I bought this lovely antique falling-apart buffet at Goodwill for $29.99. It's been sitting in the dining room screaming HELP! for several months. Well, since before Easter. My sister-in-law (God bless her; she is fearless) and I decided to tackle this one this last weekend on my birthday. This piece ended up kicking my ....
See that warped veneer on the top? Yea, it took HOURS of sanding. Hours. We peeled the veneer off, no problem. The 50 year old glue didn't come off as easy. After watching this debacle transpire, my husband (while staring at the lovely finished product I am about to reveal) said "well, I've decided you need a better sander". Yes, I do. Please get me a better sander.
We were working on this piece on the front porch, trying to stay out of the heat but still outside so we wouldn't get dust everywhere. Being that it was my birthday, we found a stopping point and left for my Dad's house (he was cooking dinner for me!). So, then came the MONSOON. It rained and rained, and my buffet drawers, while under the porch, got soaked. The wood expanded and they wouldn't fit in the buffet anymore. I was sad.
At this point, my spirit was broken. I had looked at this antique piece in Goodwill and thought, I can fix you. We can work this out together. But I had bruises on my knuckles and wet drawers. I was done. I was ready to break up.
And then my husband came up with Plan B. It was a good plan. I liked it. I didn't want my bruised knuckles to have been for nothing. So here we go. Plan B. No drawers - shelves!!!!
He helped me cut some wood, build some shelves, and add some trim. And then he vanished to get on the tractor but that's another story...so I painted and distressed and antiqued and added hardware and then she was done. I was exhausted. Was it worth it? You bet. Nobody else has one of these that cost $30 and was made with so much love and pain.
I don't know what I am going to put on the bottom shelf yet, and I have some fun stuff to hang above it, so it is not fancied up yet. What do you think?