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Upcycled buffet with chevron-design drawer liners

Junior Contributor
Junior Contributor

This buffet rescued from landfill was given a new look with fresh paint, varnish and drawer liners made from chevron wallpaper.



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The project


I found this buffet on the side of the road dumped and a little worse for wear. I believed it had good bones though and when I got it cleaned up, it proved me right.


I cleaned, sanded, painted and sealed with a gloss. I also lined the drawers with a chevron-pattern wallpaper available at Bunnings.




I applied stain on the top and then three coats of spray gloss. The first couple of times I used the spray gloss, I didn't let it dry in-between coats long enough. I only waited an hour instead of at least six hours and then let it cure for over 24 hours. Believe me, it makes a huge difference!


I used British Paints Paint and Prime. It's got great coverage as a primer and provides a smooth, quality finish. I usually do three coats or two coats and a touch up. It's water-based so easy to clean up and comes in a flat, satin or gloss finish. My brush technique still needs work but I saved this piece from landfill and now it will be used and loved.


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Before and after


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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.


More upcycling projects 


Workshop member DanaR also upcycled this buffet with a Hamptons look.




By lightly distressing fresh paint and adding vintage handles, prettyliving completely changed the look of this buffet.




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