Art Deco Buffet Revived with Paint & Stain

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Time for round two! Are you ready? If you missed the first installment of our Battle of the Buffets, be sure to see the first makeover of an antique in this post. You’ll want to take a peek so you can vote at the end of today’s fun and enter to win this week’s giveaway (I love to share!). Today, the entrant is this vintage Art Deco buffet that has seen better days.

Battle of the Buffets by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mid Century Buffet Before | prodigalpieces.com

Let me tell you why…first, it has damage to the top with chemical/burn stains, it is sagging badly in the middle, veneer missing, and the doors won’t stay shut. Nothing we can’t fix, right?!

Damaged Top of Mid Century Buffet | prodigalpieces.com

For some reason, in Art Deco and Mid Century pieces they made them have a great expanse, but did not provide enough support to them. Then, after several years they begin to sag trying to manage the weight.  See below.


Sagging Damaged Buffet | prodigalpieces.com

I have encountered this time and time again, and it can make the drawers not function and, in this case, the doors hang open.

This is when we flip it over and take a look at how to rebuild the bottom to hold all that weight. See the feet that my husband, JC, added to support the center?

Repairing Damaged Mid Century Buffet | prodigalpieces.com

Then Mr. I , our oldest son and lone competition, and JC made the necessary adjustments to close that half-inch sagging gap, and we’re good to go.

Next up is to begin the refinish. Mr. I is the one who is taking over this makeover and give it a good sanding with my sander. He is not new to this game. You can see his past projects HERE.

To start, he uses Early American to give the drawers a rich color. This particular color of stain has long since been one of my favorites used in my home and on many items seen in these posts.

Staining the Mid Century Modern Buffet Drawers | prodigalpieces.com

Once the stain is cured, he applies a matte poly topcoat for a durable finish using the Palm Pro.

Palm Pro Paint Brush for Smooth Topcoat Finish by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While the topcoat is curing, he decided to use the soft metallic paint Pure Gold for the knobs. I can never say enough good about RustOleum paints. They go on wonderfully and provide great durability.

RustOleum Pure Gold for Mid Century Knobs | prodigalpieces.com

Time to switch back to getting the cabinet of his Art Deco buffet done. When deciding on a color, he wanted it to stay true to the era, but bring it a modern vibe. He decided to go with a color called Very Navy by Behr in a Glidden Eggshell. The Square Brush made it a breeze for him to cut-in and get crisp lines.

Painting with the Zibra Square Brush for Crisp Lines | prodigalpieces.com

It’s lookin’ good! The last thing was give it a second coat and let everything cure.

Meet the new and revived vintage Art Deco buffet…

Vintage Art Deco Buffet Revived with Color by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Art Deco Buffet in Navy Blue by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

From boring and dated to sleek and modern. It’s a fun new look that keeps to the era, but brings it back to life.

Modern Chic Art Deco Buffet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mr I. and JC made new shelves to give those cabinets purpose and extra storage space. You can never have enough storage, right?

Open Vintage Art Deco Buffet ~ Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My favorite is the vintage Waverly wallpaper lining used to keep with the geometric feel and add that extra fun touch. You can see how I’ve used it in other applications HERE.

Vintage Waverly Wallpaper Lining Mid Century Buffet ~ See the makeover at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Mr. I rocked this makeover from top to bottom…literally. I’m proud of him and all his work.

Gorgeous Blue Vintage Art Deco Buffet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Although we love every piece we work on , we can’t keep them all. You can find this buffet now available in my shop, along with other furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now…{{drumroll please}} The winner is both of us. haha!! The widget I used to take votes stopped working and when it did we were a couple of votes apart, so because of that Mr. I and I called it a draw. What’s for dessert? You will see that up next, so be sure to stay tuned.

We hope you had fun because we sure did. Do pin and share this Art Deco buffet makeover to inspire others to give DIY a try. It’s fun!

Check out how this vintage Art Deco buffet was given a modern feel. Makeover at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, our backyard makeover continues as we give this hot mess of an area a facelift. You don’t want to miss the after HERE. Be sure to stay tuned and sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!

Backyard Mess Before DIY Update by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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65 Comments

  • Debrashoppeno5

    He not only looks like you but he is as talented as you. I say it is a tie!

    July 20, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun is that?! Thank you, Debra.

      July 20, 2017 at 7:04 am Reply
  • jo wolfe

    Couldn’t vote,survey monkey logo covered voting area

    July 20, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hmm…Did you scroll the box down?

