Naked Furniture & Hometalk is Awesome

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This buffet has been in my basement for about six months. I bought it from Craiglist, originally listed at $175–I paid $115.

Stripping furniture isn’t as hard as you might think. (A future “how-to strip furniture” post is coming soon). My grandpa would be SO excited…this is how he made his living–restoring furniture back to it’s original condition.

This past Sunday, I applied some stripping agent, and this is how far I got while watching Downton Abbey/Season 4/Episode 2 + one episode of Sherlock Holmes. So basically, two hours. I’m NOT going to say “no sweat” because this definitely replaced my workout for the night.

But I kinda like the results.  As I said in my earlier post…I’m craving bare wood. There is definitely a place for it and it breaks up the monotony of all painted furniture in my house.

I know, I’m a rebel.  Real wood…the horror.

Having ONLY painted furniture feels inauthentic. You know how do you feel when you wear makeup to bed a night? Sometimes you just want to wash your face, right? Well, I’m looking at my house…and I LOVE my painted furniture (don’t get me wrong…LOVE it).  But, natural wood can be beautiful. Not the orange-y builders-oak that was in my newly built house.

THIS oak is beautiful.

So it’s time to remove the veil and reveal some of the true beauty in your furniture pieces.

And you’re only one night away from it being amazing.

Wood, without makeup:

Sideboard barewood or paint

You don’t see naked furniture very often, do you?

Also, do you have any idea where this post will show up in search results if I use “stripping” and “naked” in the same post? Spammers beware.  I’m ready for you.


There is a very fun debate going on over at Hometalk….if you haven’t joined Hometalk already–you MUST join this site. It’s a very engaged group of people who are very INTO their furniture and home flips. Come on over and see what the fuss is all about. They’re just like us, and everyone offers an opinion on projects. If you are looking for a “what would you do?” type of crowd, this is the place to go.  And we are talking HONEST opinions.

And…you can weigh in on my question: “To PAINT? Or not to paint. THAT is the question”…



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A Practical DIY & Home Decor Blog With A Love for All Things Vintage.
I show you how to achieve a home that reflects your own personal style. I love expensive-looking items, but still honor my single Mom budget. I'm drawn to shiny objects...and love to decorate with vintage photos, art deco, vintage travel posters, subtle faux finishes, sports and rock memorabilia. Smart DIY projects that are fun, and give you confidence to say "hmmm...I can do that!"


  1. I saw that on Hometalk. There are some passionate furniture people on there :) I really like the naked wood look on that myself. Sort of reminds me of a Mediterranean piece now.

    • Ha ha I agree. It’s hard for me to bite my tongue sometimes because my family made their living out of stripping furniture down to bare wood and re-staining it. Never was it considered “ruined”…what was ruining this piece before I bought it was that it was collecting mildew in an old, outdoor shed. :) thanks for stopping by, Pam!

  2. Oh my goodness that piece is simply gorgeous! I actually spotted a similar piece at our local thrift store. I think it was under $100 so I guess I should have scooped it up. Too bad the beau is very strict on my ‘no more furniture’ policy!

    I think the piece would look beautiful in a dark Ebony stain or painted a bold color. I’m one of those who doesn’t mind painting a piece or staining it if it’s in good condition.

    • Trisha, thanks for the comments and for stopping by. I think I will end up staining it eventually or a high gloss paint. But I always enjoy my pieces in phases, so after I get tired of the plain wood, this piece will definitely transform (again). And any buffet less than $100 is worth it! I saw your post and it was beautiful, but next time, right?

  3. Shame to cover real wood……:)

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