Aunt Nan’s Buffet Makeover

Years ago this buffet was given to us by my mom’s sister when we moved into our second home.  She was cleaning out her basement full of antique furniture that she had collected over the years of living in Germany and the U.S.  We kept this in our dining room as a side-table and keeper of tableware items like placemats and candles.  Serving as extra storage, it held family pictures, arts & crafts items, and plain ole odds and ends.

Having been around for quite some time, it showed its age with tarnished drawer pulls and scuffed legs.  I had always thought of painting it but never had the time or the energy to actually attempt it.  After two and a half years in our home in Florida, I decided it was time to brighten the table up a bit.  I’m so glad I did!  Just a couple coats of paint and it was updated and fresh. The new color is beautiful and lightens the space.  I moved it from the dining room to the entryway and it was a perfect fit!

This was my first time using chalk paint and I really liked the way it went on the piece.

Materials used:

  • Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Interior Paint in Serenity Blue
  • Rust-Oleum Chalked Clear Matte Protective Topcoat
  • Kilz white primer
  • Minwax

Steps I took to refinish:

First, I removed the drawers and doors and lightly sanded all the surfaces. Next, I taped off the top section and primed the rest with Kilz white primer.  Minwax was brushed on the top in a color that closely matched the original . I then used a general purpose paintbrush to lightly brush on two coats of the chalk paint to the body. After drying overnight, I  sanded sections of the door for a distressed look. The last step was to brush on one coat of topcoat to seal and protect. New, clean hinges and drawer pulls were added and finished it off. 

Aunt Nan’s Buffett – Before




I’ve loved having this piece in our home for over 20 years! I love it even more with the new chalk paint and hardware! It really brightens up the space.

Have you used chalk paint before? I’d love to hear your experiences with it. Leave me a comment below!

Lisa 🙂

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