Quick Buffet Makeover

My mom gave me her old buffet table because she found a beautiful china cabinet and no longer had the space for it. I took all of the hardware and the doors off before I remembered to take a photo, oops. Here it is in it's nearly "before" state:

buffet, diy, table, green, paint

Obviously, it needed to be "chippy white" but it wasnt that simple. Is it ever? I tried to paint a leg with milk paint mixed with the bonding agent...

leg paint, milk paint, mistake, error, nope, no 


This could be because the paint was too thin, and therefore runny, but I didn't like the look of it or the coverage I was getting. 

My next idea was to sand down the green paint...

particle board, sand, sand paper, sander,

until I realized the whole thing was made of particle board, not wood. Uh-oh: bummer. 

I smoothed out the part I sanded to blend in with the rest of the piece after it was finished.

doors, drawers, sanded, fixed,

Back to the drawing board.

I purchased spray paint from Lowe's and spray painted the whole piece an off-white.

white spray paint, third time, project, DIY

It took multiple coats to cover all of the green, but it covered well and I couldn't even see my mistake on the door, so that was a plus.

door, paint, white, spray paint, finish

I really didn't like the "shiny" look of it, so after letting it dry for 24 hours I moved the table to our garage and repainted the whole thing with a thin coat of milk paint- (without the bonding agent) to give the buffet some texture, cracks, and character.

milk paint, finish, cracking, chippy paint

I found the knobs at hobby lobby for $1 each, so I replaced the old ones with these vintage-inspired ones.

finished, buffet, white chippy, paint, milk paint, sugar & succulents

I love how this turned out! Less than a weekend from start to finish. If I hadn't found two ways that didn't work first, I probably could have finished it off in one day.

sugar and succulents, finished project, milk paint, DIY

What do you think? Third time was a charm for me! If you have a similar piece to refinish, I hope you can learn from these mistakes to cut down on project time or get an even better end result!

Here are some of my other DIY projects, and here are some linkups with other great ideas!!



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