Mustard Yellow Buffet

This mustard yellow buffet was a fun little teaser when I showed you all my living room makeover challenge.  I figured you should see this lovely lady before I freshened her up with leftover paint from this project. (Color is Jackson Square by Valspar)
I love this buffet.  It was my great-grandma’s dining room buffet before it was handed down to my mom.  She recently inherited a piano from my grandpa and didn’t have room any longer for this so she offered it to me…on one condition: I must not paint it!

I explained to her that in it’s current condition (above/before shot), it was disrespectful to leave it as is.  It has years of neglect, a broken drawer, faded spots, rings from cups being left on it, missing hardware, etc. 

After making some small repairs, (knobs from Michael’s dollar bin) I was left with a pretty buffet but not pretty cords…

Want to see my secret solution?

With the help of my dad/next-door-neighbor (hubby was at work), I cut the drawer apart and added hinges so we could tuck our cable box inside and simply close the drawer when the tv is off.  Brilliant, right?

I’m not going to lie, this project was way out of my league.  I’m so glad my dad is handy and took over for me.  All I had to do was screw in the hinges, and I stunk at it!  My hubby came home and dremel’d out the space for the hinges so it actually functioned, LOL!  So I stink at turning regular drawers into hinged drawers, but at least I can paint decently.  Right??
Beautiful mustard yellow furniture makeover! 
 the chippiness.  It doesn’t scratch the actual wood, just chips away the mustard yellow paint so if I ever do refinish it back to it’s bare bones, I won’t have to repair anything.  Let’s have one more look at the before and after:
Mustard Yellow Buffet before and after. Old buffet given new life as a tv stand! {}
Anyway, I’m glad to inherit this lovely buffet turned tv console.  I purposely left the top alone to keep a bit of my great-grandma in my home.  And I love that it’s both pretty and practical (:

So let me have it: my mom says I should prepare for some backlash…would YOU have painted your great-grandma’s 100 year old buffet??  Or am I insane?

Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
Lolly Jane

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  • kate - I LOVE it! It's still sentimental even though it is now yellow! I say don't feel guilty!ReplyCancel

  • CinderellaMommy - I would have painted it. LoOVE it! My grandpa had one almost exactly like it…wonder if I could get my hands on it?..ReplyCancel

  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts - LOVE that hidden drawer thing – genius!ReplyCancel

  • {autie} - yes, I would have painted it! I have a couple of pieces in my home that "I'm not allowed to paint!" …and I'm embarrassed of them, and can't wait to get something to replace them! If I could just paint them, I'd LOVE them! Be Proud of them, even…I'm glad you were brave! I'm not brave enough to defy my MIL!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @ lovely etc. - I love vintage pieces like this and this one turned out great. I especially love the hinged drawer. I think that making old vintage pieces (even heirlooms) relevant and fresh is better than leaving them old and neglected.ReplyCancel

  • Patti - I have this rule: "I can paint anything I buy, but not furniture passed down in the family" BUT in your case, with it really in need of help, I probably would have painted it, too! Your grandmother would love the bright cheery yellow! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea @ {twotwentyone} - You did an awesome job! I love your solution for the cable box. I inherited my grandparents' buffet that I'd love to paint, but I'm scared to take the leap.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - YEP! I just got one last summer from my Grandmother and you better believe that puppy is going to be painted as soon as we move into our own home so I know what color I want it. And funny thing… We did exactly what you did to the top drawer! FABULOUS! We also did it to the bottom drawer for our video game console!!!ReplyCancel

  • Katie R - love it.ReplyCancel

  • Two Shades of Pink - I love your buffet! I have one almost exactly like it that was already painted green when I bought it in a little cottage furniture shop. But I was never crazy about the green color. A little dark. You have inspired me to paint mine and I was just thinking tonight about doing it, and then saw this post! I am excited!ReplyCancel

  • Lolly Jane - Yay! I'm so glad you're inspired!! (: And I'm happy no one has berated me, LOL!

    I love that old furniture can come back to life with an affordable option, paint!

    (: KelliReplyCancel

  • Our Little Family - I love it and I think it looks GREAT! I follow your blog and I can't get over how much our rooms are similar. I'll try posting a link of my front room… Scroll down in the post a bit!


