Traditional Hutch Turns Modern

I’m currently lying on my couch after throwing my back out yesterday. Darn you, weak body. Yesterday marked the true end of the busiest summer of my life, and I’m so glad to be resting, even if it is my body that is making me. I just can’t imagine why my body doesn’t like to run 12 miles, hang dry wall, paint, clean, and move furniture in a day… weird.  Continue reading “Traditional Hutch Turns Modern”

Galley-Style Kitchen Cabinet Update

Happy Saturday, friends!

I find you with two cramped-up shoulder blades, an aching bicep (yes, just the one), a screaming lower back, and the happiest heart. And coffee. Two cups of coffee.

The last 11 days have been insane for me. Non-stop. While my husband is on a temporary deployment for a month, I decided to take on the project of painting a client’s kitchen cabinets. Everything was OK until I rehung all the doors by myself. My weak little arms could hardly hold the shaking power drill by hour six. But I DID IT! #womanpower.  I’m a firm believer that a woman can do anything a man can… but sometimes stuff is just heavy! (okay, okay, complaining over). Continue reading “Galley-Style Kitchen Cabinet Update”

Beth’s Buffet

I was gifted this wonderful buffet during my sophomore year at Texas State University. Having absolutely no furniture, I thought it was gold! The buffet graced my first home as an entertainment center, my second and third home as a tea bar, fourth home as a tea and COFFEE bar (everyone starts drinking coffee at some point, right?) and its fifth home in my dining room as a tea and spirit cabinet. I have loved this buffet since the day it was given to me six years ago, so this restoration was special and long overdue!

I’ll shut up and let you meet its beautiful self!

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Disclaimer: I don’t think the buffet was in this bad of shape when I got it. Having survived many moves and many, many morning coffee rushes when either myself or one of roommates were late to work, it’s a trooper to say the least!

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Every cup ring has a story! 😉 You can tell how much life is lived around and on this piece of furniture!

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The finish was in pretty bad shape all the way around… just felt like stating the obvious.

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The veneer was chipping all over the doors, drawers, and sides.

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I started by cleaning and sanding everything down. I then repaired the broken wood and veneer. I primed with Zinsser Shellac spray paint. I painted the base with two coats of Rust-Oleum’s Linen White Chalked Paint (which I love), and stained the top with General Finishes Java Gel Stain. I protected the paint with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat and the stain with a MinWax polyurethane . It took me about a week to complete this and I’m so glad it’s done! Take a look:

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I slightly distressed the details, but even with the antiquing she looks as good as new!

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This buffet had earned the time and care I put into it!

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It was fun distressing this piece because it really highlights all its unique details!

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The top is now durable and beautiful. I love it!

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All the gold accents were used as decor on my cake table at my wedding! I love the memories… and I’m living on a budget.

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If you’ve been in my house for a meal, or a movie night, or a party, you’ve probably used this buffet as well. I love that it allows me to serve people yummy food and my friends to make a hot cup of tea or mix a drink at the end of the day. I think that’s why it holds such a special place in my heart, it helps me gather people I love for drinks and conversation.

If you don’t have a buffet I highly recommend one. They are such versatile and fun pieces of furniture that will allow you to serve in an array of ways. Keep a lookout for one at a decent price on Craigslist or at a local thrift store, you never know what you might find!

I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I did. I would love to know what you think. As always, if you’re in the Annapolis, Maryland area, I’d love to do some custom work for your home!

Until next time,

-Beth