Monday, February 25, 2013

Painted Buffet

My craft room is coming along swimmingly!

This green beauty recently joined my new table.

Painted Green Buffet

It almost didn’t make it into my craft room.  I asked Nate if he thought the two of us could carry it upstairs.  He told me he didn’t think so.  It’s pretty heavy.  (Keep in mind that I am scrawny.)  I really wanted to photograph it in the room.  I asked him again.  He told me that we should wait for my brother who is coming this week-end.  I decided that I couldn’t wait and the two of us could totally do it.  Things went great until we got to the top of the stairs.  The buffet needed to be turned vertically, on the stairs, to make it around the corner.  I am a weanie.  Nate was frustrated.  I was pretty sure the buffet was going to fall on top of me and we’d both topple down the stairs. The headline would read “Death by Buffet”.  (Which would be an awesome way to go if it was one of those all you can eat buffets.) Long story long.  We made it.  Where Michelle has a will, there is a way.

You may remember that the buffet originally looked like this.

Antique Buffet Before

We could go around and around about how horrible it is or isn’t to paint antique furniture.  My dad is probably cringing as he reads this.  But this piece had  peeling veneer on the sides and it was very scratched up.  And I wanted a green buffet.  So I made it green.  No piece of wood is safe from my messy paint brush.

To achieve this transformation, I sanded this lovely down.  Filled in some of the deeper holes with wood filler.  I then used one coat of a Sherwin Williams primer.  I used two coats of Sherwin Williams Agate Green.  I finished with a layer of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax.

I hadn’t painted furniture in awhile and it felt good.

I kept the original hardware.  One handle was missing so I purchased two knobs to use on the doors.  I’m not completely sold on the oil rubbed bronze.  I’m living with it for a bit before I make a final decision.  Or until it’s warm enough to use spray paint.

Painted antique buffet

This buffet will hold my fabric stash.  The doors open up to a giant storage area.  One of top drawers has dividers and will be great for storing scissors, pins, etc.

It makes me happier than Dikembe Mutombo blocking a shot.

Painted Green Buffet

My Pinterest Challenge project is also for the craft room.  I can’t wait to share it with you all on Wednesday.  Do you have your project done?  If not, there is still time!

What do you think?  Is your dad cringing along with mine?  Thoughts on the hardware? Carried heavy furniture lately? Who’s pumped for Wednesday?


  1. Ahhh I love it! That color is so pretty. I have no qualms with painting furniture...I've never done it but I definitely have a few pieces laying around that could go under the brush soon!

  2. I like the knobs... but some pretty glass ones would look great on it too!

  3. Oh! Fun! I'm really happy you went for straight color instead of distressing it.

  4. Love the buffet and the color you chose. I'm very jealous of this piece!
    PS - You and I are birds of a feather. I can't even count how many times I've pestered Joe about something that I wanted done now (and I was clearly unable to help with). Good thin for husband, right?

  5. I'm always on the fence about painting older furniture. I tend to think of it on a case by case basis. This one looks brilliant. You made the right decision. Great color choice.

  6. It looks great! I like it painted. :) I have to put the finishing touches on my Pinterest challenge project, but it's close! I can't wait! :)

  7. ooh...that might be the prettiest green ever! love it! We had big plans to move tons of furniture around this weekend, but then we moved the first (heavy!) thing, got tired, and stopped. Maybe, umm, next weekend.

  8. Mmmmmm!!! I absolutely love it! The color, the shape, it's all perfect! I want it!

  9. Ooooooh, it's beautiful! I love how it turned out! And I'm dying laughing thinking of the process to get it up the stairs. Kuddos to you for not backing down. ;)

  10. I'm in love with this buffet! And - so excited for Wednesday but I'm still working on my project!! Trying not to reach freak out mode...hopefully I will be done today and I can rest easy. Have a great day!!

  11. It's GORGEOUS!!!! And painting crappy peeling veneered furniture is A-OK in my book - you're basically saving it from the landfill! Painting beautiful gorgeous wood is a little more sketchy - but my great grandfather (a real wood furniture maker / craftsman) apparently always used to say to let people paint it because you can always strip it down & at least it protects the wood. Don't know if that's true, but if he said it, it must be okay right.

    Also, super glad you didn't get crushed by the buffet when you lugged it up the stairs!

    Oh, and I DID do a Pinterest inspired project (actually 2 this weekend) and I have a sneak peek on my blog. So fun! I'm hoping I find time tonight or tomorrow night to do another one, although I haven't picked out the project yet, which might mean that I won't...


  12. What a cute piece! Love the color, it definitely makes a statement! I am all for making scratched up and unloved pieces pretty again by painting them, but sometimes seeing people painting perfectly fine antiques makes me feel a bit squirmish, I have to admit.

  13. This looks great Michelle! I'm all for painting furniture! Especially if it looks that great! I got my Pinterest project all ready for Wednesday, can't wait!


