Eleonora’s beautiful buffet gets converted into my entertainment center!

Nov 29 2015
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This post is actually not about the Grandma I talk about so much  (the wonderful lady who inspired this blog, who lived in this beautiful old farm house before her passing a few years ago) No, this post is about a different, my dad’s mom Eleonora. When she passed they gave us grand kids full run of her house with the notion that we needed to take whatever we wanted to remember her and grandpa by. To say the least, none of us really wanted to do anything let alone go through Grandma’s far too quiet house. But, of course, we did, and we’re all glad that we did. I chose this gorgeous old buffet with the stunning little claw feet and the amazing mirror with only an inkling that it may be my entertainment center some day. It was missing knobs and one of the feet was danging by a screw and an old fix made long ago, it was also in pretty rough shape all in all. It needed love, it needed me.

My Grandma Eleonora's beautiful buffet gets refinished to become our entertainment center, furniture before and after @GrandmasHousDIY

I refinished this old beauty at the same time that I did this one: The Ancient dresser from nowhere. Side by side I went from one to the other, sanding my arms off. Since then I have seen many other alternatives to removing the old, sludge-like finish on these ancient pieces, I have also been yelled at for removing it at all. But, the truth is, after so many years with the old coats of stuff on them, these pieces really get just totally covered up with grime. Once I started to see the grain on this one I got really excited and knew I was on the right track!

My Grandma Eleonora's beautiful buffet gets refinished to become our entertainment center, furniture before and after @GrandmasHousDIY

I chose a black stain that turned out a lot less black then I had thought it would be, later I realized I had chose a gel stain that had settled to the bottom and had been using a brush where I should have been using a rag. However, I am very happy with how this piece turned out. I used a satin poly on it so it would shimmer instead of shine.

My Grandma Eleonora's beautiful buffet gets refinished to become our entertainment center, furniture before and after @GrandmasHousDIY

My Grandma Eleonora's beautiful buffet gets refinished to become our entertainment center, furniture before and after @GrandmasHousDIY


Then, for the first time since I refinished this pretty old thing I got to the put the mirror back on it! I did a little dance, I really did! So, the old velvet lined, divided drawer, made just for silver, now holds my wii remotes and console controllers and remote controls and if that’s not a direct example of how one generation has changed to the next I don’t know what was. This old buffet was up in my Grandma’s attic, almost totally covered up, I love that she’s out now as my entertainment center for everyone to admire when they come into my home. The other two finds I got from my Grandma Eleonora are the rocking chair I upholstered and the white leather tufted hassock that you’ve probably heard me mention before. I see and use all three of them every day and every day I remember her.

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Meg
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I LOVE how you have refinished your family pieces to make them look just as beautiful as they did 100 years ago! I love seeing that beautiful grain shine through. I have to refinish some of our old wood family pieces and I don’t really know where to begin! I’ll have to check out some of your other refinishing posts for pointers 🙂

Jamie Levanowitz
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The story is as beautiful as the buffet. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nige
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Fab job you are so talented Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

Jennifer
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It’s beautiful. Satin poly is always a finish I prefer. Subtle and rich looking. Thanks for sharing with us on Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.
Cheers,
Jennifer
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Mary-the boondocks blog
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What a beautiful job you have done Tarah. In this case, you have restored the actual piece and made the grain shine through. I am hosting a new link party Sweet Inspiration and would love to have you join us. It runs Friday till Tuesday.

Marie, The Interior Frugalista
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Wow, you did a beautiful job restoring your grandmother’s buffet!

Diana Petrillo
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What a beautiful piece, Tarah–you really restored it to its former glory–nice work! Thanks for linking your project up with Vintage Charm 🙂

Olivia @Reinvented Collection
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This is such a beautiful piece of furniture! I completely understand the grandma connection. I miss mine everyday.

Thank you for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

Olivia
Reinvented Collection

Melanie
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I have a piece almost the exact same as this (except different feet and the one long drawer is below the doors) that I’m planning on making my entertainment center! It’s been sitting in my garage for almost a year now 🙂 Did you do any modifications to this buffet to allow the wires to come in and out? Would love to know more of your process! And thanks so much for linking up to Fridays Furniture Fix!

