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Vintage Bassett Buffet Refreshed & Renewed

There are times in life you make a no-brainer decision. Today is one of them for me. If you were offered this vintage Bassett buffet, would you turn it down? If you did, I’d happily jump in and take it off your hands! haha!

Vintage Bassett Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Thankfully, my friend knows me well and knows I adore pieces like this. They are primarily designed to be buffets (or sideboards). However, they also serve well as entertainment centers, dressers, and even a changing station for baby. Take a peek at all the past buffets that have been redone HERE.

Vintage Bassett Buffet Top with Wear | prodigalpieces.com

At first glance, it seems to be in great shape, and it is. All original pulls, no broken doors or drawers, and it sits square. However, there is surface wear that is pretty heavy . For instance, it’s like someone either put duct tape across the top and left it for ages, or left fabric soaking with a chemical. Plus, it also has missing veneer and gouges, which is certainly normal for a piece like this.

Bassett Buffet Drawer Pulls | prodigalpieces.com

While all that is definitely repairable, the worst part about it is the scent it emits. I’m happy to say it doesn’t reek of cigarettes or moth balls, but whew! Someone definitely dumped some sort of potpourri oil or something because cinnamon is the name of the game.

Damaged Vintage Bassett Buffet Side | prodigalpieces.com

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DIY TIME

First, I wanted to see how the top would fair with a good sanding. I used my orbital sander to take of the finish and stain. Unfortunately, the veneer on top was so thin in spots due to that damage that it was wearing through. That meant no staining for the top.

Sanding Buffet Top with Dewalt Orbital Sander by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It’s just as well so I could seal up the scent with a Zinsser B-I-N Primer, the same one I used to seal in cigarette smoke in this entertainment center I upcycled. Just FYI…normally baking pieces in the sun will remove most odors, and I tried that with this one. It relieved some of it, but not all.

PAINTING

So, after I repair damage and prime it’s time to get some paint on this vintage Bassett buffet. Of course, my favorite Zibra paint brushes are my choice for this project. If you haven’t tried them before, you are missing out! First, I begin with the interior of the cabinets with my Triangle Brush. It makes hitting all those corners easy-peasy.

Zibra Triangle Brush for Painting Buffet | prodigalpieces.com

I wanted the interior to have a contrast to the exterior color I am using. This will lighten and brighten the interior as well. Meanwhile, the outside will be getting my favorite color, Slate Green using my Angled Brush.

Painting Bassett Buffet with Zibra Brush by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

In the past, I’ve used this color on my kitchen cabinets, my interior trim, and even this secretary and upcycled gun cabinet.

Vintage Bassett Buffet Top Painted with Slate Green | prodigalpieces.com

Next, I wanted to add dimension. While adding the second coat of paint, I used the layering technique to blend in a darker gray to the outer edges.

First Coat of Buffet Painted | prodigalpieces.com

You can see how I’ve used this technique before on this antique dresser. Notice I’m using the Round Brush to do this. It makes the shading flow beautifully when you use it in a circular motion.

Blending Paint on Buffet with Zibra Paint Brushes by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, but not least, I wanted to take the two silverware drawers and remove the felt lining. It is in good shape, but holds an odor as well.

Silverware Drawer with Felt | prodigalpieces.com

I had to remove the staples that held the sections in at the back, then pop them out. That allowed me to add a liner to update it and refresh it.

THE REVEAL

Here is this vintage Bassett buffet in its new form. Whew!

Green Blue Bassett Buffet Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage #diy #home #homedecor

Right Side of Vintage Bassett Buffet Restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture

I’m smitten! The color is, as I mentioned, one of my favorites. Its soft and the accents add depth to the design, don’t you think?

Top View of Vintage Bassett Buffet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #homedecor

Open Silverware Drawer with Lining by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Vintage Bassett Furniture Logo | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In addition to the exterior color, I adore the sort of gentle peek inside the two side cabinets.

Open Buffet Doors with Contrasting Color by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Left Side of Vintage Bassett Buffet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor

And true to his doting nature, my old buddy, Teddy, is here to give his two paws up for my work. Notice his ears…he knows he’s not supposed to be there. hahaha.

