We are making a lot of design changes around GTC’s home these days. And believe it or not, this is fun for me, that’s why they call me “Good Time Charlie”, or at least my Nana did, see WHO IS GTC for the background if you must know…
Now onto serious stuff. This piece used to be someone’s Grandma’s Buffet!!
How many people have THESE things left in their home that house their TV and stereo equipment?
When we first bought it, I was in love. It was big and rich looking. It hid my big, deep ugly TV and all our stereo equipment. However, we soon discovered it was a black hole for swallowing up our CDs, DVDs and anything else that belonged in this area. Plus it was major dust magnet. Not only that, when it went out, we had to unplug the billions of wires that constitute our whole house speaker system. I took pictures, I labeled, I carefully organized as I pulled….but the best I could manage after getting them all back together was to get one left ceiling speaker hooked up that will play only with the CD player. Good thing I didn’t pursue a career in wiring.
We finally upgraded to a flat screen TV, but we were still struggling with what to do with “la bête énorme”, the HUGE BEAST. Emma, my amazing helper and side kick began showing me the way with all kinds of cute ideas where dressers and buffets had been turned into entertainment centers. I had seen these before, but you know how this is, you don’t really think about it, until your brain is ready to accept it.
According to a close friend of ours, we had a giant Alien sitting in the corner amidst our beautiful furniture. I guess the Alien had lived there so long we began to not notice it.
Not only was it a giant alien among the decor, but it was a BEAST to move. We had to take it apart as much as it would allow us. I may have felt like this when I was preparing to carry it out:
But I was more like this, and oh yes, the corner of that thing made into my gorgeous picture!
Finally, I was ready for change. My friend had GIVEN me this buffet. It had belonged to her husband’s grandmother.
My gracious friend wanted a more modern decor, and it was time to let this go. Le Buffet de Grandma sat in my garage for a LONG time before my mind finally became enlightened. I could simply “fill in” a lot of the detail that would make it less dated. I could still retain the “old” look I was going for. So my journey of a bucket of joint compound and wood filler begins…..
I managed to fill in the detail as much as I could. I wanted to retain some “echo” of it. I knew once it was painted and waxed, the detail would be like a beautiful background.
I began by painting the entire piece with a watered down CeCe Caldwell’s Virginia Chestnut. This is a wonderful trick if you plan to distress your furniture and it isn’t all dark, or the wood was in bad shape, this gives the illusion that it was lovely stained piece of furniture.
Since this paint dries so quickly, I didn’t have to wait long to begin the next step. Painting the entire piece with only one coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White.
I used a 320 grit sandpaper to give the piece a super smooth finish, then a 220 grit for distressing, plus a wet rag for more control. Yes, you can distress this paint very easily with just a wet rag! I finished with CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax (which is 100% natural and the only furniture wax on the market that can say this, it smells really good too). Then tinted the wax with Modern Master’s Tobacco Brown colorant for exactly the shade of aging I wanted.
I am thrilled with the finished product, I love the rustic detail showing through:
And this side, they look like drawers, but that is actually a cupboard door. Our stereo equipment is now housed here. I simply used a jigsaw to cut an opening in the back for all the wiring…..
My friends’ buffet truly does entertain me. When the big brown beast left and this was put in its place, it felt like a huge weight had been removed from our home. No longer will it be the black hole and dust magnet for all of our DVDs etc.. I can take pride in the fact that something I made (or refurbished) is now holding a place of honor in my family room. I will never look at buffets the same again!