I've been letting Gracie do all the heavy lifting around here lately. What little lifting has been done, anyway.
Phil and I tend to hibernate over the winter and lose all motivation to do anything and everything.
Except eat. We never lose motivation to eat. Because there's delicious wintertime comfort food to be had, and we look forward to putting on our thirty pounds of winter fat.
At least it gives us something to bitch about come springtime.
Nevertheless, I will continue to let Gracie have the run of the blog whenever she feels compelled; but, in the meantime, I have a furniture makeover for you today! And it's about bloody time, because it's for Reese, and she's already seven months old.
Holy poop-filled diapers. How did that happen so quickly? And why am I so late with this project?
Before you know it, Reese will be old enough to see that her Grandi occasionally swears on the blog.
In my defense, the kids have been renovating an old house and they are finally getting ready to move in. So, as far as I'm concerned, I'm not late at all, because I'm a wizard. And, as we all know, a wizard is never late, nor is she early. She arrives precisely when she means to.
Now, onto the buffet.
Only the finest for my grandnugget.
We specialize in furniture that gets drunk and passes out face-down in an alley, can't find its way home, and eventually ends up at our place.
I didn't think I'd be able to save much of the natural wood on this piece since it was in such rough shape to begin with. But, for the first time ever, I was wrong.
I only have one in-progress picture.
I also seem to be devoid of an excuse as to why that is.
My Carpenter Of All Time (I realize Jesus is THE Carpenter Of All Time, but I'm talking about Phil) put this sweet little buffet into a twelve-step program and it came out (almost) completely rehabilitated and ready to go.
Speaking of Jesus, did I mention Easter falls on my birthday this year? It's like a miracle when that happens.
We debated on whether to add a safety barrier around the top of the buffet in order to keep Reese from rolling off. In the end, we decided that wasn't our responsibility, so we just went with a curved foam topper instead.
Aren't we marvelous grandparents?
I was going to buy the topper from Target, but it cost a fortune, and I'm saving for retirement. Additionally, I wasn't identifying as independently wealthy that day, and they had no other option available to me. I looked on Amazon HERE and HERE and they had the same basic setup for much less.
Let's get on with the Reesie Piecie. Speaking of Reese, OMG isn't she freaking adorable?
Watch it. She might punch you out.
Let's get on with it already.
Phil did the sanding for me this time woohoo! Products used? I got out my trusty can of Varathane Kona stain (that I used on our doors) for the parts I kept woody. I loved the General Finishes Milk Paint I used on my buffet so much, I bought more for this piece in Snow White and Seagull Gray.
The veneer on the top was in pretty bad shape around the edges, so Phil cut some trim pieces to finish it out. This was the only in-progress shot I took:
Are you ready for the finished product? Me too. Wait while I take some pictures.
Thanks for waiting!
Was it worth the wait?
Bunny thinks so.
It got all new hardware and I stained and painted new appliques to make it look a little more feminine.
I also lined the drawers and cabinet with chevron fabric that someone purchased thinking she would make some crafty pillows for her guest bedroom and never did. That someone was probably me, but I can neither confirm nor deny.
That amazing pink color you're seeing is General Finishes Coral Crush.
The top turned out way better than anticipated, thanks to Phil adding that trim!
I used General Finishes High Performance Flat water-based topcoat on everything.
The piece definitely has its imperfections. We're going with "character piece" this time.
I have to say it's vastly improved, however.
How do you change a dang diaper, you ask? Well, first get rid of that silly bunny and plop your changing mat up there. Wizard, remember? A little light reading material always comes in handy for potty duty. A few of my Dr. Seuss faves are ready and waiting.
Of course, having an actual baby up there might help too. Reese didn't bother to drop in for the photo shoot. She probably will appreciate the fact I didn't show her little poopy baby butt anyway.
Well, there you have it! A buffet-turned-changing-table that she'll be able to grow up with and enjoy for as long as she wants it.
One more look at before and after?
I think she'll be pleased.
Thanks for visiting!