I bought this vintage buffet with folding sides this spring at a yard sale… I almost passed it up but I’m glad I didn’t! It’s a very solid (heavy) piece and well made. However it had the typical scratches, a few dings, and filthy handles that you would expect of an old piece that had probably been collecting dust in someone’s garage for twenty years or more. I gave you a sneak peek of the buffet HERE – as a reminder, here’s what it looked like when I bought it:
It also has a plaque in the drawer: Lewisburg Chair and Furniture Co. A bit of research shows this to be from the mid-1900s.
I sanded the buffet well and chose a paint color that would lighten it up – Valspar’s Sunset Nude (it looks a little white in the pics but it’s really a light cream). Here it is after the first coat of paint:
I think I applied about 3 coats total, because I wanted a crisp color. Then I distressed very lightly on some of the edges.
The handles were disgusting.
My mom always seems to have the right thing that I need… she pulled this cleaner out of a cabinet and after lots of scrubbing and rubbing – we found gold! SOOO much prettier. You can purchase Revere cleaner HERE. I always try to keep the original hardware on a vintage piece if I can get it cleaned up nicely.
I finished the piece with a few coats of matte poly. I didn’t need to paint the insides of the drawers this time because the interior wood was in really good shape.
Who’s ready for a party?! 😉
This piece is currently for sale… although I think it looks really good in my dining area!
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