Saturday, April 20, 2013


Forty four years ago, after our first year of marriage, my husband and I took 5 days of our 7 day vacation to refinish our first piece of furniture.  It was this buffet that was purchased at auction by my Mom in Pennsylvania for $35.00.  It was hard work to remove the old varnish outdoors on the driveway in the heat of Virginia.  I have been looking at it for several years and thinking it would look great white shabby chic.  It took me quite a while to get beyond remembering how much work it was to strip it the first time.  Sometimes though - you just have to MOVE FORWARD!  You just have to get your courage up:

We keep this buffet in an 8 foot alcove in our den.  
How do you like the new look?  My house is getting lighter and lighter with each piece.  I am so pleased.

I am going to be taking a springtime blogging break for a week or so but I just had to show ya'll this one more piece today. 

I am delighted with our new Vintage White buffet which is painted with Cece Caldwell's chalk paint.  Many pieces of golden oak furniture started out originally with dark varnish on them which is why we stripped this piece and applied polyurethane the first time in 1969.  This piece offered no problems of bleeding through with our chalk paint.
   I am very pleased with my husband's paint job.  I think I already told you I am the distress and wax person.


I have not talked about the troubles several of us bloggers have had lately.  A pirate blog that wanted to appear like a nice friendly place but had links to porn video ads, stole many posts from  this blog and that of friends: Ruth at Antiques and Teacups, (it was she who discovered the pirate blog) Judith at Lavender Cottage and they copied their blog name idea from Kathy at A Delightsome Life. (other bloggers who I did not recognize were also victims) For the last week and a half under Kathy's direction, Ruth and I worked to try to get our posts removed by submitting them on their required DMCA forms -over and over. I experienced some discouraging times but knew I just couldn't give up . Yesterday I got a chance to communicate by email with them where as before it was just filling out forms.  Finally, yesterday afternoon,  Google took the pirate blog down!  I can not express how happy I was.  Remember the photo of me when I won the apron made by Susan at "My Mother's Apron Strings"?  That photo of me was on the pirate blog along with dozens and dozens of others.  We are so glad this is over.

No "Friends Sharing Tea"  April 23rd or "Open House" April 26th.

Coming soon:  more Shabby Chic Pieces to be shared

I am linking this post to:  Rustic Restorations Weekend and Cottage Style Party


La Tea Dah said...

It is a white-out and I love it! The white buffet is just gorgeous! I have a dark, oak buffet/hutch that was my mother's. So far I have not been brave enough to paint it white, although I really want to! You are giving me a bit more courage. I have a ways to go but I love yours very much!

NanaDiana said...

Bernideen- That is a wonderful piece. I know what you mean. I have been thinking about painting a couple of pieces that I spent hours stripping and haven't had the heart to put brush to piece yet. Seeing this certainly gives me the push to do it!

I am so sorry that you have had to deal with the pirate crap. You just wonder what prompts idiots-er-people like that to do something so vulgar. AND they hide behind anonymity. It is sad! Glad you hung in there and they caught them- xo Diana

Michele said...

Thank GOODNESS Ruth was so observant, yuck isn't that so gross? And to think your picture was used, that just makes a person feel so violated, bleck!!!

On to nicer thoughts - love your gorgeous new look- that piece is STUNNING and the white is such an amazing backdrop to your RA OCR china collection/grouping - WOW!!

Hug your hubs and enjoy your time away, you shall be missed,


ceciliaencasa said...

I like antiques and shabby chic style. It is a beautiful antique piece. It's looks better in white.

It is a pleasure for me to visit your blog.

See you soon,


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your buffet is gorgeous, Bernideen! What lovely carvings on it. I'm so glad you did it. It showcases your OCR beautifully!

As for the pirating; so happy that is behind you now. It must have been one awful ordeal for all of you. Enjoy your spring break and we'll see you when you get back.


Sylvia said...

I love the new look! It is beautiful.
I am sorry for all your troubles with the pirate blog and am thankful you got it taken down, you may saved a lot of us bloggers from the same fate!

Unknown said...

It's so beautiful now! If I had my way everything in the house would be white lol - including all the floors!
Great job - and happy to hear the blog problem was solved

sweetbriardreams said...

That piece is just perfect! I love the clean, crispness to it, offset with your china. Such a great job!

I am so glad that you got that awful site sorted out. What is the matter with these people?! Just disgusting!

