MCM Buffet :: Themed Furniture Makeover Day

Date
Jan, 22, 2015

Ok I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a furniture makeover and I’m so excited to share this MCM Buffet with you today! For those of you that are new around here, each month I get together with some bloggy friends and we all create a piece of furniture based on the same theme. This month’s theme was “Inspired By”.

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MCM BUFFET MAKEOVER

MCM Buffet

My inspiration didn’t really come from one piece in particular. I’ve been wanting to use hairpin legs for a while now and when I found these ones on sale here, I knew they would be perfect for this piece.

This is a similar look that helped inspire me.

Buffet Inspiration

So back in the summer when I was in Pittsburgh I went to my new favorite place, Construction Junction. I came across this legless buffet sitting in the corner and ran over to it immediately. I hoped to God that Gary wasn’t coming back for it.

Before Buffet

And for $10? DONE. Load that baby up!

I did a lot of brainstorming about what kind of legs I wanted to put on it. If I had half the talent Sarah M. Dorsey has, I still wouldn’t have been able to do this. She amazes me.

Hairpin legs were always in the back of my mind, but I just didn’t want to pay the price for them. When I finally found the perfect ones on sale, I knew it was meant to be.

Luckily there was enough support under this thing to screw the legs into.

Hairpin Legs

Once those were attached, I gave the whole piece a light sanding to remove Gary’s name and all the other little bumps and bruises.

I stained the whole piece using Minwax’s Dark Walnut and sealed it using General Finishes High Performance Satin Topcoat. Easy peasy!

I stained the inside as well, but wanted to add a little something else to jazz this guy up a bit. I’m in LOVE with this fabric that I found at Jo-Ann’s and added it to the back inside panel using some Mod Podge.

Inside Buffet After

And that’s it! I’m absolutely in love with this piece. We’re going to use it as our new tv stand but you know how it goes around here; poopy colored living room walls and terrible lighting means this guy gets a photo shoot outside against my DIY Backdrop Wall.

And I was so excited to use my new record player in the shoot!

Before and After MCM Buffet

Buffet After

Styled MCM Buffet

Vintage MCM Buffet

Themed Furniture Makeover Day MCM Buffet

Now we actually need to start using this guy! I hate disconnecting tv wires, boo.

Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing projects from my bloggy friends below.

Have a fabulous day everyone!



MCM Buffet

January 20, 2015

brepurposed

107 Comments

  1. Reply

    divya

    March 7, 2017

    Very beautiful. I loved it so much. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Reply

    Christina @ Operation Home

    February 18, 2015

    I heart this so much! Perfect!! 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      February 19, 2015

      Thank you Christina!!

  3. Reply

    sarah dorsey

    February 7, 2015

    Thanks for the link! 🙂 Love how it turned out – looks SO good! I recently found a set of hairpin legs at the thrift store – I’m looking forward to using them!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      February 8, 2015

      You’re so welcome! And thank you, Sarah! That means a lot coming from you 🙂 I can’t believe you found hairpin legs at the thrift store, that’s incredible! Can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  4. Reply

    Carissa Rasmussen

    February 3, 2015

    I just love everything about this! You are being featured at Outside {the Box} this week. Thanks for all your amazing inspiration:)

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      February 3, 2015

      Yay, thank you so much Carissa!!

  5. Reply

    Shannon Churchill

    February 1, 2015

    I am so in love with this piece, Bre!! It’s simply stunning.:) Such fabulous work!!

  6. Reply

    Amber

    February 1, 2015

    Love this!!!! I found the EXACT same unit at a yard sale last summer! Its so cool seeing how the same item can be transformed with different visions! Would love you to check mine out! http://www.averielane.com/2014/09/mid-century-credenza-before-after.html?

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      February 1, 2015

      yay! Thank you SO much Amber!! Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!!

  7. Reply

    Lisa at Mabey She Made It

    January 31, 2015

    I LOVE this piece!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      February 1, 2015

      Thank you so much!!

  8. Reply

    Kyla @HouseOfHipsters

    January 31, 2015

    Hey lady! We all loved your dresser sooooo much! We decided to feature it on Found & Foraged tonight!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      February 1, 2015

      Yay! Thank you so much my friend! XO

  9. Reply

    Danielle

    January 30, 2015

    How lovely!!! You did a great job repurposing this one! Thanks for linking up with us at the Motivational Monday link party this week! Hope you’ll join us again at next week’s party! Have a great Friday!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

  10. Reply

    Jocie@OneProjectCloser

    January 29, 2015

    wow bre, i love this one!! i would never have thought of going there, but its just so beautiful! I chose you this week to be one of our Creativity Unleashed Rockstars from last week’s link party. I’m heading over to FB now to campaign on your behalf to be the BIG MEGA rockstar – hope you win. Voting is open! 🙂 http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/creativity-unleashed-link-party/

  11. Reply

    Candace

    January 28, 2015

    What a score! Nice add ons of the legs. Such a great idea! Thanks for linking up with the Creative Spark Link Party!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 29, 2015

      Thank you so much, Candace!!

