Reimagining Jimmy's Buffet
Recently I decided to take care of some refinishing projects that have been building up around the house for the last 8 years or so. It started with one little project that went so well, I decided to do them all. At least that was the plan until I ran into a really tough project. It wasn't this one, this was the easy job that set the ball in motion and got me thinking I was some kind of refinishing expert.
This old side buffet (not entirely sure it was a buffet) was acquired awhile back for about $75 at a yard sale, probably from a guy named Jimmy. At the time, it was bought as a temporary storage piece. Currently, I have been thinking about a room and the furniture that was in it, and a very large empty space that needed to be filled and what to do about it. When I looked at this old piece, I really just wanted to post it on Craig's list or something to see if I could recover the $75 originally paid for it.
The truth was, it wasn't supposed to be permanent and I really didn't want to keep it. It's a pretty solid old piece of furniture though. The legs have some nice detail, and it is made of real wood as opposed to particle board, so I started thinking this still had some life in it and maybe it should get another chance.
I recently bought a couple cans of paint for another redecorating project, so after giving it some thought, decided to paint it one of those colors. Probably not the color I would have chosen if I went to the store and picked one out, but I am trying to use all my resources right now, so this was just going to have to work. It was this color or turquoise and with royal blue walls behind, I preferred the green.
I decided it would also need some new handles. I searched the internet, found these on Amazon and ordered them direct from China.
There were some real nice domestic handblown glass handles available that would have been beautiful, but they were over $50 a pop and I wasn't ready to sink that kind of money into this piece. These 6 handles were less than $30 including shipping. Reviews of similar handles were poor but I am happy with these. They are good enough for this purpose and I think they update the piece nicely.
What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments. Until next time, thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying this time of year.
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