Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Buffet

Remember this buffet that we found way back in August by the side of the road? As you can see, it was missing a piece of moulding on the bottom drawer. Earl used sculpey clay to make an impression of the matching corner molding on the other side and I used the mold and some wood filler to make a new piece.
 Well now it looks like this...the brass pulls on the bottom two drawers were original to the piece.
I love, love, love the carving on the corners

And on the bottom
I found these at Anthropologie for the top drawer. Earl loves old maps and I thought they looked great with the pattern of the drawer. It looks like waves.
 Earl spent many hours refinishing the top,it now has a beautiful shine and a rich color. The white spot on the top is a candle flame reflected in the finish.
I'm just in love with this piece (have I mentioned that I love it yet?). It isn't perfect but it sure is beautiful. I can see it all set up with goodies for Christmas morning breakfast.  Or dessert for Thanksgiving.  We spent very little on paint, shellac, polyurethane, and the knobs.  Now I just need a large mirror to hang over it and maybe the right lamp.
Just in time for the holidays. Now if someone would just set the right mirror out by the road....;>)
Linking with Kathleen at Faded Charm for White Wednesday:>)

54 comments:

trish said...

Oh Kathy.
That turned out gorgeous!!!
You all did a great job.
I hope that right mirror shows up too! Wouldn't that be so much fun!! :o)
Sincerely - Tricia

Anonymous said...

AHHH I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! You guys and your clever sculpey clay :) OH MY GOSH ONLY 9 DAYS UNTIL I COME HOME AND SEE IT AND YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! IM SHAKING FROM COLD AND THE EXCITEMENT! (because apparently they shut off the radiators on weekends or something. and they were on on the 60 degree days, but now that it's 35, do we have heat? nooooo) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
Love, Victoria <3

Blondie's Journal said...

It's just beautiful, Kathy! I love the idea of a beautiful breakfast buffet set out on it. Great job. I bought knobs from Anthro also for a cabinet of mine. They have a nice selection!

Happy Sunday!

XO,
Jane

Tina said...

Beautiful piece, beautiful finish!

Sandy said...

That is beautiful. How did you ever find matching handles?

Anita Kehn said...

It truly is beautiful! It needs nothing more. (except maybe those Christmas goodies)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh Kathy! That is just beautiful. You and Earl did a wonderful job refinishing this beautiful piece of furniture....don't let the person that tossed it out see it!
Hugs,
Penny

Hoosier at Heart said...

Holy Cow! That is just beautiful! You did a fantastic job on it!

Adventures In Alice Land said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! Now, that's a make over and it's gorgeous. Guess I'm not looking in the right places ...I never find pieces like this one. You truly got a gem when you found this buffet! I can't see how you decorate it for the holidays!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This is one gorgeous piece now! Great job and I love, love the drawer pulls.

Kathleen said...

Fabulous! What a great job you did. It is a wonderful piece, and yes, I can see it groaning with goodies for the holidays!

Robin said...

that is simply amazing! I can't believe it was on the side of the road! The moulding is beautiful, and Earl did a wonderful job duplicating it!

janet said...

If you hear a commotion in the middle of the night, don't be alarmed...it's just me carting that gorgeous piece of furniture out the door to a waiting truck ;-)

Well done!

Janet xox

Adrienne said...

What a gorgeous piece! You did a great job - bet the previous owners wouldn't believe their eyes if they could see it! Now, watch for that mirror beside the road - you may find it.
~Adrienne~

Sewn With Grace said...

Oh Kathy! It turned out gorgeous!!! That is a totally amazing transformation. A job very well done!

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

Wow, it looks great! Well done!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Wow Kathy, I have seen lots and lots of before and afters, but this one is surely dramatic. I love it, and those drawer pulls are wonderful. What a great job.

Karen

Rose Haven said...

Kathleen...what an amazing and beautiful transformation! I love the carving!!

Mimi Sue said...

It's just GORGEOUS Kathy!! Now that it's painted white you can really see the carving details. Great idea with the sculpey clay. Mimi

Lisa said...

WOW! It's spectacular!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

To think somebody threw that stunning piece out?! It's absolutely gorgeous white. You really can see all the pretty details! Love those Anthro knobs - they're just perfect. The top is gorgeous! Earl did such a good job on it.

Manuela

Sue said...

You and Earl did a fabulous job on that piece...it turned out beautiful...but I think you need to move near the beach now because it would go fabulous in a beach house....Great Job Guys!!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Kathleen,
Wow! I love it too! it turned out beautifully..you certainly saw the diamond in the rough. Your mirror will come. Did you hand paint or spray paint? the finish is so pretty and looks perfect.
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Sandy said...

This is beautiful!!!!! I think it is perfect in every way!!!! WOW! I need to start looking around the neighborhoods on large trash pick up days!!!!! Incredible!

Terry said...

