Customizing a furniture piece to fit your space is simple with a little tender loving care and elbow grease. I love finding the perfect furniture piece to fit a space, and then giving it a facelift to match my style. When we moved into a new house, I discovered it was a surprisingly difficult task to functionally fill all the space, especially on a budget. My kitchen area needed a buffet table, so I went to the local ReStore to see what I could find. Sometimes it's hard to see a beat up, discarded piece and envision it beautifully accenting a room, but I felt like this piece had potential.
Finding the perfect furniture piece was easy; the next steps took several months (with 2 small children to distract me). I gave it a base coat with KILZ Stainblocking Primer; this stuff is amazing! We used it on our baseboards, numerous furniture pieces, and interior doors. It pretty much eliminates the need to sand over stain or old paint before refinishing a piece. I do still sand some of my projects to smooth out surfaces, but KILZ makes a project so much easier! It also helps reduce "sticking" caused by paint not fully drying; which I've experienced in the past with dresser drawers. I gave my buffet table a coat of KILZ and set to work applying several coats of interior eggshell paint in a medium charcoal hue.
I really only had to paint the doors and exterior edges and sides of the cabinets. I used painters tape to create clean lines, leaving the interior wood of the cabinets. After two coats of paint, my re-purposed buffet table is looking good! I opted for a budget-friendly top in the form of a simple wood slab, which I measured, coated with KILZ Primer, and painted to match the rest of the buffet. I love that the top gives my re-purposed piece the look of a dresser, even though it's made from several different cabinet units screwed together. I also love the extra storage this piece offers — 8 roomy drawers and 2 cabinets with shelves!
Now came my favorite part, detailing with hardware and accenting my buffet table with decor. I've made this buffet table the "no clutter zone" in our kitchen. We don't place whatever item happens to be in our hand on it. I made a linen dresser scarf that also helps keep it clean and mess-free (everyone knows mommy won't be happy if the dresser scarf gets stained!). My re-purposed cabinetry project turned into a beautiful side table with great storage, with just a little TLC!
These recycled cabinets added tons of great storage to my kitchen and dining area!
My buffet table blends in with its neutral paint tones, while also providing the perfect surface to showcase holiday decor.
I even got a drawer for my tea!
If you've re-purposed a piece of furniture, you know how fun it feels to customize something that someone else threw away. This was the perfect piece to fit my space! Even though this project took me most of the summer to finish, the work and the wait was worth it!