      July 20, 2017 at 7:03 am Reply
      • jo wolfe

        I did but just in case Mr I rocked it, sorry Larissa but then again he is the student of the master. Congrats to both 😘

        July 20, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply
        • Larissa

          Thanks! He took my lead well and ran with it. Fun!

          July 20, 2017 at 8:51 am Reply
      • Cheryl

        Absolutely loved your sons makeover. He wins.

        July 21, 2017 at 2:03 am Reply
    • Sandi Jones

      I had the same problem… I kind of chuckled to myself and thought that’s one way to ensure a win. LOL

      July 20, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply
      • Larissa

        hahaha…funny! Not sure whey some can vote and other can’t. Hmmm…

        July 20, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply
  • Jewell Styles

    Love them both! My vote will have to go to Mr. I., I find it incredible that a teenager takes an interest in a project of this size.

    July 20, 2017 at 7:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! He has new car on the brain and will make any teenager work hard. hahaha…

      July 20, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply
  • JBurnside

    Mr. I did a beautiful job! It was hard to vote, because I love both pieces for their own beauty. His buffet warmed my heart, because I had just recently done an old waterfall men’s dresser and a similar nightstand in the same style – navy with stained wood, for my son. It’s a great combination.

    July 20, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! He appreciates the love. Sweet to hear great minds think alike. 🙂

      July 20, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply
  • Elaine

    The antique buffet is more my style, but your son’s makeover got my vote for being so original.

    July 20, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to hear. He did so good and took my design tips and rocked it.

      July 20, 2017 at 8:51 am Reply
  • Sharon

    Love them both but my husband and I both were excited over your son’s. Sorry – he got the vote! Great job and I know you both had fun!

    July 20, 2017 at 8:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      No worries! He did a great job.

      July 20, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply
  • Ann Mayner

    Not sure if this is where I vote or not loved them both but have to go with Jon…. seriously love his….

    July 20, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply
  • Mary

    This was really a tough call Larissa. You know how much I swoon over the one you did with that soft color and the white glaze. But I am also really, really partial to MCM. Being that Mr. I. is so young and he did such a fantastic job, I have to vote for him. You have done well to teach him such a valuable skill and I’m also learning about those slouchy middles.

    July 20, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I could have a house with all styles because I adore them so. I get what you mean, Mary. He did good!

      July 20, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Barb B.

    Wow! You two are so talented. Both buffets are beautiful but Mr. I’s is more my style and his makeover is just stunning! He really has an eye for taking something from blah to beautiful. But you do get to enjoy the proud mama bragging rights so you’re both winners!

    July 20, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply
  • Janice

    I would love to vote for Mr. I but can’t see a place to vote. I love what he did with that buffet! Very talented.

    July 20, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! There is a survey in a box with the option to vote. Hope that helps!

      July 20, 2017 at 9:09 am Reply
  • Shawna

    Both really fantastic! I couldn’t get the survey to link so I’m voting here… I vote for Larissas project. I prefer that style furniture, however both were really great and both winners imo. ☺️

    July 20, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the vote! There’s a box within the post that has two options. Pick one and then scroll to click/tap done. Hope that helps!

      July 20, 2017 at 9:19 am Reply
  • Janette Deans

    I did vote but found it really hard, your buffet got my vote Larissa simply because I love the glaze on it, but the other was just so good…great work….hugs from the UK…x

    July 20, 2017 at 9:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet, Janette. Back at ya! 😀

      July 20, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    The survey isn’t showing any options…just the big box so I’m voting here. Tough call both are beautiful. While your son rocked his makeover, yours is more my style. So I’m voting for yours. What a fun thing to do. You’ve taught him well!

    July 20, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. I appreciate the love!

      July 20, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    BOTH Beautiful pieces and not wanting to get in the middle of mother and son; I see it as a tie, as you are Both winners in my book.
    Congratulations to you both on your beautiful pieces of work

    July 20, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to say – thank you. We are having fun and although one makes the dessert, we all get to enjoy it, so Win-Win! 😀

      July 20, 2017 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Linda

    I couldn’t access the survey, on the SurveyMonkey. I am very impressed by both projects!!! Your buffet is more my style, so my vote goes to you! This bonding and memory making time with your son on these projects will never be forgotten! You both deserve a Gold medal!! Keep the good time memories going!!

    July 20, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Linda! Not sure why some can vote and others can’t. We had a blast nonetheless.

