Saturday, March 23, 2013

"New" Dining Room Buffet

I've been searching Craig's List for a few months looking for a large dresser that could be used as a buffet in our dining room.  The thing about buying furniture on Craig's list is everything has to be just right...the timing (you snooze you lose), location (I won't drive more than 40 minutes) and of course the price. 

When I found this dresser and saw the price I thought maybe it was a mistake. The owner was asking $35 for this beauty!
The size was perfect and the drawers all glided nicely. The veneer was in excellent shape with some minor dents and scratches but nothing that a little sanding wouldn't take care of. Since I wanted it done before Passover I had to get going with the rehab weeks before.

I usually replace old knobs and pulls but I loved the original hardware--it just needed some sprucing up...
First I tried soaking them in some Tarn-X. Bad move. The brass became discolored and looked awful!

So it was plan B: spray paint...
I used a primer first, then enamel since I wanted to be sure the paint would adhere with daily use.

For the dresser, the first step was sanding...it's not necessary to sand down to the bare wood, but just enough to get the glossy finish off so the paint will adhere.

After the sanding it's time to paint. The guy at the paint store told me that orange is one of the hardest colors to cover and he suggested a tinted primer.

Even using a tinted primer it took about four coats of paint to cover!

The top coat is Benjamin Moore's Festive Orange in a high gloss oil paint. When my husband came home and saw the color he thought I was crazy! But with all the gray tones in the dining room and kitchen I wanted a pop of color and I've been obsessed with orange lately.

The drawers are great for storing napkins, tablecloths, shabbos candles and more...

The orange looks great against the gray walls.
Was I hesitant painting this orange? Oh yeah. But sometimes you have to go outside your comfort zone and do something a bit daring to get that wow factor!
Linked to:
The Shabby Nest 
Suburbs Mama 
Miss Mustard Seed

43 comments:

  1. That's perfection! I've been looking for an old dresser for a tv stand in my living room. I haven't found anything for the right price!

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    1. The price was too good to be true! Thanks Rhonda.

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  2. Coming over from Finding Fabulous and this is totally fabulous! I love the color.

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  3. Nicely done, Rita! I LOVE the orange! Bold and beautiful.
    Blessings,
    Lisa

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  4. I love this wonderful bold color! It looks fabulous!!! GREAT job. Sharon

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  5. This is amazing! what a awesome find and even more awesome transformation. I am having my first linky party on sunday, I would love if you would come share this.

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  6. Wow is right! What a great piece and beautiful color!!!

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  7. We did an orange wall and used a tinted primer as well. Worst idea ever. We ended up discovering that the grey primers are best. And that covered so much easier!

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    1. Wish I knew this before I started painting! Next time I paint anything orange I'll use a grey primer...

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  8. Visiting from Suburbs Mama... I LOVE this piece! What a fabulous colour... it looks amazing. Thanks for sharing it,
    Krista @thehappyhousie

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  9. Love your blog! And the orange is fabulous. Following...

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  10. Beautiful. Bold. Clicked through from Shabby Nest and I can't wait to browse your blog!

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  11. Wow! I agree with everyone else; it looks fantastic! I, too, was looking for a storage piece for the DR for awhile. I bought a little glass-fronted cabinet on a "daily deal" sale from Target's website. By the time I made my decision, the only color left was bright yellow. I painted it grey. I'm still looking for different knobs, but it's growing on me.

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  12. Beautiful transformation! I am now inspired to re-paint my buffet which I bought all the supplies for last year. I also love how you arranged your artwork.

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    1. Thank you--Michael doesn't get the orange but everyone else loves it!

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  13. I sooooo LOVE that color. Big orange fan on furniture. I did a mid century piece in tangerine last month and my sister
    thought I'd lost my mind! But I had 3 calls on it! I will have to try BM festive orange. That is truly a lovely shade with
    the gray (My living room colors with hints of turquoise as well!).
    BTW, as you found out, Tarn-X is NOT for brass. Next time try Brasso or Mother's polish with some fine steel wool.
    Clean the hardware first with a soak in Krud-Kutter. I've gotten off decades old tarnish to reveal the natural solid
    brass shine underneath using that method.

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  14. I love it! Orange is one of my favorite colors and it looks great on the buffet....and 35 bucks?, holy crap-what a deal!! Nice job!

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  15. Simply beautiful! Love the orange color!

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  16. I LOVE the orange! I get so excited when people show off their color courage! I am a red girl, myself, but that beautiful orange piece (and lamps I saw in another one of your posts) has the wheels turning in my head....hmmmm. What a lovely blog you have! I'm hooked!

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    1. Thank you Kim--comments like yours make my day :)

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  17. just saw this via pinterest- LOVE it so much!

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    1. Thank you Cassie--I use it daily and also love it!

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  18. This looks amazing!
    I've looking to do this exact project, and orange is my first choice of colour.
    What did you use as keywords when you were searching for this piece of furniture?

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  19. This is fabulous and I really dislike orange but omgosh what a great find and what a great vision you had.

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  20. Came over from AT. Congratulations on the feature! My orange makeover was featured there recently, too, and some of those readers can be pretty unkind. I tend to think most of them can only WISH they were creative! Great job, and thanks for sharing! Leslie at City Girl Arts

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    1. Yes, I had a few negative comments about the "wrong" orange but I love how mine turned out!

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  21. Wow! It's beautiful! Nice work. You make it look so easy.

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  22. The orange color is the BEST part!

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  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! You did an amazing job. Now if I could just find a dresser like that for $35...

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  24. Hiii! I love the pop of colour, well-played! My question is... though i see you used a paint brush, the close up of the after does not show a hint of brush stroke. What's your secret? I'm just starting to get into furniture refinshing!

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    1. My secret is oil paint! Goes on so much smoother than latex...

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the pop of color!

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  26. WOW! i love it, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,
    lauren
    west furntiure revival

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