I’ve developed a new addiction: faux bamboo furniture. But the problem with vintage faux bamboo is that it is usually pretty dated and dingy. I’ve painted a few pieces so far, and it’s always a struggle to get a smooth finish on it.
A few months ago, I found this faux bamboo buffet table at a thrift store and thought it would be perfect for the living room.
I have seen this exact buffet/dresser in shops around my house for $500 in “vintage condition” – meaning nothing was done to them. Some of them were still dusty and dirty! So I was pretty happy to find this one for $29! Obviously, it needed a little love, but I had visions of glossy black paint and brass drawer pulls before I even paid for it.
Since I recently came across this pin from Natty by Design about the perfect red paint, I also knew how to paint it without getting streaks. If you want to check out that post, click HERE. (or on the picture below).
I was planning on making it a future project, since I would be keeping it for myself, but then someone bought this one that I had in my living room when they came to purchase some end tables. He fell in love with it, and since I was planning on eventually selling it, I just said yes.
Since that one was now gone, I needed to get the other one painted faster than I was planning, so this week, I finally got to it. I used the same paint and procedure that Natty’s post recommended, using black instead of red. Completing it took a little longer than I thought since it has been so humid and rainy, and it took forever to dry. But here she is, finally, in all her glossy black glory!
Now that I look at this picture, I realize that everything in the picture has been thrifted or bought at a steep discount, except for a few of the books and the owl vase, which I bought at HomeGoods for $7, so it’s not like it was expensive to begin with. I love that each piece has a story or a memory attached to it, even if they aren’t my memories. I also love that the whole space didn’t cost me an arm and a leg.
Don’t you love the way the brass handles go with the lamps, and the base of my coffee table? I got all the paint off of the handles by boiling them in water and baking soda – so easy and cheap! I was going to polish them up with some Brasso, but I liked the patina with the black paint.
I usually have a fiddle leaf fig tree on the right, but I currently have it outside getting rained on – it needed a good soaking and as a bonus, it is getting the dust off too.
I’m not sure what I’m going to hang on the wall on the left side, but I have a few things in mind. I need to hang up the curtains that I bought months and months ago at Ikea, but I’m still debating on just how to do them. Not sure if I want to put a cornice/valence long the top, or just hang them on the sides by themselves.
This room has seen quite a few different looks in the two years we’ve been here, but I’m liking where it’s headed now.
Oh, and can you see the corner of that table? It’s the one I posted about on Facebook on Thursday. I ended up going turquoise/teal. I like how it picks up the blues and greens already in the room. I haven’t styled that yet. I’ll get there soon… Or it might get moved to the patio when it’s completed because I think the scale is off for the rest of the room (a little too big)
Want to see a few other faux bamboo updates I’ve done? Check these out:
So, that’s it for now. Hope you are having a great weekend.
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