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! When we had a booth at an antique mall a few years back, we would snatch these up every time we found them because they sold like hotcakes.
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.
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 come get it now because several people were already interested. My sweet hubby agreed to it and we dashed over as quickly as we could!
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.
If you want more info on how to paint with chalk paint, check out this chalk paint tutorial! I also have a couple of posts on different brands of chalk paint in case you’re unsure of what to use:
After painting the buffet, we reattached the trim piece and the original hardware. I was so glad the hardware was still in good shape because it adds so much charm to the piece!
We gave the piece a light distressing on the edges and corners.
Here she is all done!
Isn’t it pretty? The best part is the drawers slide out easily and the doors open smoothly, which you can’t always say with these antique pieces!
I love having the extra storage for cloth napkins, chargers, table cloths, and plates!
I’m thrilled with how it turned out. I think having vintage pieces of furniture in our home adds so much charm! And the best part is that I wasn’t out any money on it since I was able to sell the other one to pay for this one! That’s what I call a win-win!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today! For more on our home, visit me on Instagram!
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