Ooooh this is an oldie, but we turned her into a goodie. This little gem was hiding under my stairs, possibly ashamed of its paint job from days gone past… but we turned that around! New paint, hardware, glass inserts, added moulding and lots (LOTS) of elbow grease, has her standing proud, front and centre, where she should be… the dining room! Once again a lovely buffet cabinet with this cabinet makeover DIY!




I gave everything a good sanding and painted everywhere with the perfect cottage cream colour. Next it was time to add some detail to the drawer fronts…


I love this idea! It added just enough detail for the cabinet makeover. Some decorative moulding and a few simple cuts with a Mitre box and saw, Brad nails, & wood filler. Place the moulding on the drawer in the arrangement and placement you desire, hold in place with a little wood glue. Pop in a couple Brad nails (don’t forget to countersink your nails), fill up your joints and nail-heads with wood filler, then sand it down so its smooth and ready for primer and paint. Pop the drawers back in, and you’re done!


The drawers were lined with a paintable, textured wallpaper from Martha Stewart. I applied it to the interiors of the drawers and the backing of the cabinet behind the glass doors.


It’s easier than you think to add glass to this cabinet makeover. My local glass shop was able to cut the pieces and install them for me for approx. $40. Not too shabby. Not to mention they had plenty of styles of glass to choose from!



I thought it would be fun to add a second colour of paint to the drawer slides and the interior shelving. The soft yellow here works really well with the cottage cream colour of the cabinet. Not too much contrast, but a little surprise and fun nonetheless.



Now, it’s the perfect little piece to hold our family china.┬áThere you have it. I love how this cabinet makeover turned out!




5 Responses

  1. Love it love it!!! What two colors of paint did you use? If you have the brand it would be so helpful. I have a piece of furniture I would like to transform as well. Very impressed:)

    1. Hi Sarah — The creamy colour is Behr Ultra in Cozy Cottage (740C-2), and the soft yellow accent is Benjamin Moore York Harbor Yellow (2154-40). Thanks!!

    1. Wouldn’t you know it… that colour was painted when we first moved 5 yrs ago and I didn’t keep record of it. But I have been asked this question before, and I promise I’m going to get some paint chips and match it for all you fabulous readers!

  2. Dropping in from seeing your nursery chest makeover on YHL. That and this buffet are great makeovers. It’s hard to belive that you could make such changes with relatively simple items – molding, glass and paint. Not to mention the elbow greae, etc. I will definitely be adding you to my reading list.

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