Thursday, June 10, 2010

A New Entry Buffet

Here is my second attempt at furniture refinishing! I have had an entry table for years that I like a lot. It is black with some distressing straight from the factory. It is cute...but it only serves one purpose...a holder for decorative items. Since moving to our new house and loosing my craft room, I have been at a loss for a place to store my crafty projects in progress and crafty tools that are used often enough to warrant keeping them close. So I decided I needed an entry table that served as a storage facility as well as decoration. So, I searched and searched and finally found a gal with a great shape, great drawers, and a great price tag.

I found her at the DI for 40$. In pretty good shape, with the exception of one drawer that needed a little assistance if anything was going to be put in the drawer. Her major malfunction... she was sporting a hideous red/orange varnish look. Now, red and rust are the two main colors of my color scheme on the main floor of my home; but not like that! So I removed the finish with paint remover (the particular one boasted of a 15 minute processing time...and it delivered!). I restained her with a water-based gel stain. I really love the color...but I can see striping from my brush-strokes. If anyone has any advise on avoiding that in the future...please leave a comment about it. I'm just a wee beginner in need of a guiding hand.

I went ahead and used the original hardware. I think it is charming. I replaced the bottom wood from one of the drawers with the help of Home Depot worker to cut the wood sheet for me. That was handy! The rest of the drawers were in great condition. But I thought to add a little pazazz to this little lady, I would give her some cutesy drawer lining... which is cute scrapbook paper Modge Podeged in place. It makes me smile when I open the drawers!!

Whoever put the orangy/red varnish on her last time did a great job applying it to her body, but dripped it all over her so stylish shoes (she sports wheels on the bottom of her legs...and they were all gummed up with the stuff). I soaked the wheels in paint remover and scrubbed them with a wire brush and poked at them with toothpicks and all sorts of things as I tried to get that gunk out of the wheels. I met with modest success...but not complete success. I think I spent about as much time working on the wheels as I did removing the stuff from the whole rest of the dresser! Anyway, now she is all moved in and a bunch of my crafting gear has found a new home!

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Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

Hi! I love your little buffet and the lined drawers are so cool.
Thanks for the comment you left on my blog. To answer your questions:
1. You should be able to get jute webbing at hardware, craft or haberdashery stores or from an upholstery supplier.
2. You could try just stapling it on though I use tacks. You'd probably need a pretty powerful staple gun cause the webbing is pretty thick.
Hope this helps!

Beckie said...

Ohhhh...I love the red and turquoise colors together! And the lined drawers....beautiful!

Judith @ Creating Balance said...

I love everything about this! Great job. I love the turquoise and red...and I love that round red mirror!!!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your new entry table!! I can't believe that you scored it for only $40. Such a great find. And the way you arranged things on top of it looks good too. I'm jealous! That is a skill I am trying to learn. :)

Bart, Jeni, Jessica, Brian and Chelsea said...

Oh isn't that charming!!! You have inspired me!

BTW, thanks for the great advice when you stopped by my blog! I am going to have to follow you as I can tell you have some real creative genius!

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Every Day Blessings said...

I love it! We just moved in a new house and need an entry something so bad. This is a great idea and it looks darling. I love the colors, the shelf liners and the pulls.