Often I’ll buy thrifted furniture and just sit on it (excuse the pun! LOL). “Sit on it” as in store it in my garage while I contemplate how I want to refinish it (sometimes this process takes a good year…..or two……….).
Recently in my attempt to beginning selling some of my stuff, as well as to clean out the cluttered “DIY triage” otherwise known as my garage, I decided to tackle this beautiful monster of a thing:
I had found this vintage buffet last year at the thrift store on one of those crazy 50% off days. It was marked $100 and imagine my surprised when I walked away with it for just $50.
My first inclination was to paint it, since that’s what I do…I’m a furniture painter, right?
But after refinishing this pretty pink vintage vanity recently, and seeing how beautiful the wood top came out, I’ve fallen in love with how rich stripped and stained wood looks:
What Would YOU Do?
Lately DIY’ers have been getting slammed with lots of negative comments from readers voicing their concerns and opinions about how this piece and that piece shouldn’t be painted; that we should be restoring the pretty wood, or leaving it “as is.”
And although I say, “To each their own,” I thought this would be a cool piece to actually get your feedback on what YOU would do to this piece, before I get started on it!
What I Found Inside This Buffet…..
I thought I was just going to paint this buffet, but then something awesome happened that may have changed my mind.
I was taking the drawers out and found this sheet of paper stuffed underneath one of the drawers.
It’s a math test by someone named Joan Boehm, dated May 3, 1951.
Yes, in my hand I am holding a math test by a little girl, from 63 years ago. Today, that child would be at least 73 years old.
I was stunned, you guys.
This piece of history, of a little girl’s life, has been sitting inside this buffet for years, perhaps since 1951. After finding that sheet of paper, there’s a big part of me that wants to lovingly bring this buffet back to life, to strip it and restain it, restoring it to its beauty for someone else’s family to enjoy for another 60+ years.
So recently I spent all day stripping and sanding down the buffet:
But at the end of the day, I started having doubts:
1. Is this even going to turn out?
2. What if I do a horrible re-staining job?
3. If I sell it, what if no one likes classically stained buffets anymore?
I did a post recently about when you should NOT paint wood. And even though this piece has met all of my “guidelines,” there is a grey area I can’t figure out for this piece.
So What Would YOU Do?
Should I continue sanding it down and re-stain it? Should I paint it? Or a combination of both?
Leave a comment below and weigh in!! I will be finishing this buffet tonight! So your comments are much appreciated!