If you were on Twitter on Friday afternoon, you might have noticed that I was in full SQUEE over a buffet I had found on Craigslist. It was gorgeous, with beautiful original hardware and accents that match the general time period our house was built. I had to have this piece for our dining room — even if it ended up being nearly 45 (x2) minutes further away than I told Neil it would be. Surprise road trip!
Until now, we’d been using two re-purposed bookshelves from our old study to house my obscenely large cookbook collection and a few decor items. It was never a permenant solution. The bookshelves were a cheap pick-up for my first apartment from Target. Great for a first post-college apartment, not so much for a big dining room in our first house.
The previous owner used the buffet to store clothes, so it is in great shape inside and out:
It also has gorgeous original hardware that we we’re going to leave as is. Some things are just better kept original and the hardware is almost an exact match to a piece my grandma had in her house.
Although the overall condition of the buffet is great, I went ahead and gave it a good massage with furniture oil. I also vacuumed it out completely and made sure there were no spiders anywhere (there were unfortunately — eek). I then filled it with my precious cookbooks and put a momentos on top. I’d like to take more time to formulate what we’ll display in the long run, but for the time being I just want it to look a little less like a random piece of furniture placed in our dining room.
With the buffet purchased, we’re now eyeing our kitchen table from Neil’s first house for replacement. Do you have suggestions on a style we should be looking for? The real challenge with investing in older pieces seems to be blending them to complement one another. While we definitely want to pay homage to the time period in which the house was built, we also want a few pieces with the clean, modern lines we like in say a mid-century modern or danish piece. The hunt is exciting, but the pressure of finding the right piece is definitely daunting!
It is our hope that we’re able to find some nice older pieces for the house over the next few months and years. Not only do they add character to the decor, but rehabbing old furniture is a love of mine and a great way to “go green” with decorating. The quality is also a lot better for the overall price. An all-around win in our book.
What is your favorite piece of furniture in your house? Where did you find it?
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