Chantel here with my latest and greatest Craigslist makeover! I have been searching high and low for a buffet table that would compliment my glamorous, mirrored dining table for months for my new 'grown up' apartment. So naturally, I had to check CL for a cheap, not so ugly duckling piece. I didn't know what I was looking for at the time but when I stumbled upon this beauty, I knew this was the magic piece that would pull my whole look together.
I have dreams of hosting soiree and brunches galore. I don't know what it is about good company, great drinks, and even better food that makes me feel like an adult but...it does. For $40 I got this beautiful buffet. At first glance, there's nothing super appealing about this piece. The wood trim was peeling, covered in scratches and dents, and pieces of the drawers were chipped but it was nothing my wood filler and sander couldn't handle.
Anywho, enough of the small talk. Let's get down to business. For this project I used my trusty hand sander, wood filler, primer, and paint. Easy peasy. The whole process (drying time included) took me about 3 days. I work two jobs and long hours at work and started this project one Friday night.
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Step 1: Step 1: Fill, Clean, and Sand
Step One: I used Simple Green to first wipe down the entire buffet and drawers before I filled the holes. I didn't do a deep cleaning or anything just enough to give myself a clean surface to apply my wood filler so that it would set properly.
After cleaning my buffet I used Elmer's Wood Filler Max stainable. I've used this before on my bedroom dresser and it's great. I honestly can't remember where any of the dents and scratches were before. Sorry I don't have pictures of this step but imagine a dresser like piece of furniture covered in spots of wood filled gaps.
After filling the scratches and allowing the filler to dry I used my Ryobi 2-amp pad sander to remove just enough of the sheen from the wood. I've stripped wood down to it's natural state and it's very time consuming. I find that sanding it just enough to create a rough surface that would allow the primer to stick. I used 120 grit sand paper with my sander and also used sheets to hand sand the drawers and cabinet doors. Nothing extensive, remember, you just want the primer to adhere to the surface. Wipe down the piece with your cleaner again to remove the dust. For a smooth finish it's important to wipe down the surface before priming and painting.
Step 2: Step 2: Prime
I used my Wooster Shortcut 2 in. angle brush to apply the primer to the edges and small nooks and crannies. After priming the trim and edges of the buffet I used a small roller to apply primer all over. I applied two coats of primer to the drawers, doors, and buffet. The dry time for my Kilz primer is about 2 hours. It was late so I let my primer dry completely overnight.
Step 3: Step 3: Paint!
The fun part! Yay! I had a hard time deciding which color would look best in my apartment. My home is currently decorated using the peacock as inspiration (blues, golds, and greens). I decided a rich purple would be a nice way to break up my color scheme. Deciding which shade of purple was even harder. Surprisingly, I was able to paint the entire buffet including drawers and doors with just an 8 oz. sample of Behr Premium Plus Ultra in a satin finish! I initially purchased two samples in Canyon Iris and ...but decided a quart of Canyon Iris was the winning color.
Again, I used my Wooster brush to paint the edges and fill the nooks and crannies of the buffet. I painted two coats of color and the dry time between each coat is about an hour. After allowing the paint to completely dry I replaced my pulls with grey and silver knobs I found at my local Hobby Lobby store.
Step 4: Step 4: Decorate!
And voila! Here she is in all of her beautiful glory! I couldn't be more excited or pleased with how it turned out. It is the perfect accent piece for my dining room and has become my new conversation piece when I host parties.