Trash to Treasure {Buffet}

You may remember we scooped this buffet up from a yard sale a few weeks ago.  We got a great deal on it and I was excited to refinish it.

buffet beforeWell here it is now…

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Don’t mind the dolly it’s on and the fact that it’s outside…I’ll take some photos to share once it’s all set up in the dining room.

Here’s what I did to achieve this look…

First, I used my power sander to sand the top.  You have to make sure to sand down to the original wood if you plan on using stain, paint is a little more forgiving and you don’t have to sand as much.


After you finish sanding be sure to remove all the sawdust from the piece using tack cloth.  I also use compressed air to be sure to get the dust out of all the cracks and crevices.

After taping off areas you are not staining, you can apply your stain.  You can either brush it on or use a cloth to apply and then wipe the stain.  Be sure to go in the direction of the grain.

I went with a darker stain but there are lots of different colors to choose from.

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I love how the dark stain brings out the wood grain.  After letting this coat dry, I applied a second coat of stain.


The next day, I applied two coats of polycrylic to the top to seal it.  You have to be sure the first coat is completely dry before applying the second coat.

After both coats were dry, I removed the doors and all the hardware.  I wanted all the hardware to be dark to match the top, so I spray painted the hinges black and bought new knobs from Home Depot.

hardware collage

I am in the process of refinishing another piece of furniture where I am using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.  I’ll give you a review in a future post. For this piece I used regular latex paint that you can find at any paint store.  I used white and mixed in some Behr Hazelnut Cream that I had left over from my fireplace makeover. I painted two coats on, being sure the first was dry before applying the second.DSC_0636 DSC_0639

After the paint was dry, I sanded it to give it that aged look.  Then,I reattached the doors and put on all the new hardware.

I even added a little surprise on the inside of the doors with some left over paint I had.


I can’t get enough of the wood grain!

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I’m really happy with how it turned out.  It’ll make a great addition to our dining room.

Happy refinishing,


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