How to Transform a Dirty, Dingy, Vintage Buffet

6 Materials
4 Hours

You will not believe how easily you can transform a dirty, dingy piece of vintage furniture. With a little paint and some sanding you can completely bring back to like any piece of furniture.

Finding the Perfect Piece

I have been searching for the perfect piece of furniture for one of my Living Room walls for quite sometime. I knew I wanted something that would provide storage, was old and cheap! Not too tall of an order right?

Well... at $20 this turned out to be the prefect piece! I found it at a "store closing" sale along with some amazing other vintage pieces. ( see them all here!)

Fixing the Damage

There was quite a bit of damage to the piece but the shape and storage potential instantly drew me to it.

To fix the damage I began by sanding down the top. The top was veneer but I was able to carefully sand the top coat of stain off without damaging it.

Once the top was free of the stain and clear coat, I left it as it and just re-nourished it with two coats of Hemp Oil.

Fixing the Missing Bits

Luckily, most of the missing trim that had simply become unglued, was in the large drawer. With a little wood glue, I was able to easily reattach it.

There were a few spots that I didn't have the trim for so I just let them as is. I don't mind a little missing trim... it just makes the piece feel like it has a history to me and has been well used and loved.

Painting the Buffet

To paint the outside of the buffet, I gave it a good scrub (inside and out) and then several coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Plaster. Plaster is a gorgeous creamy neutral that goes with any space!

Painting a Pop of Colour

To give the buffet a little surprise on the inside, I made a custom mix of blue.

The $20 Buffet

I can't believe just how much this piece was transformed with just a little sanding and some paint! It was well worth the whopping $20 it cost me to purchase it. Now... just wait until you see what I did with the inside of the large drawer... it is something I will cherish forever!

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1 question
  • Janis
    on Aug 19, 2020

    How would you make a new top for a cupboard like this to be like a butcher block top i want one exactly like yours but 2 tweaks i want the butcher block top and red inside to go into my farm house kitchen white cupboards and red accents

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  • Chi23664566
    on Aug 21, 2020

    I will if I can find a piece of old furniture similar to the one above

    • Recreated Designs
      on Aug 24, 2020

      Thankfully pieces like this were pretty mass produced so depending on where you live, you can usually find them fairly easily. Best of luck!

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