Vintage Buffet from Trash to Trashure

Do you ever feel like quitting? I know I’m not alone when I say there are times I just want to grab a ticket and hop on a plane with my family and go hide out for a few months. Can I get an amen? I have reached that point a few times over the last few months, understandably so with all that we have going on. When a friend pointed out a vintage buffet to me for FREE, I hesitated. Can you see why?

Drexel Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

You might say, “Meh, it’s not that bad.” True enough, but when I got it home and found the doors broken, the missing veneer, and then all this…

Carved Messages on Vintage Buffet | Prodigal Pieces |

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Keep in mind I had no where to put this for storage, my house is tore up, and many frustrating things were happening. I wasn’t the least bit interested in working on it and was about to give it away, but regressed. Since my oldest son, Mr. I helped bring it home, I let him have it. His eyes lit up and I knew he could do an awesome job. You can see his past projects HERE.

He did jump at the opportunity and followed my guidance on how to give it a spankin’ new look. He took off the veneer that needed removed and the broken doors. The doors got new life in this post. (you’ll love it!)

Teenager Giving Vintage Duncan Phyfe Buffet a Facelift | Prodigal Pieces |

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This is where I start to have envy that I didn’t do it, but I had enough on my plate as it was. Check it out…he’s rockin’ it! I will say that wood filler and my sander were his best friend, especially with all those graffiti marks. tee hee.

Teen Boy Sanding Vintage Buffet | Prodigal Pieces |

Once he got it to the not so ugly stage, he painted the cabinet a smoky gray and then gave it a darker gray wash. This created gorgeous texture, while giving it an aged appeal. Here it is…

Vintage Buffet Gets Modern Chic Makeover by Teenage Boy | Prodigal Pieces |

The side cabinets needed new shelves built and my husband, JC, helped Mr I. get those ready. He left the center drawers in their faceless state because the grain was just to cool to cover up. He used the same Sunbleached stain I’ve used in several remodels and projects to give the drawers a washed/aged feel.

Vintage Buffet with Baskets and Gray Paint by Prodigal Pieces |

You seriously wouldn’t know this is the same piece we dragged home all marred and needing love.

Updated Vintage Buffet Made Over by Teenage Boy | Prodigal Pieces |

You can imagine his joy to see it all come together. He even painted the pulls and glazed them for an added touch. And you can bet I am one proud mama. He worked hard and it shows. I am so blessed to have my children join me in my work and that they’re willing to learn. You can see what he did with the doors off this piece in this post.

Worn Out Vintage Buffets Gets New Life by Teenage Boy | Prodigal Pieces |

My son’s goal is to have a savings so that he can be debt free when as he grows. That alone is more value than gold to me. If you’re in love with this vintage buffet, he is offering it for sale in my shop. (SOLD)

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We hope this project inspired you to give old, beat up furniture a try because the honesty don’t make them like they used to. Like I told my son…”Just think of how awesome your home will be someday because YOU can make things happen.” Do pin and share to inspire others too!

Worn Down Vintage Buffet Gets New Lease on Life by Teenage Boy | Furniture Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, I have a project I’m excited to show you that involves this thrifted art. It is one to see! Come on over HERE.

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More of my vintage buffet makeovers:

Vintage Buffet Gets Night and Day Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    Your son did a beautiful job. I am sure it won’t last long in the shop.

    November 1, 2016 at 6:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad he gave it a try. Thanks so much, Debra.

      November 1, 2016 at 7:11 am Reply
  • Martha Felgar

    It is so nice to see a young one that has the initiative not only to do good hands-on work but to also to have such worthy goals. He is to be commended as are you and your husband for setting a good example. The buffet looks great, I have one very similar I’m going to chalkpaint soon.

    November 1, 2016 at 6:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He is a hard worker and we are proud. Thank you! Have fun with your piece too!

