Monday, July 13, 2015

Client Project: Restored Vintage Buffet in Red Lacquer

Danielle and I are so pleased to reveal our first client project together as Bloom. Restorations! This project is special to us both in so many ways, not only because it is our first collaboration as a team but also because the project involved using tools and techniques that we had never used before. This was such a great learning experience and we are so excited to share it with you all!

We are loving high-gloss finishes right now, and anything that offers a bold pop of color is especially fun. So when a client approached Bloom. to restore her mid-century buffet in a bright, red lacquer we were more than excited to get started. Our client had purchased the buffet locally and it was in quite a state. It needed a few repairs and the solid brass hardware was in desperate need of a polish. Here are some befores:






The buffet included an attached hutch, which the client did not wish to incorporate into the finished piece. We easily removed the hutch and filled in the old screw holes with wood filler. The entire piece was given a good sanding and cleaned thoroughly to remove dust and buildup. The original, solid brass hardware was cleaned and polished using a cool, DIY method that you can learn more about here. Once the hardware was polished, it was sealed with a clear coat of spray enamel.

As mentioned earlier, our client wished to have the piece refinished in a shiny, red lacquer, which we absolutely love! To ensure an even, shiny finish, we decided to apply the lacquer using a compressor-powered, HVLP paint sprayer. This was our first experience with paint spraying and the process involved a lot of trial and error. There were some very interesting bumps in the road, but thankfully, we were working with a very patient client, and after what felt like a never-ending journey, the project was finished. The results are nothing short of stunning elegance.

After delivering and installing the piece into the client's home, we were lucky enough to be allowed to photograph the buffet in it's new resting spot. Let's take a look!













We love everything about this room from the beautiful vintage dining table, to the gorgeously unique chandelier. And now that a custom painted Bloom. piece has been added, we couldn't love it any more!

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today!

-Shannon & Danielle

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Roseann Mandarino said...

Love this beautifully restored piece. It's dramatic and subtle at the same time. The color is perfect!

Michael Burkey said...

I got to see the process from beginning to end and Shannon worked meticulously to transform that piece into the eye-catcher it is. It would definitely be the focal point of any room it resided. On a less serious note, the finish looks like Coco Chanel had it dipped in sweet bright red hard candy and I want to take a bite! I am so proud of my Shannon. This has been a dream of hers for years and now, with Danielle, Bloom. is up and running and I predict the future will bring a garden of elegantly restored furniture!