This bad girl has been resting ever so peacefully in our garage for the past 3 years… Have we even lived here 3 years yet? Well, it has been here since the day after we got here, at least. I have had really good intentions to clean her up and make her whole again ever since she came to live with us.
There is a brass-like tag on the inside of the right door that says “Dalescraft Fine Furniture”, but I cannot find any history on the company, so it is getting the whole she-bangle work up to match my style: glued, sanded, primed, painted, distressed and waxed. Antiques Roadshow? Not for this gal.
Step One – Fix the broken leg so it does not have to lay on B’s old quilt. [Side note: Have quilt dry cleaned after completion] Have you ever used Gorilla Glue? I have used it on this project, on my Remember Tiles, and my memo frames and I think it is the best invention for home repair since duck tape. It works on everything and a dab will do ya since the glue expands while setting up - it is really pretty amazing stuff and if you have not tried it, here is your recommendation. You’re welcome.
Step Two – Remove all of the drawers and doors for sanding and painting; paper line the drawers to protect from over spray.
Step Three through One Hundred Fourty-Two - Paint, paint, paint. Prime with two coats, paint with as many coats as necessary to cover the ugly veneer wood, glaze to make it “old” again and finally, wax on, wax off. Whew! I chose to use Kilz spray primer, it is very effective and coats very well in the first pass [I highly recommend investing in one of those fancy $2 spray paint can attachments, your pointer finger will thank you!] I used Krylon Semi-Gloss White spray for the body and Krylon Gloss Leather Brown for the top of the buffet, this paint seems to have a lot of off-spray, one night my entire body was covered in a white mist of over spray, awesome, I was glowing! After spraying about a million coats of color, I topped of the newly crisp buffet to look old again with Valspar Glaze mixed with Minwax stain – voila, queso, I mean brown glaze.
After all was painted, glazed and cured, I coated the entire piece in Minwax Paste Finishing Wax (thanks for the suggestion, Lori!) and buffed away to, finally, bring us to this:
Isn’t she just wonderful?
I re-lined the silverware side of the top drawer with cobalt blue felt; it originally had a green felt liner and it was a beast to get off, but nothing a good can of elbow grease couldn’t tackle. Oh, aren’t those necklaces pretty? Read on to find out more about them!
I decided to line the four interior shelves in Waverly Courtyard cream/navy fabric; I love the color and the design works perfect with the romantic cast iron drawer pulls. Also, I edged the top two shelves with a 5/8″ decorative straight mold to hide the fabric edges and to give a more polished look.
Here is a close up shot of the cast iron drawer pulls and the wooden details on the drawers and doors. The knobs were found at Hobby Lobby for just $3.99 and $4.99
I did not set a budget before begining this project, but, here is the cost breakdown -
Hand Me Down Buffet $0
Total Cost $135.59!
Now, since this big project is finished and I have teased B about finally bringing it into the house so he can park our sportscar in the garage again, I think I’m going to leave in the garage for a while longer… Why, you ask? Well, because I just registered for my first show with sweetgum way and I think this will be a perfect piece for displaying all my wares. Don’t you think?
By the way, the show is in Houston at Boheme Café and Wine Bar on May 15, 2011 from 12-6pm. Sweetgum Way will be selling Remember Tiles, Framed Memo Boards, UPcycled Cotton Necklaces and other various goods that might pop into my head between now and then.