OH MY, OH MY, I too love this piece and you did a wonderful job restoring it but only better! By the side of the road? I love this kind of stuff. I would do just as you did if it were mine! Thanks for posting

LizlovesVintage said...

Loving the white dresser. You did a good job! Hugs, Liz

Honey at 2805 said...

OH WOW! I think I'm in love. What a great job!

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

Be still my heart! I love love love this too. I'm looking for a beautiful buffet myself. This one will do just fine. You did a great job. Wonderful find.

hugs
cindy@stitches
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BailiwickStudio said...

It's beautiful! You and Earl both did your jobs well. Don't let the people who set it out on the roadside see it - they might want it back! ::Jill

Debbie Kay said...

Wow, that is lovely. The side of the road? Really? What were they thinking, it is a treasure!!

Auntie Bliss said...

I'm pretending that it is MINE!!!!
What about that bottom trim and the curved legs?! If there was a blog award for biggest score...girl you'd have it!
I LOVE the Anthro knobs you added!!!!
Can't wait to see it decked with desserts.

Pokey said...

What a beauty! And a rescued piece, no less! You have increased its value by your loving care.

Curtains In My Tree said...

That is breathtaking beautiful

Janice

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness, this piece is simply gorgeous! I hope your neighbor reads your blog. :-)

Judi said...

Kathy!!!
What can I even say about that??? It is gorgeous! What a wonderful job you did. It just does not even seem possible that it is the same piece. I absolutely love it! Yes the right mirror will top it off. BEAUTIFUL...
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Judi

The Star Gal said...

I would say something but I'm speechless (almost). That is drop dead gorgeous!!!

bee'nme said...

One of the all time best makeovers I have EVER seen! Stunning! You two are a couple of geniuses! Sculpey...who'da thought? This gorgeous buffet will serve you and your family well for years and years to come...and I'm sure it will wear it's holiday finery well through all the seasons and family celebrations yet to be...

Hey, I got a lovely mirror curbside, so it can happen!

Have a great weekend Kathy!

Hugs & Blessings,
Becky

Lallee said...

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I could say that about twenty more times and it wouldn't be enough. I love this piece and how you finished it. So clever to remake the molding piece, and the map knobs make it so unique. Earl did a FABULOUS job refinishing the top. Oh, I used that word again didn't I. You will enjoy this for a long, long time!

bj said...

omgosh, Kathy...this is, by far, the PRETTIEST chest I have ever seen. It is magnificent. You and Earl did such a fabulous job. I LOVE the color you chose. What is the name and brand? I am pretty sure I have to do MY plain, vanilla, slightly pitiful, with a wart on it's nose, chest in this color.
Hugs, bj

Mary said...

Omigosh, Kathy, that is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Cora said...

Oh my goodness it turned out beautiful. What a cheap treasure!
Yep it needs a mirror and that would set it off perfectly!
Have a great Thanksgivng!

Dawn said...

It's fabulous Kathy. You two did a fantastic job! I hope you find that mirror! And if you find something on the roadside that is quite right for you I'm sure you and Earl can fix it up and sell it. You both have such talent!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Dawn

bj said...

Just back to say I love ya dearly and wish you all a wonderful holiday.
Blessings, bj
...and, again, I've NEVER seen such a pretty buffet in my life.

foodies at home said...

Love what you did with such a great piece!

My name is PJ. said...

This is a most incredible transformation!!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Rhondi said...

Hi Kathleen
I love how it turned out. Leaving the top unpainted waas he perfect thing to do. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving day.
Hugs, Rhondi

Kerrie said...

I love this, it is so beautiful!

heidi said...

So pretty! I've re-done a couple of these buffets but nothing near as intricate and beautiful as your hutch! LOVE it!
~Hugs, Heidi

Becky K. said...

This is absolutely amazing!!! I have a dresser in this style. This makeover makes me want to grab some paint and get at it....but I don't believe for a second that I would have a result like this. You did so well!!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Kathy - you breathed new life into that dresser! What an absolutely beautiful job you and Earl did on it! Wow! Those map knobs are the coolest!!! Happy WW to you!

xoxo laurie

Jen said...

It came out so nice! I too had a roadside find/rescue which is similar to this piece, except I found the whole bedroom set (dresser, tallboy and headboard/footboard and side rails)on the side of the road, owner even helped me load it all up! My hubby and I redid the dresser as y'all did, came out beautiful.
Thanks for sharing!

Pam Hoffman said...

OMG! What an amazing piece you have now. What a wonderful way to preserve a bit of the past too!

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We'd love to host your 'link' there this week!

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Terri said...

STUNNING transformation...don't you wish the people who left it on the side of the road could see it now?!

I think the way you recreated the piece of molding is brilliant...I would have never thought of that!

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

What a creative duo! Gorgeous piece! I must live in the wrong part of the country. I only ever see particle-board furniture on the side of the road. :) Always looking for beautiful off-white colors -can you share which one you used?