      November 1, 2016 at 7:12 am Reply
  • DiB

    The finished piece is beautiful. Your son is very talented too be sure.
    I think what is absolutely the coolest part to all of this is the (interest) he has developed from you in painting furniture.

    November 1, 2016 at 6:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It pleases me so much that he can see the end result when I give him the vision. He hasn’t quite mastered that yet, but one day he will. So fun! Thank you.

      November 1, 2016 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Jamie K

    What an amazing job! Looks beautiful!! Great job!!!

    November 1, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He is so excited to share. Thank you for encouraging him, Jamie.

      November 1, 2016 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Susan

    Boy, oh boy – what a fantastic makeover. He should be commended for his efforts as well as for his creative vision. No doubt he inherited that ability from his hard-working, creative parents. Way to go !

    November 1, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! I love that he saved it and added his own touches. He took my advice and rocked it. Thanks, Susan!

      November 1, 2016 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Kerri

    Beautiful job! I was just wondering how you like to remove veneer. I have tried the wet towel method and didn’t have much luck. I usually end up using a chisel and hammer but always end up with gouges in the remaining wood. Thanks, Kerri

    November 1, 2016 at 7:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kerri. Yes, the towel-soak method, or an old iron. This veneer came right off because it was so parched, so he was fortunate. It doesn’t often go this easy!

      November 1, 2016 at 9:11 am Reply
  • Carolyn Coughran

    A great save and wonderful colour combination. Wonderful to see the next generation being so creative.

    November 1, 2016 at 7:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We love our grays around here for sure. 😉 Thanks so much, Carolyn, he is excited!

      November 1, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply
  • Sharon

    Beautiful job. What a treasure your son is.

    November 1, 2016 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      In more ways than one, Sharon. Thank you!

      November 1, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply
  • Elaine

    Wow! I am seriously in love with that buffet now! Your son did such an awesome job on it!

    November 1, 2016 at 8:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both, Elaine. He worked hard to make it just right. Thank you!

      November 1, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply
  • gwen

    way to go mr. i! now, what to do with those broken doors! will be curious to see if they show up in months to come!

    November 1, 2016 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We have a plan, Gwen! It may not get done till the winter, but something will become of them. Thanks!

      November 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Renee'

    That is one beautiful piece! I love the colors he decided to go with. I can’t imagine it looking any other way! What a blessing that your kids take interest in your passion. You are so very lucky!

    November 1, 2016 at 10:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is a true blessing to share my passion with them and to watch their story unfold. Thank you, Renee!

      November 1, 2016 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    I wish I was closer to your shop. This is stunning and I love the wood on the drawers. Please give him a high 5 for me.

    November 1, 2016 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Done! He says, “Thank you”. Maybe one day he will have is own shop. 🙂

      November 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Paula Henderson

    Your son did a great job but is this the same boy who we’ve seen before sanding, because he certainly got his growth going. Nice job

    November 1, 2016 at 10:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You ain’t kiddin! He is now as tall as me, so I know he’s not done yet. I’m the shortest sibling in my family with four, so you know he’s got growth potential. 😉

      November 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Peggy R

    Wow, Larissa. That is amazing. I find you so inspiring. I couldn’t figure out how you do what you do with six children. Now I know your secret. Your children are just as talented as you are. Great job !!

    November 1, 2016 at 11:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are the best crew a gal could ask for! Thanks for the love, Peggy.

      November 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Vangie

    This is a great makeover and your son is going to be an amazing man.
    Gofd Bless..

    November 1, 2016 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He’s already well on his way, Vangie. Thank you! 😀

      November 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    Mr. I, you are so incredibly talented (like your Mama)! Wow, A++ on this one. I am impressed by the goal you have set for yourself – you sound like a smart guy! Pinning your gorgeous buffet makeover to share and have no doubt you will sell this piece quickly and for your asking price. Good Luck!

    November 1, 2016 at 11:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are the best, Marie! He’s grinning from ear to ear with all this love. Thank you.

