Hey there! I hope you’ve had a great start to your week! Our weekend was spent watching our kiddos do their sports things and refinishing our new-to-us 1920s English buffet!
I really loved our old buffet. My hubby had found it on Facebook Marketplace for $100 and we breathed new life into it by refinishing the top, giving the base some paint and adding new hardware. You can read about the transformation and see pics here.
1920s English Buffet
But I have always loved the English style buffets! We’ve redone several of them over the years of refinishing furniture and I always told myself I’d keep one if we ever had the room.
A friend of ours had been eyeing our current buffet and said if we ever thought about selling it to let her know. Recently while on Facebook Marketplace (again!) I came across this beautiful English buffet for $150, which was a steal, especially for the excellent condition it was in!
I messaged the gal and she said if we wanted it we had to get it right then because she had tons of interest. So we went and loaded it up! I asked my friend if she wanted the other one and she jumped on it!
Let me tell you, this English buffet is GORGEOUS! It was a little bigger than the previous buffet, but we had the room for it so it worked well.
The Refinishing Process
There was a small section of veneer on the side that was coming off so we removed the loose pieces and filled it in with wood filler. Once it was dry, we sanded it down until it was smooth and even with the rest of the finish.
We removed the decorative trim piece on the back and I stripped and stained the top. I went with Varathane’s Briarsmoke for the stain to match the rest of the wood tones in our home.
Once the stain was dry, we removed the hardware and gave the base and the trim piece three coats of Valspar’s Chalk Paint in Her Dainties. I used steel wool between the coats to smooth out the brush marks and then added a few drops of water to the final coat to thin it out for a nice finish.
We reattached the trim piece and the original hardware and gave it a light distressing.
Here she is all done!
Isn’t it pretty? The best part is the drawers slide out easy and the doors open smoothly, which you can’t always say with these antique pieces!
I’m thrilled with how it turned out and that I wasn’t out any money on it since I was able to sell the other one! Win-win!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today! Hope you have a blessed week! Come back Wednesday for our fall centerpiece blog hop where you’re sure to find some inspiration for your table! And subscribe so you don’t miss a post and for 10% off our new shop, This Full Life Co.!
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