Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
A few weeks ago (I’m not really sure when exactly — I’m completely losing track of time lately), I decided that I wanted to keep an eye out for either an antique or a vintage buffet to use in my entryway. This was about two weeks before I started contemplating the possibility of turning my front living room into a dining room, but I just knew that a buffet would be beautiful in that spot. My entryway is so large and can appear pretty cavernous, so I decided I wanted a pretty substantial piece of furniture to go on the entryway wall.
So I started searching Craigslist every day, but of course, nothing good ever became available. Finding things actually worthwhile on Waco’s Craigslist is a rare occurrence, at least for me.
About a week after I started my search, my step-sister Cathi texted some photos to our family group text to see if any of us were interested in some furniture she needed out of her house. Their house is currently on the market. They’ve bought a new house and will be getting new furniture for it, so some of their current furniture items won’t have a home in the new house. Among the items needing a new home was this buffet.
I kid you not, this is exactly what I had in mind for this spot in my entryway! I was open to either a vintage or antique buffet, but truth be told, I’m very partial to this vintage style. This one is made by Bassett, and my best guess is that it’s from the 60’s or 70’s. It originally belonged to my step-father’s parents.
So that’s the only piece I had originally intended to get from her. But then a couple of weeks later is when I decided that I definitely wanted to turn my front living room into a dining room, and it just so happened that Cathi also needed to get rid of this dining table.
This table belonged to my step-father’s late wife’s parents, so it’s probably several decades old at least, but I can’t find any information on it.
The table will need to be refinished because the top has some worn places on it, so I’m not really sure what I’ll do with it exactly. I do love the wood grain on the top, and I think it would be beautiful stripped and re-stained. But I was surprised to learn that the bases on the table are actually made of metal. They currently have the original factory finish on them, which is a faux finish to look like wood to match the top. It matches incredibly well, but it’s chipped off on many areas from age and wear, so it’ll need to be refinished as well. I really don’t want to go to the trouble of redoing the faux finish on them, so the bases will just be painted.
I love that it came with a leaf, so it’ll seat eight people comfortably. I’ll probably keep the leaf in it all the time since I have the room for it (once the sofa is moved out of the room, obviously).
And the leaf has some beautiful wood grain on it as well.
So that was my weekend adventure! I borrowed my sister Cathy’s truck, rented an enclosed U-Haul trailer for $42, and my brother Rod and I headed up to Dallas to pick up these treasures from Cathi. (Yes, I have a step-sister named Cathi, and a sister named Cathy. It can get a bit confusing. 🙂 )
Now that I see these pieces in place in my home, I’m getting really excited about working on my new dining room. My father-in-law got here on Friday night, and starting today, we’ll be working on getting all of the ceilings re-drywalled in the house. So at least there will be some progress in the entryway and dining room in the next two week, but I won’t really be able to start on decorating the room and refinishing the table until after the hallway bathroom is completely finished, and the condo is finished and on the market. Those things are my priorities as soon as my father-in-law leaves. Until then, I’ll just be dreaming about the possibilities, and probably spending all of my spare time on Pinterest and Houzz. 🙂
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