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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is this vintage Bassett buffet in its new form. Whew!
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?
In addition to the exterior color, I adore the sort of gentle peek inside the two side cabinets.
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.
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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Up next, this little gem will be receiving some TLC too. Stay tuned!