Monday, April 4, 2011

The Green Hornet aka My Buffet

I love this buffet. It was a steal but needed some work. I knew right away that I wanted to paint it - Brian fought it. He was leaning more towards a full restoration of the mahogany. Since it didn't look that bad, we just put it in the dining room and used it.  We left it in it's "before" state for years...


We snagged this for $40.  It was really dark and I REALLY wanted to paint it. This is actually a good picture of it - the veneer was damaged & it was pretty beat up.  I was hoping Brian would change his mind about painting it and he did!!.....

 Yeah..BIG change.  The heavy distressing brought out the details.

It took a lot of sanding to get through that hard finish.
(I don't have man hands, btw. That's Brian sanding)

The top was polished with 2 coats of wax.

 It's a bold look but it really works in this room especially with the curtains. The walls look bright on my monitor but they aren't scary green.

Token busted drawer.

Gorilla glue took care of it.

Dovetailed drawers are a beautiful thing.

      I know this look isn't for everyone but I looooove it.  

Just another view .

Like I said, it really works in my dining room and painting this piece means that the whole room is FINALLY finished!!  Now, I'm making some pillows and painting furniture like crazy (we're supposed to have a storm move in tonight and I gotta move quick).  Hope you all had a good Monday!

Talk to you soon -

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  1. Nice work, love the distressed finish! Being a woodworker I appreciate the dove tail joints on that drawer, good quality.

  2. what a great piece of furniture. I love all the green - one of my favorite colors. Fun curtain fabric too!

  3. Love, love, love!!! The mix of colors and the texture is perfection :D

    Found you on Thrifty Decor Chick!


  4. I love it! It was pretty before, but now it is fantastic!

  5. What a great look in a fanstict looking green space! Love the new finish on your piece!

    :D Lynda

  6. This is awesome! I actually have this exact buffet. I painted mine a distressed golden yellow! I LOVE your curtains too. Where are they from?

  7. I love it too. Green is my favorite color. You took an everyday boring piece of furniture and made it unique and your own. Saw you at the Before and After party. I am glad I stopped by.

  8. I am following you back. My favorite part of your blog so far is Psalm 26:8. God is good.

  9. Gorgeous! Absolutely LOVE the heavy distressing!
    Love that it is something differen from the usual white or black. Now I am inspired...

  10. Wow! The look might not be for everyone, but I love it! I'm trying to get the courage to start painting furniture and it helps to see what other people have done. I've never been very good at it. The first hardest step for me is picking out a color. LOL

  11. I love it!! It is beautiful and the heavy distressing is amazing.

  12. Wanted to let you know I am also a new follower. Come check me out at

  13. Love it! I also prefer heavy distressing. I am a new follower and I am now checking out all your past posts:)

  14. I love everything about your blog! So excited that I found you! I am now following you. I am a brand new blogger; therefore, I am just learning! I hope you will swing by to visit my blog....I have several "before & afters"!

    Looking forward to getting to know you!


  15. Love it! It looks wonderful in your dining room and not scary!:) What type of sander do y'all have?? Mine leaves squiggly lines and I am in the market for a new one since I am tired of sanding by hand. Again love the buffet!

  16. I love all the distressing, and the color is so much fun!

  17. Lovely transformation! I love it!!!

  18. Amazing. It does not even look like the same piece of furniture. Wonderful transformation. ~~Sherry~~

  19. that is awesome! i love the colors and the dark top!

  20. WOW! That is fantastic with the distressing and 'fresh' paint. Visiting from Show and Tell at Blue Cricket.
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  21. VIsiting from Whassup the came out great! I love the mix of colors. I have a 5 piece antique mahogany dining set and would LOVE to refinish it but hubby wants to have it restored.
    Marianne :)

  22. Its gorgeous! I love your technique...maybe you could stop by tomorrow and link this beauty up? My simple home life

  23. I love this. The colors are great and the finish is perfect. Visiting from Whassup Wed..

  24. That is a great piece of furniture!!! Love the choice of green!

  25. I love it! Visiting from HOH. Come visit me sometime!

  26. I just finished a project on a dark piece of furniture too! My grandmother had given it to me and I was afraid to touch the flame mahogany finish. I recently did a little research on the piece and found out it wasn't worth as much as I was told. So, out came the paint!! It sounds like you had as much fun as I did. Your buffet is awesome! Yeah!

    Thanks for sharing. Lesley

  27. such a creative the shade of green, especially in your lovely green room...thank for sharing this project on fridays nice to 'meet' you!


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  28. wow! This look is for me, for sure! It makes such a huge statement now, and you are right hose details are awesome!


  29. Looks great...really fun :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm


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