Blue Buffet

You know how one project leads to another, and another, and another, and so on….  This buffet makeover came about because I refinished a table and chairs for my sweet boy.  The table and chairs I refinished for my sweet boy came about because I did a set for baby girl, and so on, and so on.  I’ll show you Zack’s table and chairs set soon.  Promise.

Well, when I painted the chairs for sweet boy I just mixed up a big jug of paint using a bunch of little bits of paint I had left over from other projects.  It was a mixture of light blues, greens, some turquoise, even a splash of black.  What I ended up with was this pretty sea glass blue color.  Oh my gosh!  I can’t even express how much I loved the color.  I loved it SO much I knew I would have to have something painted that color.  Fortunately I had enough left (barely) from his project to do a piece of furniture for myself.

I’d been searching for awhile on our local Craigslist for a curvy buffet to put on the screened porch.  Finally, I came across this little beauty.

In the picture it looks like it’s in pretty good shape, when in reality it was pretty dinged up.

The handle for the top drawer was broken, but the pieces were all there.  There were also some fairly deep scratches and gouges all over.  It had been well loved.  :)   No problem for me, because I knew I was going to re-do it anyway.  It was a nice solid wood piece with pretty lines.  Sold!

The handle was easy enough for my sweetie to fix.  He drilled out a hole in the center of each piece put a piece of metal (a small nail with the head cut off) in there as a support and put it all back together with some JB Weld.  Good as new.

I did my usual light scuffing of the body of the piece, but for the top I stripped the finish off with Citristrip.  It took two applications to removed all of the top coat and the stain underneath.  Once the wood was all nekked I made a disappointing discovery.  The top was veneer.  Acck!!  I had to tread very lightly with the sandpaper on the top so I didn’t go through the veneer.

I stained the top with my go to favorite, Minwax Dark Walnut.  And sealed the top well with 4 coats of water based poly, sanding lightly between each coat.  If this buffet was going to be used inside I would have probably only used two coats, but since it was going outside and would be somewhat in the elements I sealed it up.

After taping off the top well I got to bring out my favorite power tool of all time; my Kobalt latex paint sprayer.

If you do not have a paint sprayer and do a significant amount of large area painting you don’t know what you’re missing.  This thing is the BOMB DIGGITY!  I will say that cleaning it out is a bit of a bugger, but it’s worth it.

So…I sprayed my buffet with three coats of paint and then I was out of paint.  I was done.  I let the paint cure for a few days inside the garage.  Then I put all of the handles back on, in their original antique brass finish.

Here she is all nestled back into her home on the back porch.  What in the world are you going to store in there Kitty?  Oooh, I’m so glad you asked.  You know those barbecue tools with the really long handles?  The ones that will not fit into your kitchen drawers?  The ones that smell a little smokey no matter how clean they are?  This is their new home.  It is just a few feet from where my sweetie does his grillin’ and smokin’ thing.  So it’s a perfect spot to store all of those goodies.

I didn’t purchase ANYTHING except the buffet for this project.  I already had all of the stripping and painting supplies.  The accessories may look a little different on the top of the buffet in the after photos, but they were all things I already had out on the back porch.  I just did a little re-arranging and zhushing of things.

Okay, now for the real order of business.  You know how I have a thing for naming inanimate objects – like Roxanne and Matilda.  What do you thing her name should be?  I’m thinking Francine.  Don’t ask me why?  While I was painting her that name just kept popping into my head.  Francine it is.  Hello Francine.  So nice to make your acquaintence. I’m so glad you’re here!

So here is Francine before:

And here is Francine after:

I think she’s going to be very happy here.  I know I’m happy to have her.

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