I hope you have a great break. Love Chel x

ellen b. said...

Oh my, so sorry about your troubles with that pirate blog. Yikes! Glad you got it sorted out.

janice15 said...

Bernideen it's just lovely as can be...I love the white and love the Old Rose china It look beautiful...very nice...Happy Weekend with love Janice

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Your white painted buffet turned out lovely. We have a lighter oak in our house and I do like it but I also like the white! I think I could paint over the dark sooner than the light! Once more beautiful dishes! Glad you got the blogger trouble maker taken care of! Nancy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Never mind the paint, that is a gorgeous piece of furniture Bernideen. I haven't been involved in the stripping of any of our antiques, hubby has always done it.
I heard from a friend that in our rural area many fine pieces were burned during the depression for people to keep warm.
I'm still lovin' all your makeovers.
Enjoy your break, and we can all be thankful that blog has been taken down.

My Cottage Diary said...

Bernideen, I have been sooo enjoying your makeover to shabby chic! You are really inspiring and I might just muster up the courage to paint a piece or two or three once it's warm enough to have open windows. I love your gorgeous header/banner, too! Thank you for persevering and getting that awful site removed. All of us with blogs are indebted to you. Enjoy your break! Bess

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Your buffet is so beautiful painted! A lot of work but well worth it! A beautiful showcase for all you lovely china! I will miss your posts this week but have a very restful week!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

This buffet is gorgeous and I love your collection of Royal Albert china.

Angela McRae said...

What a gorgeous piece! So admire all your work that went into this--and I needed that little boost about "courage" for something I have to do this week, so thanks!

Thanks as well for the alert about the bad apples in cyberspace!

Laurie said...

I love the white, and have an old piece that I'll be refinishing soon. I hope it turns out as beautiful as yours! Enjoy your break, see you again soon!

Karen said...

Oh Bernideen,
I love the new look! It is sooo beautiful! Your Old Country Rose China looks amazing with it. I know how scary it is to paint the wood but I think it truly looks amazing!

Do you think I should paint my kitchen cabinets at the Cottage? I think it would be an improvement.

Thank you for inspiring so many!
Take care,
Karen @ Cottage & Castle

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I also had some porn come up on my computer and then my laptop crashed. I am now working on my son's Computer. Do you think it could be related to your problems?
Poor you. I am reluctant to add my picture because of these weirdos!

I left you a comment to tell you I love the after buffet/hutch.

Shabby Chic is so wonderful!

Take care,
Karen @ Cottage & Castle

Marilyn Miller said...

The buffet is gorgeous! My husband would really kill me if I painted our oak furniture. Sorry about the pirate blog. Thanks for doing your part to get it taken down. I am amazed you caught it. I have wondered if any things from my blog have gotten commandeered. I have found a few things on pinterest, but it is mostly my patterns that I sell and I figure it is good advertising.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my Bernideen, another wonderful piece finished by you and your hubby. It looks fabulous! I didn't know about the terrible pirating ordeal. How awful! I'm so glad that it is finally over and you can move on. Have a blessed week. xo

The Tablescaper said...

It's wonderful that you and your husband are enjoying updating your home. We all need that from time to time.

I'm thrilled to hear of your victory over that copy cat blog!

- The Tablescaper

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Hi!!!! I'm glad with you visit here!!!

glad to know that you like to come here!!

Come ever!!

I am enchanted with so many beautiful things in this post

hugs and kisses

Lady Linda said...

Oh how pretty everything is! I'm so sorry you had to go through so much ugly stuff with your blog. How shameful.

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Bernideen, missing our tea time visit this week but popped in to wish you a lovely break. See you soon. Hugs.

Tammy said...

It is beautiful! Have a great spring break! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Tammy said...

It is lovely! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It's beautiful!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
what a luck, google took this pirate blog down. Its a shame that people do such things. Your buffet looks great. I wish you a pleasent and successfull time during your blogging break.
Best greetings, Johanna

Ann said...

Wow! What a difference the white makes on your buffet. It's gorgeous and looks wonderful in your space with your tea set.

parTea lady said...

Your buffet looks wonderful in white. The china is set off perfectly by the white background -lovely.

Plumfield House Gardens said...

You are so brave to paint your Oak!I am slowly going white, and your right "move on", yours is beautiful and inspiring!