The buffet is a great place to start any dining room makeover. Whether you're planning to give an existing piece a refresh, or you're on the hunt for something to transform on a budget, painting your dining room buffet or sideboard is an easy way to update your space.
The buffet is a versatile, sturdy piece of furniture typically used for storage of dinnerware, table linens and other items. It also serves as a great place to display your favorite home decor or lay out serving dishes during meal-time. Because buffets often act as an anchor piece in a space, they present a great opportunity to make a statement and set the tone for the rest of the room.
If you're anything like us, before beginning a home project you turn to the internet for for inspiration, so we thought it might be helpful to round up some of our favorite buffet makeovers to get your creative wheels turning. The projects below have been graciously shared with us over the last couple of years by the Jolie Community and all have been completed using Jolie products. Keep scrolling for 20 different buffet makeovers in a range of different colors, finishes and styles to inspire your next project.
Photo via Second Chances by Misty
1. This piece was updated by furniture artist Second Chances by Misty using Jolie Paint in Sage. The buffet was lightly distressed before sealing with Clear Finishing Wax and White Wax. Using colored finishing waxes to highlight carved details or recessed areas can add depth and interest to your piece.
3. "I’ve been dying to try Classic Navy by Jolie Paints for some time now, and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint," Lemondrops Reclaimed said of their color choice, "True to it’s name, it’s classic, timeless and will definitely be one of my go-to blues." We love the way the natural wood legs provide the perfect amount of casual to this classic look.
4. Vintage Furniture Reclaimed updated this antique J.K. Rishel sideboard using a custom mix of Jolie Paint in Swedish Grey and Verdigris. Mixing a custom color is a great option when you need to match other elements in the room, such as fabric or accessories. In this case, the blue ceramics, painted oars and scenic paintings combine for a perfectly coastal look.
6. Jolie Retailer Shannon Lynn Studio used a custom mix of Jolie Paint in Santorini and Noir to give this petite sideboard new life. Instead of painting the top, a walnut stain was applied before sealing with Jolie Varnish in Low-Luster for added protection - the wood contrasts beautifully with the navy finish!
Photo via Vintage Apple Designs
7. Vintage Apple Designs used Jolie Paint in Legacy to transform this clean-lined buffet. The smooth finish makes the piece feel fresh and modern. Check out our Tips for Applying a Smooth Finish for details on how to recreate this look. Jolie Paint and Varnish can also be applied using a paint sprayer for an ultra smooth finish.
10. Jolie Retailer Hens Teeth Trading gave this French-inspired buffet a rustic makeover using Jolie Paint in French Blue before distressing and using colored finishing waxes to give the piece a bit more depth and character. Check out our Tips for Creating a Distressed Finish for more information on how to create a similar look.
Photo via Havenwood Farm Co
11. This farmhouse-style piece was updated by Jolie Retailer Havenwood Farm Co. using Jolie Paint in Uptown Ecru. Brown and Black Finishing Wax brings out the beautiful carved details, while a French inspired stencil completes the look. Stencils and image transfers are a great option for pieces that need a little something extra.
Photo via DASH Lifestyles
13. One of the greatest things about painting furniture is you can always repaint. "This sideboard has had a couple makeovers and has evolved with my ever changing styles," says Ashley DASH Lifestyles. Prior to updating the piece with Jolie Paint in Graphite, it was painted Palace White, giving it a more coastal look. Ashley chose to go dark in order to create some contrast in her dining space. "I absolutely love how it turned out and making it dark has added the perfect pop to our light and bright open concept layout."
15. Furniture Art Studio brightened up this solid oak piece from the early 1900s with Jolie Paint in Swedish Grey. Not only is updating vintage and antique pieces good for the environment, they're often also much higher quality than items from today's big box stores. Check out local estate sales and vintage shops to score great deals on quality pieces like this.
Photo via Paint Me White
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Photo via The Country Duck
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