Habitat Restore find to Graphic Paisley Buffet

Before and After Trash to Treasure
Hey all!

So, welcome to my latest project. I have to say, this is my all time favorite project. I had so much fun transferring this from Habitat ReStore blah, to this awesome paisley graphic buffet. So you know I love the Habitat ReStore. I go there a lot, and if you’ve been following my blog, you know I have done a lot of projects with items from the ReStore. Starting with the cabinets in my craft room and my $5 chair makeover. I also made my scrapbook paper tower from an old school mailbox. I LOVE that place. I even won a before and after contest at One Project Closer and Fox Hollow Cottage, with my Habitat ReStore Headboard to Chalkboard. That was so exciting for me. I had never won anything with something that I had made or redesigned.   So, let’s begin, shall we?

Buffet before

Beauty right? I know, not so much. But I knew it could be. The door made me think of something from the 1970’s. I thought about taking the door off permanently and just putting drawer pulls on the drawers behind the door. I’m glad I left it on. I think the transformation is even more dramatic because of that ugly door.

The rest of it was pretty awesome. I loved the hardware, like this keyhole.

keyhole and drawer detail

This baby needed a lot of work. It was missing both end pieces, which you can see in the picture. This had enabled it to loosen up a bit. I had to do a lot of gluing and bracing.
bracing the front to the back
Once it was solid again, I got busy sanding. I know everyone says you don’t have to sand or prime when using chalk paint, but the top on this thing was in bad shape. I mean bad.
Damaged top
One of the drawers looked like it had been chewed by a dog and one of the inside drawers (behind the door) was cracked. Some glue, clamps and wood filler, they were good as new.
drawer repair
There were other things miss as well.
missing parts
One of the four knobs was missing and one of the really cool hinges was broken. I’m still on the hunt for a new hinge.
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Cool right? I’m still sad that I can’t find a compatible hinge. I will probably just get two new hinges. :(. Originally, I imagine this buffet had sides that went right to the floor. Booorrrring!! I wanted to recreate the curves on the front of the buffet,and transfer them to the sides, so I made a template.
template
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Once I got the shapes I wanted, I merged them together into one stencil. Then I traced it onto the wood that I had purchased for the sides. I got really thin, about 1/4″ luan as that was all the space I had to work with. Anything thicker and it would have stuck out beyond the sides.
template
I cut it out with my jigsaw. This made a really rough cut. I didn’t want one side to look different from the other, so I clamped them together and sanded them to match.
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I absolutely LOVE how they came out. I think they really made this buffet special, don’t you?
new side
Some glue,nails, wood filler and a light sand and she was ready to paint. Woo Hoo. I was really excited to try some chalk paint. It’s all over blogland. Some is premixed and some is power that you can mix in paint you already have. I decided to go with the powder and I went with Websters Chalk Paint Powder.
Webster's Power Fiddes Wax
Websters Chalk Paint Powder and SW Tricorn Black
I mixed 8 tablespoons of chalk paint powder and 4 tablespoons water into 1qt. Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. All my wood furniture (i.e. bedroom, dining room and kitchen) furniture is black. I wanted to stay with the black theme and just mix things up a bit. I have to say, I really like the chalk paint. The texture was nice and it went on very smoothly.
Websters Chalk Paint Powder
As you can tell, it definitely needed two coats.
Websters Chalk Paint Powder
How awesome is this piece?! I’m going to have great storage for all my holiday decorating stuff. The things you can’t store in the attic, like candles or things that might fade.
Here is the 2nd coat.
Websters Chalk Paint Powder
She’s looking good!
So, now my dilemma. What to do with the hardware. I first thought about my silver Rub N Buff.
Rub n Buff
I wasn’t feelin’ it. I was waiting for my aha moment, that moment when you just KNOW what you need to do. I was in the garage when the design for the buffet came into my head. I could picture it, like it was right in front of me. I really wanted this piece to be bold and dramatic, and I wanted the hardware to be bold as well. Let me know what you think.
spray painted white hardware
I love them. Since I was missing a knob, I went to Hobby Lobby (they have a huge selection of hardware) and searched and searched for knobs. I was thinking about a clear glass knob initially, but I couldn’t find any in the size or shape that I wanted. I had picked out some other knobs and right before I walked away, I saw these.
Hobby Lobby Knob
I thought they were PERFECT with the paisley graphic I was going to hand paint onto the buffet. I really think they are. What do you think?
Now it was time for the fun stuff. Painting the paisley graphic on to the buffet. It took forever to find and purchase an overhead projector. Wait…you thought I hand drew that?!!! I wish. I didn’t get any pics of the actual design up on the buffet, but here is what it looked like after I traced it on.
Paisley design
I was lovin’ it already. I traced it on with this really cool paint pen that I found at the register at Michael’s. Once the outline was done I used white craft paint to fill in all the fields. I really wish I had used latex house paint to paint the paisley. The craft paint was kinda thick and gloppy. I had to ad Flotrol to it to keep it smooth.  I really enjoyed this part.  Watching it take shape, like I pictured it.

