Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Forgotten Projects

Clint and I have to admit.  We tend to take on too many projects at once.  Some are started, then forgotten.  Others are completed in no time.  Don't ask me why...it just happens this way.  I think we get excited over a change and then, at some point, get distracted by something else needing attention.

Take for instances, the adorable buffet we scored at a local antique store for $48, back in the winter of this year.




Some of you may remember this purchase we made.  In the beginning of the spring, we moved the buffet to our garage and began striping off the old stain.

By the way, I highly recommend Citristrip.  It does cost a little more than other brands, but made the job so much more easier!  There was no strong odor, knocking you out, and you did not have to scrap for days.  It took the old finish off in one coat!  That has never happened for me before.  I did have to use a little mineral spirits afterwards to remove any left over stripper.  Just make sure to follow the instructions on the back of the bottle and wear gloves, which you should do with any stripper.

The stain came off perfectly!  We began sanding, and sanding, and SANDING!  Next was finding the perfect stain and knobs.  Luckily, we found what we needed at Home Depot. 

At some point, the buffet sat in our garage for almost 2 months, untouched.  I remember thinking to myself, "Boy, I could really use some extra storage in the dining room.  Oh wait, the buffet!"

Finally, we put the clear coat on and screwed on the knobs!

Before, the buffet blended into the floors.  Now it gives the room the contrast it needed!

Stay tuned for our next small, but big change in the dining room!


*I was not at all contacted by Citristrip to give my opinion.  This is just from my experience using the product, which may vary from others.

12 comments:

Scientific Housewife said...

It looks great!

Mrs. Chic said...

What a cute buffet!! We also take on too many projects, I'm learning to take my time and not rush'em.

We also used Citrastrip, when removed our icky tile in the kitchen & dining room (it got rid of the residue), its smelly like you said but works so good

Jenny said...

Awesome, it looks brand new! That reminds me... I think I still have a console table sitting in the garage... :D

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

It looks great! Love the stain that you chose.

Also! Totally reminds/motivates me to get going on the desk I've got sitting out in the garage... it's waiting for sanding & staining!

Kristin said...

Looks great! I like it a lot

Oonafey said...

Super nice job! Love the contrast.

I have had a nightstand for the Mister sitting in my craft room for two months now, waiting to be buffed and waxed...

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Looks great!! I know what you mean about neglecting projects. I have an upcoming project that may require stripping some furniture (which I've never done before), so thanks for the Citristrip tip!

Kylie said...

I really like the contrast between the different wood stains rather than painting it. Good job :)

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

I completely understand the dilemma with taking on too many projects! When you are so creative though, what can you do? ;)

The buffet look great. I love those doors.

Heather said...

It looks great, and I actually have to commend you for it only taking you that long...I'm embarrassed to admit, I have quite a few projects that have been sitting around waiting to get finished much longer than that!

elizabeth said...

wow!!! looks great - what a difference - can't wait to see the dining room -

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Great job. I love the darker color.