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|** BEFORE **|
Once the mouldings were done, I sanded the buffet down and painted it white - "Powdered Snow" by Behr, to be exact, in Satin finish. I love the warmth and creaminess of the color - not cold and stark at all. It took 3 coats before I was happy with the coverage. Since I used the Behr Premium Plus Ultra, the primer was in the paint so technically it was one coat primer, 2 coats paint.
Since this buffet will once again be used as a change table (not for me, in case you were wondering!), I needed to add another piece of wood to the top. The width of the buffet top is only 13" - quite narrow for a change table. I bought a pine laminated project panel - 3/4" x 16" x 48" - and, after sanding it smooth, stained it with MinWax Ebony stain. Once attached, this will make the top wide enough to accommodate a change pad.
Once the buffet and top were dry, I attached the top to the buffet with gorilla glue, a few clamps, and screwed from the inside. That top will not budge.
Since the moulding I added covered up the holes for the knobs on the doors, I drilled new holes in the center of the doors. Sparkly new knobs were added as the final touch to this furniture makeover (though I still need to add the poly to the paint/stain - I will leave that for next week). Since the screws for the new knobs were too long for the drawers/doors, I had two options. Either I could cut the screws shorter or I could make blocking to go on the inside of the drawer/door. I chose to make the blocking since I thought it was the easier way to go.
Over all, I am thoroughly pleased with the transformation. I had intended to distress the buffet but I wasn't confident in my ability to do that. I am glad I left it as it is. I had also planned to paint more on the inside of the buffet but decided to leave it plain pine. I know this isn't a building project like my bathroom cabinet or my porch swing or my Adirondack chairs but I did use a few tools so I think it qualifies as a building and painting project.
Just one more look at the difference:
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air nailer - attach the mouldings
glue and clamps - repair the drawers, attach the mouldings, attach the top to the buffet
cordless drill - drill new holes for knobs, drill holes in blocking, attach top to buffet
palm sander - sand down buffet prior to painting/staining
I am linking to these parties:
(On October 11)