Before and After– A Pretty Buffet

This piece had my heart from the beginning. I love little mini buffets like this, maybe because the options are really endless for the design and function. Every time I score one of these babies… I always seem to paint it right away, because I just cant wait! I met the sweetest couple today that came over to buy a dresser. I was telling them about how weird and silly it is that I get so attached to the pieces I work on. I really do. I put a lot of thought into the detail and design and I love meeting people that get that. It feels nice sending my creations to their new homes where it will be appreciated and loved. Each piece is a piece of time that has a long story of places they have lived. Even though they are only with me for a short time, I would like to think that I am fixing and restoring and maybe adding a little beauty before I send them on to another home.

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This one had a number for repairs that needed to be done. I drove 2 hours round trip to pick her up AND I paid to much for the condition…but I have no regrets. With certain styles, its worth it and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I chose General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White, beautiful Anthropologie knobs and Spoonflower paper. I actually did a very subtle hint of gold on the legs too!
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Here she is….

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This was so much fun to work on. The details really do make the piece. The Anthro knobs and beautiful Spoonflower paper (artist:@ivieclothco) match so well. This paper is a perfect blend of fresh and modern and still subtle, I just love it.

I have another really pretty empire buffet to work on (hopefully this week). My studio is a horrible mess and I work best when its clean and organized, but yet I am very messy when I work. You can imagine my struggle… its so very real. 😉

Hope you have a great week!

Amanda

11 thoughts on “Before and After– A Pretty Buffet

  1. Beautifully done! I’m in love with those pulls 🙂 I know what you mean by being messy, I never interrupt creativity with cleaning! lol Then when I’m cleaning up my mess I promise myself to be tidier next time and clean as I go… yah… not working out at all 🙂
    Have a great week!
    Smiles!
    Terry

  2. Love love love this buffet. Please tell me how did you line the paper so perfectly inside the drawers?
    Looks so perfect. I am not so good with cutting and measuring , couple times I did try for my son’s dresser but I wasn’t succeed at all.

  3. I simply adore your work. As far as the paper goes, which type do you use: water activated or peel and stick? I would love to purchase a few of the papers to line some drawers, but I’m unsure which of the above options works best. Thanks!

    • Hi Brandy!

      Thanks so much! I mainly use just regular matte wrapping paper, but really anything works. I usually apply with spray adhesive. Unless I am applying to the outside of a piece, in that case I use Mod Podge and a top coat to seal.

  4. Your page is SO expiring. I literally have it saved on my computer so I can remember how beautiful painting furniture can be. I just started painting a few months ago, with its ups and downs, lots of downs, I’ve really come to love it. I wish I could pick your brain, your stories, and your secrets to finding these beautiful pieces (so hard to find here in OK!) thank you for being so open with your work!
    Allie

    • Allie!! Thank you so much for your sweet words! Painting furniture can be a challenge at times, but I find thats when I have learned the most. Its so important to get through the downs in order to have the ups. I know that you will find it to be really rewarding if you stick with it. I wish I had a way to chat more to people who really wish to learn…Maybe I will sometime in the future. 😉 Wouldn’t it be great to be able to get together for coffee! Thank you again for writing and enjoy!! 🙂

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