Monday, August 13, 2012

I'm in Love!


I spotted this empire style solid oak buffet on CL listed for $75!  I was so excited I couldn't email fast enough.  The gentleman called me the next morning to tell me I was the first to email him so I could come look at it.  Yea!!  It was about an hour away, but well worth it.  He had found it in the dumpster when he moved into the house and had to glue the doors back together. The curly things in front of the mirror were also missing the ends.  I took it to a furniture repair shop and was told it was from around 1910 to 1920 and it would be around $185 to repair the curly things.  I had to re-do the glue job on the doors and fill with wood filler - that's all on the inside of the door and won't show once I'm done with it.  My husband thinks he can fix the curly parts,  I think I am going to stain the top and door and drawer fronts, then paint the rest.  I even found a key that fits the drawers and doors at my favorite antique store. I know I am diminishing the value of the piece by not leaving it alone, but since it's for me and will be with me until I pass it down to one of my kids that's ok! I can't wait until it's done and sitting in my dining room. :)


Just love this old chunky furniture :)


Replaced the original wooden knobs with the crystal ones below (I love to add a little sparkle)


Pretty sure I'm going to line the drawers and bottom of the cabinet with this paper:


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14 comments:

  1. OMG - 75 dollars?????????
    I'm drooling - can't wait to see what you do with it - that is a seriously beautiful piece of furniture!!!

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    1. I know!! I usually miss out on the good stuff. :)

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  2. You've found a gem! They don't make treasures like that anymore!

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  3. Very nice piece, can't wait to see it when it's finished. Hew follower. Found you at Coastal Charm.

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  4. Ahh, I'm drooling here!!! What a gorgeous piece you snagged!!!

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  5. That's a great piece with so much potential. I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

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  6. What a neat piece to work on--I'm looking forward to seeing how you change it up!

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  7. What a great piece! It's easy to see why you are in love!

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  8. i love those crystal knobs too!

    looks fabulous. found you via MMS's party where i'm partying too. would love to have you as a follower.

    smiles and happy weekend.

    michele

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  9. I have what looks like this very piece. It belonged to my grandmother (my grandparents were born in 1912)and when my mother downsized I got it. It is i pretty good shape and has never been refinished and one of the curly part of the legs is missing. How awesome for you to find such a rare jewel. I can't bear to touch mine, OHHH I want to deep inside, but for now I will leave her as is. Cant wait to see what you do!!

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  10. I think had this piece been passed down to me I would have left it alone, but since there is no sentimental value it makes it easier! :)

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  11. green with envy-cant wait to see what u gona do with it.
    btw-where can i get the paper u r gona use(i live overseas but have many friends who can get it for me and ship it)

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    1. Hi! I got the paper at Hobby Lobby. :)

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  12. have you done anything with this buffet I have very muh like it and would love to see what you do

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