My Buffet Makeover

Back in January I braved a snowstorm to pick up this buffet/dresser at Goodwill.

It is a substantial piece of furniture. Really heavy.

But it was pretty dinged up

and had scratches and water marks on the top.

But I knew of its defects when I bought it and I had plans of painting it from the get go.

So I thoroughly cleaned it out,

got rid of the yucky, sticky shelf paper in it

and let it sit for two months. Waiting for me to be inspired.

Almost everything in this room is brown, black, tan or white, so I had thoughts of maybe painting it black. That would be safe. That would be an easy choice. That would be boring.

I had turquoise in the back of my mind, since that would be a statement color. Not safe. Not an easy choice. Definately not boring.

I decided to go for it.

It went from this pecan color

to this high octane, laying on the beach in Cancun, where are my sunglasses? turquoise color.

Now, you know I love my turquoise.

And I have always really wanted an accent piece against this wall for a punch of color.

Just not sure I wanted this much of a punch.

(BTW, as many photos as I took of this piece, I could not capture the actual color. It is a little darker and more of a true turquoise rather than the lighter blue you are seeing in some of these photos.)

I glazed it quite a bit to give it some depth

and I do like that effect.

I kept the original hardware since it was sort of funky.

So anyhow, I could be a good blogger and lie and say that I am madly in love with this color and jumping up and down. But the truth is that I am still seeing if it will grow on me.

We’ll see. It may end up being my favorite piece of furniture.

I am really liking the little vignette I put on the top of it though!

You can’t go wrong with tarnished silver and vintage dogs.

Paint – Inlet Blue by Laura Ahsley Home LA1215 – mixed at Home Depot in Behr Premium Plus Ultra Semi-Gloss

Glaze – Valspar Translucent Glaze in Mocha

Top Coat – Minwax Polycrylic in Gloss finish

DIY tutorial on turning a thrift store buffet/dresser into a fun piece of furniture.  And who doesn't like turquoise!

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  1. says

    Well, I like it, especially the close up of the glazing. I’m sure it would take getting used to being the only thing of real color in the room, but give it a few days and see how you feel. I love the little vignette, too.

  2. says

    I think it is a wonderful punch of color, Pam. You did a great job! I love the antiquing, and your darling vignette on top. Love the doggies too! The great thing about paint is its’ easy to re-do any time you want. But I love it, tami

  3. says

    I do like the colour. If you hadn’t given it the detail then I think it would not be as pretty…now do you have other pieces of that colour in your liveingroom? If you do or did that would definately pick up on this colour and I would think this piece wouldn’t have a chance of being changed.
    Nice job…nice piece..

  4. says

    #1I love your blog and #2 yesI love this buffet and the color is wonderful…I think it looks beautiful …all that hard work surely paid off! I like that you kept the old hardware…it really looks good with it..What a huge change….Thanks for sharing that!!!I have a curio china cabinet I would love to re-do….hopefully when we are able to settle somewhere and my hubby is out of Seminary!!!! You go girl!!!! Mica/The Cild’s Paper

  5. The DIY Spot says

    OMG! I have the same exact buffet! Have a look for yourself. My “after” looks like your “before” minus the scratches of course. I stripped and stained mine. I love the color turquoise and, cross my heart, it looks stunning! Makes me think “hmmmm should I paint mine too?” Great job!

  6. says

    First, I love the dogs!! They look so very cute sitting on the turquoise buffet. I really like the effect of the glaze on the turquoise paint…great job!

  7. says

    It’s a pretty color and I love the glazing too. You know Candice Olson on HGTV? I remember an episode she did with turquoise, you would’ve loved it.


  8. says

    love, love, love this makeover…one of my favorite colors. I just purchased a pot for my plant and was saying how soothing of a color it is and normally im always using green. You did a fantastic job!!!

  9. says

    I vote–keep it! It’s pefect to lead you into Spring/Summer!

    Isn’t it funny how color can make a piece of furniture look TOTALLY different??


  10. says

    That was unexpected, but so gorgeous! You really went for it and it paid off. You did a beautiful job on the finish-it looks flawless. I’m just about to paint a table at Brambly, I hope it comes out so well.Drop by Brambly and visit me sometime. Take care.


  11. says

    I love it but then I’m a turquoise girl all the way, anything that even resembles it including teal and all greenish-blue shades. I think it really pops, in a good way!

  12. says

    Love the color! Without seeing the other side of the room, I can’t tell if I love it in your room, but I’m guessing that I do. The vignette on top is perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Anonymous says

    I agree with Judi. You should try to incorporate the torquoise color in small bits in the rest of the room. Like the beige chair next to the buffet. A throw pillow on that chair with a paisley print with bits (just bits)of torquoise in it would be nice. Or a few knick knacks with torquoise in it. I really do love that color. I hope the piece grows on you.

  14. says

    I have to agree with some of the other comments that you need a drop of this turquoise color elsewhere in the room.

    (If you don’t mind a suggestion?) The picture above the buffet looks a little lonely and that it is placed too high. It also looks odd that it is not centered above the buffet.

    I think if you did a photo gallery that was centered above the buffet at a lower height and added a throw with some turquoise to your arm chair you will see how gorgeous you buffet really is.

    It is an amazing piece!

  15. says

    Well, I love it and think you did terrific!!! I love the color and yes I love that vignette. I understand where you are coming from though. I want more vibrant color, so I bought a candlestick instead of a large piece…but I am loving it, and I really do love your piece. I have the same dyson by the way!

  16. says

    WOW what a fabulous transformation I LOVE it!! Love the pretty vignette you created on top too, just became your newest follower would love it if you followed me back! Martina

  17. says

    Well, you sure did rescue that piece and give it a fresh new life! It looks great and so does the gold hardware. I love your little dogs :)

  18. says

    I like it, Pam! I just bought a dining set at an estate sale and I am thinking of painting. You’ve inspired me. Good tips on thrifting too. My favorite store is at an Episcopal church and I can be in an out in no time since I know the store. I find things in there even they didn’t know they had. Thrift store shopping is an ART:-) Good week! Vicki

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