Friday, June 24, 2011

Old Buffet to New Coffee Station

This one is for mom.
See this old buffet?  Let me explain why it’s topless.
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My mother had this piece with the china cabinet that sat on top for years.  It was finally time to get rid of the top and just use the buffet as a server.  But when the china cabinet came off, so did the top.  She had already asked me to paint it for her so now it was a matter of replacing the top.
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Enter this finished piece of plywood.
I have to admit I was slightly skeptical about using this for staining but if it didn’t turn out I’d either paint or find another piece of wood.
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I should mention that I sanded the entire piece down to rough up the finish before priming with KILZ primer.  Then as always, lightly sand down again once the primer is dry.
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Alright… now I know you’ve seen this color a few times recently on my blog, but it was my mother’s choice.  I used Heirloom White.  (I didn’t have creative reign over this one). I think I’m hanging up the Heirloom White for a while after this project.
Aside from that, it really is a great color. In the pictures below you can see the addition of the wood and stainable trim.
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Corners filled and sanded, then the surface was sanded down again with a fine grit sandpaper.
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Stained with Minwax Walnut Gel stain, sanded then stained again.
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After the top was stained I topped it with Minwax Poly. I then glazed all the painted wood. Below are the doors after glazing.
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So what do you get when you put it all together?
One gorgeous coffee station!
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Loads of storage too.
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Time to enjoy a lonnnng espresso
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Thanks for reading!






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68 comments:

  1. Oh wow!!!!! That is a looker! I bet she is thrilled!
    Connie

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  2. Wow, gorgeous and the extra storage wo wonderful. Great job.

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  3. Lisa,gorgeous I`m sure your mom is
    very proud of you,what a great job.
    It looks like a totally different
    piece. from J.C.

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  4. I love it, Lisa! You did a great job replacing the top and I really like it stained with the Heirloom White base. I love Heirloom White, and you tell your mother there is no shame in that! : ) I tried the Old White chalk paint recently, which is very much like Heirloom White - no primer required!

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  5. This turned out great! I just recently painted a piece of furniture in Heirloom White and loved it. GREAT job!!

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  6. Amazing transformation!
    It inspires me-now to get the energy to actually work on something....
    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. It's unbelieveable! What a fantastic showpiece. I love your transformations.

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  8. That is one of the most gorgeous transformations that I have seen in a long time!! Seriously, I would have never seen the potential in the before picture. You are so good!!!
    Jane

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  9. WOW!!!!!!I want one! Fabulous job, Lisa. I know your mom is very satisfied.

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  10. Holy smokes! Super gorgeous!! I'm totally inspired by this one :)

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  11. WOWZER!!!! This is absolutely stunning! I love the transformation. Will you come and help me redo my buffet?

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous! I love it, you did a fabulous job!

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  13. It looks fantastic, Lisa! What a transformation. You did a beautiful job. I bet your mom is thrilled with her "new" piece.

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  14. Did someone say "coffee time"? This transformation is beautiful. Great job.

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  15. WOW! How fabulous that you were able to add a new top! It looks terrific.

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  16. Love it! Want it! Yay! Lovely transformation. Wish I could get my clients to agree to painting their tired old stuff like this. Thanks for a great re-do.

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  17. *drool* This is gorgeous. You did an amazing job!

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  18. Lisa,
    just found your blog thru the blog party. Your redo on the buffet turned out amazing! Love the dark top and the rest white. You really did a great job! I enjoyed scrolling thru your other posts, will be visiting often.
    Rebecca

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  19. oh, you're good, you're very good :)

    This is a wonderful piece. What a good daughter you are.

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  20. Oooohhhh, your mother must have been THRILLED!! Beautiful transformation!

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  21. It looks lovely! What a great idea to use it as a coffee station too.

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  22. Hi I use Heirloom white alot too. But I have always used the spray paint. Recently I purchased a quart of the heirloom white, but I have not tried it yet. Did you use the spray can paint?
    The piece is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
    Judi

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  23. It turned out great, Lisa. You'd never know it was topless for awhile. The glazing makes it look less Heirloom White-ish.

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  24. WOW ...You turned that piece into the most amazing coffee bar. Lisa you out did yourself this project. FABULOUS!!!!

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  25. Hi Judi
    In answer to your question, for this project I used spray, but I have used the liquid paint for larger projects. Just as good, just a durable. Works great!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Lisa

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  26. so charming! It fits with in with the style of the rest of your house very well.

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  27. Your mother must be so pleased ~ I love how it turned out!

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  28. This is a beautiful transformation! Your Mom is one lucky gal!
    Thank fo sharing

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  29. This came out looking great! Great idea on the top. I have a similar issue on a piece that I've been putting off. This has inspired me.

