Two-Toned Buffet Makeover

Do you remember my red buffet? Oh, how I love how it turned out. It matched my kitchen perfectly, too. A few months ago we took it upstairs to play the part of Lucy’s dresser.

Matt and I bought a solid wood buffet on Craigslist. The original owner didn’t love that I planned on refinishing it but hey, it’s mine now and I can do what I want :) It wasn’t an antique and it was beat up enough that I HAD to do something with it (which was kind of why I bought it in the first place). Last week I finally dragged it outside and gave her a makeover :)

I forgot to get before pics before I took the drawers out. As you can see it’s not a bad looking buffet, it has nice lines and beautiful hardware, but it’s certainly not in prime condition. I wanted to try my hand at a two toned look.

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I started by sanding everything down with my palm sander.

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I wanted to stain the top a darker color but the palm sander wasn’t enough to get down to bare wood. If I wanted to stain the top I was going to have to learn how to use my belt sander.

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FYI, belt sanders are NO JOKE! This is one powerful machine! My hands were numb from the vibration and my arms were sore from holding it down. If I hadn’t held on tight it would have flown right off of the top of what I was sanding! It didn’t take long for me to realize I had NO idea what I was doing and sanded through the veneer. I showed Matt when he got home and he told me just to paint the top along with the rest of it. I told him I would sand the rest of the veneer off and see how the plywood treated me first.

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Turns out the top was two different pieces of plywood that were totally different colors. SHEESH! But, I wasn’t ready to give up hope yet. I hoped that if I put on enough coats of the stain they would end up the same color… and I was right.

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Once the top was finished it was time to paint the outside. I taped off the drawer guides and used plastic to protect the top and the inside of the cupboards.

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I sprayed the body first and then switched colors before I sprayed the drawers and doors. After it dried I sanded the edges to let the dark wood show through, put one coat of polyurethane on the body and drawers, and three coats on the top. I left the hardware untouched because I thought they had aged so well.

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What do you think? I LOVE how it turned out. The only problem is it doesn’t match my kitchen at all. Blue and white match a warm color scheme, right?

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. It looks really great! I love doing stuff like this too.

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  2. GemmaN says:

    I had to laugh about the person you bought it from not liking your plans to refinish it.
    It does look like a special piece, nice work! I love the shape and the hardware it came up beautiful.

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  3. Cari says:

    You have talent girl!

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