Debrashoppeno5
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Grandmother’s buffet is so beautiful. I am glad you restored it to its original beauty.

Angie @ ambient wares
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Wow! I would love a piece like this. It’s beautiful and that grain is unbelievable. You’ve restored the beauty of it perfectly

Mimi
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Tarah, I love how you respect the integrity of these beautiful pieces. Another gorgeous save! Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Mimi xxx

Katrin
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It’s a gorgeous buffet, I actually love that you kept it natural and didn’t paint it in any colour, it looks so classy! Lovely story, I wish I had something from my Grandma still…

Helen Fern
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Wow!! Just beautiful! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party.

SallyAnn
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Hi Tarah, You did a fantastic job on the refinishing! I love how you use it for an entertainment center, and that you think about your Grandma every time you see it. That is what keeps our loved ones who have passed with us always, our memories. We have been looking for something old and wonderful to use for an entertainment center also. I’m inspired by yours and will be looking for something like that. Is that wood oak? The wood looks similar to an old oak dresser that I have from my childhood. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Have… Read more »
Julie Briggs
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That’s a beautiful piece, and you did a great job restoring it. Thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

Cathy Lawdanski
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Nice job, Tarah! The wood is just beautiful. Thanks you for sharing with #overthemoon!

Elaine Matthews
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What a beautiful piece of furniture!! Well done! 🙂 Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday! Pinned!

Vashti Q
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Hello Tarah! Wow! You did a great job restoring this lovely piece of furniture and it’s a great memento of your grandma! <3

Jess
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What a neat idea!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Sherry
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It’s beautiful. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

ashleigh
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Thanks for sharing this post on Peace, Love, Linkup! Grab a button and we’ll see you tomorrow at 6 for more sharing fun! : )

Sandra Garth
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Everything you do turns out amazing! Thanks for sharing your links with us at Celebrate Your Story. Have a wonderful holiday!

Frugal Hausfrau
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I think you did a greatjob! While there are some antiques that shouldn’t be touched because they’re of great value, or from a famous maker, I don’t think you could have gone wrong, here! I be your Grandma would have been proud!

Thanks for sharing this at Throwback Thursday this week.

Mollie

Christine
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You did a beautiful job, it looks like it can last another 30 years now.! Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link party. Have a great week.

Maria
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What a great way to keep your grandparent’s memory alive by having their furniture, refinished, used, and be housed in your home. My husband has a few pieces from his grandfather’s house as well and, as a family, we cherish these pieces and always find ways to use and reuse them. Thank you so much for sharing your story and this DIY with us on #shinebloghop!

Theresa
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It turned out so lovely! Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight party. See you again soon. Shared.

Claire
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What a lovely project! You keep giving me so much inspiration! #bloggybrunch

melissa
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What a beautiful piece ! Thank you so much for joining the Family Joy Link Up this week. We hope you will come back again next week. Have a great week!
Melissa

Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
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Hi Tarah!

Stopping in to thank you for sharing at Homemade and Handcrafted! This wonderful makeover is featured this week and I hope you’ll stop over to share more.
Have a great week~

Pam
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This turned out great! I’m going to be redoing my first piece of furniture soon and I can’t wait to see how it goes!

Brenda Young
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So nice to have so many family heirlooms to bring back to life and enjoy, and I do love a great refinish job with great grain, just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your project at Fridays Furniture Fix, love having you!

Leanna
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Its wonderful how you take the time to relate the history of the pieces you have, its nice to read stories about your grandmothers.

You did a great job of refinishing this, it would have been such a waste to cover up the tiger wood stripes. Beautifully done.

Debrashoppeno5
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You have so many beautiful pieces of furniture. I really love this piece. You did a beautiful job.

Amber Harrop
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You did a fantastic job of renovating it to its former glory Tarahlynn – it looks amazing

Lina
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It’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Sew It Cook It Craft It!

Jerralea
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Beautiful! Much nicer than what you could buy! Love it!

Lisa (mummascribbles)
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This looks wonderful. It’s so great that you have made a memory piece into a contemporary piece that is useful. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

Iris Nacole
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