  14. So pretty! I've been looking for a buffet (like, daily) and haven't found anything yet. This is pretty much what I'm aiming for-- and I will probably paint whatever I find, so I'm with you on that!

  15. I love it. It was begging to be painted and I love the color you chose. Now your buffet is living large and loving her new look.

    Also, for fabric organization - I think I have some extra comic book boards that I used to organize my stash. They work great, if you want to try them out.

    1. Whatever these are...I want them. You know I need all of the help I can with fabric organization. ;)

  16. Love the new look! The colour is fantastic! I actually like the hardware but if you aren't digging the finish I would maybe try like a matte black or something? I like the darkness against the colour.

    I have definitely bugged Shayne to move furniture with me. I'm a super weanie so I can sympathize on that situation. It usually involves a lot of laughing at myself about my weakness and a lot of sighs of frustration from Shayne.

    Looking forward to Wednesday!!

  17. Hey Michelle! Good for you on carrying it up the stairs with Nate. It looks super big and heavy! My husband & I recently tried to get our 8 foot long couch down into our basement. Did it work? Let's just say it's in his parents office now! Ha Ha Ha. --- I am excited to see your craft room. I am loving that green color on the buffet - it is so springy!!! Keep up the great work!

  18. Wowza. It's gorgeous and I adore the colour.

  19. Amazing! I LOVE the color, and it looks so modern and fresh. It's always so surprising to see a big old honking ugly thing go to something so sleek and pretty with a coat of paint. Yes, I'm sure it was that simple. Just a coat of paint.

  20. I am a weenie too. Just ask D.

    I think it is lovely, and that it's so great you kept the hardware - perfection.

  21. Oooooh I love the way the buffet turned out! I love the green! :)

  22. Love, love, love it!!! It looks so beautiful against the gray walls...hooray for Michelle and her will to get it upstairs...I would had left it right then and there on the stairs ;)

  23. I love the color! And I second Kim's recommendation of the comic board cards. I took her advice and I love having my fabric organized that way.

  24. I'm pretty sure that "Death by Buffet" was an urban legend my parents used to tell me when I was little, the day before Thanksgiving to warn me about eating too much. Or maybe it was called "Stuffy Pete." It's all a hazy mess of memories. BUT I'm certainly glad there were no casualties because that sexy lady was meant to live in that craft room of yours! Nice work woman.

  25. What a lovely shade of green!

    I'll weigh in on painting antiques and say... it depends. Of course it depends! It depends on the condition of the existing finish, to begin with. Painting is a lot easier than refinishing. It depends on the age of the piece, too. Early 1900's pieces like this one (neo-Jacobean or Depression-era) aren't really antique and don't have a whole lot of intrinsic value, so you aren't flushing $$$ when you paint them. And finally it depends on what YOU want. It's your furniture. Do what you want with it. (Yes, sometimes I cringe, but hey, none of us has to live with other people's projects!)

    You improved your buffet 100x. I do love that color, and thank you for sharing the name of the shade.

  26. So beautiful! I'm green with envy ;) Sorry, I had to haha

    Props to you and Nate for getting it up the stairs! Yay for no deaths!

  27. It turned out great! Love the color. I appreciate your determination to get it up the stairs to photograph it in your office.

  28. soso pretty!! the color is beautiful!!

    i think that would match the hutch i have in my kitchen right now..well it did. now i want to paint mine!!

  29. I have to add my name to the list and tell you that I love that color. I see myself using it a lot lately.

  30. So just in case you change your mind on the bronze, what color are you thinking you would change it too? I need to know, it's like the ending of the story and that page is missing.


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  32. Atta girl! I love me some painted furniture! Love the color too. Anthony and I have had many domestic disputes regarding my thrift finds that I re-did. Good times.

  33. A) This comment is going to comment on many previous posts that I have been shamefully behind in reading.
    B) I was JUST watching an 'I Love Lucy' episode where Lucy convinces Ricky that they can carry the TV down to the Mertzes. It reminded me exactly of when Rick and I try to haul stuff up and down stairs. :P
    C) Super cute sewing desk. I might even be able to make that. But probably not.
    D) Super cute Ike puppy. Happy birthday. :)
    E) CONGRATS on the pinterest challenge invite!!! Pretty soon you'll be hauling heavy furniture with the bigwigs. I will say, I knew her when she almost killed her husband doing that.

    :) Hope all is well with you.

  34. Dads should be shielded from projects like these. I love that color SOOO much!

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  36. Holy cow I'm obsessed with that. Can you get another one and mail it to me? The mailmen can deal with carrying it up and down stairs so you don't have to. Beautiful!

  37. Gorgeous! Green is the best! Found you through YHL and so excited to link up for the Pinterest Challenge today!

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  39. Can I just say, I'd kill for a buffet like this one... only I'd probably use it in my entry way! I've been searching for an ornate-ish buffet to break up all the modern/clean lines in my house. This beauty would be perfect! Awesome!

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