Miniature Schnauzer with Vintage Bassett Buffet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #vintage

Corner Buffet Styling by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

If you’d like to add this vintage Bassett buffet to your home decor, you can find it available in my online shop. (SOLD)

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Vintage Bassett Buffet Made New by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #antique #furniture #home #homedecor

GIVEAWAY TIME

Now, Zibra and I are all about empowering you to tackle your own DIY project. I invite you to take a second to check out the newly designed website. So much to see! We can’t wait to get these awesome brushes in your hands. You can enter to win this set of finish brushes for your very own.

Zibra Paint 3 PC Detail Kit Giveaway at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Complete the widget below for as many entries as you like (daily even). Giveaway open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Winner will be contacted via email and has 24 hours to claim your prize. Be sure to check your spam!

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Also, do pin and share this makeover to inspire others. Furniture is a great asset to the home and can bring such joy when made your own.This vintage Bassett buffet needed some TLC and a new lease on life. See the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #furniture #home #homedecor

 

Up next, this little gem will be receiving some TLC too. Stay tuned!

Vintage Jewelry Box Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Susie Wilcox says

    Oh, I would love to find a piece like this to redo. You did a fantastic job. You have the talent, but the products you use help make the work go well. Thanks for all the giveaways!

    • Larissa says

      They are such wonderful gems, for sure. Thanks so much for the smiles. 😀

  2. Alexis S says

    This is one of my favorite make overs. Great job!!

  3. lyn says

    Wow, new paint brushes, everyone needs this giveaway. Thanks!!

  4. Rebecca - NC says

    Gorgeous!!! The color is perfect for this piece and your shadowing technique really makes it sing. Another home run!! ⚾️ 😄

    • Larissa says

      haha! Thanks so much, Rebecca. These pieces are always fun.

  5. Amanda Pennington says

    The paint has such a lovely color interplay! How satisfying to see the transformation, and I appreciate the tips for tackling something with odor considerations. I usually just pass by anything with a strong smell and am glad to know that it’s fixable. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you. You are most welcome. I used to too…so many things can be saved with this type of treatment.

  6. Deb T says

    Love this color! Well done!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It’s truly one of my favorites. It’s a soothing color to me.

  7. Lori Sawyer says

    Great job and I love the color as well!!

  8. Mother Deer says

    Thank you for this opportunity to win Zibra brushes. The first thing that I would paint is a shelf that has been waiting for an update for a long time 🙂

  9. Kaycee says

    Good morning Larissa, What a wonderful friend For always keeping you in mind with this “pieces of potential”. As usual you did her justice and made her smell good and look beautiful again. Two thumbs up for Zibra paint brushes, that make painting so much better!

    • Larissa says

      Good morning!! Thanks so much, Kaycee. It was my pleasure to give it new life.

  10. Becky Fischer says

    I absolutely love what you did with the buffet. I looked at it after you had put your creative touch to it and thought, “I would love to have that.” I even figured out where I would put it.

    • Larissa says

      That means so much, Becky. Thank you! It sure was a fun piece to rework. I can’t wait to see who ends up with it.

  11. Claire F Bridges says

    That slate green is what turned me into a repeat visitor to your site, so naturally, I love that buffet! 🙂

    I’ve not commented before, but I really want to try those brushes. I’ve heard so many good things about them, and seen them at my local Woodcraft store, so it’s about time. Once I’ve done a bit of repair work to it, I have a beautiful old serpentine vanity/dresser to paint. The kind with all the panels down the sides, so those brushes should work a treat. Fingers crossed, and thank you for the opportunity.

    • Larissa says

      That’s awesome, Claire! Thank you for that. You will definitely fall in love with these brushes as I have. 😀

  12. Connie Minnich says

    Nice job Larissa. Wish you had been around when I was newly married and painting hand-me-downs back in the 60’s. But now I’m with my daughter & her family and recently decided to redo some of my old pieces. Happy to have your inspiration and helpful tips now. Thanks. And I would love some new brushes too! LOL

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Connie. Aww…that would be so fun! 😀 And you will love the Zibra brushes. 😀

  13. Tammy says

    I love so much that you do! Your also a great source for learning to try new things. Thanks for the inspirations and today, thank you for the great giveaway! I have two projects waiting in the wings. A coffee table and a dresser.

