Are you ready for some fun? A healthy debate is always good, especially in family. My oldest son, Mr. I and I both had vintage buffets to work on and I challenged him to a Battle of the Buffets. Loser makes all! That means the loser makes a dessert of choice for the winner. mwahahaha!! To get us started we’ll begin with this buffet makeover. Let’s get our DIY on!
Mr I. is no newbie to this game, so I have my work cut out for me. You can see his past work in his own makeovers HERE. It’s hard for me to believe that not only am I a mom to a teenager, but he’s already out-growing me. I’m not short at 5’10”!
Last week I showed you this set and started with the mirrored dresser seen HERE to get us started. It went from orangey oak veneer to a look that had many of you surprised how easy it really is to update with no prep work. Yep, it’s that easy.Today, I’m tackling the entertainment center and turning it into a French country armoire.
Normally, I try to keep sets like this together, but I have found that every time I do I end up selling them separately since no one wants a set. So, this time I’ve done two completely different looks to the pieces. Last time was all about the dark color, while today I’m going to brighten things up.
This piece has more wear to it than the dresser did. The doors were off a bit, more nicks and dents, but overall heavy and sturdy.
The only prep work I did was to fix those blemishes and then give it a good cleaning. The veneer was in great shape, except for the top where it was peeling. I didn’t do much to that since it will be covered up.
Same for the inside, a bit of sanding repair and a good cleaning and we’re good to go. I really debated on taking out the interior of this and turning into something else, but since it was still useful as-is I left it.
First order of business in this French country armoire is to freshen up that interior. To do that I used my Manatee Gray to give it a clean feel like I did to my oak blanket chest. Only one coat was needed. Yay! I love this paint.
For the exterior I did the same washed treatment as I did on the matching dresser, but this time used Cotton and my Stubby Brush for a whitewashed effect. That was easy as well since this paint works like a dream. I even left all the hardware on and went over top of it as a glazing effect.
I used the same color paint as I did on my DIY tiered planter seen in this video below:
To stick with the French country armoire I had in mind, I also chose to use a transfer by Iron Orchid Designs like I did on my planters. They are so fun to use! This one is the Gilded Gander Transfer – a huge beauty.
As you can see the transfer had mostly a food description detail to it, and that’s not quite what I’m after. Since these are so versatile, I cut up the transfer into pieces for this project and pieces for a later kitchen related project.
Just rub on as I show in my video above. Then, to fine tune it over the doors, I used my Xacto knife to cut it down.
Then, it’s done!
This piece went from kinda pretty in orange to ooh, la, la French country chic. It was easy enough that you could do this in your home without having to take your heavy-as-a-semi-truck furniture outside. With a few easy steps you’re done!
The inside of this piece still allows for modern conveniences without sacrificing style. Manatee Gray was the perfect color to brighten the inside, and add a bit of contrast at the same time.
I think this makes for a sweet armoire for any living space as well as a bedroom. Where would you put it? It’s available for purchase from my shop – we ship most anywhere for half the cost of most.
My goal is to inspire you to give DIY a try. Even it’s as simple as a wash and a little embellishment, it goes a long way! Do pin and share to inspire other too. Thank you!
Up next is Trash to Treasure Tuesday, where my blogger friends and I have fun sharing our creations with you. I’m tackling this pile o’ goodness!
To get these DIY tips & tricks in your inbox, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!
Do you ever purchase something because you feel sorry for it? Like, you see it sitting there looking sad, and you don’t need it, but you know you could give it new life? That’s what happened when I spied this Ethan Allen table that someone was selling. I was actually purchasing other items from this person and had them lump it into my sale. Why not, right?
These classic vintage pieces were made to last and have such fun designs. The only major problem with this one was that the top decal has flaking off, as was the paint over the rest, and it had Read more
It’s that time again! Time for my friends and I to share our makeovers for Furniture Fixer Uppers Day. This is always a blast for me because I love to share a new makeover and show you what my friends are up to as well. You’ll see theirs features in a bit. Today, this beautiful Lexington dresser is going to help me show you updated furniture can be super easy.
I will be perfectly honest that I really did NOT want to do anything to this piece since it’s beautiful as is. However, the fact that it had scratches and I had no interest in refinishing it since it is made of Read more
Do you look at pictures in magazines and long for the farmhouse look in your home? Wipe the drool off your chin and head to the thrift store, my friend. There is a plethora of potential waiting for you around the corner – seriously! I have shown you mini-makeovers like this before and I want to continue to do so as so many love them. Here’s is a selection of goodies I nabbed and I’m going to show you how you can turn them into thrifted farmhouse decor for your home.
This set may not look like much now, but with a few simple tricks I can make them take on a whole new vibe. Which shall I start with? hmmm…how about the Read more
Here’s the scenario: I walk into the thrift store and take a quick scan of the goods. My path of hunt takes me straight to a leggy gem. Here is the Queen Anne table I spied.
I quickly open the drawer to find “Broyhill” and dove-tailed drawers. Then, I kneel down to look under and find…yep…solid oak. SCORE!! A quick sniff-check is in order to make sure no nasty odors linger. none. Mentally I make note of the wear on top. Nothing I couldn’t handle, right?
*giveaway sponsored by Zibra, post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)
Nervously I peeked around for the price tag – couldn’t Read more
Time for some fun! Today is Furniture Fixer Uppers day and you know this is right up my alley, right? I mean, what’s more fun than getting to get creative and share the projects done by my blogger friends? It’s all to inspire you. Today is all about this antique chest I found while thrifting.
This never fails to happen to me. I walk into the store knowing full well that I don’t need another piece to work on and am there on a solitary mission. Then, there it is…a big ol’ sign saying 50% off furniture. Well, any sane person couldn’t ignore that, right? Read more
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.
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?! Read more
You know I love me some farmhouse style decor. Do I live on a farm? No. Do I want to live on a farm? YES. Funny thing is I was born on a farm (and act like it too – ha!) and lived in rural life until I left the nest. So many of us adore the simplicity of farmhouse decor, but don’t live on a farm. However, we don’t have to wait for that “farm in the sky” to have it. Whether it’s good ol’ fashioned farmhouse or modern farmhouse, you can get the look for less. Let me show you what I mean. (I have a video for you!)
First, let me say that country living is in my bones and one day I will get there whether here or in heaven. God hasn’t seen fit to bless me with that opportunity yet, so I am making the most of my blessings.
Some of the ways I have incorporated my passion into my home is by Read more
This site utilizes cookies to offer you the best experience possible. more information
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.