This was one of the major projects I worked on prior to Christmas Eve. It was going to go in the entry way and it was my GOAL IN LIFE to get it done! I’m happy to say I finished it on Dec 23!! Whew!
If you don’t recall me talking about it before, I found this buffet one day when I had other plans and wasn’t planning on going to garage sales that day. Which worked out because I was pretty tight on cash anyway. Well my plans fell through and since I had nothing going on, I went looking around just in case there was something I couldn’t live without. You know you say this to yourself too right!? Good thing I went because I saw this on a corner yard sale not far from my house. It was love at first sight even though it was really a sight for sore eyes!
The main problem it had was this small gap on the top at the back. It looked like a piece probably broke and the whole plank ripped out. It measured about ¾” wide and you could see straight through to the bottom if you looked down. Other than that the door had fallen off but it was still absolutely perfect! I think I might have seen hearts floating around it as I drove up!
*WORD TO THE WISE: if you see something you can’t live without like this piece was for me, make sure you have the means to fix the problem before purchasing the unit. I didn’t and that posed to be a problem.
I remember telling Brianna to help me load it up and when it was way too heavy for her and her arms wanted to fall out of their sockets, I got mad and made some stranger help me. Don’t worry, I felt bad after I thought about how her scrawny arms stood in the way of me and my prized possession that probably weighed twice her weight so Brianna I’m sorry …again!
I was lucky enough to have an awesome coworker (with tools) who helped me out of my bind and cut down a piece of wood to my specifications. KIRK YOU ROCK!! I don’t have the photos, but I used wood glue and then nailed it into place. Once that was done I used wood filler and sanded like crazy until it was smooth on top. At one point I was all bundled up and had a scarf around my head because I was sick with a cold but by golly I was going to finish!
I’m still very proud that you can’t see the seam. That means I did a good job!! As far as the handles go, I wanted to keep the old hardware on it but it turned out Sammy didn’t like the piece even after it was done...his exact words were “it just looks so old, and that hardware doesn’t help”, ahem…e x c u s e m e!! I (the loving compromising wife) drove off to Hobby Lobby on Dec. 23(!!!) for some more MODERN knobs that he didn’t even notice. Oh I almost forgot, I moved the knobs closer together on the top drawer so they all lined up. In the end, I had to point out the new modern knobs and he appreciated the gesture. He still doesn’t like the piece but I guess you win some, you lose some! Am I right?!
Oh my goodness I almost forgot
Paint- Annie Sloan – Pure White
Knobs- Hobby Lobby
Price for Buffet – $20