  14. Kathleen says

    I like using the grey shading technique! Thank you for the “baking it in the sun” idea for eliminating odors!

    • Larissa says

      Me too! It adds such depth when you can use layers. You are most welcome, Kathleen.

  15. Sheri says

    Perfect!! I love it! Thank you for your inspiration. What did you use to line the drawers?

    • Larissa says

      You are most welcome. 🙂 Thank you, Sheri! It is a basic drawer liner paper.

  16. Fiona says

    I love this color! The difference you made is amazing. Great job. 🙂

  17. Terri Hughes says

    Beautiful, you are so talented. I love the dresser!!

  18. Susan says

    Great shading on this piece! I adore working on wood furniture. Although I love real wood, I’m sometimes secretly happy when the finish is damaged because it gives me “permission” to refresh the piece with paint. No remorse or guilt about painting wood- and no anxiety for my husband! Lol!

    • Larissa says

      bwahahaha!! I totally get it! My husband doesn’t say anything, not even about anything …which I take it and run. 😀

  19. Colleen Bohn says

    What a lovely color and wonderful transformation.
    Great job.
    I picked up a rather large glass – heart shaped shadow box but haven’t decided it on what I’m going to do with it; on color of paint to paint it or not.
    Thank You for this wonderful giveaway opportunity.
    Take care, stay safe & stay healthy.
    Having thunderstorms here so it has been raining since yesterday. Actually started Sunday. Got a break on Monday but then the skies opened up yesterday & will continue through the week.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Colleen. That sounds like a fun project to work on. Smalls are one of those things you can go crazy on. 😀 You are most welcome. I know you’ll love them! Funny…we have had weeks without rain, then had one storm, and back to no rain.

  20. joann Collins says

    The buffet came out beautiful, This gives me inspiration on the one I own. It sure needs one and the brushes would help. Thank you

  21. Christy B. says

    I have the same antique buffet! It was in too bad a shape to re-stain, so I painted it as well. I love it! Love the color you chose, it’s beautiful!

  22. darlane riley says

    It looks great.. Very well done 🙂

  23. Amy Francis says

    I appreciate your website so very much. I have learned a lot about the different ways to fix the wood, and how to appreciate it. I’m dying to try the Zibra brushes. Thank You for all the wonderful ideas…especially because they are recycled!

    • Larissa says

      That just made my day, Amy. Thank you so much. You will fall in love with them! 😀

  24. Anne says

    WOW! Another beautiful transformation.

  25. Dana Ridge says

    What a great friend to offer you such a beautiful buffet! I love the slate green color!

    • Larissa says

      Yes! I bought it off of her for the ministry she runs, but it was worth it. 😀

  26. Bette says

    I have the triangle brush and would love to try the others. I have a couple of furniture pieces and I’m currently painting some older resin garden ornaments.

  27. Lynn says

    Beautiful Makeover……Love the colors

  28. Diana says

    What a beautiful transformation, Larissa! Great job as always!

  29. Maria Howard says

    Love the color!!!

  30. Doreen Hill says

    Beautiful buffet, now that it got your magic touch! I have several pieces ready to be painted, starting with a vintage child’s roll top desk.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you for saying so, Doreen. I’m delighted with it.

  31. Tammy Shelton says

    I have a ton of projects just waiting for me. I think I will start with a cute little desk, since it’s back to school time.

  32. JANET SCHEN says

    It’s beautiful! Just like everything you do! I love the grays and your dog’s fur color compliments it perfectly! 😉

  33. Marie-Interior Frugalista says

    I wish I could find sideboards like this in my area, they are hard to come by. Another gorgeous furniture makeover, Larissa, and I love the color combination. I bet it won’t be in your shop long!

    • Larissa says

      They are true treasure for sure. So many uses for them. Thanks for the love, Marie. 😀

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