Friday, February 25, 2011

Buffet Style: Before and After



At last year's ballerina birthday party, Emma blew out her candles in front of the brown buffet pictured above.



When Joe's parents updated their living room, they offered us their old stereo cabinet. I was thrilled to accept it because I had been wanting a piece like this to store kids art supplies. Spanning nearly 6 feet, the stereo cabinet also offers plenty of display space on top.



Fabric panels on the outer cabinet doors disguised speakers when the piece was used as a stereo cabinet, but changing those out for glass offered display space on the ends of the unit. Before Joe's parents brought us the cabinet, they had ridges added to the inside of the door. This allowed us to simply slide rectangles of glass into the ridges. One of the sheets of glass broke during the refinishing process, but it cost less than $3 to replace it. Big impact for little money -- love that!
I was a bit intimidated to refinish the stereo cabinet and had been putting the project off for more than a year, but wanting to use it as a buffet for Emma's upcoming birthday party pushed me to go for it. Here are the results:


Isn't she pretty?

I am loving the soft white finish, which makes our new buffet look so much more at home in our kitchen. Wheels on the bottom of the piece have allowed me to move it from one room or another, and it seems I  have need of it in every room of the house. I have positioned it in our dining room for Emma's party this weekend, but Joe says he fully expects to come home one day to find I have moved our bed out because I just had to see how the buffet looked in our bedroom.



The top of the buffet has already proven a great surface for photographing new recipes and crafts.

Have you ever noticed on makeover shows that in "before" shots the woman usually looks so sad -- tired and slouchy in her frumpy clothes? But then in the "after" photos, she radiates confidence in her new look. Well, I thought our new buffet should get dressed up for the big reveal.



Who is ready for a tea party?

I conquered my first big furniture refinishing project with the help of a few friends. For a long time I have admired Cindy's feminine style and DIY decorating courage at My Romantic Home. She has refinished furniture throughout her California home with beautiful results, and she is so generous with tips and tutorials. This post on painting furniture was my go-to guide for this project. I kept my laptop open to Cindy's instructions and referred to her tips throughout the process. I think she would be proud of my results! If Cindy ever makes it to Alabama, I think I owe her a slice of pecan pie and a glass of sweet tea served from my new buffet.

In pondering what color to repaint the stereo cabinet, Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam inspired my choice in this post. My jaw dropped when Jen posted about finding the yard sale deal of the century: a beautiful antique secretary for $5. I was so amazed, I gushed about her find over dinner with Joe. "OK," Joe replied, "I give you permission to buy any priceless antiques you find for $5 or less."

Thanks, Jen.

This frugal mama sets the bar high -- or low in this case. Thankfully, though, I don't have to look beyond the furniture we already have to find plenty of hand-me-down pieces in need of a face lift.

In her post, Jen pointed readers to designer Eddie Ross' gorgeous secretary re-do. Eddie says his go-to paint color is Farrow & Ball's classic All White. This looked like the perfect color choice for me, but at $100 a gallon online, I knew Joe would be less than supportive of a purchase. I happened by a local paint store going out of business, though, and they mixed up a gallon of high-quality paint using the designer formula for only $14.

I think Jen and Eddie would be proud, too! Two more slices of pecan pie coming right up as I blush over their compliments. "More sweet tea, anyone?"




I look forward to tackling more furniture re-do projects this spring, but for now I have several projects to complete for Emma's party this weekend. In the midst of this busy week, I hosted our quarterly book club meeting last night, so I will be back next week with fun recipes, crafts and a giveaway.

(I'm linking this post to Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.)

"Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't it be interesting if ...'  And then do it." -- Duane Michals

22 comments:

Sharon said...

It looks great! It came out wonderful!

Antiques & Uniques said...

Wow, looks like a "professional" job to me!! Way to go!
Carol in GA

Lori said...

So much, better I get a little scared to paint wood, but this was a must do.

The Martys said...

Melissa- It looks wonderful. I love how paint can make something look so good. Have a great party and I am looking forward to seeing what you did this time.

Amy

Julie A. Cox said...

I love it!!! It looks absolutely lovely!!! Good job.

Rachel said...

Very pretty!

Your children's birthday parties are so beautiful too.

Martha said...

Love the look! Great job!

LadyV said...

Oh how beautiful...You should be so proud of yourself...Fantastic job!

Thank you for providing so much inspiration.

Kim said...

It is gorgeous. What a wonderful makeover. Thank you for sharing.

Kim
Letters from the Shore

Tina Foster said...

She's so very lovely (the buffet... and Emma,too!) I would not be surprised AT ALL if you left the book club last night, began and ended the restoration all in one sitting. I'm telling you, there is magic in your palms. Don't know how you do so much so well.

Thoroughly enjoyed our gathering last night and can hardly wait to "attend" Emma's party! Today, take a moment or two to just sit in the sunshine. Thank you, Melissa. :)

Nancy said...

Another beautiful job, sweet friend. I've given your site a shout out on my Feature Friday! Have a great weekend ~

http://johnhoodfamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/feature-friday.html

Dezeray Jule said...

I love it! good job. and your little girl is adorable!!

Laura said...

What a great job, Melissa! I love the cabinet! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Spring weekend!

A Joyful Chaos said...

Looks absolutely beautiful!

Kellie said...

Bravo! Looks wonderful... I'm sure "it" feels great too!

Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) said...

Oh my, Melissa - Jaw dropping gorgeous (both your daughter and your "after.") Isn't it so much fun. I bet you can't believe now how you ever lived without it painted. :) Thanks for sharing....

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow what a transformation!! It looks so pretty. I can see how it is such a versatile piece. It would look great almost anywhere.

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Great makeover, Melissa. I just love paint-it's cheap and can make such an impact!

I can't wait to see see pictures from Emma's birthday celebration. I'm sure there will be tons of ideas I will want to steal!

Jan M said...

Love the new look! You did a fabulous job. Enjoy celebrating Emma this weekend! Cannot wait to hear and see all the lovely details.

Shell in your Pocket said...

Wow...that is all I can say! Having a great giveaway with Shabby apple...a cute little girls dress...come over!

sandy toe

Heidi said...

Loveliness all around! You might like to see Cyndie's blog, "My Romantic Home" - she has painted many furniture pieces white just as you have done. I just love your blog, it is a lot of loveliness!

Cheryl said...

Love this ! I just redid a Hutch with similar if not identical metal knobs with the long ornate scrolls I was just going to put them back on as is but now I think I'll paint mine like yours and leave the pull tab part as is. Thanks for sharing this again LOVE it !

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