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  30. Gorgeous doesn't describe how this turned out. You did a fantastic job ~ beautiful! :)

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  31. That is absolutely GORGEOUS!! And a great tutorial too for a novice like myself. I love it as a coffee station too and you truly did a fabulous job! Thanks for joining in the Blogger Block Party this week! :-)
    Vanessa

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  32. This is absolutely stunning! Trash to treasure! It doesn't even look like the same old hutch! Wowza! Can you tell us what "glaze" you used?

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  33. I LOVE this. It is amazing what a little paint and sanding can do to make something look so updated and beautiful. I would love to have this in my house. Amazing job.

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  34. Gorgeous! What color did you glaze it with? I love heirloom white white stained tops. This buffet looks stunning.

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  35. That is beautiful! I have a server that I am not crazy about and you have given me some wonderful ideas. I LOVE the color!

    Thanks!

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  36. that is absolutely gorgeous ..... your 'anonymous' follower ... me :)

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  37. Fantastic job! I love it! Very creative, and I bet your mother loves it.
    Jennifer

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  38. VERY pretty! I love the finish you gave it and I love that you left the top alone! Also a very cool idea for a coffee station.
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  39. Amazing transformation. Your finish is so smooth! I want to follow but I can't find the follower button..just subscribe. Help

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  40. This piece is fantastic! I think the stain on the top really finishes it off:)

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  41. Beautiful! You did a great job. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Oh my heck this is aswesome and looks amazing. Great job. I found your project from I heart nap time. I pinned this too :) Come and say hi

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  43. Wow!!! That is just GORGEOUS! Can not believe the top is plywood! AMAZING! If you get a chance, I'd love to have you share them at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/06/tuesday-to-do-16-and-15-list-makers.html
    Smiles!
    Jami

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  44. Beautiful! What an amazing transformation! I was thrilled to see your espresso machine - I have the same one!:)

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  45. Wow!!! C'est absolument magnifique!! I love it!!! You are a magician!

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  46. so functional and pretty - looks so nice in your beautiful home! Great refinishing job too. All around wonderfully inspiring furniture repurposing transformation :) Just love that part (repurposing) the most!

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  47. Lisa,

    That looks great and what a wonderful job on the top. Thanks for joining WUW.

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  48. WOW !! This is beautiful ... I can't believe it's the same piece !! Love that you turned it into a functional and stylish coffee station. *Becca* (your newest follower)


    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  49. This is OH SOOOO enviably beautiful!! Thank you for sharing. Your mother is probably staring at that beautiful piece with pleasure every single day!

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  50. Wow, when I saw the hole in the first photos, I was wondering how you were going to fix this. It turned out great. Your mother must be very happy with the result.

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  51. This is incredible...I love the top. What a completely nice thing to do for your mother...

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  52. Beautiful buffet, beautiful workmanship on your transformation.

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  53. AMAZING!! It looks sooo cool!!


    greetz from Germany
    from your new Follower Isi

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  54. I would enjoy a cup of coffee off that bad boy anyday! You did a great job! I love the texture of the stained top - so natural looking! I bet your Mom adores it!

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  55. This is so great! I love the idea and your makeover is fantastic. Just found your blog and wanted to say hello. Can't wait to browse!
    ~Tina

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  56. You are a magician!
    That buffet is stunning -- what gorgeous workmanship. You are really good with a paintbrush, AND with creative solutions to problems, too. The top looks fantastic.

    Your Mom must be over the moon!
    Cass

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  57. That piece is beautiful and the wood turned out great!

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  58. Great job, it doesn't look like it was painted, but that it was made that way.

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  59. Oh my word, this is totally unreal. I love it. The finish turned out fabulous. What a great idea and such a wonderful piece. Love it. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  60. Hi Lisa!
    This is so gorgeous! I want to do exactly the same thing with a dresser of mine that looks very similar. I just wanted to know what kind of and color of glaze you used. Better than new furniture any day!
    dianaaltman@msn.com

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  61. I was also wondering about the glaze color. SO beautiful!!

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    1. Hi Liz
      The glaze is a custom mixed glaze that I have been using for quite some time. Start with a clear glazing medium (Home Depot has one in the BEHR brand) and then mix brown paint into it at a ratio of 4:1 (parts glaze to paint) Can't tell you what colour brown I used because it was a paint that I already had at home. It's long gone now.

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  62. Do you just use a latex paint to make/mix the glaze? ADORE this piece and have been dying to try it ever since I first came across it YEARS ago!! You're amazing!

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    1. Liz.. yes I use a latex paint with the glaze. Thanks, Lisa

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  63. Beautiful! Thanks for helping me decide how to finish a tabletop I'm working on��

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