      July 20, 2017 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Ginny

    I, too am unable to vote in the survey box, as it will not allow a ‘scroll down”.
    My vote is for Mr. I – I am such a sucker for blue- I guess you could say “It blue me away !although they are both gorgeous!

    July 20, 2017 at 10:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So you can select an entry and can’t scroll to see “Done?” Just curious…thanks!

      July 20, 2017 at 11:05 am Reply
  • Nancy Walden

    Mr L did a good job! I like his choices on where to add paint and stain. I have a hope chest from the late 30’s-early 40’s that might be a good candidate for his ideas. That said, I voted for the vintage piece because it’s more my style!

    July 20, 2017 at 10:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Nancy! I kinda did the color choosing and he did the work. He is still building up his confidence on color choices and wanted my opinion. He does wonderful work!

      July 20, 2017 at 11:05 am Reply
  • Judy Black

    Love yours the most Larissa!

    July 20, 2017 at 10:56 am Reply
  • Marie

    You know how much I love your work, Larissa and I loved your white washed buffet but Mr. I got my vote. I’m so impressed by his talents but also his willingness, as a teenage boy, to learn and work alongside his Mama. Why enjoy just one dessert when you can each make each other’s favorite and have a dessert party around your brand new firepit. Just say’n!

    July 20, 2017 at 11:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…more like wants a new car (he’s motivated!!) Thanks for lovin’ on him and me Marie!

      July 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm Reply
  • Paula

    You are both winners because each of the buffets are exquisitely done! It was such a hard decision…such pressure! After careful consideration, I voted for yours. Mostly because it is more my style and I’m still swooning over that inside color. However, Mr. I made me like that art deco buffet, so I almost went with that. But the deciding factor was that I want to see what dessert he makes. Because he probably inherited/learned that talent from you as well, so it will be “sweet” to see what he comes up with! Cheers to both mother and son!

    July 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He is a good cook! ahahaha…a young man of many talents for sure. Thanks so much for you unending support. 🙂

      July 20, 2017 at 3:43 pm Reply
  • Pamela

    I love your buffet style, but I love Mr I’s colors. I recently did a Thomasville dresser in a similar color, not sure what the name is because it was a oops can at Home depot for $9, and I just love it. He definitely learned from the best tho. I love all of your past projects and look forward to many more. Mr J deserves kodos also for his awesome repairs ❤

    July 20, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • Denise

    I agree with Paula.. both are winners! I did however pick Mr. I’s simply because I’m not an MCM fan – buuuut this piece made me smile from ear to ear. Fabulous job Mr. I …. but what did I expect, you have an AMAZING teacher. Can I come and share that dessert? hehe 😉

    July 20, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s so fun to hear. Thanks from the both of us. And yes…we’ll send you some!

      July 20, 2017 at 3:45 pm Reply
  • Liz

    My my ,what a duel! I have to vote for Mr.I! Love the blue, very good job. Loved it!

    July 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply
  • Liz

    Your survey monkey is not working.

    July 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s been wonky all day, especially for iPhones. It seems to be working on laptop, desktop, other phones, and tablets. Ah well.

      July 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm Reply
  • Rebecca M

    I prefer your sons buffet! Looks great!

    July 21, 2017 at 12:01 am Reply
  • Cheryl

    Mr I wins hands down. Love his work. 🌺

    July 21, 2017 at 2:15 am Reply
  • Susan

    Your buffet style is right up my alley and I’m going to try that technique on a piece I have. Mr. I’s is an incredible makeover though! Lots of work and a great vision for that piece. 2 desserts coming up!

    July 21, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, you are so right. We both win. Thank you!

      July 22, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Shirley Vastine.

    I must admit, when I saw the first photo with the blue paint, I thought’ oh no’ , but it is gorgeous!! Never would have been so brave, but I really like it. Both pieces are lovely, can’t pick a favorite, but the blue wins on originality. I have a buffet sitting right behind me that needs some of your talent! Good job guys!

    July 21, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…sweet to hear! Thank you, Shirley.

      July 22, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply
  • Becky

    Wow, this is really well done! Nice work Mr. I! I have to confess though… I voted for the first choice. : ) I’m a glazing fan. : )
    P.S. I like seeing which brushes you choose for different tasks. I wondered where the square would be used.

    July 21, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      High five to you, Becky. 😀

      July 22, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply
  • Charlene

    He absolutely blew this project out of the water!!!!! LOVE IT! He learned his lessons well.

    July 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the love for him. 😀

      July 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply

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