Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Move Over Martha!

Moving is expensive! You have movers, set-up of all of your accounts, the first trip to the grocery store, Hobby Lobby runs, etc. And if it's your first house, of course there are things like water hoses, lawn mowers, rakes, shovels, GRILLS, ladders, that are needed to make the world go 'round. We have been no exception to this expensive rule and so we decided we would not buy any furniture and for the time being, just work with what we have. Of course, there are tons of things that I have wanted for this house, and I KNOW that it's not all going to be perfect on day one, but there are just many ideas that I have. Insert the neighbor's garage sale....Dave was leaving to make a Home Depot run and the lady down the street had a buffet for sale. He called me and in 30 seconds flat I had my tennies on and was out the door.

It wasn't the most gorgeous thing I'd ever seen, but it had potential. Remind me of this word if I EVER use it again. :) I ended up getting it for a steal of a deal! She told me it was an antique and not to tell her mother. I told her I wouldn't tell her mother she sold it for a steal if she wouldn't tell her I was going to paint it black! My mother in law is cringing right now!

I gave her the $$ and called Dave and told him to pick it up on his way back home from Home Depot. 45 minutes later I was the proud owner of a dirty old buffet cabinet. Woo-hoo!! My wheels started turning with Martha Stewart ideas of it decorated in all of it's buffet glory. Insert the p word...the potential I was telling you about. Potential means you have to work to get greatness. What a pain in the booty! I was so excited and started sanding and stripping and painting. The problem is that I get home from work everyday at 5:30 and by the time I could get all my junk out and start painting it was already dark. Each night I got like 30 minutes of work done. It was taking me forever! Thank goodness for spray paint! I literally had half of the thing painted and decided to bust out a can of $2.99 spray paint. Done and done!

So, here my friends is the finished buffet cabinet. I'm a bargain shopper!! Also, I do still need to put the knobs on it. Next year, I'm hoping to have a big mirror over it and I already have an idea of how I want it decorated for Christmas. :) Can't wait!

I started painting and realized this was a blog-worthy project, so I didn't get a complete "Before" shot.

Look at her all "primed" up

And here she is ladies and gentlemen! Minus her drawer pulls of course! She'll get them this weekend. :)


Elicia said...

You did a good job! I have a piece that I really want to paint...I think you have inspired me!

lesli said...

Well, it's gorgeous! I love painting old furniture! Good Job, Girl!