Buffet Makeover project, before and after
Lindsay Eidahl portrait

Buffet Makeover

DIY Painted Buffet Makeover-Make an old buffet pretty again!

Lindsay Eidahl

My Creative Days

Decorating on a tight budget is something I am passionate about. Buffets and side boards are some of my favorite pieces to make over. This DIY Painted Buffet Makeover was no exception!

Behr Color Palette

This color is Ultra Pure White

Ultra Pure White


I am so excited to share one of my favorite DIY projects. A furniture makeover! My husband and I have lived in two homes and in each one, I wanted to decorate it like the homes I saw in magazines and on TV. The problem was that we had a tight budget to work with. Instead of giving up on having a beautiful home, I had to get creative. I started shopping yard sales for pieces that had loads of potential. I found out that I could make those pieces over to fit the style I wanted and save a ton of money doing it! I was hooked and haven't looked back since.

Today, I am here to share my latest furniture rescue. Buffets are some of my favorite pieces to make over. This DIY Painted Buffet Makeover was no exception. It had a ton of potential and I am excited to share the transformation with you!

sanding buffet
painting buffet with roller

This particular buffet was at the first yard sale we stopped at. I saw it as soon as we pulled up and I knew I had to get a closer look! The buffet had loads of character and charm. There were great details on the drawers and the scalloped detail on the bottom and top were too cute to pass up. The dark stain really gave it a 70's vibe but didn't accentuate the features at all.

After we got it home and I looked at the buffet a little more, I knew I wanted to paint it a crisp, bright white. The white color will bring out all the fabulous details and it will also freshen up the piece and make it feel brand new.

I went to Home Depot and after some back and forth about white paint colors, I chose BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® in "Ultra Pure White" in matte finish. I chose this particular paint because it has stain-blocker and it is primer and paint in one. Going from a dark, 70's wood color to white is hard to cover so I needed a paint that would cover it well.

To prep the buffet, we sanded it first. The finish of the wood was not great and I wanted to rough up the surface a little to ensure the paint would adhere to it. Once the sanding was done, I took a damp cloth and wiped down the entire piece to collect all the dust.

Now, the fun part! It was time to transform this buffet and make it beautiful again. I started painting the top with a small paint roller. As soon as I had the first coat of paint on the buffet, I knew I had picked out the right color. It was already amazing! This DIY Painted Buffet Makeover took three coats of paint to cover it. It went pretty fast and the outcome was worth the extra coats.

Once the buffet was fully dry, I decorated it with the blue and white dishes my mom used to collect when we were little. Isn't it beautiful!

As soon as I have the first coat of paint on the buffet, I knew I have picked out the right color.

This painted buffet could be used for so many things. It would be gorgeous in an entry. A great spot to set your keys and mail when you come in from a long day. Of course, it would be pretty in a dining room to display pretty dishes and small trinkets. If there was room in a kitchen, it would function well in there too.

The drawers add just the right amount of storage and the doors on each side also have a little storage. The scalloped details are so much cuter now that they are painted white. And the details around the drawers stand out so much more now too.

Visualize It

Painting buffet. Close-up on wood details

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Rescuing and making over the furniture is a passion of mine.

I started doing it out of desperation. Now, I wouldn’t decorate any other way.

The Big Reveal

Front view of the finished buffet with decorated shelves
Side view of buffet with close-up of wood details
Front view of the buffet with decorated shelves

Being able to make one-of-a-kind pieces for our home that are full of character and charm is the best way to decorate and we are keeping money in the bank doing it!

Lindsay Eidahl portrait

Lindsay Eidahl

Lindsay has been married to her DIY sidekick for 17 years. She is also a mother of two. Since they bought their first home, Lindsay and her husband have been creatively decorating their home on a tight budget. Not being able to go into stores and buy things brand new created a passion for getting the same look for a lot less. Their DIY decor and repurposed projects got a lot of attention among family and friends which pushed Lindsay to start her blog, My Creative Days. Now, the budget-friendly projects continue, but they are shared with all her readers full time! She would love for you to head over to her blog or social channels and say, "Hi!"