Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Buffet Makeover

Quite a while ago I wrote about my old Mexican buffet that I wanted to redo. I had bought the buffet years ago when my children were young. I loved the Mexican style furniture back then that is so readily available in the southwest. I loved it because with two young children and a big black Labrador, there was nothing that any of them could do to the Mexican furniture that didn't just add to the rustic character of it. Here's a before picture of the buffet I am talking about.
I had been wanting a new buffet for such a long time because my tastes are more grown up and so different now. Being an interior designer, as time has gone by I've learned my style and my decor preferences in a way I just wasn't in tune with when my children were young. I am more true to myself when decorating now. For years I was too afraid to really decorate in my true taste for fear that it would be too feminine for my husband. Over the years he learned to trust me to not make our home too feminine. This was especially true in our major bath and bedroom remodel,  Our home has feminine touches, but I make sure to keep a nice balance so he feels comfortable in our home too. I also keep my dear, sweet husband in the loop regarding any changes I am looking to make to our home and give him say in the decisions making.

As I have looked to replaced our buffet I realized that I was not willing to pay the high price of new, high quality furniture. I even get a really nice "To the Trades" with most manufacturers. My current buffet is a really large and holds so much. I rather save my money and spend it on things for my home that I can make, so the makeover was smart, sensible and done completely to my taste. Are you ready to see the after???
I knew that one of the most important ways I could completely change the look was to add legs to the buffet. I wanted to get the piece off the floor. I went to a local shop that sells to upholsterers and designers that has a nice selection of furniture legs and found the perfect one. Not too tall and not to short with a graceful style too.
It's hard to tell from the full buffet picture some of the ways I made this makeover special. I stenciled the top of the buffet in a robin's egg blue and a color called laguna blue that has a teal tone to it. I put a robin's egg blue border around the top too.
The drawer fronts were really rustic before the redo. They required a lot of filler and sanding to smooth them out. Here's a look at what the drawers and doors used to look like.
Here's what the drawers and doors look like now that I have made them pretty.
I added some stencils to the side of the buffet as well. This buffet sits in our living room/dining room combo and the sides are very visible in the room so it was important that I make the sides pretty too.
So this is my buffet redo. I think it looks pretty good, especially against the newly painted wall. We painted the walls Sherwin Williams Copen Blue and I love the soft blue color. I have always loved painting furniture and used to paint children's furniture as a business for a while. If you want to check out some of my other painted furniture, take a look at my interior design web site Susie Goldstein Interiors LLC

Coffee Table Makeover

Today I wanted to share a recent makeover. I purchased this coffee table that had been in the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. It was so inexpensive for the substantial furniture piece that it is.
 It is a really heavy piece of furniture. It's hard to tell from the picture, but it was pretty beat up. Hotel furniture suffers a lot of abuse from hotel guests! I had some gouges filled and then painted it Sherwin Williams Creamy. It looked pretty, but plain so I stencilled the top in teal and painted the edges to match.

I was happy with how it turned out for the most part, but it wasn't quite finished. After living with it a while, I decided to mix some of the SW Creamy with some glaze and rubbed it over the top. It was just what was needed to make me happy. The paint and glaze toned down the brightness of the teal and softened it in a lovely way. Here's the after of my wonderful makeover.
Here is a closeup of the stenciled top.
I am happy with how it turned out and I am so glad that it is finally done. This formerly beat up Las Vegas beauty is looking beautiful once again. My living room is really looking so good these days and that makes me so happy.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bargain Chairs Made Over

I bought a couple of $29.00 Queen Anne arm chairs last year to redo and use in my home office. I also about that time I bought a disgusting looking wingback chair at a garage sale for $10.00 to use as my desk chair. The wingback had to be rebuilt completely because it sat way too low for this short lady to use as a desk chair. I finally had these three chairs redone and I wanted to share the finished chairs. I like them so much that I may use them as the end arm chairs in my dining room.
Here is the before shot of these sad and tired chairs.
Here's a picture of the chairs made over. I love the clean, fresh, and classic look of the redone beauties. In this picture are also two sets of bargain draperies I designed and had made. The lamp in the picture is one of two $5.00 lamps that I bought that is the perfect match. 

Here is a closeup of the arm chair. I threw a couple of my bargain throw pillows on the chairs just for the picture. I think the pillows look kind of good, don't you think?

Just in case you are interested, I'll include a picture of my drapes and $5.00 lamps. I'll post at length about the drapes in another post.
Aren't those lamps the perfect color? I just love the color. I have some inexpensive drum shades on them now, but since I paid so little for the lamps I may splurge and have a custom shade made that will be just perfect. So what do you think of my formerly sad chairs now? I love them! So next time you see a chair that you think is beyond repair, instead of just walking by think of the possibilities instead.

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