Friday, September 4, 2009

Before and After











Thrifty Decor Chick is having a Before and After Party today.

Here's my contribution:

I found this old buffet at the thrift store for $24.00 and threw it in the back of my minivan. It had green paper stuck to it and lots of scratches.




Two coats of white paint later, and I now have a great storage piece for my laundry room turned office. In the picture below, the furniture looks microscopic, but that's just the angle of the photo. The buffet is more than 5 feet long and my desk is almost 5 ft. The desk is a yard sale find from my childhood, painted white.

My laundry has moved into that little closet you see in the corner. While I would love to have a big laundry room, I love having an office more. And since my kids share this computer, I like that it is right off the family room. Adding the french doors and hardwood floors has made it seem all the more office-y. My husband made me a big bulletin board (3 ft x 4ft) out of wood trim and I covered it with linen fabric.





I hope you enjoy it. If you like Before and Afters as much as I do, check out the other contributors at Thrifty Decor Chick.

Also featured on: Southern Hospitality and Between Naps on the Porch.



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31 comments:

ShallowGal said...

OK I'm doubly impressed. 1) That you got such a bargain and 2) The paint job looks awesome. I have a dumpster dresser I keep meaning to spiffy-up, is there a set of instructions somewhere?

xo, SG

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

I think the transformation is amazing. It looks beautiful in the room as well. Thanks for sharing.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Anna, what a deal on that buffet! I have a mahogany one similar in my DR. And I really love yours painted white, perfect for your office space. What a pretty office too. Thanks for joining the party.

Sarah said...

It is gorgeous! I love that room! Great job!!

june@craftyniche said...

Great way to use the buffet table. Your paint job turned out so pretty!

Amanda said...

holy moly!!! that is EXACTLY what I have been looking for and wanting to paint it that exact color!! it is a beauty girl!!!! great great job!!!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Wow, you know..... I have a buffet in not good shape. the top is not good especially. Im kind of wondering how hard it would be to do mine now that I see your?????

sara said...

ok, I have been so afraid of taking on my furniture. Now after seeing how easily several of you have done it, I am goin' for it!!!

L.Duncan said...

I love it! And for $24, I would have ran home with it on my back!!! Great find and transformation. How I wish I had a workspace of my own!

Wendy said...

That is gorgeous!

Caroline@ FOREVER VINTAGE said...

I painted my sideboard white as well and what a transformation a coat of paint makes! I love the front of yours it turned out great.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks great and I envy you your office space {with doors yet!}. Very creative to move your laundry to a smaller space and utilize this area for your office. It's a lovely room overall.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the redo. Would love to have an office like that.

pk said...

Beautiful buffet makeover and I love the wall color too!

Prissyville said...

Oh, this is too cute! I love painting items black or white and this definately looks amazing in white! You scored!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVELY redo... FAB piece of furniture!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

That's awesome! And, I have to ask, what kind of paint do you use, SPECIFICALLY? I have tried to redo furniture so many times and the reason I get so discouraged is because either 1) it never turns out looking like I expected it would, or 2) the paint is too shiny or too flat or has brush-marks left in the paint or is sticky once it dries or, or, or...

I guess I just suck at it. Maybe it's not the paint. Maybe it's User Error.

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

I knew as SOON as I saw the before, that I would LOVE the after!
beautiful re-do, beautiful room!
gail

nannykim/spindle house said...

Gorgeous!! I love it--love the colors in that room. Wonderful--also love those french doors.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Just beautiful! Wow. I love it. An amazing and wonderful transformation. :)

Sharlotte said...

Oh my, this is gorgeous! I can't believe you picked this up for $24! What a super find! I love your colors! Thanks for sharing.

Karly said...

I am so impressed with your do it yourself projects. I don't do ANYTHING myself. I usually look at my husband and bat my eyes and whine a little and then he does it for me.

Oh, but wait. I DID just make a tutu for my daughter and I feel pretty proud of that. But painting furniture? No way. You totally win.

Room to Inspire said...

WOW! It looks amazing...I absolutely love it!

Chelsea

Shanty 2 Chic said...

This turned out BEAUTIFUL! What an awesome piece... lucky you!
~Whitney

Stephanie said...

love it!

Kate said...

WOW! Great job, love it and your site.

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Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy it...
Janell

k a b l o o e y said...

The room looks gorgeous, and writing is way more important than laundry and THIS is a great way to prove it to your kids. Priorities in order at your house; way to go.

But I really did not need you to introduce me to all those design blogs, because I couldn't stop clicking to see all the improvements. And frankly, I don't have that kind of time. Gah. Home improvement stuff is like crack to me.

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

WOW! So beautiful!!

Joyce said...

Perfect make over for your office space. Great blog site.
Joyce

Sabrina said...

AMAZING! Of course my ever famous question....Why aren't the thrift stores, dumpsters and curbs so fruitful in my area? Great job and I"ll keep hunting I guess. hmpf!