Updated Entertainment Cabinet

I posted this week about the Happy Camper Buffet that I refinished for a friend.  Unfortunately for my friend the buffet didn't work in her space so it went to a new home.  After seeing how the buffet looked in her family room, it dawned on me that all her current entertainment cabinet needed was a bit of a face lift!  Her Hubby unloaded all their stuff from it and we loaded it in my car.  I brought the cabinet home and put it in the garage where it sat for a few weeks while I went on vacation and got sidetracked with other things.  That seems to happen a lot around here!  Thankfully my friend and her Hubby were very patient with me!

Here is the before picture of her entertainment center

It had a lot of great detailing that went unnoticed the way it was.

I knew the cabinet would be gorgeous painted in Annie Sloan Old White.  Before I went on vacation, I started painting the cabinet, but then I realized it was going to be a lot more work than I had time for that week.  I  thought the inside where the doors cover wouldn't need to be painted, but there was no way to stop and start the paint without making a mess.  I took the doors and back off and took the shelves out to make it easier to paint.  I only got about about 3/4 done with my first coat before I had to leave on vacation.  I do NOT like leaving projects undone.  It drives me crazy not to finish when I start something. I thought about that cabinet every day while I was on vacation!

Today the weather was gorgeous and I was able to work outside which meant I had a lot more room to work!  Plus I get to listen to the birds chirp and get some Vitamin D while I work.  Of course I forgot to take any pictures as I went along.  I was way too focussed on getting this piece done so my friend could get her cable box and DVD player off her Family Room floor!

  Here is the finished cabinet....

I think it's stunning now!

I painted two coats of Old White on the whole cabinet, then distressed and finished it with a couple coats of clear wax.  It's amazing what a bit of paint can do isn't it?!

I had some brass hardware leftover from a dresser I refinished in the fall that I knew would look great on the cabinet doors.  I didn't like the way the brass looked so I put a bit of Old White paint on them and dabbed some off while it was still wet.  I think they add a bit of interest without taking away from the other details on the cabinet.

It doesn't matter how many pieces of furniture I refinish, I'm always surprised at what a huge difference paint can make.  My friend was ready to part with this piece and find something new.  Now this entertainment cabinet has a new look and will be stunning back in it's old space in my friend's Family Room.  

If you have an old piece of furniture you're thinking about getting rid of, why not give it a few coats of paint and see if you can resurrect it?  


Happy Camper Buffet

I know I've been absent from blogging for a bit!  It seems the blog is always the thing that gets pushed aside when I'm busy.  I got a bit overwhelmed with projects and then we went on vacation for 9 days.  We got back on Saturday and I'm still not back in the swing of things.  Some day I will be able to balance it all.  Not sure how people manage to post so often and get everything done.  I think I need some tips!  Anyway, on to the post.....

My most popular post is my White And Neglected Craigslist Dresser Makeover.  I get a lot of emails about the color and the homemade chalk paint I used on the dresser.  The color green is one of my favorites and I'm not normally fond of green.  The color is called Happy Camper by Behr and it really does make me happy when I see it.  I loved it so much I even painted my Kitchen Table in Happy Camper!  So a few weeks ago when I found a buffet for sale on Craigslist for a friend of mine I kept coming back to that same happy green.  

Here is the buffet before

It was missing some trim pieces that had broken off and the top was a scratched mess.  I was drawn to the detailing on the drawers, the edges and the legs.  I LOVE the legs!  Plus the hardware is one of my favorite vintage styles. 

To start off I stripped and sanded the top.  I then used a combination of Kona and Dark Walnut stains.  It took a few coats with some sanding in between until I got the color I was looking for.  

Here you can see what the wood looked like before I stained it.  I had to quickly stop and take a picture when I realized I had forgotten to take one after sanding!

I also learned a very valuable lesson.....I don't like spray on Polycryllc!  Once I had the top completely done I decided to try using the poly in a spray can.  I read the directions and then started spraying the top.  It was a bumpy, awful mess.  After a few choice words (sorry neighbors) I came to the realization that I was going to have to sand off the poly.  I wasn't exactly thrilled about this, but I got to work and a couple of hours later the top was sanded and re-stained.  I decided to finish it off with a few coats of Annie Sloan dark wax instead of attempting anymore poly finishes.  

Next step was fixing the trim that was broken.  I searched Home Depot and Lowes for trim to match the trim on the buffet, but I couldn't find an exact match.  Instead I removed the trim pieces along the bottom and moved them to the top.  Then once that was done I used wood filler and sanded again. 

Next it was time for paint!  I painted the body of the buffet in Annie Sloan Pure White and the doors and drawers in Happy Camper.

