11.9 2010

Before and After :: 1920’s Antique Buffet

 I know I say this a lot, but this is my favorite piece yet.
I found this antique buffet/sideboard on CL, and called to ask the usual questions,
including if it had always been in a smoke-free environment.
She said “no, it hasn’t…”
Because of that, I offered $25 less, and she accepted. I drove out to take a smell look.
If the smoke smell was bad, I knew what kind of primer I could have used to cover it up.
But, when I got there, there was no smoke smell in this little lady.
 It needed some repairs and wood filling, which wasn’t too bad, and although I could restore the top, the base was trashed.
Yes, I know, I know, you don’t paint over antiques.
That is, unless it was not well taken care of and is beyond repair, which was the case with this.
 Here she is after stripping the top, re-staining it, and painting the base BM Bone. This has become my favorite white for furniture, as it is not glaring, yet doesn’t have any yellow in it.
It is a soft, mellow white.
I looooove her.
I kept the original hardware, and painted it black.
I staged her  with a 70 year old mixing bowl
(which I found at at a garage sale) filled with limes.
I am lucky to have a neighbor who always brings me lots of fresh limes.
I love the top, which has a beautiful, hand-rubbed finish.
Have a great day!


36 thoughts on “Before and After :: 1920’s Antique Buffet

  1. Hi. Very nice job! You mentioned that you would have used a different (I'm assuming?) primer if the buffet had smelled like smoke. I've had to pass on some great finds for that very reason, so am very interested to know what primer should be used in that situation. Please? :)

  2. She turned out to be a beauty. Just like Patrice I am curious about the primer that would block out the smell. I would also love to know how you achieved the hand rubbed finish. Thanks so much for sharing, I bet she sells quickly.

  3. This turned out so beautiful. It is no wonder it is one of your favorites. I bet you are wee bit tempted to just keep it! And thanks for the mention – you are so sweet. This truly is stunning – I bet it gets snatched up pretty quickly. Have a wonderful day Christa – cannot wait to see what you have up next!

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