Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Free piece....finally done.

So, several months back, we picked up a free buffet and hutch from craigslist.  I gave the top away and kept the bottom with the intention of painting it and moving it to the basement to serve as storage for toys.  I started working on it a month ago, and slowly but surely, it is now done.  First, I worked on the hardware.  Then, I sanded...washed...then primed...A LOT.  I did at least four coats of primer.  Then, I moved onto painting the inside gold (more to come on me and gold paint), and then painted the outside with three coats of glossy white.

It didn't come out as nicely as I had hoped...
1.  Once again, the whole time I was thinking that I wish I had a paint gun - although, I hear mixed reviews on those too.  Anyone have thoughts on them??  But...of course, as always, I have lots of botched spots/drips, etc.  I always thought I was a, I am starting to wonder.

2.  The white paint seems to be a little yellowy in spots - especially on the doors.  Not sure why.

3.  The doors are having a hard time shutting.  I am not sure if it is because of the 7 new coats of primer/paint, humidity, or how I put the doors back on.  Either way, I will try to use some pledge or gulf wax to see if I can get them to open/close a little more easily.

But...for free plus a little labor...I am very happy!  Now, I just feel like I need some nice colorful curtains to soften up the cinderblock basement walls!!

Okay, enough rambling, Meghan!  Onto the before...

After (need to get some better shots):


  1. I think it looks great! Good job!

  2. Wow, I'm seriously impressed. I usually pride myself on the ability to see a diamond in the rough, but I would have taken one look at the before picture and that would have been it--definitely not my style. But the final product! So different. It looks gorgeous!