Furniture Refinishing – My First Attempt

Holy crap. It is November. I feel like I lost a couple of months there.

One of my summer (and into fall) projects was my first real attempt at refinishing furniture.

Several years ago, one of my aunts gave me a buffet table that had belonged to my grandmother. It was a piece of furniture that sat in her kitchen for as long as I can remember. While the piece offered useful storage and sentimental value, it had seen better days. The thing was a dark brown color, and the top had some damage from a fish tank incident (that happened while some relatives were living with my grandmother) and was missing a knob.


So, for several years now, I’ve been talking about refinishing this piece, but just never quite got around to it.

There was a bit of mystery surrounding this particular piece of furniture. As I mentioned, it sat in my grandmother’s kitchen for as long as I can remember, but no one seemed quite sure when she got it or where it came from. My mom thought that maybe it was in the house when my grandparents moved it. So, no one was sure the quality of the piece below the dark brown exterior. I couldn’t be sure if this piece would really even be worth my time and effort to refinish it.

But, as I mentioned before, the piece holds quite a bit of sentimental value for me, so i decided to give it a go.

When I started working on it, I wasn’t sure if I would end up staining or painting the piece. However, once it was stripped down, I realized the nicest piece of wood was the top. I decided to stain only the top and paint the rest.

After that, I switched out the remaining knobs with some new ones and added new hinges.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Hopefully, Grandma agrees and doesn’t start haunting me.

One comment

  1. The haunting possibility made me crack up!

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