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Buffet makeover

Amassing an Audience
Amassing an Audience

Lightly distressed paint and vintage handles completely changed the look of this buffet.





The project

I started by sanding the entire buffet inside and out. I used my cordless Ryobi for the majority of it and then did the corners and grooves by hand.



After sanding I gave it a really good wipe down to remove all the sanding dust (it was everywhere!) to prep it for painting. 

I used a Cabot's exterior water-based paint that I had tinted in Lexicon. The reason I chose this paint is because it is self-priming and really great value for money. I applied three coats, allowing a few hours in-between coats. 


Once the paint was dry I used a scissors blade to lightly distress it along some of the corners and edges to give it a bit of character. I then sealed it all with two coats of Cabot's water-based varnish in a satin finish.



We found beautiful handles at a local vintage store and she was done.


Before and after






How to upcycle with paint


Painting is a quick, easy and affordable way to upcycle furniture. Learn how with this guide: How to upcycle almost anything with paint.


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With fresh paint and new handles, craftyhopper was able to give this buffet a stylish new look.




Bunnings Workshop member DanaR saved a kerbside find from landfill by sanding, painting and varnishing this buffet and lining the drawers with chevron wallpaper from Bunnings.




Becoming a Leader

These look lovely.  I love it when people choose to upcycle rather than toss or buy NEW... I've completed a few like that over the years.  Funny for the 1st time in my life I have matching furniture because I've upcycled most of what I have.


I still have a few items left but I've been in lock down for months and can't get tradesmen into to do plumbing and electrical work in other parts of the house.  So have been working in the gardens before the summer sneaks up on me.    


Keep up the great work.


This Old gal.

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