  • Michelle - It looks beautiful! i'm not sure I would've had the guts to paint a piece that old, but you did a great job! :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey - I love this! This piece further feeds the yellow mood I have been in – gotta paint something yellow now!
    Please stop by my linky party happening now to link it up – I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  • Tasha - Oh, I LOVE it!! I love that you left the top the same (only because I am totally a sentimental person) but, you picked the perfect color and honestly, I bet your great grandmother would love that you put some love and care into it. It is GORGEOUS! I wish you lived closer and could help me as I am slowly redoing my front room. Sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Becca - Oh! It turned out beautifully ! Go bold or go home with that yellow!! It's perfect!
    I've got a similar piece my mom is pushing me to take now- which would make it a tv console- cause I just don't have the space for anything else.
    Annnd, I used to have the couch set to match the leather chair you have in the corner! Funny!
    xo BeccaReplyCancel

  • Kara at Petals to Picots - I love how this buffet came out!ReplyCancel

  • Toni K - You definitely did the right thing. And I bet your great grandma would agree. Sentiment is ok, but that thing needed some tlc, and you gave it that. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Maury Kilgo - This is beautiful! I love the bright yellow.

    I saw your granite eggs on Its Overflowing. They were awesome! I'm a new follower. I'd love for you to follow me back, but no pressure!ReplyCancel

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} - Gorgeous! The mustard yellow looks like it belongs on this piece. :) I have some similar wood pieces inherited from my grandmother that I'm semi-terrified to paint (I'm not as good as you, Kelli!) but I know ultimately she would be okay with it because she always wanted me to be happy. ;) I love that you left the top alone to help keep her spirit with you!ReplyCancel

  • Sassy Sites! - LOVE IT!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - LOVE it! Yellow is so gorgeous on that piece! Wish it were mine :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - Oh no…this is perfect! This hutch would smile if it had lips! lol I LOVE what you did, I wish you were closer, I need a 1940's Queen Anne bedroom set re-done…..:) Sandy

    Old furniture gets new life with paint!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - I LOVE this console!! I personally would have no problem painting my Grandmother's 100 year old buffet – it has a whole new life now! Great job! Love the little hinged drawer!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - You have rescued this 100 yr. old dinosaur and turned it into something of beauty and interest! Had it stayed the way it was, it would have been relegated to your attic or basement to collect dust and eventually die.ReplyCancel

  • pink survivor 03 - Love the yellow! Am getting reaady to do an old family dresser for a guest room. Would you mind sharing what shade and kind of paint you used? Thanks for the inspiration and the nudge to go yellow!!ReplyCancel

  • Lolly Jane - FYI: I write back every.single.person that comments but a good handful of you are no-reply bloggers. Sad! So if I ignored your cute comment, it's not on purpose (: Promise!

    Thanks for all the love, guys. I'm so glad Great-Grandma hasn't haunted me out of anger thus far (;ReplyCancel

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. - Love the yellow and the little door! My philosophy is that if you are giving a piece new life and new love, then it's all good!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. - Love the yellow and the little door! My philosophy is that if you are giving a piece new life and new love, then it's all good!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Lefevre - How sweet to have a piece of your family right there with you! This color is magnificent! Love the hinge idea – brilliant! I also love the top staying wood…gorgeous makeover.ReplyCancel

  • Helen's Decor - Kelli, it's gorgeous and perhaps your great grandma would agree. The main thing is that y'all can enjoy it and be thankful to have it. This is making me think it's yours to enjoy and otherwise you might have been ready to sell it. Your project is making me rethink some of my inherited pieces, that we are afraid devaluing! Thanks! HelenReplyCancel

  • DavesWife - I LOVE it! It is so YOU. I am sure your Grandma will love the fact that you took something that she loved and turned it into something just as beautiful. ♥ReplyCancel

  • Megan Brooke - This turned out gorgeous! The color choice was perfect!

    Stopping over from 30 Handmade Days :)ReplyCancel

  • Our Pinteresting Family - Just beautiful! I love it! MeganReplyCancel

  • Julie - Thank You for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:

  • Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers - This looks awesome Kelli!!! The bright yellow really brightens the room. I love how it stayed in the family too :)ReplyCancel

  • Randi~Dukes and Duchesses - No backlash here. I'd paint it in a minute. Now you have something that you love AND it has sentimental value. Perfect! It looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - Nope. You did good (ok, awesome is more like it)! And I like how you left the top the way it is! Saw your post on TT&J!

