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Vintage Buffet: 3-Step Simple Makeover


The moment that we saw this vintage buffet we fell in love with it! We were drawn to the ornate trellis details on the glass and the way that it complemented the gentle lines of the piece. Although it had been forgotten in a barn for years, we knew that it only needed a 3-step simple makeover to give it a new life and to make it a dining room focal point once again. In this article, we are sharing with you how we completed this makeover and how you can do the same with a piece of your own in 3 simple steps.




First, the buffet hardware was removed and it was cleaned inside and out. The buffet top was lifted off the bottom and set down so as to expose the surface of the boom piece. All of the outer surfaces were sanded with a fine grit sandpaper to prepare the buffet for paint. This is not always necessary but the glossy finish of this piece was an indicator to us that sanding would help the paint adhere to its surfaces. Painters tape was used to tape off the glass so as to avoid getting paint on the glass surface.

Second, the dresser was painted Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint.  We chose the color Maison White because we knew this cool white would make the lines of the buffet pop and because we know it is a customer favorite - a top seller!


We love working with Maison Blanche paint because it has low VOC's (volatile organic compounds), little to no odor, and no fast drying additives - making it a better choice for the environment and our health. We also love that the paint line was created by an artist for other artists - from beginners to professionals. 

We used two coats of this paint and lightly sanded between coats to knock off any high points and brush strokes. When we were done painting, and unlike when we use other paint brands, our brush and hands came clean easily with some hot water and soap.

Third, we finished this piece using Maison Blanche Antique Wax in the Light Brown color. We use this color a lot; it is our go-to for creating that beautiful aged vintage patina.It gives more depth to a piece and it highlights its lines, groves, and creases. We applied the wax using a brush and we used a soft cloth to wipe it smooth as we worked - both of which washed up clean with hot water and soap when we were done.

The wax can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours to set depending on temperature and humidity levels.  Once our wax was set, we rubbed it down using an old t-shirt (a soft cloth works too). This is done to buff the finish and to give it a little sheen. This step can be skipped if a matte finish is preferred. Once the wax has cured, in 24 to 48 hours, it creates a tough, hard, seal that protects the piece and its finish from damage. Once cured, we placed the top of the buffet back onto the bottom piece, removed the painters tape, and stepped back to admire our work. This buffet is now ready for a new home where it will be loved and used again.



If you would like to achieve this look on a piece of furniture of your own - in 3 simply steps, here is what you will need: 

  • Household cleaner
  • Fine grit sandpaper (we used 220)
  • Painters tape
  • Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint (Maison White is what we used)
  • Maison Blanche Antique Wax in (Light Brown is what we used)
  • Large paint brush of your choice
  • An old t-shirt / soft cloth
  • Soap and water

If you would like to purchase the supplies you need to complete this project, if you need help finding a great piece of vintage furniture, or you have questions about this 3 step makeover process, contact us or visit our storefront in Jacksonville Florida.

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