  12. Reply

    karen

    January 28, 2015

    Hubba hubba! I am in love! Wow, $10??? It looks like it could easily sell for $1,000 now. I love everything about it, the legs, the cute wallpaper backing, the stain color. Pinning!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 29, 2015

      Thank you so much, Karen! I still can’t believe it was only $10!

  13. Reply

    Shelly -minettesmaze.blogspot.com/

    January 28, 2015

    Another great project!!!!! Love LOVE LOVE!! Thanks for sharing with us again on DIY Sunday Showcase! Pinned!

    Shelly@minettesmaze

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 29, 2015

      Thank you so much, Shelly!!

  14. Reply

    Kyla @HouseOfHipsters

    January 28, 2015

    Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 29, 2015

      Thank you friend!!

  15. Reply

    Roxanne

    January 27, 2015

    I really love what you did with this piece! The fabric backing is really a nice touch. And don’t even get me started on your DIY backdrop wall, genius! All-around awesome!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 27, 2015

      Aw thank you so much Roxanne! Glad you stopped by 🙂

  16. Reply

    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    January 25, 2015

    Absolutely gorgeous Bre! It totally looks brandnew!! And for $10? I love a good deal and you did an amazing job transforming it!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      I couldn’t believe it was only $10! Thanks Kendra!!

  17. Reply

    Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

    January 24, 2015

    Ohh this is SO neat! Loving those cute little legs. I love how it slides open, too!! AND I love the fabric. Nice work!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      thank you so much Amanda!! 🙂

  18. Reply

    Martha

    January 24, 2015

    Hi Bre: A beautiful piece. A question: I sand all of my mid century stuff down the raw wood veneer before restaining but sometimes the veneer is too thin. So, I’m wondering if you sanded this down or did you just scuff up the surface then stain? I just ordered my first can of General Finishes Gel Stain because I’ve heard that GF gel stains can be applied to an already stained piece without the extra step of sanding down to the raw wood. Thoughts? Thx!!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Hi Martha! Thank you 🙂 I just lightly scuffed it up since it was already pretty much down to the raw wood. I’ve used GF Gel Stain before and love it! Although, I found that I did need to sand a little bit before applying it to get the desired look that I wanted. I have read successful stories of using it directly over a stained piece though. It will probably take a little trial and error to see what you like!

  19. Reply

    Katie @ UpcycledTreasures

    January 23, 2015

    First off, this transformation is BEAUTIFUL and second…. I am sooooo jealous that you found this piece for $10!!! Ummmm can I come visit and go thrift store shopping with you? 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      haha thanks Katie! And um yes! How fun would that be?! 🙂

  20. Reply

    Amy | Canary Street Crafts

    January 23, 2015

    Love it, Bre! The legs are perfect!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you Amy!!

  21. Reply

    Chelsea

    January 23, 2015

    YES!!! So pretty, Bre! Gorgeous makeover! Love it.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you so much, Chelsea!!

  22. Reply

    Jacque

    January 22, 2015

    Beautiful makeover, the legs are the perfect touch to the piece! Thanks so much for linking up!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you Jacque!!

  23. Reply

    Kathy @petticoatjunktion

    January 22, 2015

    You never cease to amaze me Bre. You have great taste. The piece looks so different now. I’m loving the hair pin legs. I have to get some of those.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      aw thank you Kathy! I appreciate that 🙂 xo

  24. Reply

    Katie @ Little House of Four

    January 22, 2015

    Okay, this is probably one of my favorite makeover of yours (Ha, I feel like I say that after every one!) I love the hairpin legs and the addition of the fun fabric. You rocked it!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      haha thanks girl!!

  25. Reply

    Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    January 22, 2015

    Wow! Such a creative makeover! It looks great and adding hairpin legs completely transformed the cabinet. Sharing and pinning!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you so much Wendi! And thanks for sharing 🙂

  26. Reply

    Val @ Home Made Modern

    January 22, 2015

    Oh. My. Goodness. I’m in love. AWESOME job!!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you so much, Val!!

