Thrift store dining room buffet

Happy Thursday, everyone. Today I am thrilled to share a finished project with you that I started working on last March. If you follow this blog regularly, you’ll remember me griping on numerous occasions about how I really needed to get the dining room buffet/sideboard finished. Well, I am happy to report that it is indeed done.

After we moved into our house last January, I went cruising around blogland for ideas for the “new” place. I was smacked right in the face with photos of the most glorious dining room I’d ever seen (OK maybe that’s a bit dramatic; let’s say it was the most glorious dining room that I could actually afford to replicate). It was Sarah’s over at Thrifty Décor Chick. Uh.May.Zing! I decided I was going to literally rip off her entire design for my own dining room.

The only problem? I couldn’t find a buffet/sideboard that was affordable in the color I needed.

Fast forward a few months to when I found this “gem” at a local thrift store.

It wasn’t super cheap at $80. (Trust me, Dave Ramsey, I tried to talk her down on the price with no luck.) But it was still waaayyy cheaper than anything new I had looked at. And it was solid wood with dovetail drawer construction. The best part? It was made in the good old U.S. of A. So I bought it and patted myself on the back for my patriotic purchase. Here’s the original hardware.

After I got the piece home, I went to work stripping the old varnish and stain. I used these materials to do the dirty work.

I mixed Jacobean and Ebony stains to get my desired look. The goal was to match my dining room table and chairs; they are really dark.

Here are the drawers stripped and then re-stained.

After months of procrastinating, I finally plowed through the project and finished it. (Have I mentioned how much I despise refinishing furniture? Sorry, Sarah.)

Here is my “new” buffet in all its glory.

I love the fact that the buffet matches my dining room table and chairs perfectly. I did order new glass knobs for the top drawers. It really gives the piece that “wow” factor.

I also love the fact that I now have more storage for things like games, table linens and fine china. (By “fine china” I mean the set of Japanese dishes – service for 16 – that I got for $5 TOTAL at an estate sale. Score!)

So there you have it, friends, a dining room buffet done on the cheap.

Sorry for the nighttime photos, by the way. I really need to learn to manage my time so I can take photos during the day on the weekends and use that lovely natural light.

Before I go, check out the winter hot cocoa station I set up in my kitchen this week. Tiny loves it!

Stay classy and thanks for stopping by. (Name that movie.)

HOGChatty Chics

23 thoughts on “Thrift store dining room buffet

  1. Stay classy = Anchorman? I love that movie! Your buffet looks great, btw. Love the dark color but was wondering how you were able to get it on the top which looks to be a kind of laminate. Can you share?

    • Thanks for the feedback, Pam. I love Anchorman too. By the way, you get extra points for good observation because you are absolutely right about the buffet top being laminate. It was a real nail-biter of a challenge figuring out how to refinish it. I actually ended up priming the top black and then using a dragging technique with dark brown stain (to get it to match the rest of the piece) then finishing with a top coat. If I had it to do all over again, I would’ve used paint that was a close match to the dining room table because working with stain over primer is not easy.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Cherry. My husband and I were once stationed at Shaw AFB in South Carolina and we would visit Savannah. It’s a beautiful city. It’s much colder here in PA!

  2. The buffet is GOR.JUS! Love the way it turned out and the decor on it. Your dining room is so, so pretty! Thanks for sharing at my Show & Tell party. I really appreciate it!

    Sharon

  3. I think this is great. My parents bought my son a new dresser from a flea market. They were on a trip to Tennessee and thought it would be perfect. It needs some TLC! I am scared because I have never done this before!! I hope it turns out one tenth as nice!!

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  5. Your buffet is absolutely beautiful. I love glass knobs, I’ll put them on everything! I’ve been on the lookout for a buffet very similar to fix up, that’s not pricey, but so far I’ve found nothing! I know it’s waiting for me somewhere! I’m your newest fan. Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Holly. I love glass knobs, except for the fact that they are not cheap. Have patience with your buffet search. It took me nearly a year to find mine, mostly cuz I’m cheap and I didn’t want to spend too much on one. By the way, I love the scripture reference you used with your blog title.

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  7. I know this post was done ages ago but I found it on pintrest and I’m IN LOVE with this look! May I ask where you got your mirror and/or what size it is?

    • Sure, Laura. I love how it came out, too. I actually got the mirror from my local thrift store. It was a light oak color and scuffed up pretty badly. I paid $20 for it. I primed and painted it white. I’m sorry I can’t tell you the dimensions right off the top of my head and I’m currently out of town, so I can’t quickly measure it. I would guess it is about 3 feet wide by 4 feet tall. It is fairly large and VERY heavy, so the sheer weight of it keeps it from sliding around on the table. I also have a dish towel behind it at the top so it doesn’t mark up the wall paint.

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