The Buffet

So, I’ve wanted a buffet for awhile now and when I came across this baby at the thrift store….it had to be mine.  I got the good ol’ husband eyebrow raise, but once I mentioned that a flat screen TV would fit nicely on top (someday) it was quickly loaded into the back of our car.
After a LOT of sanding, and a few coats of paint (none of which was done by me…ok maybe one coat), it now fits nicely in our living room.  Except now I need a cute lamp (0r two) for the top. 
Filled with a few quilts nonetheless, and plenty of room for more.
Thank you Jay for working so hard and for helping me finish all my silly projects!

88 Responses to The Buffet

  1. chrishart80 March 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Isn't the flat screen going to cover the lovely artwork? You did a beautiful job!!

  2. Ashe Family March 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Why is it everytime I got to the thrift store, all of the furniture is that fake plastic wood? You have some good luck!!

  3. True Blue Nana March 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Looks great. I use an old pie safe to store my fabrics in. It is perfect because the punched tin doors give some ventilation.

  4. Marcia March 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Very Nice!

  5. Sarah March 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Great find!

  6. Leslie March 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    this is absolutely beautiful…your husband did an amazing job. it looks so pretty with the quilts inside and that picture you have hanging above is amazing. i wish i had one.

  7. Cheryl G. March 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    It's beautiful!

    Love the art work that's there!

    Wow! I've never seen it before.

  8. Seams Sew Together March 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    Looks great! What a transformation, well Done

  9. ktquilts March 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    I have been looking for one too!! Yay for you that you found just what you wanted!! Hope I am as fortunate!

  10. rachel griffith March 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    love it. alot.
    like i'm jealous and i want one.

    when i went to target to get a happiness canvas, they were all sold out.

  11. Rebekah March 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    I love seeing the quilts through the door. It's beautiful!!

  12. The Zoo Keeper-ette March 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    OOOuuuuuu!! SO love it! It looks awesome! And now I have to go to Target too :)

  13. Goddess in Progress March 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Oh wow, what a great find! It looks beautiful!

  14. Stephanie March 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    Perfect! And I love the quilts peeking out. :)

  15. Jandi March 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    It turned out great! What a find!

  16. Jess March 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    How much was it? Looks fabulous, and I love how the quilts peek out. What a find!

  17. Katie March 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    Oh my…I am completely smitten. That is just what I am looking for for my sewing room. nice work.

  18. Valerie March 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm #

    That is a FANTASTIC thrift store find!

  19. Jessica March 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Love it!

  20. cristina March 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    I love the touch you've given, also the setting is beautiful with cherries.
    kisses from Spain

  21. Ashley March 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    absolutely love it! and what a perfect spot for storing (and still seeing!) your beautiful quilts!

  22. Cris A March 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    As my children would say…that's tight! Looks great and the quilts are so cool peeking out.

  23. Kim's Treasures March 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Love it! It's perfect!!!

  24. Mrs. Smith March 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm #


  25. Jane March 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    LOVE IT!!!!!! :)

  26. Marie March 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Love it!

  27. sara@augustfields March 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    THAT is a gorgeous makeover :) it holds your quilts beautifully!

  28. Chelsea March 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    This looks awesome! I now want to leave work and go find me some beat up furniture to buy and beautify!

  29. audrey March 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    Oooohhhhhhh! I want one! Love it, great job!!

  30. Care March 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    It's gorgeous!! I NEED something similar; now I'm going to be on the lookout!

  31. Blue Is Bleu March 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    I don't think it's a silly project at all! It's a great buffet, and I love that you can see the stored quilts! :)

  32. beth March 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Love it. What a wonderful hubby too!

  33. Christy March 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Love it, been searching for one or a older style hutch that I can refinish. Older home = no storage so I find it where I can. Thanks for the push to keep on looking.

  34. sandra March 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    what a find! love that you can see the quilts inside. what's the best way you've found to paint furniture? i've tried a few different ways but would love to here what way you've found works the best.

  35. Alexis March 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    An amazing find. I am seriously jealous.

  36. Ariane March 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Wow! What a great find! You and your husband did an amazing job with the painting too. Love it!!

  37. Sew It To Me March 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    That is B-eautiful.

    I LOVE white furniture.

  38. Linnea March 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Awesome find!! I only wish my local thrift shops had furniture half as nice

  39. Jessica March 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Lovely! It looks so nice.

  40. Sara March 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    Love, love, LOVE it!

  41. jodi @ Pleasant Home March 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    O.K. I'm totally coveting this! Would you like my information dear, so that you can put me in your will?! I think I may have to show this to the hubby and see if he can build it for me! I've been looking for something just like this to put in our front room and be able to put my quilts in! AND I have that Cherry Print! So I could totally copy cat you! ;o) Great find! Awesome refurb!

  42. arajane March 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    wow, wow and wow! it looks absolutely amazing. i am in love with those mesh-covered cupboards. lovely!

  43. tara March 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

    oh that is so gorgeous!
    what a find. well done on the refinishing.

  44. the momma March 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    LOVE it!! 'specially the plenty of room for more quilts :-)

  45. Emily G. March 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    absolutely love it!!!

  46. piccola samurai March 24, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Gorgeous! Amazing job!

  47. Jeni March 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    What a great transformation! I love how pretty the quilts look peeking through :)

    PS – I know you just moved to the Cleveland area and I wanted to let you know that Kaffe Fassett is going to be signing books at Abigayle's Quiltery in Olmsted Falls on April 15th. There should be more information on their website! :)

  48. Joyful Saint March 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Green Green Green with thrifting envy…I could never find this in ID. Right before you move back I am coming there and buying lots of cool stuff, and making you haul it all back. Cheers.

