Years ago, my Grandparents brought this buffet/sideboard to my house on a U-Haul from Florida. Although some hardware was missing and part of the top surface had water damage, I was excited for two reasons. First, because this buffet belonged to my Great-Grandmother, and because I had just purchased my first home and had this nice solid furniture piece for my dining room (something I couldn’t afford otherwise).
I remember this buffet in my Great-Grandparents house when I was growing up, and what a beautiful piece of furniture it was then. After they moved to Florida in the late 80s, their dining room came with a built in hutch, which is the reason this buffet ended up in my Grandmother’s sewing room as a storage piece. She was a seamstress and needed all the extra storage she could get!
The picture above (the only one I have) shows the buffet in her sewing room, but by the time it arrived at my house years later, it wasn’t in great condition. And, truthfully, my Great Grandmother was such a picky housekeeper, she would probably cringe seeing this picture on the internet with her stuff sitting around, lol.
Some people fussed because I didn’t keep the old hardware…but quite a few pieces were missing, including the decorative diamond shape pieces. This was my first furniture refinishing project and since I completed it in 2011, it was done way before I began blogging…which is why I don’t have more pictures. (I probably do have a few pictures on an old phone somewhere)
I probably would have been more nervous about it had it not already had so much damage. I had never used stain before, and had heard all about the stains that had polyurethane already mixed in. I decided I would give it a try. I used the Minwax Polyshades in Bombay Mahogany…absolutely loved it! It has been four years now since I refinished it, and it still has a strong surface and looks great! I am thinking about changing the knobs again, but I’m really not sure. I definitely recommend the PolyShades line from Minwax. I did lightly scuff the surface with sandpaper between coats.
Not bad for my first furniture project…I think my Great Grandmother would be pleased that someone in the family is getting some use out of it!