Sunday, October 23, 2011


I found TWO of these lovely buffets on Kijiji here in Nova Scotia...for a whopping fifty dollars LUCKY am I!? These came from a retired lady's twenty-eight room house...("how the other half lives...?") to my little six room condo.

Here's a "before..." I snapped this one after I'd removed the on top and wooden on bottom...and the little drawer in the middle.

I scrubbed it well with TSP, then scrubbed it again with a mild dish soap solution, let it dry, then primed with Zinsser Bin Cover-a-Stain (the absolute BEST, imho). I used knock-off chalk paint...Martha Stewart Heavy Cream mixed in a blender with Calcium Carbonate...worked like a DREAM! It distresses beautifully, and although I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I need less expensive a retired old gal. Have a look right here at Sherry's No Minimalist Here for recipes 'n' such.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Louis Blue as accents, and to paint the inside of the buffet,then distressed it in various places, and protected it with ASCP Clear Wax and a wee smidgeon of ASCP Dark Wax.

Here are some "after" pics:

The white china on the bottom shelf...Wedgewood Oceanside...a gift from my Mum...long since departed this life...the tiny blue and white dessert plates at the top...bought in Paris many years ago...the pottery wine glasses in the middle...handmade here in Nova Scotia...

Isn't this lovely? I dry brushed a little ASCP Louis Blue over the white too...

I added these wooden accent pieces...good old Gorilla Glue to the rescue!

I updated the shiny brass existing hardware with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze paint...

End result...I LOVE it!! Once more...before...


Okay upcyclers, now I need your opinion!

What if you gave a party and nobody came???

Even though I've been doing upcycled furniture blogging for only a few months, I'm thoroughly enjoying it...and so I'm thinking of creating a linky upcycled furniture AND papercrafting party...what do you think? Paper crafting is another love of mine, and I have a blog right here about that. I know there are SO MANY linky parties in blogland you think there might be room for another? Would you come?

I Would be TICKLED PINK to hear your opinions.

The new party would launch with a giveaway for paper crafters AND upcyclers. Soooo...what do you think?

You know, I'm always SO THRILLED when you leave a's like a little present whenever I read something from you... HAVE been leaving comments...and I am so very grateful for each and every one...truly.
Ending with an Irish Blessing...for all of us...

"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going, and the insight to know when you're going too far."

Closing with a pic of fall in Nova Scotia, just down the road from where I live. Aaahhhh, life is so very good!

Wishing you a WONDERFUL week, doing the THINGS you love to do, with the PEOPLE you love as well.

Thanks so much to young Kelli and Kristi over at Lolly Jane for featuring my buffet as one of their most clicked links on their crafty party last week.

...and to Ms Cheri...

...and to Ms Tammy...


  1. Hi Deborah - first of all - I need you to come to BC and help me upcycle all the furniture I purchased prior to our move thinking I would wave a magic wand and get it all done....LOL! I would come to your party if you host one!
    p.s. I love how your corner unit turned out and glad to hear the pseudo-chalk paint works!

  2. That corner cabinet looks fabulous. You did an awesome upcycle job! And if you threw a party, I would come. Email me when you decide to start it and I will do a special mention when I link my blog. The Internet is a vast place so one more linky party is just more opportunity to share the joy. Returning the visit from

  3. Hi Deborah - great renewal of a very nice corner cabinet. I am putting together a post on bloggers who make their own chalk paint and I would like to add this post link to my post. I hope you don't mind.

  4. The corner cabinets came out great. As far as starting a linky party it is a lot of work. I just started one. I spent the night before "sleepless" thinking no one would come! But the night before and the day of my party I went to other parties and commenting on there great post and also would they post at mine? I felt they had the choice to come or not. My 1st party (last week) I got 55. Today's, 2nd party I have 27 so far. I expected all that came last week to come this week, so far hasn't happened and maybe they will. So I'm still learning about whether or not I want to continue. So here goes: Would love it if you linked to my party, Sunday's Best. Sharing is a good thing.

    I'm trying not to get "hooked" in to numbers, but that can be difficult. Also trying to decide what I want my blog to be, all about numbers, or all about members who really like my post, and not coming for a linky party? Don't know the answer yet?

  5. Nice cabinets! My home had them before I moved in - the owners took them! I was left with blank spots in the baseboard. Oh, well, maybe I can find some charmers like yours! Do they have those in Texas??? Not for what you paid, I'm afraid! Yea for you, though!

  6. That is so pretty! I'm looking for something very similar in size and shape!!! You made it really pop with your special touches!!! Very impressive!!! I'm your newest follower!!!

    Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

  7. That turned out gorgeous!!! Way to go!

    About the link party - I say go for it! I just started my link party a few weeks ago, and it grows slowly, but I know with patience it will continue to grow.

    Please let me know if and when you start yours!

    Angie @Knick of Time Interiors

  8. Wow, this looks fantastic! I totally agree, Annie Sloan is a miracle but so not in my budget! I love these alternative methods for chalk paint! Great job and good luck with your parties!

  9. Hi Deborah,

    I love your blog & would totally participate as much as possible if you hosted a linky!

