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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Frenchy Server Redo

I've started to refinish my dining room furniture, which I got from Craigslist a few months ago, with the hope of having it finished by Thanksgiving weekend so I can put my mess away and decorate for Christmas.  Here is a reminder of where we started with the server:


It doesn't look too bad in that photo, but below is a good pic of the top, and you can clearly see what needs to be done here.  This piece was actually the bottom of the hutch, and you can see where the top piece used to sit.  I've swapped it out with the actual server because I like how this fits under my windows.  Anyway...


I needed to strip the top down.  I like to use this product, which just sort of eats off the finish, and you rub off the goo with steel wool.  Effective and quick, but on this piece I was going through a lot of steel wool.  This finish was so gooey that I gave up after a pack of steel wool, and went with Citrastrip to finish it up.  Either one works, but maybe I will just use this product on smaller pieces from here out.


So here you can see the bare wood that was under the old finish.  I cleaned it, conditioned it, and stained it with Kona.  Its darker than Antique Walnut and takes fewer coats to get a nice dark finish.  This I learned from Kristy at 4 the Love of Wood, who is like the Yoda of furniture refinishing.


Here we are, mid-way through the refinish with the top stained and the bottom in a coat of Pure White ASCP.  Can you tell I like the white bottom/stained top combo?  I have done this to six pieces already.  Hmm... maybe I need to change things up.  But not just yet, the dining room is all going to match!


The top is just beautiful with the dark stain and 3 coats of poly...


Here is the finished piece... love!  I'm thinking next are the table and chairs, but I am getting a little sidetracked at the moment with another piece that I just HAVE to redo so I can use it for Christmas decorating in the living room.  Hopefully that will be a quick one!







Partying at the following:

Furniture Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Show & Tell Friday
Potpourri Friday

Have a great weekend!


32 comments:

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Tracy that sideboard is something to be proud of! I love the look! I am too lazy to do all that work with the stripper...but I love how yours came out.

Bonnie ~ a wee Meenit said...

this is gorgeous!!
it reminds me of the dresser turned media center that I did!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Stunning! Tracy, I absolutely love this piece. Great shape, and you did it justice.

Sue said...

I hate to use the same word as Rosemary, but this piece really is stunning! It's the first word to come into my head before I even came to the comments! The stained top looks beautiful and the white body of the piece looks clean and fresh. You did a wonderful job, Tracy. :-)

Lisa @ akawest said...

When I first saw the orange glove, I mistook it for your hand. I let out a small gasp. Just thought I'd share.

Stunning! Hey, I couldn't resist. It really is stunning. Six pieces??? Wow!!!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm in awe! What a beautiful transformation. You must be so pleased!

marieDee said...

Love it! I need one just like it!

Karen said...

Wow a beautiful transformation. I'm a fan of the stained top painted bottom combo too.

Mary said...

I am in awe of the totally professional job that you did. I am also in awe of that dresser.

Thanks for the inspiration ~
Mary @ Sea Quilts

Tracy said...

Tracy, that is beautiful! You have done such a great job on all your refinished furniture. Can you come visit my house soon? :-)
Tracy

Sharing Shadymont said...

Just gorgeous!!! You did a fabulous job! I love how you have accessorized the piece as well.

Scribbler said...

This piece is outstanding! I have looked and looked for a similar piece for my own DR, but haven't gotten lucky yet. Beautiful job.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

This is just beautiful! I didn't know about the Kona stain. I usually like dark walnut, but I'm glad to know about this now. I love the stained top with the white bottom.

Doubletake Decor said...

What a beautiful finish! I just stained a dresser top and have been trying to decide what color to do the bottom. Now I know! I'm going with white!

Deborah said...

Absolutely gorgeous, so impressed. Might have to try this on my french style china cabinet.
Thanks for the inspiration.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

This is absolutely stunning!! What a great job! I looks like a very expensive piece! I love the white bottom and stained top too!

Carol

pam {simple details} said...

Beautiful job, it looks perfect in your dining room!

Sally said...

This turned out gorgeous!! I'm your newest follower from the french country cottage party. If you get a chance I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!
Sally
loveofhomes.blogspot.com

LBP said...

Wow! Talk about a transformation! It's absolutely beautiful...

Thanks for sharing

Linda

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Tracy, you did a wonderful job. Great transformation and now you're ready for Thanksgiving. Everyone will be soooo impressed!!! I'm following now to see what other miracles you perform!

The Summer Porch said...

Good Morning Tracy! Wow!!! It's so worth the time you've taken to receive the end results. It's stunning... Looks great against the window. I'm very impressed!
Have a wonderful weekend,
hugs Rosemary...xx

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness, your sideboard looks gorgeous! You just have the touch! I love how you've decorated the top of it too!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful! Great job! Joann

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I love how it came out- so gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Steph said...

That looks so beautiful Mom! You haven't run out of stuff to do yet!

Honey at 2805 said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

Megan said...

Turned out gorgeous! Absolutely lovely.

Parisian Bijoux said...

Wow! That looks so beautiful. I really like the wood contrasting with the white.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

What a great makeover! You took a bit of a dated piece and made a stunner. Looking forward to seeing it all done and in your dining room one day. I have a dresser and two night tables that are getting a white bottom/stained top treatment in the New Year.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Tracy...

Wow...your french buffet turned out soooo beautiful, my friend! I love that you left the top in a natural wood tone and painted the bottom white! You did a fabulous job...what a gorgeous piece! Thanks for sharing this fabulous french beauty with us!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

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