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