Look how filthy dirty this old buffet is and the years of dust it has been collecting! This is my grandma's old buffet that I distinctly remember sitting on her red shag carpet in her basement. She moved out of her home several years ago and my dad has been storing this piece along with a pedestal table for quite some time.
My mom at one point decided to paint this red and put it up at the ranch house in one of the guest bedrooms to store a flat screen tv. Then the last time she took a look at it she decided this piece needs to be restored and not painted and displayed on one of the main walls next to the kitchen. I couldn't agree with her more.
The after pictures do not show the hardware as she was still playing with a few options. She ended up putting the original wooden knobs back on instead of going with an updated look. We tested a few different knobs but nothing worked quite like the original hardware.
Because this is a family piece we decided to go ahead and have our little one model the piece for us. Little does she know the history she is standing by and the stories it could tell.
The old beveled mirror is still in great shape. I asked my dad about where this piece came from and he called my grandma for a refresher! When my grandparents bought their first house some sixty years ago the sellers added this piece in with the price and left it for them.
We searched and searched for a maker and a date and came up with nothing.
All I know is that I pulled Old Maid playing cards and ping pong paddles out of the drawers and cupboards. I believe my aunt had some of her music sheets stored here and I loved to sit and listen to her play the piano. My grandma had an old player piano but sold it with the house as it was too difficult to get it up the narrow stairs of her home.
I am so happy we had the chance to restore this piece and know that it will be in the family for many years to come. We delivered it this weekend and spent some time with family. There was much fun had by all. Even if we only got a few hours of sleep!
The little girls claimed the playhouse and quickly made "NO BOYS ALLOWED" signs to make everyone aware who was in charge.
The big boys would try to sneak up there but the girls would kindly let the boys know what the signs said and then decided that cute boys were allowed. And my nephew Zach is very very cute.
Here is another cute nephew who was exhausted by the day in the sun and cuddled up with his shoe. There were lots of "jeep" rides, four wheel rides, and motorcycle rides.