  10. Love love love the transformation!!!! Nice work, girl :)

  11. Miss Deborah - that is just gorgeous!!! :) As you know, I just started my Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday party (THANKS for partying there!!) and it is a lot of work, but if you have the time, hey why not? I worried about the net getting flooded with them... and still do! Cuz my 2nd party had about half the particpants as the first one... We'll see what tomorrow brings! I'm opening it tonight and sure hope I see this awesome corner shelf at it!! :) I've heard of Kijiji... I wonder if that's more of a canadian thing??

  12. You really scored big on these! And your makeover is just perfect - great color choices and amount of distressing. No one can resist a linky party these days so if you're up for it, go for it!

  13. Hi Deborah,
    thank you so much for your lovely words! They were greatly appreciated.
    Your corner cabinet turned out gorgeous! Love the color too.

  14. The corner cabinet is lovely! Great makeover! You really scored a great deal too!

  15. Gorgeous!!!! Seriously gorgeous!!! I adore the layering you did on it! Great job! :)

    xoxo laurie

  16. That looks fantastic! I love the colors you chose.

  17. Oh, this is a lovely piece! Homemade chalkpaint is a brilliant thing, isn't it? I am an upcyclying addict and would definitely add your party to the places I visit each week!
    Please let me know, if and when you start your link party.
    Kim@Too Much Time

  18. Another great Makeover! I love the colors you chose for the piece!

  19. Oh this is gorgeous!! I would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  20. Oh, it turned out beautifully! I'm checking out the link you posted now, I've been looking to make my own version of chalk paint!

  21. The cabinet looks great! (although if I ever visit you I think I will decline any offers of milkshakes or use your blender to mix paint? That strikes me as being both totally genius and a little scary)

    I say goforit with the link party. Certainly no harm could come of it.


  22. GASP that is amazing and gorgeous!!!

  23. Thanks for visiting, the comments were much appreciated. Impressive transformation, love the blue and white together. I've also been wanting to try the ASCP, but it does't fit into my budget. I plan on trying the home made version soon.
    I would come to your party and I'm sure others would also.

  24. O I love it so pretty ...I've been wanting a corner hutch so badly.

  25. Beautiful job! You are very talented! :)

  26. I think you did a great job...I've never tried ASCP, but I have tried putting plaster of paris in my latex paint, and I haven't seen much of a difference. I've tried different combinations, it just gets grainer, but the distressing doesn't really change from the way latex alone distresses. I'll try calcium carbonate next.
    I'd definitely come to your link party...If I'm not already a follower of yours, I'll become one now so I'll be sure to catch the party! The picture of where you live is amazing!

  27. You did a lovely job on this! Great look. I like that you added wood accents. Gives me an idea!!!

    Thanks for stopping by Shadymont and leaving such a sweet comment!

    Please come again!

  28. What a lovely cabinet! I always love a good makeover--and this one is great! Thanks for stopping by my place...hope to see you again!

  29. Your cabinet is WONDERFUL!! I love the colors, and the contrasting paint on
    the drawer is lovely. I'll have to try the homemade chalk paint. I made some
    once from scratch~glue, whiting chalk, powdered pigment~it was a disaster!

  30. I really really love it! I didn't even think of using the blender for chalk paint.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! Piping is the easiest part of the entire chair (when it comes to sewing). It's sewing it to the cushion that is hard so try a chair that doesn't have a cushion to sew. :)

  31. you've gone and done it again! fabulous redo--the piece is just glowing now! bet you are, too!

    i'd love more furniture "upcycling" parties as i'm all crafted out now that my kids are a bit older, though i'll probably get back there soon.

    for me, the best way that i'm a guaranteed linker is if the blogger sends me an email reminder that day or the night before. i just LOVE all the help i can get!


  32. What a beautiful "gem" that turned out to be. Inginuity paid off with the paint-it is gorgeous. The price is off the wall cheap-- Have a great day.

  33. beautiful! those colors are awesome and love the finish!

  34. Nice combo of colors your restyle is fantastic!

  35. Absolutely gorgeous!! I would come to a party IF I could keep all of the parties straight. You do lovely work!

  36. Sooo pretty!! Love it! Thanx for stopping by and you are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful place!

  37. So beautiful! I love the color combination! Thanks for visiting and your kind comments! Your latest follower!

  38. This corner cabinet is beautiful! And thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my blog and leaving a wonderful comment about my bed slat art. I would love to join the linky party if you start one!

    The...Late, Young Family

  39. I love the cabinet now! You did an amazing job! I think another party is a great idea! It's just more inspiration! There are so many blogs and I'm always finding new ones through the links!

  40. The cabinet is so pretty! You did a lovely job!

    I am delighted that you linked to Potpourri Friday! Many thanks!

  41. beautiful! Love the touch of blue!

  42. I came, I drooled (china cabinet) I'm Following you now, Deb!

    Suzanne at WHYCUZICAN

  43. This'll be featured at our weekend party tonight. Thanks for linkin up, such a great transformation (:

    XOXO, Kelli & Kristi

  44. You’ve been featured. Check it out.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  45. It came out super charming- love the colors and finish~ thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  46. How pretty! Love the colours.

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  48. Awesome transformation!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

  49. A really beautiful transformation! Thank you for sharing it with us at TTF and have a happy November 1st!

  50. Wonderful makeover! Love that corner cabinet. Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

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