This black buffet with the metallic bronze accents did not start out looking this amazing.
Once upon a time, the black buffet was abused by Evil Furniture Owners who scraped-the-heck out of the top, busted up several of the drawers and left it on the curb for the trash men to haul away. (Seriously … How in the world did this buffet get so messed up?)
The Black Buffet’s Daring Rescue
The black buffet seemed destined for the landfill until a Kind-Hearted Furniture Rescuing Princess came along. (That’s me!) The princess felt so sorry for the little vintage buffet. She could see the curvy lines and elegant carved details. She could see the beauty beyond the damage.
The Kind-Hearted Furniture Rescuing Princess was determined to rescue this buffet—even though it was really heavy and she was by herself. Luckily, a stranger who was jogging by stopped to help load it into the back of her car and jogged off into the sunset. (True story!)
Then she delivered the buffet to two Furniture Salvaging Sorcerers. (That’s my mom and dad!).
The Black Buffet’s Glam Makeover
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(See source list for this project at the end of the post.)
Then they painted the base with Dixie Belle Paint Company, the no-VOC chalk-mineral paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.
The color is Caviar, a true black—no charcoal here!
Then my Mom had a brilliant idea to transform the bottom section of the black buffet into open shelving—and my Dad made it happen.
That’s how a team of Furniture Salvaging Sorcerers works!
The Big Box Build-Out
The Furniture Salvaging Sorcerers removed the two bottom drawers and built-out the “box” with a floor and custom-cut walls. They also painted the walls black and decoupaged a lace curtain onto them with Mod Podge.
We explained the process in-depth on The Furniture Painting Friday Show, our live show we do Fridays at 12 noon (eastern time) over on our All Things New Again Facebook Page.
Just search for The Big Box Build-Out for instructions
This is a great idea for salvaging old dressers or buffets with drawers damaged-beyond-repair. With a little bit of measuring and a few power tools, they can be up-cycled into open shelving and saved from the landfill.
Don’t you just love a furniture rescue with a happy ending?
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