A few weeks ago, we were garage-saling as a family at the Gladbrook City-Wide Sales. At one of the sales, we saw this buffet:
It was nothing special, and it had a broken leg. We thought about it a little, and decided $75 was more than we wanted to pay… especially when we have tons of projects already in our garage waiting for us. So we walked away!
Later that day, I found this lady on Facebook and messaged her to see if the buffet sold, and if not, would she take $35 for it. She responded and said it did not sell, and she’d be happy to take $35… because her husband was threatening to throw it in the burn pile otherwise. So we agreed to come pick it up the following weekend with our truck.
Anywhoooo… when we got the the following weekend, she informed us that her husband hadn’t gotten the memo, and had hauled our buffet behind their house to the burn pile (!!). And while it hadn’t been completely obliterated, there was some significant charring on a portion of the top surface.
Knowing that we’d be able to repair the damage, we gave the lady $15 bucks for good measure, heaved that sucker off the pile of rubble, and loaded ‘er up!
Since we had a plan that involved stain (as opposed to paint) for the top surface, we scraped off all the soot from the burn, stripped the whole top, and sanded it down until it was smooth as a baby’s backside.
There was still a hint of blackness where the burning had taken place… but we kinda liked the character that it added, and the funny story we’d be able to share. AND the fact that we got this sweet buffet for $15 bones!
Nick repaired the broken leg like the pro woodsmith that he is.
We lightly sanded down the body and drawers with 100 grit sandpaper to allow for maximum adhesion between the primer and the wood (this is not a step you can skip my people!).
And we taped off the lip of the top surface to keep any paint from getting on it!
Then we primed with Kilz.
And painted in Sherwin Williams ‘Grandview’.
I love the creaminess of this sea-foamy greenish color.
And our tape held strong and left us with a perfect crisp line between the body and the top surface!
This is the end of ‘part 1’ of our AMAZING buffet transformation… CLICK HERE to see what we did to it next. You won’t believe the after pictures!