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Finally! Vintage painted buffet makeover

Well, I finally did it ! A painted buffet makeover! I am going to just apologize up front to the unpainted wood-lovers. I know I broke your heart.

To be perfectly honest, the top was trashed, as were the legs. It was going to take as much work to refinish it (if not more) and I wasn’t really sure I wanted the heavy wood in the kitchen.

Painting can be a great way to update and refresh a tired piece of furniture.

I used the gray paint I had left over from my cabinet makeover. And I have to say… I LOVE it! I am amazed at how it lightens our kitchen!

Here’s a peek at the before.

Vintage buffet in kitchen

And here is what it looks like now:

painted buffet in kitchen

It changes everything!

In fact, I can’t get over how it makes  the kitchen look bigger. I moved the island out of the way to take the picture and it looks huge!

Smaller and skinnier island is the next project on the list.

white kitchen with gray furniture

 Painting it actually made the intricate wood detail stand out more.

I love using furniture in our kitchen

I carefully put the vintage handles and knobs away for safe keeping and replaced them with some that were a little more modern.

stone handles

I found the stone handles at the Hob Lob. They have such great handles. They were 50% off too.

Painted buffet with new gold handles

The drawer pulls are from Anthro. I loved the handle combinations and the gold against the gray.

Kitchen with painted buffet in kitchen

Several coats of polyacrylic were added on the top to protect it. I would also really would love to have a piece of marble cut  for it. One day…

We have our little coffee station on one side that gets used several times through out the day, and the vintage bottle drying rack with our mugs.

Vintage mug rack coffee mug tree

I added some heirloom sunflowers in a vase too. I love that I can keep cutting them and they keep blooming.

heirloom sunflowers

I now wish I had painted it sooner!

Furniture in a kitchen can make great unconventional storage

Even though I love having the mirror above the buffet, but I really want to add some open shelving. I would love to have all of my baking materials right on hand, including my serving bowls. I think it would look really pretty as well and really update our kitchen.

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If you love painted furniture makeovers, you can read about how to make a new piece of furniture look old here.


    1. Thanks Stacey! I do miss the island only because I cook a lot. I wish I could leave it out though!

  1. I absolutely love this! I’m doing something similar- can you tell me what color paint and what kind you used?

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