11.11.2010

The McCleary Buffet - Custom Refinish Before & After

Before This buffet is the last of the McCleary set and is stunning. The picture just above is a pretty good representation of the original paint color on the buffet and dining set. You can tell from the first picture that the piece is nothing short of amazing and we could see all of the elements we had to work with. (And if you follow regularly you have heard me go on and on about them.)

After
As mentioned in previous posts we painted this white (Benjamin Moore Aura paint) and glazed in a deep rich chocolate brown. The wood grain on the surface is gorg-e-ous and Lisa was right on when she wanted to strip the previous paint and stain. It has a very rich elegant feel now. An element to watch for on old buffets are the little back splashes. This one has all of the lovely curves to match the buffet and table legs along with the chairs. There was no need to change out any of the hardware on this one. Especially because this was Lisa's grandmother's she wanted to preserve its look and feel. The dangly pulls on the big drawers and the little knobs on the doors already complimented the whole look and feel of the piece.

Notice the spindled wood work design on the doors that match the same design on the long length of the table that I pointed out yesterday. We just are always amazed at the attention to detail on these older pieces and appreciate the design. Once again the beautiful honeycomb cylinder elements on all of the legs of this set provide such a unique flair. The detailed bar running between the legs match the same design on the chair legs.
Awe-some-ness. What more can I say?
Lisa was so kind to bring her newly upholstered seats when they picked their set up yesterday. So wahoo! Thank you Lisa. Look how rich this is! The red floral patterned seat is stunning. This set is elegant, classic and most importantly a family heirloom. If you are thinking of getting rid of old family furniture . . . you may want to think again!

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48 comments:

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

Ahhhhhhh. This is absolutely gorgeous.... I can't wait to see a pic of her room all put together. You did a beautiful job!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Really lovely! What a lucky client you have, great work!

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

SO lovely!!! I'm excited she decided on a red fabric for the seats!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i really love the stained top with the painted backsplash- it looks just all over lovely!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

As always, beautiful work! Love the contrast of the white with the wood top. And the red chair fabric just pops against the white. All so pretty!

Dayna said...

That's beautiful!

Chelsea said...

OH WOW!

{the vintage wren} said...

Oh my, what gorgeous pieces. The finish is fabulous. Love them, especially the sideboard. Hugs-Carrie

Morning Glory Cottage said...

Marvelous job on the buffet. Just beautiful.

Jennifer Rizzo said...

LOVE IT! I only use Aura paint too...

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

It's beautiful!!!
~ Julie

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

love your buffet after the makeover! pretty!..

Marlis said...

what a truly beautiful piece. The details are amazing. great transformation

kathleen said...

You did a wonderful job on that. I have a similar dining set. I was told it was from the Jacobean era. The table I have is just as detailed on the legs with slide outs for extending the table. I love it! I have a small desk that is similar. I think it's time I do something similar to this with the paint.

Lovely!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Just fabulous, I'm really partial to these old ornate buffets, thanks for linking up with VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Joy said...

It turned out awesome! Love the chairs too. We have a piece like this that is stained but not painted white. I really like it white.

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

Oooh, that turned out wonderful!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Such a pretty piece! I am lovin' all the posts from Arties Party. So many creative women givin' me great ideas. Thanks for sharing yours.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

How in the world could someone paint anything in that tan (?) color? Oh, dear. So Mike was stripping that top for a while, I'm assuming. The after is stunning. What an amazing difference! Your client must be thrilled, Mel.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

That brown paint was really awful for that buffet! You guys did a total transformation. Nicely done!

kathie said...

Oh my! Don't know how I've missed this the last couple of days. That piece is stunning. Just stunning. Of course, all of the hard work you put into it makes it even more stunning! The combination of the white & the stained is just gorgeous. Love it!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a wonderful buffet, it is really gorgeous. Beautiful finish. The vignette is stunning. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Leslie said...

I love all the details. I bet they are so happy with it.

shannon i olson said...

that is wonderful, and I love the scale! nice job

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

GORGEOUS!!!

Lou Cinda :)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

The buffet turned out really beautiful!

Katherine

Sarah @ threeboys-home.blogspot.com said...

gorgeous!! May I ask what primer you use? Thanks in advance.
Saran

Emily @ LaForce Be With You said...

Stunning! I wish that piece was in my home!

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

HI there, I am your newest newbie bloggett follower. That is just Stunning! The shape of that buffet is SNEXY to say the least. You made the great curves and grooves stand out even more. I heart it.

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Lisa said...

That is a fabulous piece and you have a great eye for transforming it. Thanks for sharing.

lulumusing said...

The buffet has such wonderful lines and what you have done with it accentuates them beautifully.

Shaunna said...

Melanie, this is such a beautiful set...you guys did a lovely job!! I do love the stained top on this one...it's perfect. Thanks for linking up to SFS! -shaunna :)

Nancy said...

Amazing! The detail is just so beautiful! I found you on Stories of a House and am a new follower. I'd love it if you could visit me sometime.
Have a great day
Nancy

Cindy said...

that is a beautiful piece.....here is the one i did that is kind of like yours...

http://camerasandchaos.blogspot.com/2010/09/hutch-wasnt-meant-to-be.html


i love the brown stain on your piece....great job!!

time-worn interiors said...

Looks so much better now! Great job!
Theresa
aka:TOT

Terry said...

This is outstanding and just what I am looking for. You do wonderful work and I enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing. Terry

Miss Sandy said...

Fantastic! What wonderful furniture pieces, the chair fabric is so bold and beautiful, love how they turned out. Happy Thanksgiving!

northern cottage said...

mmmmm gorgeous - love those legs. The after is stunning and the color choices are spot on.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Gorgeous transformation! Its stunning!

Kim said...

I'd love a piece like that! It looks wonderful - I "swear" by Aura paint, too.

Cabin and Cottage said...

What a beautiful piece to redo! Looks wonderful! Jacqueline

Cindy @ LeChaiseParfait said...

Wow I have painted a many buffets, they are just beautiful when finished. Yours looks great.

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

really pretty buffet! you did a great job. Love the top of it.
Thanks for linking up.
have a great weekend,
gail

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

What a pretty piece! You did a great job.

Sarah said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!

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tales from an oc cottage said...

This is JUST the dreamiest thing ever!!!!

m ^..^

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Stunning! Stunning! Stunning! I just redid a table and chairs in my DR and the top I left the natural wood and painted the bottom....love it!~

I have been on the fence about recovering my seats, but after seeing this....I AM!

Thank you for sharing!

Lou Cinda :)

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