  27. Reply

    Jeanette

    January 22, 2015

    Wow, wow wow! I love this piece! The fabric is perfect. I just know Gary is kicking himself right now! Jeanette

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      haha! I hope he is 😉 Thanks Jeanette!

  28. Reply

    Havok

    January 22, 2015

    Love the addition of the fabric on the back! Would modpodge hold it there securely? I know that stuff is awesome, but I’ve never used it with fabric, and this is tempting!
    The dark stain color is fabulous as well!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thanks Havok! And yes, modpodge is awesome and works great with fabric! I’ve used it a bunch of times to attach it to furniture and it holds up great!

  29. Reply

    Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    January 22, 2015

    Love this, Bre! Totally retro and it looks like the legs were always meant to go with this piece! Awesome as usual 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you Christy!! xo

  30. Reply

    Shanna Gilbert

    January 22, 2015

    What a deal you got on this piece! I love the legs you chose for it! Gorgeous!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you so much Shanna!!

  31. Reply

    Danielle

    January 22, 2015

    Beautiful! I’d love you to share this at my link party if you get a chance – Silver Pennies Sundays!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you so much, Danielle! I just linked up 🙂

  32. Reply

    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    January 22, 2015

    Oh my I’m loving this transformation Bre. The hairpin legs are perfect and so is the dark walnut stain. Lov’n the blue & white fabric, or is it grey, hard to tell. $10.00!!! That’s one of those “start the car…start the car” moments!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      haha you bet it was! I ran over to it and practically sat on it to make sure no one else claimed it! The fabric is grey and I know I’ll be using it again! Thanks Marie!!

  33. Reply

    Kristi

    January 22, 2015

    SO gorgeous Bre! LOVE those hairpin legs and the fabric lined back looks fantastic!!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thanks Kristi!! I’m in love with the legs too!

  34. Reply

    Leigh Anne

    January 22, 2015

    Are you kidding me right now?! You are SO TALENTED! This is gorgeous and I want it for myself!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      hahaha aw thanks girl! I could never sell this piece, I love it so much!

  35. Reply

    Melody@My Passion For Decor

    January 22, 2015

    I love a great MCM piece and this one is fab!! Great idea to add the hairpin legs. Perfection!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 26, 2015

      Thank you so much, Melody!!

  36. Reply

    Beth

    January 22, 2015

    Wow! It’s amazing what some great legs can do for a piece. ;). Beautiful job!

    Blessings,
    Beth

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      Thank you, Beth!! 🙂

  37. Reply

    Lindsay Eidahl

    January 22, 2015

    I have that same fan! Love the transformation!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      Ah really?! Isn’t it the best? Thanks Lindsay 🙂

  38. Reply

    Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    January 22, 2015

    That is awesome!!! I love the legs…and really love how you have it styled! Perfect!
    Nancy

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      Thank you so much, Nancy!!

  39. Reply

    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

    January 22, 2015

    Love this style! I love adding hairpin legs to anything I can. Great job, Bre!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      Thanks friend! I have a feeling I’ll be using hairpin legs again 😉

  40. Reply

    karin

    January 22, 2015

    Oh my gosh don’t know what I love more…the piece or the freakin awesome records and record player… SO cool how totally changed the look with those legs!
    I also featured your truck this week at our Be~YOU~tiful Link party
    Hugs,
    Karin

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      AH I know, I love how the look came together with the records! And thank you so much for featuring my trunk!

  41. Reply

    Katherines Corner

    January 22, 2015

    looks terrific and familiar, I think we had one similar when I was a teen.I hope you will share at my blog hop today xo

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      Thank you Katherine!! I will definitely be linking up 🙂

  42. Reply

    Debbie

    January 22, 2015

    Gary would be proud! ha! Amazing makeover! Love it all, styling perfection!
    Debbie

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      haha I sure hope so! Thank you Debbie!

  43. Reply

    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

    January 22, 2015

    Bre, your project is Ahhmazing! Seriously from the hairpin legs to your color choice of stain and that fabulous fabric inside. It’s a stunning piece and the way you styled it is the coolest.
    cheers

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      Aww thank you so much, Therese!

  44. Reply

    Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge

    January 22, 2015

    WOW. This is a really great project. I love the hairpin legs. They really make it into a statement piece! And the dark stain is perfect. Nice job on the fabric lined interior too. You nailed it once again!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      January 23, 2015

      Thank you so much Angie!! I’ve been dying to use hairpin legs and was so happy I finally found a piece to use them on!

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