    The…Late, Young FamilyReplyCancel

  • Emily @ 52 Mantels - I love it!! SO clever with the hinged opening! And, the color?? LOVE!

    I've totally pinned this! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Drop dead gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Kiana Spencer - The color is beautiful! I never wouldve though the before and after were the same piece.ReplyCancel

  • Ladybird Ln - THis is so darling, it makes me want to redo my family room…. in something yellow!


  • Rinni's Playground - Love the color on this piece! Fresh and Fab! I have an antique buffet that my husband wanted to hinge like that, I told him no way. I have a dresser he's going to do it to though. :)ReplyCancel

  • Candy - GORGEOUS. And, yes, you did right and you did good. I'll bet Mom is even proud of the makeover that her Mom's buffet received. Every old girl can use a little makeup now and then.
    I found you at the Bloghop posted on my page, Im now following you and hope that you'll follow back.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Home, Sweet... - It is 100% better! I'm not gonna lie, I would be more than a little nervous about painting such an heirloom, but it did turn out pretty fabulous!! Plus, you left the top to respect the piece, and I think that's a nice touch. All in all, great job! Oh, and by the way, I love the use you found for it — way cooler than buying a regular old media console :)

    I did some painting this week, too — my first big piece ever! I'd love for you to come check it out:

  • Laura - this is soooo pretty! I love the color! I recently redid a buffet and I painted it white- seeing this makes me ready to do it again, only in yellow this time!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey - The buffet was gorgeous as is, but now that you painted it, it is stunning! I am in love with it!
    I am definitely featuring it on Tuesday!
    Thanks for coming by to link up…I would love to have you back this week!
    See you there!
    Stacey of Embracing ChangeReplyCancel

  • Shannon - I absolutely love the yellow, and it looks so great now!! I re-did a vanity for my daughter and painted it bright pink and I think painting antiques a bright color brings them back to life!!


  • Deny - I am totally in love with the buffet and the color! I am getting ready to finish up something in that color as well..I must say I felt a little intimidated by the color, just alone make a really strong statement. I like the little distressed it, it looks complete like that! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Raysha - I love it! I have been wanting a buffet for an entertainment center for a long time. I love the hidden compartment for your cable box.

  • Serena - Looks great!! I wouldn't have thought twice about slapping some paint on the mamma jamma. Lol. I recently scored an awesome vintage buffet from the thrift store that I plan to use for the same purpose as a TV stand. And it has tons of storage for the kids stuff!

    If you want to see a pic of it, check my blog and click on the tab "Upcoming Projects." The buffet is there, along with all my other thrift store goodies just screaming for paint and fabric! Lol


  • Serena - Oh, and I meant to add, I paid $70 for my buffet and hauling costs, and I was going to resell it on Craigslist "as is" without paint and stuff, and someone offered me $180 for it!! Whoa! But I fell in love with it and couldn't think to sell that baby!!! LolReplyCancel

  • debwallace5508 - I think you are Insane-ly Talented. Great Job, don't you love it when a plan comes together.ReplyCancel

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper - fabulous! i love the color! it's gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper - fabulous! i love the color! it's gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Camille - would you mind shooting me an email with what color of yellow paint you used? Thanks! camillelindquist@gmail.comReplyCancel

  • Camille - would you mind shooting me an email with what color of yellow paint you used? Thanks! camillelindquist@gmail.comReplyCancel

  • Lolly Jane - Color is Jackson Square by Sherwin-Williams (:ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy in Michigan! - I adore that mustard yellow paint…who would have thought!