  49. Ariel March 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    ooooh! It's always so exciting when you've posted another re-furbished piece of furniture! I LOVE the buffet…enjoy!

  50. Purple Quilter Queen March 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    Yeah for you! I love thrift store finds! People that get rid of great pieces like that obviously have no crafty skills in them to see the potential it could be! Lucky for you!! Hope the new baby and Big Brother Ben are doing well! Jenn

  51. Evenspor March 24, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    Nice find!

  52. Lizzy March 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

    Great find and it turned out GORGEOUS!

  53. Skye O. March 24, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    Gorgeous! I love it! Didn't you *just* have a baby? You really ARE amazing!

  54. Keriann March 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    I am so jealous! I thrift store shop frequently and I never find good stuff like that!

  55. Dena March 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Great storage solution! I wish our thrift shops had nice furniture like this when I visit. lol

  56. sue March 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    What a wonderful find and I love how you improved it too. The quilts look great in it too but I cant imagine a flat screen tv on it, or maybe that wasnt your idea at all, lol!

  57. Sharon March 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm #

    excellent choice…well done!

  58. Sarah March 24, 2010 at 11:11 pm #

    That is NOT a silly project! It is a gorgeous project. :-)

  59. Maevy March 24, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Great find! This is the kind of piece I would like to come across sometime.

  60. duckyhouse March 25, 2010 at 1:36 am #

    that completely rocks! lucky girl are you.

  61. a little bit biased March 25, 2010 at 2:01 am #

    Oh my gosh! What a great find! Yay for you. It turned out awesome! Love the white and the wire doors.

  62. thestitchinchicken March 25, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    It looks wonderful!!

  63. sewbeeit March 25, 2010 at 3:01 am #

    Really nice job. You have a great eye for style. I love your blog.

  64. rusluvsme March 25, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    That is an awesome find! It looks beautiful.

  65. mabblab March 25, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    It's a good thing that it's late and all of the thrift stores are closed right now. Otherwise I'd be out looking for something like this! Beautiful — and the quilt storage is primo!

  66. mabblab March 25, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    It's a good thing that it's late and all of the thrift stores are closed right now. Otherwise I'd be out looking for something like this! Beautiful — and the quilt storage is primo!

  67. anne March 25, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Wow what an awesome job, now all you need to find is a flat screen at the thrift store, hahaha good luck.

  68. lynndianne March 25, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    What a find. I work at the local humans society thrift shop and wish I could find something like that. Great work. Just thinking about it makes me want to go buy a truck…..I really need a truck!

  69. sanjeet March 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    It's gorgeous!! I NEED something similar; now I'm going to be on the lookout!
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  70. Kayti March 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    It's beautiful!!! I love what you did to it and the decor. you put up and around it.

    I totally agree with my mom!

    Make sure to get Jay his flatscreen. He deserved it.

  71. Em March 25, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    That is amazing and so cozy! I love how you can see the quilts through the mesh!!!! Good eye, Em

  72. Melanie March 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm #


    Right now I have a dresser sitting next to my kitchen table that needs refinishing…
    But it is just SITTING there.

    You have given me a new desire to finish it!

  73. James & Tara Huish March 26, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    Wow! I would have never looked at that and thought it could become what you made it!! Love it:) Actually, I can't stop looking at it it's so cute:) I really need to learn some things while I'm lucky enough to live by you:)


  74. Rinachiyya March 26, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    What a find and I love what you did to it. Am beginning to think I need to make my furniture white too. It is gorgeous,sleek and modern.
    I love it.

  75. colourdujour March 26, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    didnt you just have a baby last week? How did you have the energy & time to that big project? Wow! it looks great. !!

  76. Miss Sews-it-all March 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    A great find and a great way to recycle! It looks fabulous in your home, too!

  77. Sara March 27, 2010 at 2:54 am #

    Cute! Cute! Cute! That is exactly what I want to put our t.v. on and store all our equipment. Love how you have it decorated too!

  78. Whosies March 27, 2010 at 4:57 am #

    isn't that so funny that we know just what will motivate the honey's into doing some work? oh, yea. love the empty spaces too…and can't wait to see what it gets filled with.

  79. Trisha March 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Very cute! I like how you can see the quilts stacked.

  80. tammiemarie March 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I am green with envy!

  81. Tiffany March 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

    Excellent work! Now, I need to find myself one! Awesome work girl!

  82. Melissa March 30, 2010 at 4:08 am #

    Oh my goodness! What a great find and I love the make over.

    ps – Ryan is an adorable little boy! Hope you all are doing well.

  83. Summer :) March 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I'm just found your blog but I'm enjoying it!

    Great job! :) I LOVE your wall hanging about happiness!! Where did you get that!!?!?

  84. Becky April 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    LOVE IT! I especially love the comment of "the raising of my husbands eyebrows" I know me and my sister recieve the same look at least daily. funnny! Gotta love them and they definatley love us. LOL!

  85. Anna May 13, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    this is super cool, I wish I could find cool stuff like this. :)

  86. savvy stitch June 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm #


  87. Monica gears April 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    I see no tv. Yesssssss. That print is much nice to look at..

  88. Shawn Mercer Crain July 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I want a buffet similar to this, my youngest daughter is taking my grandmother in law's old Duncan-Phyfe seatee then I want to do something like this :)
    I knew I wanted to do something different I just didn't know what it was until I saw it! This is it :) Now I've got a place to put all my family quilts, some of them date back to the 1880's and are still going strong. Quilting has given me a new purpose in life for my daughter's and grand children :)

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