I apologize in advance for the photos in this post. It's a combination of the fact that I was painting in a tight spot in my dining room, the piece is too heavy to move by myself to a better place to photograph, and my poor photography skills, which I'm working on.
Anyway ... I found this buffet on Craigslist. It really wasn't in too good of shape, but it was cheap, sturdy, well-made of maple (like I said, the sucker is heavy!), and I thought with some love it could be cute.
It had a lot of surface scratches, which I sanded, and chipped veneer, which I filled it with wood filler. It was also missing some screw caps.
I'm not a big fan of screw caps, so when they're missing I usually say good riddance and fill in the holes, but there were caps still on the piece so I decided to replace the missing ones. They went along with the cottage style I was going for anyway.
I removed the old hardware and filled in the holes on the drawer.
I lightly distressed the outside, and put on new hardware in a retro style in celadon green.
Inside the cabinet I used Ce Ce Caldwell's Nantucket Spray which matches the hardware, and on the outside I used Annie Sloan's Old White.
Wax on the inside and sides, and a couple of coats of Miniwax Wipe-On Poly to protect the top, and it was done. I think it would be perfect in a country kitchen or cottage dining room.
See what a little love (and paint) can do? It will be going to Mr. P's Emporium.
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