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1970’s Drab to 2013 Fab!

1970’s Drab to 2013 Fab!

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | March 26, 2013 | 15 Comments »

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, updating our dining room, and I’m so excited to share with you my buffet makeover – turning a drab 1970’s buffet into 2013 fab!

Drab To Fab Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Buffet Makeover - OPC The Better Half

Have you been following along on my dining room redesign? Let me catch you up…

First, we sold all our furniture, and we painted using Ben Moore Green Cast. Its made a HUGE difference in brightening up the room and giving it some style. It was bare for a while, and I was a little freaked, having seller’s remorse. I mean, who sells beautiful, near new condition furniture? This girl!

dining room progression - OPC The Better Half

Next, we brought in a secretary desk from Ethan’s uncle – it’s so beautiful and really opens up the room since it is so much smaller than the previous furniture.

Secretary - OPC The Better Half

It came to us with a pretty worn out knob, so I repurposed a little knob from a decorative rack from Pier 1 that just so happened to fit perfectly.

Glass Knob - OPC The Better Half

But, since the secretary desk is so petite, the room felt kinda empty, so I went on the hunt for a buffet.

Before: The Ugly 1970’s Buffet

Ethan and I love Second Chance Baltimore! Much like the Habitat ReStore, Second Chance takes apart buildings that would be demolished, reclaims wood, furniture, home fixings, the works! Then, they sell everything that is reclaimed to the public at a discount. Not only does this save great materials from the landfill but also creates jobs for men and women coming out of the prison system…hence, Second Chance.

In my search, I started at Second Chance – the selection is far larger than Goodwill and quicker than Craigslist. At first, I didn’t even see this buffet and then once I did, I dismissed it because it was so 1970’s. But after phoning a friend to give me some courage that I wasn’t making a huge mistake, I bought the buffet for $90.

I was a bit worried it wasn’t going to fit in the car, but after putting the empty car seats in the front seat and with the help of a couple strong guys, it fit with several inches to spare in my RAV4.

It looked great in the room, especially once I put up my plastic plate wall!

Plastic Plate Wall - OPC The Better Half


 ASCP Buffet Makeover

I’ve been doing a lot with chalk paint recently, with Lucy’s new daybed and a vase in the dining room with homemade chalk paint. I was excited to use a fresh can of ASCP Old White for the buffet, in hopes to lose a bit of that 70’s charm.

I opted to lightly brush the detailing on the door to preserve some of the dark color. What do you think?

OPC The Better Half

After two good coats, I busted out the Annie Sloan Soft Wax.

Annie Sloan Soft Wax - OPC The Better Half

This stuff is worth the cost for sure, but boy does it stink! Of course, I was determined to wax on the one day of the year we got serious snow. LOL. So I got a space heater running and put a fan in the window in hopes to not kill too many brain cells in the process!

OPC The Better Half

An hour or so after brushing on the wax, I buffed my buffet. (haha, get it?)






Annie Sloan Buffet Makeover

And one final, side-by-side…which do you prefer?

BuffetBeforeAfter - OPC The Better Half

What do you think? How do you like the detailing on the doors?

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15 Responses to 1970’s Drab to 2013 Fab!

  • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired responds...
    March 26th, 2013 7:12 am

    Love this!! The new finish and the plates are gorgeous! I feel like its straight out of Anthropologie! Awesome job!! :D


  • Mary Sue Paulis responds...
    March 26th, 2013 7:52 am

    Great makeover. A really good way to use an old piece of furniture and make it more modern!


  • Jessica @ Mom 4 Real responds...
    March 26th, 2013 8:21 am

    Wow! Looks absolutely amazing…I so need this for my home!


  • Christine @ DecorumDIYer responds...
    March 26th, 2013 8:48 am

    It looks lovely! As you know, I love to share Craigslist goodies on my facebook page. I always share these types of 1970’s items because they look so dark good when painted. The intricate carvings/reliefs just look amazing with a little paint and some wax. Great job, Jocie! (That said, you windows are just begging for some coral colored curtains. ;) )


  • Christine @ DecorumDIYer responds...
    March 26th, 2013 8:48 am

    Sorry, ‘your’ windows. (Typing with the little one in my lap, again.)


  • Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun responds...
    March 26th, 2013 9:53 am

    This looks so amazing. I love how you let the dark wood show through. I had no idea Second Chance existed. I just knew of ReStore. Great job.


  • Jessi @ Practically Functional responds...
    March 26th, 2013 2:03 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the details!


  • Vanessa responds...
    March 26th, 2013 2:06 pm

    I’m just loving your room so so much! Great job!


  • Ann responds...
    March 26th, 2013 8:35 pm

    I wish I had room in my dining room for a buffet. Yours is awesome!


  • Jacque responds...
    March 26th, 2013 9:12 pm

    I wondered if you were going to refinish the sideboard, it’s beautiful!!!


  • Gwen responds...
    March 26th, 2013 10:05 pm

    Holy moly… it’s so amazeballs!


  • poiboybf responds...
    March 27th, 2013 6:42 pm

    Looks great! Hard to believe it’s the same piece!


  • trebor responds...
    March 28th, 2013 10:55 pm

    The detailing looks amazing!! I love the contrast it gives


  • Melamine Plate Wall | little duplex on the prairie responds...
    May 14th, 2013 10:13 am

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  • mom2kaelyn responds...
    July 1st, 2013 11:43 am

    Such a cheerful room. The detailing on the buffet is gorgeous.


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