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Kitchen Buffet Makeover

Got an old piece of furniture you are thinking about getting rid of? STOP! Don’t throw it out – spend a few hours giving it a new life and you won’t regret it. And most importantly, skip the hours of hard sanding with this method! Here’s my latest project reviving an old kitchen buffet.











Materials Used:

  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Roller
  • Foam Brush
  • Paint Pan
  • Fine Steel Wool Pad
  • Screwdriver
  • General Finishes Queenstown Gray Milk Paint
  • General Finishes Black Cherry Wood Stain
  • General Finishes Flat Top Coat Sealant
  • General Finishes Semi-Gloss Top Coat Sealant
  • Spray Paint for hardware or new hardware





  1.  Take steel wool pad and de-gloss furnature. You don’t need to spend too much time on this. You may be able to see the wood get less shiny but sometimes it looks the same. Just give the piece a good wipe down.
  2. Take off the hardware (handles, knobs) – you will need a screwdriver!
  3. Clean the furniture with a microfiber cloth to get all the dust and dirt off.
  4. Paint! Use a roller or paint brush depending on the size of your project. I use the paint brush for corners or intricate details. Don’t let big paint drips dry. The first coat will look horrible. Trust me. After two or three coats it will look much better!
  5. Sand if you want to get that rustic look. Skip if you don’t want that.
  6. After the paint is completely dry, it is time to seal. I used a foam brush and put three coats on. A little goes a long way. Do not let the paint drips dry; the sealer will dry a different color if it is in big pools.
  7. If you want to stain portions of your project, do step 1 and 2. Use a paint brush (for this particular stain; other brands might have you use a cloth). I did three or four coats.
  8. Seal the stained peice with three coats of sealant as well.
  9. Spray paint old hardware or visit your local home improvement store and purchase new hardware! Make sure to measure the existing holes to buy something that will fit.

* I used the flat sealant for the body of the buffet and the semi-gloss sealant for the top piece




15 thoughts on “Kitchen Buffet Makeover

  1. Wow……you have really taught me something great today. Maybe I will have to try your procedure to some of my old furnitures but time factor will be a major thing in this regard.


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