In the blogland circles I roam [DIY, furniture painting, thrift store make-overs] [Yes, there are more people out there just like me. Frightening as Lee would say.] [I found my people. People who get me.] this style of buffet or sideboard is quite popular.
When my FFF [Favorite Furniture Finder – if you’re new to my blog] listed one of these on Craigslist – I was smitten. Of course, when you buy furniture as an accessory, not a life long commitment, it can get expensive and this piece was out of my budget. I put in my best offer and kissed this piece goodbye. I just knew someone would outbid me. As luck would have it, my FFF called and said she wanted it out of her unit and I could have it.
Now, I wasn’t a fan of the original wood finish. Something about all those different wood tones, it made me a little nervous. I needed calm. [Note: That’s the chandelier in the corner of the pic!]
So, I decided on a safe black finish. Why? Because Martha Stewart has a room in one of her many, many homes that I want to use as inspiration for my dining room.
I stopped in my tracks when I saw this room. Pink ceiling and all. This is exactly the inspriation I needed to make my crazy idea work. Martha’s room has pale yellow walls and a pink tinged chandelier. I have pale yellow walls and a pink crystal chandelier I bought from my FFF. Sometimes I buy something and then say, “WTF did I just do”. But, usually there is a reason when my gut tells me to seize the opportunity.
Notice Martha has a black painted piece in her room, probably to anchor all the pastels. Now I have a piece that will be the anchor. Black it is.
Once you know what the plan is for a piece, the rest is easy.
I sanded to roughen the surface. Stripped and sanded the top, because I’m going to stain it instead of paint it.
Started painting. With latex this time. Not milk paint.
Waited for the paint to dry.
Stained the top and put the piece in my living room until I can start the redecorating of the dining room.
I re-used the original hardware on this piece for now. I think it blends in well, but maybe something better will work later.
I just love the way it turned out.
I lined the drawers with a music patterned wrapping paper.
Already put the top to use to display the Thanksgiving Carolers.
Now I just need to find someone to hang that crystal chandelier and paint the ceiling light pink and not call me crazy at the same time.
Wish me luck.