Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Was I blind, (yes I was)

Before I start my post can anyone tell me about blogger?  I lined all my pictures up and when I post it it doesn't line up right, and it changed my wall paper, which I can't seem to get back and I really don't like what's on it now, at all,  so frustrating!!!  Okay, okay, onto the post.

Do you guys remember a while back when I posted a dresser that had a huge crack down the middle of the top and down both sides?  Well when I bought that one I saw the crack and knew that I would be able to fix it with clamps and glue.  So I was at an  auction and I bid on this antique buffet because I loved how it looked and when I gave it the "once over", I didn't even notice the crack across the top and down both sides.  Not only was it separated, but it actually looked like it had fallen off a truck.  Every joint and all the molding was loose or had shifted terribly.  Take a look for yourself.

                                    

                                                                I know, totally blind


Really, how do you miss something like that?  I think I was so excited about the whole look of the buffet and that I had a chance to get it that I just didn't look close enough.  Anyway, because it was so cracked and all shifted I knew that it would be a two person job getting it back together again, and boy was it ever!
                                     

The top had to be taken off, then those two planks had to go through the table saw so they would match again.  Then the hubby made new dowel holes and put new dowels in it and glued it, clamped it, nailed it, and then set it aside to start work on the body.  We pretty much had to do that with the rest of it too.  We pulled out the pipe clamps and the brad nailer and a lot of glue and started a two day repair job.  Finally we were done with repairs and I could start the make over.  I stained the top in dark ebony because there was a liquid ink stain that had been spilt on it ages ago, it was too deep to sand off so I matched the stain with stain.

                                              

The wood is oak and wasn't very pretty, the back splash was a plain oak plywood so I decided to put an applique on it.  I stained it too so that when I distressed it it would have some dark color show through.

                                                

Thank goodness for wood filler, right?


So I decided to use ASCP Old White on the body and then glaze it.  Even though I sealed the whole thing before glazing so that it would glaze evenly, well it still didn't.  The back is where the plywood is at and as you can see the wood grain really stood out when I glazed it, and I didn't like it.  I loved how it made the applique look but not the rest of the back.




So what I had to do for about a week is leave it alone and look at it off and on.  It really grew on me too.  I now love it and am going to keep it.  I started out with the intention of selling this one but I am so attached to it and have the perfect place for it that it is offically mine.  Wasn't it worth all that work?





                         Thanks so much for stopping by I love your comments and followers as well.
                                                                         Sandi







37 comments:

  1. It was worth the effort! Beautiful!

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  2. Nice job! I'd keep it too, especially after all the work you put into it. I love the style too.

    Deborah

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  3. OMG....just amazing...I totally excuse you for not noticing this big crack the shape of this buffet is to die for

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  4. WOW. That is just gorgeous! Fantastic job!

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  5. Oh Sandi, this buffet has so much charm, especially after all your repairs and paint job. Love it!
    I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

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  6. Hi Sandi! Wow! the piece was really a lot of work but you and your husband made it SO pretty. I'm glad that you are giving it a good home. I saw your post over at "No Minimalist Here".

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  7. I would of been blinded also of any inperfections - beautiful details on the sideboard. You did a fablous job on the remake.
    Found you from Sherry's OHP, and am a new follower. Looking forward to visting often.

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  8. I always think flaws are no big deal, then I get the piece home and have to invest more than most would consider prudent to fix them. I'm with you, once you spend so much time with a piece, it's hard to let go. This turned out so pretty. Well done! I found you through Savvy City Style's Thriftin' on a Thursday. Hope you'll stop by my place as well!

    Liz

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  9. I really really love this. It's gorgeous!

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  10. I do the same thing when I see a piece like that. "Oh, I can fix that easily!" And then after days of sweat, there is no way to sell it and get what you put into it!! Glad you found a spot for it. Looks GREAT!

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  11. i WANT A BUFFET TABLE LIKE THAT FOR MY ENTRY. sO CUTE!!
    Now following, come visit me sometime :)
    ♥Linsey

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  12. That is a beautiful piece. Great job fixing it up!! Just beautiful!!! Found your link at Gail's MRL!

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  13. I love, love, love ASCP and this piece is just gorgeous. I'm jealous :) I would love for you to post this on my link party at... http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/05/link-party-time.html
    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I'm impressed with your fixit skills and love how the piece turned out. It's much prettier than before you painted it.

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  15. So pretty!! Isn't it great when you think it's gone all wrong, then suddenly you see it's beauty and fall in love? I love it when that happens! Beautiful!

    Leanne @ Because (I think) I Can

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  16. It looks great Sandi! I've missed things like that before too, but your piece definitely proved worth the extra effort :) I'm a new follower too, if you have a moment I would love it if you could stop by my blog.
    Cas x

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  17. You were blind to it because you were meant to have it and transform it into this beautiful piece that it wanted to be. Yes! It was worth all the work and you should be proud.

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  18. Hi Sandi, I just happened upon your blog from Miss Mustard Seed. I love what you have done with this piece and how you have decorated so beautifully with it. I am saving a picture in my file for inspiration at the top of my stairs. Blessings!

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  19. It was definitely worth the effort! Great save!

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  20. So beautiful!! Found you on Primitive and Proper & now I'm following. Love that piece!!!

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  21. Very nice restyle! No guts....no glory I'm glad you went for it.

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  22. i LOVE it! it's gorgeous! i am working on a project now that didn't turn out as planned so i am just in the "looking at it" phase and waiting to decide if i like it. :)

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  23. This is so great! Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays!

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  24. After all that it looks great! That same idea happened to me a week or so ago, I bought a desk and when I got home I discovered that it needed to be completely taken apart and reglued, too.

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  25. You did a great Job. It's beautiful.

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  26. Amazing redo, it looks beautiful!! Your latest reader, Tanya :)

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  27. It's beautiful!! Definitely worth all that trouble! Visiting from Restore Interiors! Thanks for sharing - Lori

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  28. Sandi--whoa! your buffet is beautiful! blind? been there, done that. I get so enamored with something that I don't see all the problems till I get ready to work on it. lol
    I love, love, love how this piece turned out. great job.
    gail

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  29. I loved this! You're featured in my furniture redo roundup! So pretty!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/05/gorgeous-furniture-redos.html

    I also featured another of your pieces of furniture! I just love your stuff!

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  30. It's beautiful! Ya'll did a fantastic job! I'm your newest follower!

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  31. Hi Sandi,

    First of all I have a love/hate relationship with Blogger! I just recently posted about my dissatisfaction with the editing process. Even when I use Windows Live Writer it changes once I take it back to Blogger. Pictures used to drive me nutty, but now it is the font size differences. We are not alone in our frustration. A 30 post takes me 2 hrs to finish...

    Next, I really like the dresser that you "made". You sure had to put a lot of effort into repairing it but the end result is great!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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