Monday, October 8, 2012

The Ick Factor

The other day I was at my super duper secret furniture spot, when I came across this.  I practically got it for a song. Let's just say that I paid with a 5 dollar bill and I got 2 dollars back. 

  I didn't notice how gross it was until we loaded up into my SUV.  I think that it had almost every species of spiders underneath it.  The whole way home, my skin was crawling.  All I could think about was all of those spiders.  ICK!!!  Anyway, when I got home, I made Mr. Sometimes Twice take it out for me.  I got my big gloves out.  You know the ones that go almost all the way up to your elbows...  Armed with Simple Green and Windex, I got to scrubbing.  Took me 3 hours to get the grime off of it.

The drawers were in bad shape.  I had to glue them down.  I couldn't find any clamps to use, so I improvised with my paint cans.  Worked like a charm.

Now for the fun part.  I gave it 2 coats of my homemade chalk paint.  I used an "oops" paint that I had on hand.  I distressed it with 150 grit sand paper.  I love how easy chalk paint is to distress.  It saves my arms from falling off.  I used Valspar glaze that I tinted with black paint.  This is my favorite product hands down.  It is so forgiving.  To finish the outside, I gave it two coats of wax.

I wanted a pop of something, but I wasn't quite sure what.  As I was strolling past the paint samples, I saw this hot pink. 

The hardware on the doors were broken, so I bought these at Joann's.  I think they are perfect!

 I spray painted the hardware on the drawers to match.  I used Krylon in black.

As I said before this little buffet was really dirty, so I scrubbed the drawers with vinegar. Then I lined them with contact paper that I found at the dollar store.  I buy some whenever I go in.  I want to make sure that my stock it always full.  I used to use scrapbook paper.  This is much easier and way less expensive.

I love that this buffet is neutral on the outside, but really girly in the inside. Maybe my hubby will let me keep this one!!



  1. GORGEOUS!!! I am addicted to distressing and love to see other people ideas. I love the splash of color on the inside. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks Carrie. I checked out your blog, but I can't leave a comment. Somebody told me that if you turn off the comment verification, you will get a ton more comments. It keeps telling me that I am not putting in the correct letters.

  3. WOW what a difference! so beautiful! and how fun with the drawers and cabinets- great idea!

  4. great job! I just found a hideaway sewing table/hutch thingy too and it is GROSS... You give me hope that I can finish my project. But my piece has alot of water damage on the bottom that has to be cut out.

  5. much cuter now than when it was a spiders playground!!! I've got a little two drawer dresser in the basement that is just begging for some love, and now I'm thinking it might just need a pop of color when I finally finish it! Stopping by from Link Up With Liz Marie!

  6. Great find! I would have passed that piece right up! You did a fab job and a ton of work. Looks great.

  7. I am thinking about buying a 70's sideboard thing at an estate sell I am helping with but it is in the barn, full of mouse poop. I think after seeing this it will come home with me tonight.

  8. What a bargain and it looks great! I love the drawer liner. When you say "dollar store" do you mean Dollar Tree, Dollar General...? I definitely need to get some of that. Thanks for it!

    1. Hi Amy. I found the drawer liner at Dollar Tree. I was so happy the day I found it. I was so sick of spending a fortune on scrapbook paper!

  9. So pretty! The pink really makes it pop :) Elegant on the outside, a party on the inside :)

  10. LOVE IT! Especially the peek of pink!

    Well done!