Thursday, March 29, 2012

restoring a 100 year old buffet

For the life of me I cant find the before picture. SORRY. when it was delivered I had not seen it in person. It was much larger and much more beat up than I anticipated. An antique Jacobean buffet is 6' long and is circa 1912.

She had melted crayon  on her, stickers inside and a skyline high school late library's notice from 1952 in the main drawer. she was wobbly and overall drab. I scraped out the goo, tightened her up and then cleaned it with white vinegar and hot water. I then lightly sanded down some scraped up areas, broken or cracked places and rough places. I cleaned it again after.

Then I applied restore-a-finish. It goes on like an oily rub on stain. it soaks in and does not get gooey or sticky. I did two coats and rubbed it in like I was polishing it. over night I left it with a plastic tarp over it.

Better than new beautiful! She has a broken knob as her only flaw now.



  1. Gorgeous. Restore A Finish is a great product.
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  2. Amazing piece! Wow! I totally want a buffet now!
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  3. Oh this is so beautiful. I would paint it with chalk paint but it is beautiful natural and you are retaining the value that way! Lucky you.

    1. I would ASCP it...I just cant. I do want to find another one (and the space for it) and paint it with chalk paint. This one I just cant.

  4. I'm so glad you decided to restore the finish on the buffet rather than ruining it with paint! Great job! I love it!