Who says a buffet belongs exclusively in the dining room? See how this one got new life, and a bold new color, as a working console!
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Mustard Yellow Buffet
I love this buffet. It was my great-grandmothers dining room buffet before it was handed down to our mother. She recently inherited a piano from our grandfather and didn’t have the space for both so she offered me the buffet on one condition: I must not paint it! 😬
I explained to our mom that in its current condition (above/before shot) it was disrespectful to the piece to leave as-is. With years of neglect, it has a broken drawer, faded spots, rings from cups, missing hardware, and etc. She agreed and gave me her blessing… yay! I got to work right away.
buffet into tv console
After making some small repairs, I painted the buffet (color is Jackson Square by Valspar) then replaced knobs with these fun finds from Michael’s dollar bin. Ultimately I was left with a pretty buffet but not pretty TV/cords. Want to see my secret solution?With the help of my sweet dad (conveniently my next-door-neighbor!) 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 I thought would be simple but am not afraid to admit it ended up being a bit 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! I recruited my husband to help Dremel out the space for said hinges so it’s actually functional– hooray! LOL. So I stink at turning regular drawers into hinged drawers, but at least I can paint decently right?
I ♥ the chippiness.
It doesn’t scratch the actual wood but 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…
In memory of my great-grandma, and to have a piece of her in my home, I purposely left the top alone… aww.
Alright folks, let me have it as my mom says I should prepare for some backlash… ha! Would YOU have painted your great-grandma’s 100 year old buffet? 😉 And now, 7 years later, would you turn it back into its original color, repaint it a fun hue, or leave it? Leave a comment to weigh in!
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Would you repaint, strip + stain or leave the yellow buffet? 🤔 This beauty belonged to my great-grandmother on my dad’s side and it’s my favorite piece of furniture I own. I painted it several years ago because the stain was in rough shape but with all the raw wood trends, I’m considering stripping it down and return it to its former (and improved) glory... On another note, I had a lot of fun watching Kristi’s husband Cory finish the trim around the new Dutch doors last night…hence all the dust in this pic🙈 Did you catch it in our stories? (It’s saved in the “Dutch Door” story highlight on our profile if you missed it!) Back to the buffer… oh, what a difference a decade makes—SWIPE RIGHT 😱😍 It’s been such a blessing to live in and (slowly) renovate our childhood home. Follow the progression of the entryway: •Second picture is what it looked like when we moved in. •Followed by board and batten we installed, played with for a few years. •Removed and repaired the drywall, painted the whole room gray. •Installed barnwood shiplap. •Built an easy shelf that was fun to decorate seasonally. All the DIY’s are documented on our blog, just search “entryway” on LollyJane.com 👌🏼💛
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