Here are the drawers and doors after one coat of Happy Camper.  I have to point out here as well that I didn't make homemade chalk paint this time out of the Happy Camper.  I just used flat latex paint instead.  I wasn't thrilled with the homemade version and I was really happy with how the flat latex went on after some sanding.  

After two coats of paint I let it dry for a day and went back and distressed a bit with some 220 grit sandpaper.  As a last step I put on a coat of Annie Sloan dark wax.  

These pictures are after a bit of distressing and before I applied the dark wax.

For the body of the buffet I used two coats of Annie Sloan Pure White, then distressed and finished with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.

Look how all the details pop now!  They weren't as noticeable before the paint.

If you're a regular follower of my blog you'll know I love to take pictures of my furniture pieces outside in front of our tree in the yard.  I had every intention of doing this, but Mother Nature had other plans.  It snowed and there was no way I was going to be able to get outside pictures before my friend's Hubby picked up the buffet.  

I finished the waxing in the living room so that's where the pictures ended up being taken.  The lighting is horrible in there which meant the pictures turned out nowhere near what I would like them to be!  I didn't take very many pictures too because I thought I was moving the piece outside for staging.  

Here is the finished buffet.

The lighting gives it a yellow tinge, but the paint is definitely white and the green not so yellowy!

For the hardware I cleaned and scrubbed it with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.  I let it soak for a bit in the vinegar then scrubbed it with baking soda and a brush.  I love how coppery they were after a good cleaning.  I had originally planned on spraying them, but they worked perfectly with the green paint.  

Once the buffet was delivered to my friends house, we decided it wasn't going to work for a media cabinet.  It was too high and just didn't look right.  I'm a firm believer in things happening for a reason.  I listed the buffet and it quickly sold to Mandy, who I did some custom work for in the summer.  She was the lucky person who bought the beautiful Creamy Yellow Empire Dressers.  She had the perfect place for this gorgeous and happy buffet.

Mandy took a picture of the buffet in its new home and posted it on my Facebook page.  It looks like the buffet was made for her entryway!

Although my friend was really sad to see the happy green and white buffet go, it all worked out in the end.  I'm happy it went to a great home with someone I worked with before.  Now I'm working on my friend's entertainment center and giving it a makeover.  Everyone is happy!  :-)


Mid Century Restore Cabinet

Lately I've been really drawn to mid century modern furniture and design.  I consider my style to be eclectic.  I love rustic, industrial, farmhouse you name it I love it!  Well maybe not anything from the 70's.  I've mentioned here before how I like to change things around in my house.  It seems I'm not happy unless I'm changing something.  This usually means I have to sell something to make room for something else, but this is what I enjoy doing.  

A couple of weeks ago when I stopped in to Habitat For Humanity's Restore to check things out, I fell instantly in love with a great mid century cabinet.  The cabinet had just come in off the truck and the employees hadn't even had time to price it.  Initially when I saw the cabinet I thought of a friend who likes mid century pieces, but when she didn't get back to me I thought maybe this piece was destined to be mine.  I stood in front of the piece for ten minutes staring at it and shooing people off.  The only thing that held me back was how I was getting it home and where on earth would I put it?  

I finally bit the bullet and purchased the cabinet.  My friend's Husband said he would pick it up for me so all I had to do was figure out where to put it!  On my drive home the wheels started turning and I figured out where it could go....my living room.  

The day the piece was being delivered my entire living room was torn apart.  The Hubby was away on business so I was on my own.  I had things everywhere.  It looked like someone had come in and turned the house upside down.  Once the Hubby got home from his business trip that evening I moved the cabinet into its new home and got to work cleaning it up.  I knew all along I wouldn't paint this piece.  Some things are better left untouched and this was just one of those things.  All the cabinet needed was a bit of finish restorer and Murphy's Oil Soap and it was perfect.

Here's the cabinet in it's new home.

When I saw this cabinet I knew it would be perfect for some of the globes in my collection.  The height and length were just right for displaying and the warmth of the wood contrasts nicely with the colors on the globes.

There's just something about the lines and the warmth of the wood mixed with the glass that I adore.  

Both doors, one on each end, are attached with piano hinges.  When the doors are closed, they slowly close and don't slam.  This is one well built piece of furniture!

As much as I change the furniture in my home, I can't see myself parting with this cabinet.   It fits so nicely in it's new home with its classic beauty and versatility.  I've searched the Internet for pictures of pieces just like this one, but I haven't found a thing.  I'd love to find a picture of how it looked in a home when it was brand new.  If anyone comes across anything please let me know.

Thank you for reading,