March 22, 2011

My Buffet Makeover

Back in January I braved a snowstorm to pick up this buffet/dresser at Goodwill.


It is a substantial piece of furniture. Really heavy.

But it was pretty dinged up


and had scratches and water marks on the top.


But I knew of its defects when I bought it and I had plans of painting it from the get go.

So I thoroughly cleaned it out,


got rid of the yucky, sticky shelf paper in it


and let it sit for two months. Waiting for me to be inspired.

Almost everything in this room is brown, black, tan or white, so I had thoughts of maybe painting it black. That would be safe. That would be an easy choice. That would be boring.

I had turquoise in the back of my mind, since that would be a statement color. Not safe. Not an easy choice. Definately not boring.


I decided to go for it.

It went from this pecan color


to this high octane, laying on the beach in Cancun, where are my sunglasses? turquoise color.


Now, you know I love my turquoise.


And I have always really wanted an accent piece against this wall for a punch of color.


Just not sure I wanted this much of a punch.

(BTW, as many photos as I took of this piece, I could not capture the actual color. It is a little darker and more of a true turquoise rather than the lighter blue you are seeing in some of these photos.)

I glazed it quite a bit to give it some depth


and I do like that effect.


I kept the original hardware since it was sort of funky.


So anyhow, I could be a good blogger and lie and say that I am madly in love with this color and jumping up and down. But the truth is that I am still seeing if it will grow on me.

We'll see. It may end up being my favorite piece of furniture.


I am really liking the little vignette I put on the top of it though!

You can't go wrong with tarnished silver and vintage dogs.










Paint - Inlet Blue by Laura Ahsley Home LA1215 - mixed at Home Depot in Behr Premium Plus Ultra Semi-Gloss

Glaze - Valspar Translucent Glaze in Mocha

Top Coat - Minwax Polycrylic in Gloss finish

DIY tutorial on turning a thrift store buffet/dresser into a fun piece of furniture.  And who doesn't like turquoise!


57 comments:

  1. I think it's really lovely! I like a statement piece! Great job!

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  2. OH! I love it! I would have to adapt to that color in my home too..But I really do love it! Hugs- Diana

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  3. WOW! I could adapt just fine to that color. In fact, I want that piece and color for my new bedroom makeover, you mind shipping it? Great job Pam!

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  4. Well, I like it, especially the close up of the glazing. I'm sure it would take getting used to being the only thing of real color in the room, but give it a few days and see how you feel. I love the little vignette, too.

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  5. I think it is a wonderful punch of color, Pam. You did a great job! I love the antiquing, and your darling vignette on top. Love the doggies too! The great thing about paint is its' easy to re-do any time you want. But I love it, tami

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  6. I love it. The glaze adds a lot to it too! You are not used to that much color in your space I think!

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  7. I think it's brilliant and absolutely love the glaze and color choice. The vignette is pretty spectacular too.

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  8. Very nice! I like the turquoise but it is a big change so give it some time. I like the glaze on it too! Stop by and link up to my Share the Love link party!
    Mary

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  9. This is a beautiful color, really pretty, great job, coming from Kims

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  10. I do like the colour. If you hadn't given it the detail then I think it would not be as pretty...now do you have other pieces of that colour in your liveingroom? If you do or did that would definately pick up on this colour and I would think this piece wouldn't have a chance of being changed.
    Nice job...nice piece..
    Judi

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  11. Such a great update! I think the color is great. And the vignette is adorable, too.

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  12. the color is beautiful! and i love the little vignette you have set up that keep it a little more on the classic side, though the color adds more of a fun twist.

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  13. #1I love your blog and #2 yesI love this buffet and the color is wonderful...I think it looks beautiful ...all that hard work surely paid off! I like that you kept the old hardware...it really looks good with it..What a huge change....Thanks for sharing that!!!I have a curio china cabinet I would love to re-do....hopefully when we are able to settle somewhere and my hubby is out of Seminary!!!! You go girl!!!! Mica/The Cild's Paper

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  14. My favorite color and that piece is to die for!

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  15. Love it love it love it ...cross my heart and yes I voted the first tick!!!

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  16. I love the color. I think it looks fantastic as a punch of color. I can understand why it would be a bit overwhelming though, its a big piece of furniture.

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  17. If you don't like it, ship it to me...it is gorgeous, Pam!

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  18. OMG! I have the same exact buffet! Have a look for yourself. Here's the link:
    http://www.thediyspot.com/2009/06/a-sideboard-reborn/
    My "after" looks like your "before" minus the scratches of course. I stripped and stained mine. I love the color turquoise and, cross my heart, it looks stunning! Makes me think "hmmmm should I paint mine too?" Great job!

