Friday, November 20, 2015

DIY Buffet - Early Birthday Present

When thinking about this post I realized that I have never shown you my completed kitchen, so that will be just around the corner. My kitchen is somewhat small, it functions perfectly for me day to day, but when we entertain, usually buffet style, I run out of space. Trying to figure out how to make the dining room more functional for us in terms of serving guests, I determined we needed an additional piece of furniture, something not too wide or take up much floor space. I began looking online for used pieces, the buffet and sideboard pieces that were available were too large, didn't match my existing furniture or didn't fit the space. So I turned to Pinterest and began to look at how to upcycle an existing piece.

I am familiar with Ana White and when I found directions for this Tryde Console Table  and the many ways people had tweaked it to fit what they needed, I knew this would be perfect. Now to break the news to Mr. Wonderful that I had decided we (as in he does most of the work and I am the "gopher", the holder, the trouble shooter, the lunch maker and picture taker) needed to make a table. He was a bit hesitant, but after looking over the plans agreed to give it a try.

We sat down this morning with the plans, changing our list of needed materials to reflect the dimension changes we made. The store with the big blue sign hadn't seen us in a while, I am sure they have been wondering where we were! All of the supplies were readily available. After returning home and getting busy everything went very quickly. Within about three hours we were finished with the building!

Some of the changes we made were to make it taller, ours stands at 34 inches which is a great serving height. The length is 54 inches, longer than I had planned but it fits the space well. We also added a shelf on the bottom, allowing me to add baskets for additional storage which is always nice!

Both of us are incredibly pleased with how well it turned out.  I now need to fill some nail holes, sand and decide on a finish. I want a painted finish, have you ever used chalk paint, if so do you have any pointers?

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  1. Hey Susan,

    What a beautiful buffet! You all did a wonderful job, and I think it turned out so well.

    We have used chalk paint - both in off white and in sky blue. It is really easy to use and goes on well. We actually just bought it at Hobby Lobby for a fair price.

    You'll have to post the finished product when you complete it.

    Found your post on Social Butterfly.
    Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving~

    1. Thank you so much Melanie, I will definately be showing the finished product!

  2. This turned out wonderful! I haven't used chalk paint before, but my sister uses it all the time and her projects come out amazing. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)