Chalk Painted Buffet as a Wedding Gift

Date
Aug, 20, 2014

As you’ve probably already guessed, this post has nothing to do with food 😉 I’m here to reveal the buffet that I made for my friend, Darci, for her wedding this past weekend!

I offered to make her something as a gift and she said they were looking for a buffet for their dining room. Imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this at a garage sale right up the street from our apartment.

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CHALK PAINTED WEDDING GIFT BUFFET

Painted Buffet After

The woman I bought it from had repurposed it herself a while back, and it was in dire need of a makeover. Darci said she wanted it to be pretty neutral since they’re just renting an apartment right now and said she’d like it to be either off white or cream on the bottom with a stained top. Done and done!

Old Buffet Before

For the bottom I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Old White. For the top, I used the same General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain that I used on my Mini Mid Century piece. It’s so rich and soaks into the wood so well, I can’t get enough of it. I surprised myself with how good it looked!

Stain for Top of Buffet

Once dry, I sealed it up with some flat top coat.

Topcoat

Stained top of Wedding Buffet

Since the entire piece was already painted in that greenish color, when I distressed the bottom, some of that color showed through. Even though I wasn’t planning on a layering effect, it happened anyway and I like the character it adds!

The top drawer was lined with some interesting paper as well as some left over green felt.

Old Felt in Buffet Drawer

After doing a little research, I found out that the top drawers of furniture used to be lined with felt if they were storing fine jewelry or fine fabric. Interesting! But it wasn’t staying.

I scraped some of it off but it was on there pretty good. I bought a piece of foam core and cut it to size and then mod podged some fabric onto it.

Applying Fabric

Much better!

Fabric in Buffet Drawers

I also lined the inside shelf with the same fabric and added a special little touch 😉 I wanted to incorporate their wedding date, or monogram somehow, without it looking tacky and taking away from the look of the buffet. While I was at A.C. Moore one day, I found the perfect little wooden letters.

Lined Fabric Shelf

Inside Buffet

I was so excited to see her reaction and she loved it!

Finished Wedding Buffet

After Chalk Painted Buffet

Congratulations to Darci and Adam! Hope you guys are having a fabulous time in Mexico!

Wedding Buffet

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51 Comments

  1. Reply

    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

    August 26, 2014

    Another gorgeous piece Bre! It’s amazes me what you can do with a yard sale find. I love the date you added on the inside and the fabric you used. Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark Link Party. Hope you join us again tomorrow.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze

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    Katherines Corner

    August 23, 2014

    Wow, well done, love it! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Hugs!

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    Pam@over50feeling40

    August 21, 2014

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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      brepurposed

      August 21, 2014

      Thank you Pam!

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    Bre @ Average But Inspired

    August 21, 2014

    Oh my gosh, what a wonderful wedding gift! I adore the fact that you put the wedding date in there. Such a special touch. Well done, Bre! I want to get married again and invite you to my wedding!!

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      brepurposed

      August 21, 2014

      hahah sounds like a plan to me! Maybe renew the wedding vows?!

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    Sara

    August 21, 2014

    This is gorgeous Bre!… as always 🙂

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      brepurposed

      August 21, 2014

      Thank you Sara!!

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    Lindsay Eidahl

    August 21, 2014

    Looks great!

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      brepurposed

      August 21, 2014

      Thanks Lindsay!

  7. Reply

    Trish

    August 21, 2014

    What an amazing transformation. You are very talented.

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      brepurposed

      August 21, 2014

      Thank you so much, Trish!!

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    Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    August 20, 2014

    So pretty! Love those knobs too!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Aren’t they awesome?! I couldn’t resist! Thanks, Jen 🙂

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    Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    August 20, 2014

    The mahogany stain looks amazing! Beautiful as always, and such an amazing, one of a kind gift <3

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      I’m not usually a mahogany fan but I fell in love! Thanks, Amy!

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    Stephanie @ Sandpaper and Glue

    August 20, 2014

    this looks great– and what a nice touch one the shelf when it’s opened up!!

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    Stephanie @ Sandpaper and Glue

    August 20, 2014

    this looks fantastic- and what a nice touch inside too!!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      thank you Stephanie!! 🙂

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    Leslie @ House on the Way

    August 20, 2014

    Love the transformation! Gorgeous!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Thanks so much Leslie!

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    Nicole B.

    August 20, 2014

    Beautiful! The “before” was just begging for some Brepurposed lovin! Love the distressing on all the edges and that pretty hardware!!!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      haha sure was! Thanks Nicole 🙂

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    Sarah

    August 20, 2014

    Oh my god, the “before” is so sad…the dangling hardware on the drawer kills me. 🙂 But I love the round knobs you chose for the drawers in the after!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      haha I know right?! It was begging for a makeover!

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    Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

    August 20, 2014

    Bre, another gorgeous piece of furniture!! I love it! I’m really liking the white with natural wood look. The contrast totally makes it pop. And so cute to add their date! Great job, it’s beautiful!! I’m visiting ya today from Creative Spark Link Party. 🙂 Happy hump day!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      I LOVE the white and wood look, I can’t get enough of it! Thank you for the kind words, Amanda! Glad you stopped over 🙂

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    Dee @CupcakesandCrowbars

    August 20, 2014

    What a beautiful makeover! I love the wedding date – such a subtle and thoughtful touch!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Thank you Dee! I wanted to add it on there without it looking tacky, and was so happy I found a way to do it!

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    Funky Junk Interiors

    August 20, 2014

    What a gorgeous outcome! That piece is perfection and what a lovely way to give a gift!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Thank you Donna! It’s always fun giving a unique gift 🙂

  18. Reply

    Vicki and Jennifer

    August 20, 2014

    You have created such a beautiful,thoughtful gift for your friend! I love that you included the wedding date inside – so unique! She is a very lucky lady to have you as a friend 🙂

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Thank you so much! She loved it, so that’s all that matters!

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    kim- Today's Creative Blog

    August 20, 2014

    brilliant idea to use fabric covered foam core!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      It worked like a charm!

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    Lisa at Concord Cottage

    August 20, 2014

    WOW it looks amazing!! What a difference and I just love how you added their wedding date for that personal touch!!! Lisa

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Thanks Lisa!! I wanted to make it personalized somehow and was so happy I found those little wooden numbers!

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    Kristi

    August 20, 2014

    What a {gorgeous} gift! I LOVE that the green shows through a bit and those knobs are SO pretty! LOVE it Bre!

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Thank you Kristi!! The knobs were one of my favorite parts too!

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    Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle

    August 20, 2014

    Very pretty..what a nice touch using their wedding date. I am sure they will treasure it forever.

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      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Thank you Kim! I’m so glad she loved it 🙂

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    Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee

    August 20, 2014

    Simply brilliant! I really love that stain. I’ll have to look for it.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      August 20, 2014

      Thank you Melissa! It works so well, you should totally try it!

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