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  19. First, I love the dogs!! They look so very cute sitting on the turquoise buffet. I really like the effect of the glaze on the turquoise paint...great job!

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  20. really really beautiful piece!! Love the color- my favorite too :) Found you through Restore Interiors!

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  21. It's a pretty color and I love the glazing too. You know Candice Olson on HGTV? I remember an episode she did with turquoise, you would've loved it.

    ~Tricia

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  22. I love turquoise! You did a wonderful job on your redo!

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  23. love, love, love this makeover...one of my favorite colors. I just purchased a pot for my plant and was saying how soothing of a color it is and normally im always using green. You did a fantastic job!!!
    hugs
    janet

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  24. I vote--keep it! It's pefect to lead you into Spring/Summer!

    Isn't it funny how color can make a piece of furniture look TOTALLY different??


    Kelly

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  25. So glad you went with the turquoise! It looks great!

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  26. That was unexpected, but so gorgeous! You really went for it and it paid off. You did a beautiful job on the finish-it looks flawless. I'm just about to paint a table at Brambly, I hope it comes out so well.Drop by Brambly and visit me sometime. Take care.

    Ann-Marie

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  27. I love it but then I'm a turquoise girl all the way, anything that even resembles it including teal and all greenish-blue shades. I think it really pops, in a good way!

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  28. Who could not just love this piece! I think it is fabulous!

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  29. Love the color! Without seeing the other side of the room, I can't tell if I love it in your room, but I'm guessing that I do. The vignette on top is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I agree with Judi. You should try to incorporate the torquoise color in small bits in the rest of the room. Like the beige chair next to the buffet. A throw pillow on that chair with a paisley print with bits (just bits)of torquoise in it would be nice. Or a few knick knacks with torquoise in it. I really do love that color. I hope the piece grows on you.

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  31. absolutely love the turquoise. You did a great job on that piece of mistreated furniture. i love it!

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  32. I have to agree with some of the other comments that you need a drop of this turquoise color elsewhere in the room.

    (If you don't mind a suggestion?) The picture above the buffet looks a little lonely and that it is placed too high. It also looks odd that it is not centered above the buffet.

    I think if you did a photo gallery that was centered above the buffet at a lower height and added a throw with some turquoise to your arm chair you will see how gorgeous you buffet really is.

    It is an amazing piece!

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  33. Love the Color!!!! Looks great

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  34. Well, I love it and think you did terrific!!! I love the color and yes I love that vignette. I understand where you are coming from though. I want more vibrant color, so I bought a candlestick instead of a large piece...but I am loving it, and I really do love your piece. I have the same dyson by the way!

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  35. Love the color and the vignette. I know a Munchkin who couldn't resist a scene like that. :-) I would love it if you would link up to my Marvelous Mess party!! I will pick one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/03/marvelous-mess-5.html

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  36. Paint never ceases to amaze me and you did a wonderful job. It really changed the piece.

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  37. what a fun piece!!!! i have a similar buffet waiting for me in the barn... hmmm... have you inspired me to go bright?! love it!

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  38. WOW what a fabulous transformation I LOVE it!! Love the pretty vignette you created on top too, just became your newest follower would love it if you followed me back! Martina

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  39. Looks great! And your vignette was perfection! I came running from Marty's just to see it *winks* Vanna

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  40. So Love everything about this project!!!!

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  41. Great pop of color and love the little dogs and old books. That is so popular in all the antique malls now and the little antique dogs are getting quite pricey. Thanks for joining WUW.

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  42. the buffet turned out beautifully. i have a party going on if you'd like to share this. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

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  43. it turned out beautiful...i love the color!

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  44. I applaud your bold color choice. I'm craving orange now that it's spring. But I have no idea where orange would fit. :)

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  45. Well, you sure did rescue that piece and give it a fresh new life! It looks great and so does the gold hardware. I love your little dogs :)

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  46. Pam, you were not kidding....total HIGH OCTANE! I love it!!!!!! Perfect color and those scottie dogs, DARLING!

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  47. Hi Pam!

    I'm always drawn to turquoise. I think it was the perfect color choice for this piece! The glaze gives it just the right amount of depth! It looks super! :)

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  48. I think the color gives a real modern update to your vintage piece! Great re-do and I love the vignette!

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  49. As I was reading I was expecting WHITE and got BLUE, but it didn't make me blue. I smiled. Great job! I love it.

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  50. I like it, Pam! I just bought a dining set at an estate sale and I am thinking of painting. You've inspired me. Good tips on thrifting too. My favorite store is at an Episcopal church and I can be in an out in no time since I know the store. I find things in there even they didn't know they had. Thrift store shopping is an ART:-) Good week! Vicki

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  51. As I said in my other comment, this looks just wonderful. And I love your "vignettes" that you arrranged on top also!
    Best,
    Gloria

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