A vintage Drexel buffet with a custom glass top doesn't come along every day. I held onto this piece for awhile before I started working on it. It was from 1957 and in pretty good shape.
After much deliberation, my vision was coming clearer. French Linen with new knobs. I drilled some new holes for the knobs, and filled the other, unused holes. I also wanted to try my hand at stenciling, and thought a Paris theme would be a lovely choice.
I stripped and sanded the top to reveal my favorite, flawless mahogany. Yay! You know the drill (if you read me regularly), Dark Walnut Stain and 4 coats of Polycrylic.
The first coat (after shellac, to prevent bleed through) was a mixture of French Linen to Old White - 5:1. The second coat was just the reverse: Old White & French Linen - 5:1. I love the look of a bit of layering....I feel it provides interest to the piece.
The knobs were from Hobby Lobby and added the perfect touch for my vision of this piece.
I never get tired of the beautiful warm tones of a refinished top.
The great thing about this piece is it can be used for so many things: buffet, dresser, media storage, or foyer piece (if you happen to have an especially large foyer!).
As of yet, she hasn't been adopted, so she sits patiently adorning my dining room and I don't mind at all!
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Update: This classic piece has found a loving home with Jessica and Bob. The funny thing is when Jessica opened the drawers and cabinet doors, she commented how the interior looked good and must not have been in bad shape. What she didn't realize is that I put almost as much time into 'reloving' the interior, as I do the exterior. Maybe I should start taking before and after pictures of the drawers?
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