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BUFFET RE-DO {Furniture Refinishing}


So, I wanted to show you my buffet that I refinished.  One Sunday morning we were driving to church and we saw this hug old buffet someone had put out for the trash.  We didn’t have time to stop as we were already late.  I figured it would be gone when we got back, but it was still there.  My husband and I talked about getting it, but we had no where to put it so we left it.  I was feeling bad all day thinking about that piece of furniture getting thrown in the trash.  So, the next morning we went to see if it was still there and it WAS!  It was HEAVY but somehow I summoned up some strength and helped my husband get it into the truck.  We took it home, moved it into the garage and it sat there for MONTHS!  But eventually I decided I wanted to use it up in our loft and got my butt in gear to get it refinished. Actually, my husband sanded it down one day and I removed the ugly rose glass tiles from the door fronts.  Then we put it back in the garage where it sat for months.

Here is a before picture of it.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture before I did anything so you can’t see the ugly glass tiles. 


There was one drawer missing inside which worked out perfectly.  My husband removed the track and we now use it as a shelf for the electronics.


Here are some more pictures of the process.  It was a big project with many steps.  If you have any questions about what I did feel free to ask.


I stained the top and then covered it so I could paint the bottom.


I used a primer in spray cans.  Can’t remember which one but I can find out if you need to know.IMG_7282

Used my paint sprayer for the actual paint…Two coats.


I then distressed it and did a glaze coat using some of the stain from the top mixed with glaze.  After that I finished it with a coat of Minwax paste finishing wax.

The hardware is all the original hardware.  One of the hinges and one of the pulls on the doors were bent.  I used a hammer and placed them on the concrete driveway and hammered them back in shape.  I sprayed them with a Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze finish.  I love them! 



It is absolutely perfect in my loft.  We have all our movies inside, as well as our family home evening materials, and the DVD and VCR players.  I am really happy with how it turned out!


  1. Wow. Amazing! Wish I had the patience and talent to do something like that!

  2. So beautiful! Looks like something I would want to do! (I have dragged furniture out of other people's trash and kept it in my garage for months....or, years! :P)

  3. Wonderful blogpost. I'm your new follower. More power to you!

  4. Wow! That is so wonderful! It turned out very nice. You are very artistic.- www.colonialrestorationstudio.com


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