Why hello there ole blog that I’ve done nothing with for 3 years! To say that renovating a 4,000 sqft house which we are mostly DIY renovating, oh, while also having busy careers and two, even busier, little boys has been overwhelming is quite the understatement.
So here we are, with a handful of projects completed, and I’m going to start sharing more specifics on this blog… mostly because it will be more efficient than answer Instagram DMs.
On to the buffet makeover…
This mother fucking buffet was the bane of my existence for that first month or two of renos. I have to laugh because I am a working professional photographer YET I did NOT do proper before photos and mostly documented via my iPhone. Aren’t I relatable?!
This buffet is one of the most used, favorite features in our homes. Birthdays, holidays, get togethers
Our seller sent us these photos of what the buffet looked like when they bought the house in 1986:
Welp… when we saw the house the buffet has a faux finish marble top with glass on top. The original walnut veneer had been painted on and the original surface of the buffet was the same 1×2″ tile that still exists in the entry way and in front of the buffet, which we LOVE and is STILL available today.
We spent way too many hours and breathed in too many fumes stripping the buffet in the dining room… a lot of beer was consumed during this phase.
The light at the end of the tunnel was when we full stripped and stained all the veneer bringing it back to its original glory…
Then the fun part! The counter and new knobs! We chose a solid surface counter for the buffet mainly because of the affordability of it. Spoiler alert: renovating the entirety of a 4k sqft home is not cheap! Details on counter below. We love this feature in the dining room, especially for holidays and parties.