Making over a Mid Century Buffet
If you have been with us for a while you may know that our usual style is farmhouse or french country when making over furniture. It’s not that we don’t like or appreciate other styles, it’s just that our furniture tends to reflect our own personal styles. That is what we gravitate towards and feel comfortable with.
But when I saw this mid century buffet I knew we just had to have it! It was in impeccable shape – seriously. We don’t usually come across pieces that don’t need any kind of fixing. Usually they need at least a little fill here and there. No, not this one. Well needless to say I couldn’t get over to the checkout counter fast enough to purchase this piece!
Here is the “Before”
The person I purchased it from mentioned it was solid maple so therefore it was super heavy. I had to have my husband and brother-in-law carry it in for me even after taking out all the drawers.
It was a unique piece because of the little jut out in the front section. I hadn’t seen that too often in a piece. Each end drawer was lined with felt and had dividers in them for silverware. Spacious doors down below those outside drawers left tons of space for small appliances or large dishes. It was seriously just so nice!
It didn’t take long to formulate a makeover plan for this pretty piece. Blue has always been really popular and we love how mid century modern takes the beautiful “moody” colors like blacks and blues and other deep hues. So navy blue it was for this piece!
We have been busy working with and trying out all kinds of paints this last fall – some were from a challenge, some we won, and some we were able to try from the company. This particular navy is called “Midnight Blue” by Fusion Mineral Paint. We loved the hue, and knew this paint would go on so smoothly over this piece.
One thing I really like about Fusion is that it covers so well! I did one coat and almost called it good, but there were just a few spots that were showing the wood through just from my brush spreading it too thin. So I decided to put a second coat on just to make sure I got all the spots.
Another awesome aspect to this piece is that all that hardware you see is original to the buffet! They were in such great condition and still looked good with this piece that I decided to spiff them up a bit. I tried a little Bar Keeper’s Friend first but they didn’t come out as gold as I was hoping so I added a bit of rub and buff to them instead. It gave me a more bold gold color without being super shiny bright gold!
It didn’t take long for this piece to sell after we added it to our Etsy Shop. It went down south to Texas!
What is your favorite style of furniture? Do you like these Mid Century Pieces?