Paisley Graphic
The last thing I did was paint in the groove along the bottom with the curlicue. That really finished it off.
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Well, there she is, in all her glory. What do you think? I love her. This was the most fun I’ve had on a project in awhile. I hope I get to do more projects like this.

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So…here is part 2 and hopefully the last part of the LONGEST diy project in the history of diy projects! You saw how I put the actual sign together using an old pallet. That was the easy part. That was the part I really enjoyed. I love using power tools, so that part was fun. Next, it was time to move onto the painting of the sign. THIS turned out the be the hardest part! WTH? How could painting turn out to be the hardest part. I was going to use the freezer paper transfer process. I’d seen it on many blogs. I found this great tutorial from Little Bit Funky. Her sign turned out AMAZING. I was excited to get started. First I decided to make my border around the sign.
I painted the outer, thicker border and after that dried, I taped off for the thinner, inner border.
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Now it was time to to start on the freezer paper. I won’t go into detail on that, you can see the tutorial at Little Bit Funky. I will show you what I used.
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So, my first dilemma came when I realized my printer doesn’t reverse images. Seriously? It’s a new printer, I can’t believe it doesn’t have this feature. Anyhow, that ticked me off. So off to the “paint” program on my laptop. I selected Kingthings Exeter as my main font and Freebooter Script for the word YOU. Have you ever used Paint? I’m not a big fan. It’s very tempermental, unless I just don’t know how to use it. Here is how the word YOU turned out once I burnished it onto the wood.
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I LOVED IT! I loved how it looked old and worn. Woo hoo, I was excited. Since the words were so big, I had to print them one by one. Then this happened.
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What’s wrong you say? It’s the spacing of the words. I hated it. I felt like the words needed to be bigger, so they would take up more room. I was bummed out. I wiped off as much as I could, then I sanded it back down, except the border and repainted. I couldn’t quite get the same look, but I moved on. Then I got the bright idea to use my Cricut to cut out a stencil. I only have like two cartridges and none of them were fonts. So I purchased a digital font off the Cricut Craftroom. I guess I need classes on how to use the Cricut, because I could not get those letters sized right or in proportion with each other. Scratch that idea. Then I got the best idea ever! Yeah right. I decided to print my words on card stock and make my own stencils with an Xacto knife! Doesn’t that sound fun? I got “If” and “want” done, then I threw in the towel! So…what to do. That’s when I decided to do this.
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I know you’ve done this. I rubbed pencil lead all over the back of the words, taped them how I wanted them and traced over them.
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And I got this…
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This was almost as brilliant as the cut my own stencil idea! I painted the entire sign by hand. Are you kidding me? I actually did enjoy painting this sign, it was just very time consuming.
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After I finished the first coat of all the words, I had to wipe the entire thing down with a magic erasure to get off all the pencil lead transfer. Those things are amazing aren’t they? Then I sanded down all the words with a sanding sponge, and did a 2nd coat! I finished off with this. Which sealed it off nicely.
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Will I do this process again? Probably not. Will I try freezer paper transfer again? Yes I will. Because I have tons of it cut out and ready to go! What should have been a weekend, ok a long weekend project turned into two months!
This is my finished sign.
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I hope you like it. Until next time…

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