Friday, January 9, 2015

The Goodwill Buffet



Have you ever found something in a thrift shop that was an unbelievable find? My heart started racing when I found this buffet in my local Goodwill and opened the drawer to see the manufacturer mark of "Drexel"!

Here's the only "before" picture I have as I waiting for my husband to come meet me and help me get it in my car.



I wasted no time at all in prepping this piece so I could get to the good stuff! There was a pretty deep scratch on the top that took a little bit of elbow grease to get out with a palm sander. I wish I could have stripped the top to for a stained wood finish, but unfortunately, there were several chips in the veneer and I knew the stain wouldn't look good on the repaired areas, so it became a candidate for paint.

I decided to use my "go-to" black paint by General Finishes in Lamp Black. This only took one solid coat and then a light second one for touch ups. Then I lightly distressed it and sealed it with wax. The hardware was lovely and just needed a gentle cleaning and polish.



I sealed the top with several coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin for durability. There was a ridge in the back of this piece, which I think may have been a slot for an upper cabinet at one time. At any rate, this wasn't an issue for my client as she was going to use it as a media center and it wouldn't be visible.







I've been by this particular shop about five times since then and haven't found anything similar to this find. I guess it's true that lightning only strikes once in one place!





Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!




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29 comments:

  1. What a great transformation. The dresser turned out gorgeous! Pinning to my painted furniture board.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment (and the pin)! Have a fantastic day!

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    1. Thanks, Camille! This is hands down my favorite black paint!

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  3. What a great piece! Looks wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! It was fun to work on this piece!

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  4. Just beautiful !
    I'm working on a black piece myself so loved seeing this !
    XOX

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    1. Thanks, Suzan! Can't wait to see your piece when it's finished! xoxo

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  5. Mary Beth, this was a lucky find! You transformed it into a gorgeous piece. I've been searching for a buffet like this for extra storage. Something for all those dishes that follow me home. '-)

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    1. It was a lucky find....wish I could find another one! I have three clients that are looking for something similar! And I can relate to your "dish problem"...I have one, too!

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  6. Wow, you did a great job on this! I'd love to have you share this over on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday - link party opens at 10:00 EST every Monday night. :)
    www.kammyskorner.com

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    1. Thanks, Kammy! I'll hop on over to your party right now!

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  7. This looks really great! The black paint really transformed the piece-- you did a really nice job :]

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  8. You really scored big time on this one. It turned out gorgeous, love the Lamp Black!

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    1. I did score! I'm still stalking that same store...but nothing yet! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I'm new to your blog. Can you tell me what you did for prep? I have a similar piece and the thought of having to sand it entirely is overwhelming. Am long familiar with restoration, so simple explanation is fine. Love the lamp black also. You did a wonderful job. I'm curious if a mirror sat in the inset.

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    1. Welcome! There were some pretty deep scratches and grooves on the top that had to be addressed prior to prep. The rest of the piece I just lightly scuffed so that the paint would have a good "bite". I didn't prime, but on the areas where I had to do a lot of sanding, I spot sprayed with shellac. Then it was on to the good stuff! Maybe a mirror did sit in the inset! I looked all over the store and didn't see anything that matched!

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  10. What a great piece to find at GW...love the makeover you did on it. Thanks for sharing it at my party this week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. It was my pleasure, Linda! Thanks for stopping by and the kind words!

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  11. It's beautiful! I adore General Finishes products so, so much! Visiting from Elizabeth & Co. link up!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  12. What a great find! And you really turned it into something special!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! I was so excited when I first spotted it!

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  13. What a score! I love the black, it really turned this into a statement piece! Found ya over at the your Turn to Shine link party. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. You found a Drexel piece at a thrift store and they weren't asking an arm & a leg for it? Now that's like winning the lottery! Lucky, lucky girl! The black was a stunning choice! It turned out beautifully!
    Robin

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    1. It was a lucky day! Thanks for the compliment!

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  15. Happy to feature you at our party this morning. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  16. What a gorgeous makeover Mary Beth! Featuring you at our party tomorrow... thanks so much for sharing!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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