Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Big Fat Buffet & Mirror Wedding -- Furniture Redo

This was the old heavy buffet (or dresser?) that I bought at the Rusty Chandelier parking lot sale on 9.20.14.  It lived in the back of the van for about a week, until we felt brave enough to schlep it out.

I am pretty strong, but it was all my husband and I could do to get it out of the van and to the back yard.  It is a heavy beast.  The type of furniture I am trying to avoid.

But who could resist those details?
I would have left it gray, but the top had rust and damage. 
I decided to use a creamy color of chalkpaint,
and then distressing to let the gray shine through.
Two coats of the ivory paint.
Sanding to distress.
I liked how the gray and even an earlier layer of green paint peeked through.
More sanding so drawers slide smoothly.
I painted the interior a gray with purple tones --
it was actually the last of some old primer so it should cover drawer stains.
I reused the original metal pulls and knobs which had been painted gray,
they looked good against the ivory.
On the bottom doors I used glass knobs to call attention to the ornate detailing.
I had picked up the mirror several months ago.
I'm betting that it originally sat on top of a buffet.
So why not introduce them to each other?
Love at first sight, they were a perfect match.
A marriage made in heaven.
I'm naming her "Vanellie".

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