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Beautiful Buffet Makeover

08 October 2011

Beautiful Buffet Makeover

It is finally finished! That giant piece that is our buffet and hutch is done…and looking beautiful, I might add.
First let me apologize for the poor photo quality of a few of the photos. It has been cloudy here lately and I must have taken about twenty photos trying to get one decent, blog-worthy, after picture. Alas, I just wanted to share the finished product with you so badly that I’ve settled…but just for today. If it becomes sunny in the next little while, I will replace the cloudy-day pics. Okay?
So of course, we start with the before.

Really this shouldn’t be the only before photo. Let me explain.
The hutch part (top) was actually given to us by a co-worker of Dean’s. For free. Glass doors, shelves, interior lights and all. Apparently he and his wife got it from Sears, but before they could get the buffet, Sears discontinued the line. So they found another complete piece they liked and gifted us the hutch. Sweet!  (Thanks J & K!).
Here’s the hutch all sanded down for refinishing:
Of course that meant that we had to find a suitable ‘bottom’ for the ‘top’. And just where do you think we looked? Why kiiji.ca of course! After a few days of patiently (ahem!) looking, we found a dresser of about the right size that conveniently had similar drawer profiles as the hutch. For $75. Yup, that’s it, $75!
Here it is all sanded down:

Next Dean attached the two pieces together.

And then I painted it with three coats of Behr Swiss Coffee, distressed it by sanding the edges and finished it with a glaze. We purchased some half cup drawer pulls from Lee Valley Toolsand painted them and the knobs that came with the hutch to match in a rich brown colour. I’m not sure I like how glossy those turned out, but it was spray paint I had on hand. And I was trying to be frugal on this project because it was unplanned.
Speaking of frugal, here is our ultra-inexpensive price breakdown:
hutch $0
buffet/dresser $75
Swiss Coffee paint $0 (on hand from other projects)
glaze $0 (on hand from coffee table project)
paint to mix with glaze $3 (oops! paint at home depot)
spray paint $0 (on hand from painting outdoor chairs this summer)
hardware $35
TOTAL $ 115
So here is the before again:
And da-da-da-da, the after. (Realistically I still have to rub in some Minwax Finishing Paste, but we have company coming and I need to clean the house! Oh and please excuse the floor – we haven’t got to that yet!).
Here are some close-ups of the distressing and glaze.
So what do you think? I love love love it. Totally worth all the hard work.

This project was contributed by one of our fabulous readers! We love to share your projects with this great blogging community. So, if you have projects from kitchen renovation ideas to small bathroom remodels, overhauled and repurposed furniture, spray paint updates you name it please send it in! Thanks for reading Remodelaholic!

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jerri October 8, 2011 at 5:08 PM  

I LOVE that buffet. GORGEOUS & better than new. Keep those shiny knobs on, they give a little modern touch to the traditional.

LEfting October 8, 2011 at 5:31 PM  

Wow! This is really lovely. What a great project, you must take a bow!

ButterYum October 8, 2011 at 7:31 PM  

Excellent transformation - what an incredible difference. Bravo!


Peggy October 8, 2011 at 8:22 PM  

Love it and its great inspiration for me to get going on my buffet and hutch project! Yours turned out amazing!

Artsy VaVa October 8, 2011 at 8:35 PM  

Beautiful! No one would ever believe that was the same piece if you didn't have the before picture! Great job.

Brooke October 8, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

So pretty!! Those two pieces belonged together! And it's gorgeous in it's new color. Great job!


C'est Magnifique October 8, 2011 at 10:53 PM  

Holy cow! Are you KIDDING me!?!?! That's beautiful, I can't believe that you found a base to go with that top that totally looks like they came together!


Iris October 8, 2011 at 11:15 PM  

what a big makeover! And white makes everything look classy and easy :)

Karel October 9, 2011 at 7:54 PM  

This is absolutely gorgeous. To look at it, you would never know that you used two different pieces. They are perfect together. What a great piece!!!

Nile B. October 9, 2011 at 11:35 PM  

that is an amazing job you have done!! And those knobs look gorgeous don't change them! Agreed with the first commenter that they add striking contrast to the weathered look you've given it, don't change a thing!

Tam October 10, 2011 at 6:42 AM  

Great piece! I love putting two different mix matched pieces together t o create one new! Beautiful!

Kim October 10, 2011 at 9:42 AM  

I love that!!! I wish I had the knowledge and time to do that to some of my old pieces. It is truly an amazing transformation!

Sarah October 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

Way to take things you had and make something really beautiful with them. This has a great classic style and looks very expensive. Well done guys!

Sarah @ FoodWineandHome

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