Farmhouse Makeover for a Buffet/Console

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If you are someone whole loves farmhouse style decor, but don't want to buy new furniture, here's a way to give a farmhouse look to any type of buffet, console, or anything with cabinets.

I had originally put mirrors in the doors, but both ended up breaking so I wanted something more sturdy for a house with kids.

If your furniture already had regular cupboards, you can skip this part. If it's not a flat surface and you want to replace the door, inspect your furniture and figure out how to remove the middle of the door. Some will just pop right out, others may need a saw.

I picked up some hardboard from Lowe's and had them cut it down to the sizes I needed. The boards start out as 4'x8' so you can get a lot of pieces out of it, so plan ahead for any projects you could use this for. A great way to use it is to make a chalkboard, which you can see a tutorial for here:

To attach the hardboard, you can use mirror clips. Just drill a hole, then screw into place. I used 6 clips for each board.

Cut 1x2s to fit the diagonal. Sand and glue into place with Liquid Nails, Gorilla Glue, or anything similar.

Measure, cut and sand 2 more pieces to make an "X" shape.

Remove hardware and sand the entire thing. Apply 1-2 coats of primer, depending on how dark the furniture is. Use a paint brush to put paint on, then fell smooth with a 5" foam roller.

If you are using chalk paint, you can skip the sanding and priming. Here's an inexpensive and easy DIY chalk paint recipe to turn any paint into chalk paint:

Apply 2-3 coats of paint using the paint brush and 5" foam roller. This color is "Creamy" by Sherwin Williams in satin.

You can either distress using sandpaper on the corners and edges or use 2-3 protective coats using the product of your choice. Because it's easy, I used Rust-oleum Stain Clean Enamel on this.

Reattach hardware. If you'd like some tips on easy ways to spray paint hardware click here:

For more detail on painting technique and applying the extra wood, plus more pictures of each step, visit
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  • Mary jane Mary jane on Apr 05, 2017
    Did you cut in the over lapping cross bar to size or just laid it on top of the other piece? Very nice job.

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  • Pinkystarfish Pinkystarfish on Sep 01, 2018

    Looks great! The hardware kind of reminds me of the rings on a horse bit. Very cool and speaks to the farm look!

  • Jill Kelly Jill Kelly on Oct 07, 2018

    What a great makeover you gave this piece! I love to see the transformation of old, beat up, "time for Goodwill" furniture into fabulous, show stopping, repurposed pieces. A lot of times the piece ends of looking better than it did new! I give you ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐! Thanks for sharing!