging the dark stain. Visiting from your feature at Embracing Change. :)