Oh you guys!! I’ve just completed my mcm buffet makeover and I’m so excited to show you!!
But first, it’s One Room Challenge week 3! Where does the time go??? I’ve got sooooo much work left in the room it’s beginning to get scary.
Why oh why do I have to DIY everything? Seriously what is wrong with me? I need to have my head checked.
But on a more positive note, do you want to know how I did the mcm buffet makeover? (please say yes, please say yes, please say yes)
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Yes? Oh good!!
MCM Makeover Process
I started by removing the drawers and stripping the cabinet. (you can read about how I strip furniture here)
Once the old finish was removed, I lightly stained the cabinet with Varathane Fast Dry Wood Stain, Sunbleached . (You can get it here from Amazon)
This stain is more opaque than most stain so for this project I thinned it with mineral spirits. I applied it with a brush and wiped it off right away. I also used fine steel wool (working with the grain of the wood) to remove even more of the stain. This left a light weathered / beachy wood finish. The cabinet was finished with a couple of coats of a Polyvine Decorator’s Dead Flat Varnish .
For the drawers, I left the original finish on because I planned to paint them.
After I filled in the hardware holes with Bondo wood filler and sanded with an orbital sander, I applied a coat of Zinsser BIN primer. I lightly sanded in-between coats and finished with a coat of Sherwin Williams 6385 dover white.
Now the fun stuff!
I’ve been loving all the vintage cement tile patterns that are popular now so I decided to add that design to the buffet. I was inspired by Merola twenties classic tile being sold at Home depot. I worked up the pattern on Photoshop.
Then I created a cut file with my Silhouette software. Because I was concerned that sticking stencil or vinyl material to the freshly painted drawer would pull off the white paint, I came up with a way to use painters tape.
If I sent the painters tape through the cutter it would pull away and get caught in the machine. To solve that problem, I used the backing from a vinyl sheet, laid down strips of painters tape and laid a sheet of clear contact paper over the tape. This worked well and I transfered the tape stencil to the drawers and painted all the drawers a dark grey.
If you decide to attempt this, spray light coats of the grey to keep the paint from building up too thick.
It’s almost done! All that is left to do is pull off the tape, add a coat of poly for protection and replace the drawers.
This Week’s Projects…
I was so excited with how the mcm buffet turned out, I spiked my camera and did an end zone dance. I’m kidding of course but I did drop my camera trying to get the photos and it broke. Major bummer!
Regardless of my camera woes, I’m going to focus this week on getting the wall paper up (with as few tears as possible), purchasing fabric and sewing drapes (with as few curse words as possible)! I also have all the trim in the room to cut and install and a painting to paint and more furniture to finish. Again, what is wrong with me that I do this to myself?
Can I blame you? I mean, I did tell you week 1 what my plans were, and not once do you say “Hey Jen that’s cra cra, just stop with the DIY insanity.” Nooo you let me jump all in. And here I am thinking we were friends
I’m kidding, I don’t blame you. …I blame my husband. Haha
Oh this is going to be a rough week.
You may also like my previous One Room Challenge Makeovers….
Don’t forget to check out the other One Room Challenge participants! (here)
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