Buffet Makeover with DIY Chalk Paint

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
This is one of those projects that has been done for an entire year.. yes, a year, with out me blogging it. Sometimes I’m really bad at sharing projects that I do, but I get to blogging it eventually & that’s all that matters right? Well the backstory on this buffet is pretty simple. I wanted an interesting dresser for our master bedroom makeover last year & I came across this buffet at a local antique store for a great price. It needed some work,but my plan was to leave it natural despite all of it’s flaws for that makeover. Mr. LMB uses this buffet as his dresser & it also acts as our media stand. The buffet is a pretty perfect piece. In our last master bedroom makeover we left it natural & I really liked it…

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To see more of our last master bedroom makeover before we started to neutralize for the move you can go {here}. The photo of the buffet doesn’t show the flaws on the buffet, but there were lots. Chipping wood, water marks, discoloration, & more. When we started our master bedroom make-under it was time for a fresh coat of paint for the piece. I used my DIY chalk paint recipe with Behr frost which covered the piece & all it’s flaws so well…

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After I painted the buffet with my Homemade chalk paint, I used a sanding block to sand the edges & crevices to give it a warn & vintage look. To seal the piece I used annie sloan’s wax & voila I had a brand new piece of furniture!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!

Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
Buffet makeover using DIY chalk paint - full recipe on the blog on how to make your own chalk paint for all your painting projects!
I love the new look of the piece & it really helped to brighten up the room & give the space a whole new look. I will be back later on how we use this piece as a dresser and media stand. What do you think of the makeover? Do you like the freshened up piece? Let me know in the comments below, or find me on Facebook & Instagram to chat! 


Comments

  1. I am wondering why you use both your own chalk paint AND the AS chalk paint ? Why not just one or the other ?

    • For this piece I only used my DIY chalk paint recipe & than I sealed the piece with the wax. But in other cases I usually use my homemade chalk paint over the AS because I do not live close to an AS retailer & it’s more convenient for me to use the DIY version. I hope this helps!

  2. It looks so much better – I have used AS chalk paint quite a lot & am always so pleased by the transformation …

  3. Lisa Davis says:

    Beautiful buffet, I love the look. I’m trying to get the courage up to paint an old bedroom suite that was given fo me. The as chalk paint is so expensive and I saw your recipe and results and love it, however, what is unsanded grout and where do I find it? And could I use any color flat paint? I wanted to layer the paint with a light pale pink on the bottom and then the white so when I distressed it I could see just a hint of the pink. What do you think? Thanks Lisa

    • Hey Lisa! So glad you love the buffet makeover! I found the unsanded grout in the tile {flooring section} of Lowes. I’m sure any hardware store like that carries it. It’s just a powder that you mix in with the paint to make it thicker. You can use any flat paint you want :) & I love that idea.. you are so creative!! You will have to let me know when you are done with it.. I would love to see it! xx Liz Marie

  4. Nurse Kendra says:

    It looks great. I have made my own chalk paint before with plaster of Paris but I’m going to try your recipe! Also, how did you hide the cords to your television? Thanks!!

    • Thank you Kendra! We need to do a whole post on the tv mounting/tv box situation.. but long story short the cords are in the wall :) haha Hope that helps & we will be back soon with a post!

  5. Total transformation! I love this piece painted, Liz.

  6. I love chalkboard finishes. I just wish they were more pet friendly!

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE the updated look. Brightens the entire space. ;) I’ll need to try your DYI chalk paint recipe! I’ve run across some before with less than optimal results.

  8. Love the buffet makeover and love working with chalk paint! Am so happy I found your blog, I am also following you husband’s page and just bought the wood to build a media stand using the plans he posted…can’t wait to see how it turns out! One question…what color of paint is in your master bedroom? I am looking for a light neutral color and would love to know the name and brand! Thanks a million!!! :)

    • Yay!! So glad you found us & we are so happy that you are following along :) The media stand is amazing.. you will love yours!!! The color in our room is Dover White by Sherwinn Williams & I love it!! Our master bathroom is the same color. It’s the perfect warm white :) Hope this helps!

  9. Bobbye Wilson says:

    Love this! If you didn’t use AS wax, what would you use? Thanks! Can’t wait to try your paint recipe. I am such a beginner. Love your blog too!

    • Thank you so much Bobbye for your sweet comment! I love using annie sloan wax, miss mustard seed wax, minwax has a pretty good furniture wax, but if I’m not waxing furniture I like using polyurethane which is a brush on sealer that comes in different finishes {just make sure you get water based polyurethane} you can find it at any paint/hardware store! Hope this helps!!

  10. lovely, as always! Love your work so much!
    xo

  11. It’s really stunning white…and the hardware looks great as a contrast Liz!

  12. Love your blog, I’m new at painting with chalk paint.
    I might try your recipe. I also heard you can use paint, plaster paris, and water.

  13. Love.. Love this price! I have almost the same one! I have it natural still but hope to paint it to fix water stains also! Wow! Just seeing how great yours looks really makes me want to get to painting mine!

  14. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! Excellent job. I have two French country nightstands that I want to paint and distress and will have to remember this recipe. I love the paint color you chose as well!

  15. I think I have this same buffet or something VERY close to,it. Interesting to see it painted!

  16. It turned out gorgeous! It makes such a statement in the white. :)

  17. It turned out beautiful! I have a similar piece that I want to paint someday. Love the details.

  18. Liz if you sell this piece before you move, let me know!!! Love it!!

  19. Thank you for writing such a lovely blog! I am in love! Gave you a shout out on http://www.mommade.org/2014/03/the-little-improved-desk.html.

    Have a great weekend!
    Sarah

  20. What color of wax did you use?

  21. I love the buffet and what you did. I just painted a very similar one this weekend but in chippy milk paint.
    Thanks for sharing it!

  22. I love how painting the buffet really brightened up the room! The distressing is perfect!

  23. Wow what a lovely transformation :)

  24. Hi there, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post. It was
    funny. Keep on posting!

  25. patty kent says:

    I seen your buffet and shocked me. Because I have one almost exact. Except the top draw is skinnier. I just love what you did to it. I inherited this buffet, which my family always called a sideboard. Years ago someone cut the legs off, Now I know how to fix my problem. Because at this time, I am refinishing mine too. Thanks for your pics. Very good job.

  26. Melanie says:

    I love love love this!!!
    How do you think the DIY white chalk paint would look on kitchen cabinets? We just bought a home in the country and the cabinets have an old white paint job that’s needing to be redone. I5m thinking about trying to resurface the cabinets with white chalk paint. I love the way your buffet turned out. I want the cabinets to look beautiful and have a professional finish to them while achieving a rustic country feel.
    Thank you for your thoughts.
    I love your blog!!! Your giving me great ideas.

  27. I’m a bit late to this section and I wanted to say-I adore your blog! It is so full of inspiration and easy to follow instructions! I also love making and using chalk paint and an easy recipe I use is simply satin paint (used in samples) and pre-mixed joint compound :-) don’t know where or how I came up with that but it works fabulously. I was using plaster of Paris and I like that formula as well but I had a lot of leftover joint compound from a never-ending renovation project. I just mixed it with the paint to the consistency I felt comfortable with. It is less gritty that way as well! Then I wax with whatever I can find in my neck of the prairie (Sioux Falls, SD) which is Howard Johnson wax and it IS highly stinky but works as well. Anyways-again I love your blog and follow your pins as well. Keep up the great work! I eagerly look forward to your next creation :-)

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