Thursday, March 15, 2012

French Linen Buffet


My friend gave me this amazing, old buffet.  One of her friends gave it to her and she did not have space in her house, so she passed it on to me, thinking that I may be able to salvage it.  


The details on this buffet are very special, but it was in pretty rough shape.  I will take you through all the repairs I made to it.


First, I had to flip it over and clamp and wood glue the legs because they were a little wobbly.


Some of the beaded wood trim was missing from the doors of the buffet and I was worried that both sides would not match.  Then, I noticed this strip of trim that ran down the center, between the two doors.  I used a flat head screwdriver to pry it off in sections and used that to patch the missing parts on the doors.



Now all the trim on the doors is complete.



Mr. Rubbish put this drawer, that came to me in pieces, back together again.



One of the drawer pulls was broken off when I got it.  Nancy had some JB Welds, so I mixed that up and clamped the pull to the broken, metal post inside the drawer, clamped it, and waited for it to dry. I was relieved that it worked because I like the old hardware and I did not want to replace any of it.



I dry brushed Old White Chalk Paint over all the lovely wood trim and appliques.  The Old White really made the details stand out and the details are what I love most about this piece.


I decided to do one coat of paint instead of two because I liked how the wood grain underneath showed through.


I waxed the entire buffet with Annie Sloan clear wax and buffed it to create a soft sheen.


I put it in the front room at Loot and we sold out of French Linen Chalk Paint this weekend because so many customers loved the look of the buffet.


I have to admit that this is one of my all time favorite pieces too!



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29 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh wow i love that! gorgeous!

All Ways Designing said...

Just stunning!!

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

I love it! So glad you could save it.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

GORGEOUS! I love this piece!

Erica said...

LOVE IT!

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

It's a good thing that beauty fell into your hands. So lovingly restored. It's gorgoeus. You made it sparkle again!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

What an amazing save this is. Love the gorgeous color! thanks so much for linking up for Vintage Inspiration!

The Rooster and The Hen said...

That is such a classically beautiful piece! This project would be perfect for our linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts tomorrow- Friday, March 16th 2012 at 7:00 am and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

-Whitney @ TheRoosterAndTheHen

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great piece, beautiful job! Love it!

Cheers!
Tina

pink*cherub*moon said...

This is such a beautiful piece of furniture and I'm so glad that you were able to repair it! It is stunning! Love the color and how clever to take the beaded trim from a place where it wasn't really needed to use as a fill-in for missing pieces! You are one creative lady, my dear! Thank you so much for continuing to inspire and amaze me! Hugs, Leena

tinemor said...

Wow!
That is beautiful!
Hug, Tine
Norway

scrapkowa maniaczka - Dorota 71 said...

Przepiękny kredensik. Bajeczny. Strasznie mi się podoba !!!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Amanda your hutch turned out beautiful! I think I will have to get some French Linen chalk paint! Nice job!
Susan

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Oohlala! very lovely

Green Willow Pond said...

Just gorgeous! I love the gray paint. That was a clever trick for patching the trim. I'm visiting from the Shabby Nest. Have a lovely weekend! Deborah

Stacey said...

Very pretty - sophisticated! I would love for you to come by my party happening now to link this beauty up! I would love to have you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogpsot.com

I'm Busy Procrastinating said...

The finished product is beautiful, of course, but I'm also impressed with all the repairs. Clever idea to remove the beaded trim from the center to patch the missing areas on the doors. The one thing that surprised me is that you painted over the hardware. Did you decide that beforehand, or did you leave it natural and then changed your mind?

Peg Meckling said...

All I can say is wow. You do amazing work. Very inspiring!

casalegno farm said...

I knew you would work your magic on this piece! Your transformations are amazing. I know it will find a great home with someone thanks to you.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful! The color is wonderful too. Hugs, Sherry

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

I love your buffet it turned out so pretty, i would love to feature it. if that would be ok with you please let me know,
lauren

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is SO BEAUTIFUL!!

Shanna Gilbert said...

Beautiful! I love it!


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Lolo Black said...

This is amazing! I am so in love with this piece. A year ago I didn't really like grey, but as the year progressed I have come to love grey as a wonderful neutral with depth and richness. This piece is just stunning in grey!

Anonymous said...

Hi - I'm just wondering if you applied the French Linen any special way? I am trying to do a piece right now, and it looks nothing like yours! If you could let me know, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!

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