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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Dining Room Buffet


I am sure most would use this as a dresser.  When I looked at it, I saw a buffet for our dining room.  There used to be an antique store I would frequent often, they have since closed, but I loved going there 3 days a week on my lunch.  I came to be friends with the lady's who ran the shop and there was a constant influx of new digs every day.  I was afraid I would miss out on something if I was not there.  

The shop owner told me the drawers were burled maple.  I really do love this look.  

She indicated that the piece was from the late 1800's.  

She also indicated the drawers on top were meant to house women's gloves.  Women would come home from being out and would place their gloves inside of these drawers.  

This is a rather simple piece, but I found the beauty in it when I saw it and knew the perfect place for it.  

The detail along the sides remind me of acanthus leaves.  

When I first brought this piece home, I oiled it up with Old English.  If you have not used this before, I highly recommend it, it will bring the deep, rich color back to your pieces.  I use it on all of my wood furniture.  The inside also had kind of a musty smell to it that comes with some aged pieces.  I put cedar balls inside of the drawers and the odor is no longer there.  
The mirror came from a church charity shop, purchased for $3.00.  It was gold, but I painted it white and then added some bronze rub-n-buff to it to give it a different look.  The wrought iron pieces on the side of the mirror came from Hobby Lobby, $4.99 a piece.  Each scroll has a bird sitting on the end.  Birds remind me of my grandfather.  He was a bird watcher and it makes me smile when I see birds throughout our home and I think of him.   

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