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Antique Printer’s Cabinet Makeover

I’ve been keeping a little secret from you guys.

A secret that actually all started with a totally-random-but-brilliant idea cooked up by Robert… you know that handiman around here who graciously puts up with his hair-brained boss lady (a.k.a. me)?

I’m so excited to show y’all a few surprises in our living room that are happening, all brought about by Robert saying to me one night mid-Netflixathon, “Let’s move some things around in here.” As if this man of mine didn’t sweep me off my feet already, he goes and says that.

So now, meet Phase 1 of the Living Room Remix:

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I found this buffet table on Craigslist the other week that I knew could be a real showstopper as a faux Pottery Barn inspired vintage printer’s cabinet. Except we’re putting it to use as a media cabinet.

We cranked this one out just in time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday with a few of my blogger friends (their makeovers are at the end of this post).

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The first thing I wanted to do was square up the waterfall top of the buffet and beef it up with some rustic looking wood.

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We laid the 1×10 and 1×12 boards side by side on top of the buffet and cut them with the circular saw to have a 2″ overhang on each side.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

With a pencil, we marked the edge of the buffet to line up the square dowels to fit for the wood top.

Then, using finishing nails and a line of Liquid Nails for extra stability, we attached the square dowels on the line we marked around the whitewood boards. (Which you can see demonstrated by that ham in the picture below.)

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

After all the dowels were attached around the three edges of the boards, we applied Liquid Nails all over. This is the new top of the buffet upside-down.

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We flipped the new top over and fit it to the top of the buffet, then secured it in place using more finishing nails.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

For the fronts of the buffet drawers and doors, we used the measurements to make a faux drawer front template.

And we marked the plywood using the template.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

If you have a table saw, that would actually be easier, but Robert used the circular saw to carefully cut the plywood for the faux drawer fronts. I think this guy is due for a table saw for Father’s Day.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

It was pretty tedious, but we ended up cutting 24 plywood pieces.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

Then, we dry fit the plywood pieces on the drawers and doors to make sure they would fit. We laid the buffet on its back at this point so we could work on a flat surface for the front.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

To attach them, we used more Liquid Nails and pressed them in place. It only takes about a minute for the adhesive to set.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

We spaced all of the plywood pieces by about the thickness of a nickel.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

When the plywood pieces were all placed and set, we used a tape measure and level to mark holes for the cup pulls.

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Once the hardware holes were marked and drilled, I gave the entire buffet two coats of the antique walnut gel stain and attached the cup pulls.

Now our little white cabinet has been replaced by this guy…

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Bam! And now we have even more DVD storage space because we’re sort of movie hoarders.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

All of the project supplies we had to buy plus the price of the original buffet ended up being about $150, which is loads cheaper than anything I’d be able to find at Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

Soon, we’ll be moving our TV from over our fireplace to on top of this big daddy.

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

What do you think? Does it pass for the more pricey kind? I’m so excited that I’ll finally be able to decorate the top of the mantel without a big honkin’ TV taking over now.

(P.S. We’ve officially kicked off kitchen makeover progress that I can’t wait to show y’all next week. Ahhh!)

Antique Printer's Cabinet Makeover | blesserhouse.com - Cool way to give a Pottery Barn look to a plain buffet!

You can pop over to my T2T blogger gal pals to see their thrifty makeovers too:

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(Clockwise from top left):

Prodigal Pieces  |  Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer  |  Girl in the Garage  | Artsy Chicks Rule

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132 Comments

  1. I absolutely love what you have done They are really show stoppers. I wish I had a partner to work with sometimes as it would make it easier to bounce ideas off of and do things like this. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’d heard amazing things about this brand and wanted to give it a shot. Gel stain was what I needed to make the finish work on both the original wood on the buffet and the new wood we added. And I loved the antique walnut color.

        1. I roughed it up just a little bit with fine grit sandpaper. Nothing too abrasive. Just enough to give it some tooth. Then, wiped off the dust. For the raw wood, I applied the stain and wiped it back with a clean rag, and did two coats that way. For the already stained cabinet, I painted one one coat and let it dry. With gel stain, you can paint it on for a darker finish or you can wipe it like a regular stain. It’s up to you and the look you want.

  2. Have mercy!!! This is so beautiful. You and Christy have THE BEST blogs ever! Can’t get enough of your posts! The cherry on top is you’re from SC and so am I.

  3. I am truly in awe of you guys.! This transformation is too fabulous for me to find the right words!! You have honestly made my day in soooo many ways. To have the link for a 10 pack of cup pulls for that price, awesome! So far my best price for just one has been $6.
    It is so cool that you have your husband on the same page with design ideas. Can’t wait to see what team Bless’er cook up next.! Have a brilliant day 🙂

        1. Oh good you found it! I was about to come to your rescue with the link. 🙂 Sorry. It was probably not very easy to see.

    1. Aw you totally just made my day, Min! Hope those cup pulls come in handy for you! I just found some even cheaper on 99centknobs.com They’re seriously $1 each!

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