    I'm about to undertake the restoration of a dressing table to make a office desk. It has sweet curved drawers, lovely legs and a square front that I am not even sure what call it! Best of all, it has original glass nobs to die for!
    I'm trying the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the first time. If you care to see the "before" check out my blog

    Small House / Big Sky DonnaReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Dodd - I can't believe I found this blog! I don't know if you remember me but I used to be in your ward. I'm happy to be a follower!ReplyCancel

  • tutus - Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!ReplyCancel

  • emily - It looks amazing! Painting it was a great choice! My dream is to one day paint an old upright piano to put in my living room.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Don’t feel guilty about having painted it. It looks lovely. I would never have painted it personally. My hubby and I like the traditional look. So, your buffet would have been restored at my house along with your cute little trick! Just so you know I also have my Great Grandma’s Buffet. My Grandpa had left an iron on it and it burned right through the one inch thick oak top! It was quite the site when I received it. It has an oak veneer top and it beautiful piece of furniture again! Plus I love the storage it provides! I bet you do too!ReplyCancel

  • Korrie@RedHenHome - To be honest…I don’t know that I would paint a family heirloom (my mother might kill me)–but I *do* think yours looks amazing!!ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Hey Korrie! I know, difference of opinions, right?? The dark wood was killing the mood in our bright living room. The pop of color is so pretty and reminds me of the sunny personality I’m told my great-grandmother inhibited (:ReplyCancel

  • Kristina - I love how this turned out-and the clever hideaway for your cable box. Mustard yellow has been one of my recent faves for painting furniture-and YES I would have painted over an heirloom (and have done just that). I really don’t get why some people get so upset about painting furniture?? Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - That yellow is a breath of sunshine! My husband loves your hinged drawer. Aren’t you smart!

    Lynette @ thistlebleuReplyCancel

  • michele@hellolovelyinc - just bought a beautiful dress in this shade! love it!

    found you via MMS’s party where i’m partying too. would love to have you as a follower.

    smiles and happy weekend.


  • Tracie - I think it looks great, and you painted it a nice shade that works with the age of the piece, now had it been neon yellow I might not agree :)ReplyCancel

  • Marla H. - I totally love it! I would have totally painted it!!!!! I love it!ReplyCancel

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  • Tori - I recently inherited some vintage furniture from my inlaws. A dining room suite and a bedroom suite. The furniture is from the late 70’s and has a bit of spanish flair to it. But it’s dark, and it has that ohsowonderful effect of stain splatter that was so popular. It think I might like it as is more if there weren’t those little black splatter spots everywhere. Anyhoo….if I could get away with it, I would absolutely give it all a good coat of paint! Maybe some white. The GINORMOUS china hutch is screaming turquoise at me though. =)ReplyCancel

  • carolann - it’s absolutely beautiful! i love that you kept the top intact to show off its history.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - I would DEFINITELY paint my grandmother’s buffet if only I had it :(
    I like how you’re using it as a tv stand. I have mine on an old drop-leaf table.
    I am currently in the middle of a family room redecoration and have been trying to decide what to do to the table and you have inspired me to paint it! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Glad to hear we’ve inspired you! Good luck, hope it turns out amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan - So I have this huge buffet that is similar to yours, also being used as a tv stand. I bought it at a thrift store with the precise intent of doing just what you’ve done – painting it and making it beautiful again. It has been two years and I haven’t gotten to it, but your post has inspired me! Thank you for showing me what I need to do. And I love changing the top drawer into a space for the electronics. You’re fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - You found the perfect color for this! Found you through SAS Interiors! Loving your blog! xReplyCancel

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  • susan - I have an old buffet similar to yours. For 29 years it was plain old wood. I finally painted it last year… bright turquoise. Everyone who wanders in thinks I bought a new piece of furniture. I also redid a Goodwill find for my daughter who was flying the nest. Here are the results:

  • susan - here is a link to the turquoise buffet project, similar to yours…

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  • Wyndee - I think if it is going to be in your house YOU should love it.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - Luv, Luv! Such a pretty color and all the woodwork looks amazing with it!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - LOVE IT!!! The color is FABULOUS! My Mom has an old buffet too… fingers crossed that I can put my hands on it someday!

    Did you sand the buffet before you painted it?ReplyCancel

  • Tara - I literally have this same exact buffet! And I took a small survey b/c I had mixed emotions about painting a 100 year old piece of furniture. Everyone said PAINT IT! So I will be off to Lowe’s this weekend for the paint! Thanks for the great idea!ReplyCancel

    • Lolly Jane - Seriously?? The same one?? We looooooove this buffet! Please share your “after” photo!! (:ReplyCancel

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