      November 1, 2016 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    Your son did a beautiful job on that buffet. I think it’s wonderful that he’s so industrious and has a goal to stay debt free. I’m so sorry that your husband has poison ivy and some of the children too. I will be praying for them to have a speedy recovery.

    November 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It is a goal we would love to see happen with all of our children. Debt free is a gift that keeps on giving. Yes, husband is better, but a few of the kids had to get medical attention today, so no fun indeed. Thank you!

      November 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Kari

    Your son’s goal to be debt free n have savings is PURE GOLD! He needs to write a book to inspire other youth! I have a neighbor farm boy helping me who is so inpiring too. As farm kid you can drive on your private land n kids usually r driving by 10 yrs old with supervision of course. He works so hard n gets odd jobs helping farmers, works at auction mart, mows grass etc. He just sold in part n traded in ONE of his old trucks in on a 2016 snowmobile. I am proud to know such a young entrepreneur! He turned 14 five mths ago n starts his learners driver training at School this winter! Junior achievement candidates both of them! Love the dresser n kudos to mom for the ethics n values u r teaching ur kids!

    November 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That is AWESOME! I love those kinds of stories and I can only hope and help them achieve their goals. Good for you all. Mine is of similar age, so it won’t be long before he’ll be off and running. What fun, right? Thanks so much, Kari.

      November 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm Reply
  • Debby

    What a fantastic job, very creative too ???

    November 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debby!

      November 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Tell him he did a wonderful job!! Love the new look so much better!

    November 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I did, Cheryl. He says, “Thank you!” 🙂

      November 3, 2016 at 5:19 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Definitely a proud mama moment here! Actually, it is beyond that Larissa. He did an outstanding job, not just painting it but giving it a whole brand new identity and it looks super cool! Hope the hubs and kids are feeling better.

    November 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what I told him too, Mary. I love that he didn’t turn up his nose at it, but jumped at the opportunity even though it was a whole lotta work. Thank you!

      November 3, 2016 at 5:20 am Reply
  • Patty

    Your son did a beautiful job on the buffet. It just so happens that I have the exact buffet but mine was in very good condition, except it needed a good polish. I bought it to make into a vanity for the new bathroom we were putting in upstairs. I had it in my living room for two days before I got up the nerve to tell my husband I just couldn’t put a hole in it for the sink. It is now in front of our picture window and I absolutely love it. Whoever buys this piece will be very happy.

    November 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You sound like me, Patty! I had a very hard time watching my husband cut up the dresser we found for our bathroom vanity. I’m happy to hear you are loving on it. 🙂

      November 3, 2016 at 5:20 am Reply

    You should be one proud momma! He did an awesome job. The buffet is stylish and very beautiful!

    November 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I certainly am, Bobbi. Thank you so much for the encouraging words for him.

      November 3, 2016 at 5:21 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Oh wow! That turned out beautifully! Good job, Mr. 1!

    November 1, 2016 at 10:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear! Thank you, Cecilia.

      November 3, 2016 at 5:21 am Reply
  • Sara Fritz

    What color of grey did he use? And what is a wash for the darker color?thanks! I love it 🙂

    November 17, 2016 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Sara. He used a color by Country Chic in Rocky Mountain and a dark smoky gray I got as a seconds paint. He brushed it on and then wiped it off leaving some remain. Hope that helps. 🙂

      November 17, 2016 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Diane

    Beautiful job!….did he use chalk paint?

    December 29, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! No, a latex works just as well.

      December 30, 2016 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Jodie

    Love Love Love the finished product! Your son did an AMAZING JOB!

    January 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Jodie. Proud mama here. 😀

      January 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm Reply
  • Debbie

    Oh my goodness he did a fantastic job. It makes me rethink some of the furniture I see.

    February 4, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am so proud of him, Debbie. Thanks so much!

      February 5, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply
  • Linds

    How nice your son has a interest in this. He did a beautiful job!

