The Christmas holidays are my favorite time of year. People are generally in good spirits and looking to spread holiday cheer. Wouldn’t it be great if somehow we could capture that energy all year-long?
We have family coming for Christmas this year and we are so excited. It’s the first time in at least five years we are staying home. We usually vacation over the holidays since it is the best time for my husband to travel with his work schedule. Last year we spent the week in New Orleans and had a great time.
We were scheduled to vacation in Panama City, FL this Christmas but we cancelled. My daughter made the 7th grade school basketball team and they practice over the holiday break. Can you believe I cancelled a trip to Florida because of 7th grade basketball??!! It’s not the WNBA! All in all I’m happy she is committed to her team. The fact that it’s about a 10 hour drive made it easy to cancel. I’m just not up for driving long distances this year.
We are looking forward to being great hosts to our family. It’s their first time visiting us in our new home.
On to the post..
Hosting guests has always been a great motivator for me to take on new projects. I had to purchase a dining room table so that we could enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I did away with my dining room in my old house. I decided to make the dining room an office since it was so small. Plus the table set was beginning to fall apart so I got rid of it. I did keep the buffet that went with the old table set because it was in excellent condition.
As a way to save money, I decided to stain the buffet to match the new table we bought. I had reservations about getting the buffet to be as dark as I would like but I carried on anyway.
It was a two-week process (because I was busy with other things) and it took at least 5 coats.
The buffet started out a light oak color.
Here are my supplies:
120 grit sandpaper
2 small cans of Miniwax Polyshades stain in honey (bought one as a tester, and needed another)
Plastic tarps for the floor
Prior to staining, I removed all knobs from the buffet.
I prefer an electric sander but could not locate it. It was still packed away in boxes.
I was a little lazy and did not empty out all of the drawers. I recommend emptying the drawers.
It took a total of five coats over a two week period.
As you can see, I am a big fan of the colors red and green. I’m not sure why that is, I just like them. No particular reason. They are great holiday colors, and go well with the décor in my dining room. I was also feeling “gold” this year. So I threw a few accents in there as well. There was no special accessorizing done here. It is my everyday color scheme.
A couple of months ago, this narrow room was empty with mismatch furniture being used as a free for all junk room. We are looking forward to sharing great conversation, lots of laughs, and scrumptious meals in this room around this table for many years to come. The buffet redo was less about DIY and more about preparing a place for fellowship.
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!
Peace and Blessings,