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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 |

More Carvings on Vintage Buffet | Prodigal Pieces |

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:

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Vintage Sideboard Refreshed with Stain and Paint by Prodigal Pieces |

77 replies on “Vintage Buffet from Trash to Trashure”

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.

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.

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 !

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

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!

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

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. 😉

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 !!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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!!

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!

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?

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!

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.

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