    February 4, 2017 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is fun for us both. We have a new project coming this week! Yay!

      February 5, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply
  • Kriste

    Absolutely beautiful!!! May I ask what is the best way to remove veneer? Thanks

    February 4, 2017 at 11:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Kriste. I use my towel-soak method as seen in these posts. It works wonders!

      February 5, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply
  • Cheryl B

    Your son did an amazing job.This is one of my favorite pieces.He has a good eye.You guys set such a great example

    February 5, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Cheryl.

      February 7, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply
  • Patricia S

    Beautiful! Your son has inherited some good genes. Fantastic job on a piece that most would have put out to the curb. I know it was a lot of work, but the end result was worth it. Great job!!

    March 17, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, much work, but he loved the challenge (and the profit 😉 ) Thanks so much for the encouraging words.

      March 18, 2017 at 3:48 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Your son is talented, just like his momma! He did an amazing job.

    September 27, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      He sure does try hard. I’m so proud of him and all my kids.

      September 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    What a wonderful job on the buffet! I’ll soon be sending you a picture of my latest little project, a ballerina table/nightlight for my niece, painted using my new ZIBRA brush…THANK YOU!! Would you please share the font you have used for the VINTAGE BUFFET? I am looking for a brush handwriting font and this looks like a possibility. Make it a great day!

    September 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome!! I think it’s the Bromello font. 😉

      September 27, 2017 at 4:21 pm Reply
  • s

    Wow! That turned out beautiful! Good job, Mr. I!!!

    February 25, 2018 at 8:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much for sending him love. He worked hard and it shows. 😀

      February 26, 2018 at 5:31 am Reply
  • Shirley

    OMG this is the most breathtaking piece I have ever seen! I am totally serious! Mr. i …a job very well done! I am just so over the moon with this. I was in shock when I saw the finished product. Your son certainly has a knack for this type of thing. Mr. I, Yes it’s a lot of hard work but in the end isn’t it the most satisfying thing you’ve ever done?

    April 26, 2018 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…you just made his day! Thank you for saying so, Shirley. How fun!

      April 26, 2018 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Shirley

    Larissa…I’m still a little consfused. He did the outsides of the piece in Smokey grey and then did a grey wash. Did the drawers in the middle just get the grey wash? I have this exact piece that I just purchased. Mine is in excellent condition, however, I am now considering removing the veneer from the drawers. I know that they will have a blend of colors but I want to put a wash over them as well. Or will I need to? I’m doing mine in milk paint from Miss Mustard Seed in Artissimo, which is a dark blue and highlighting with black wax. Have you ever tried black wax on raw wood? I’m so confused…lol! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been painting for years…just need a kick in the behind right now…lol!

    April 26, 2018 at 10:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The drawers in the middle got stain only with the color mentioned above. Your piece will look fabulous! I have done paint wash with black wax on raw wood on this dresser here: I hear ya on the kick! hahaha!

      April 26, 2018 at 2:29 pm Reply
      • Shirley

        I somehow missed this last comment. The black wash is awesome! I haven’t done mine yet. I have been working on the living room for a long time now due to more pain than I want to admit to. But it’s coming along. Hubby and I just refinanced the house and with the cash out I told him to do our driveway. Long story but our kitchen faucet broke around the same time and he now wants me to do the kitchen Instead of the driveway. I certainly can’t refuse that offer…lol. I am working on the details now. Just deciding what to do as there’s not quite enough funds for what I really want so I have to compromise. At least parts of it will be done and I know I will be much happier!
        I’m still so in love with this buffet your son did so I know I am doing the right thing when the time comes.

        July 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • Marcia Horn

    Larissa . you must be one proud momma … I love that buffet … such a nice job … he did awesome !!!

    June 22, 2018 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet! He took my design advice and ran with it. Love to see my kids go. Thanks so much, Marcia.

      June 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm Reply

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