Thursday, July 7, 2011

Very Unique Buffet


I know I start most of my blogs off by saying, "I was at this yard sale", but really that's where I find most of my great buys and in this case a "unique find".  Inside of drawer there is a metal button like thing that has the trademark of the maker of this buffet.  It was made in England by a furniture company called, Harris Lebus.  As far as I could tell the value on a piece like this isn't great money wise, but boy is it a great conversation piece.  My hubby and I liked it one moment and then didn't the next.  I think one of the reasons we didn't care for it was the running board on the bottom.



I really like the scrolling on the front and the old handles.  The lacquer on the top was crackled so I decided that was where I would start.  I wanted to use my new chalk paint and this was the perfect test for it.  I sanded and stripped the top.  I came across a new wood stripper that I really like, Motsenbocker's Lift Off.  There wasn't any odor and it cleaned off so well.  The best part is that it didn't leave a sticky residue afterwards.  I recently did a project that I thought I had cleaned all the stripper off but I had missed some.  I went ahead and painted it and to this day, a month later, it is still tacky.  I am going to have to start all over again with that project.  So I really appreciate a stripper that will wash off easily. To make sure it was all off I rubbed the freshly stripped top with a product that I also love called Citristrip Paint Stripper Afer Wash.  It completely takes any of the left over stripper off, and does it so easily.


I was ready to stain the top and the running board and legs.  I also found a new stain that I really love.  I used it on another piece that I will be showing in a few days.  The stain is Rustoleum walnut.  I have been using the "other guys", stuff for along time now but I needed a new color and Rustoleum had it.  This project really doesn't do the color justice (oak doesn't stain very pretty in my opinion).

 

 I'm so excited to get this part out of the way so I can try my new chalk paint.  So far I'm loving it. I did some distressing and it sanded so easy, love that.  I finished it off by putting a satin poly on the top and Annie Sloan's clear wax on the rest.


The "unique buffet table", is still unique, but I really love it now.  The chalk paint is great to work with and wonderful to sand.  I still have to buff the wax tomorrow and that will be the finishing touch to a very interesting piece. Didn't She turn out pretty?


24 comments:

  1. I really like the detailing on the front. Great job!

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  2. I adore this project! You did a wonderful job and made this a really unique one of a kind buffet. I am a fan of two tone, but the way you did this with the runner and legs too is awesome!
    SHerry

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  3. The buffet looks great it's a nice conversation piece. Don't you just love chalk paint?

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  4. So cute and freshened up with white! Nice job. Thank you for seeing "crisp and fresh" where others might see "dingy and dated...oh yeah and DARK"

    Visiting from MMS Linky Party today

    ~Suzanne in Illinois

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  5. Hi love it! I live in England and they really are quite common over here i giggled when i saw it ! you did a fantastic job it looks amazing
    Sarah x

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  6. Wow...love this piece. Great job....I have yet to try the chalk paint. I'm your newst follower!

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  7. Love what you did. It has so much personality.

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  8. Very cute project! I love the look of refinished furniture but don't have the patience for stripping. I always want to start with the fun part - the paint! Great Job!
    A new blogger visiting from... http://gluegunsanddryerlint.blogspot.com/

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  9. Looks great and what a nice piece.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. Love finds like that. Come see my mid century credenza.

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  11. It came out great. I love your projects.
    Visiting again from so very cheri. Would love if you posted this project here:
    http://decoratinginsanity.com/2011/07/10/showoff-sundays-4/
    xo,
    mONICa

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  12. How about that "love/hate" furniture feeling!! Love the results! Great job! Visiting from Coastal Charm!

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  13. Gorgeous! I would love it if you linked up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now. There is also an awesome giveaway to go with the party, so you should check it out. http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-linky-party-and.html
    I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy

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  14. This is such a beautiful and different shaped piece...I love it, and you did a fabulous job on it - WELL DONE!
    Stop over to enter Vintage Linen Giveaway

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  15. I love the way this turned out, it's beautiful! Great job!

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  16. wow, the two toned look really suits this piece beautiful and lightens it up a bit! i never would have thought to do that, but it looks gorgeous! great thinking!

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  17. Your piece looks great painted. I have one I am considering painting. I just may now.

    Danielle

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  18. Beautiful! You did just enough to it.

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  19. Fabulous refinishing! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  20. Its certainly unique. fab job on this. I'm your newest follower hope you can follow back.
    Caroline

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  21. That's a very unique piece. I love stained and white together. Just did a piece today.
    great job!
    gail

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  22. This is such a great period piece... a real conversation piece and then you took it to a whole new level - spectacular. Love your look here. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    Pam

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  23. What a beautiful transformation! You did a great job

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