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Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover

How we transformed a bulky thrifted piece of furniture into a chic modern glam buffet with brass spray paint, hardware, and grasscloth wallpaper.

It always starts the same way. The classic thrifty furniture makeover. The Cinderella story. The underdog.

I think there’s a reason why secondhand furniture makeovers have a special place in my heart. Because I’m a sucker for a good underdog tale.

And this one wasn’t exactly the head of the pack when I found it on Facebook Marketplace a few weeks ago.

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover

It wasn’t terrible; it just wasn’t my style. But it had good bones and was solid as a rock. So we decided it was totally worth busting out the power tools and paint.

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The Steps:

1. Since we wanted to change the silhouette of the buffet while keeping it the same height, we decided to cut off the bottom boards to make the bottom of the buffet look less bulky. So we removed all of the screws in the bottom boards first.

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover

2. Then Robert just ran his circular saw along the seam to cut off the buffet’s base.

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover - Removing the bottom board to add decorative feet

3. On the drawers, I used wood filler on the knob holes and sanded it down when dry to have a fresh start for the new pulls I wanted to add.

4. We moved the sanding dust with tack cloth and a shop vac and hauled it outside to prime.

5. I don’t always prime furniture (but when I do… sorry. Dos Equis joke. 😉 ) But whenever I’m painting white onto a dark wood piece of furniture, I apply primer or spray shellac as a stain blocker to prevent any bleed-through causing the white paint to turn pink.

6. While the spray primer was drying on the buffet, I sprayed the furniture legs my favorite brass spray paint since I didn’t love the shiny yellow-y gold finish on the legs before.

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover | adding decorative feet to a buffet

7. Once everything was dry, we flipped the buffet on its back and attached the legs in the corners of the base with the drill.

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover | Fusion Mineral Paint

8. Then I gave everything two coats of the Fusion Mineral Paint Picket Fence.

9. For the glass fronts on the doors, I applied the removable grass cloth wallpaper, moving slowly from one side and carefully pressing out any air bubbles with a wallpaper smoother along the way.

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover | Adding removable grasscloth wallpaper to a glass cabinet for concealed storage and added texture

10. Once I put the glass back in the doors and attached the doors and drawers with new hardware, voila! Fancy new buffet!

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover

It really does look like a super pricey designer version of another buffet I’d found as inspiration for this one.

And in all, it cost about $350 for the buffet itself + paint + pulls + knobs + feet all together. Not too shabby.

If we ever decide we don’t want the grasscloth anymore, it’s completely removable. So we can always switch it back to glass doors if we want. I love the subtle texture it adds and the fact that it can conceal everything stored inside of the buffet.

I still have to figure out how to style the top.

What would you do? A pair of buffet lamps maybe? Leave it plain? Add just a bowl and/or tray for an accent?

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover

Some days I absolutely love this mirror gallery wall in our dining room, and then some days I crave simplicity.

It stays for now though. And it feels a lot more cozy and grounded with this beaut underneath it. Someone on Instagram said I should name it Betty White, so that’s her name from here on out. 😉

Seems fitting. Spunky and sassy yet always a class act.

Footed Grasscloth Buffet Makeover

If you want more thrifty furniture makeover ideas, you can see them all here.

And if you ever feel intimidated to paint furniture, don’t be! You can start with this Beginner’s Guide to Painting Furniture. Fair warning: it’s totally addicting. Just add coffee and good tunes and it’s instant therapy.

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49 Comments

  1. Oh my I don’t even know what to say except fabulous!!! I’m jealous and want your Betty White. It’s really stunning. Loving the grasscloth. You guys did an amazing job.

  2. Love he leg addition, i takes on a dramatically look, good idea. I will remember that while looking for my rescued piece of furniture. The mirror wall you created, made me do this too my dIning room, get lots of compliments on this. Enjoy your posts!

  3. Oh, Just Love Betty!!! I think she needs some greenery to tie the whole wall into life. Gorgeous Betty will steal the show!

  4. Another project well done and inspirational! Maybe simplify mirrors, keeping some. They look great, but coming down so low, it may be too busy with the addition of things on top of buffet. I agree with previous reply to add some greenery. Maybe mirrors would all work with low profile items on top of buffet…..I know you will solve the “design dilemma!” Have fun!

  5. For the mirror ensemble, you might consider going with an odd number of pieces rather than the even number eight that are currently on display. I am never happy with even numbers and lean to either three’s or fives’s for groupings on tabletops or walls.

  6. I love it ! I think it really looks great with your mirror wall. Everything picks up from the wall color, the buffet and the gold.

  7. Well let me just pull my tongue back in my mouth! That looks fantastic. One of the many things I love about you is that y’all are not afraid of a challenge! Okay, here’s another… all the things you do are fabulous! Y’all make a great team! Love it!

  8. I think the whole arrangement of the dark wall, the gold mirrors and the mirrors picking up the gold knobs is absolutely beautiful. It is very, very classy looking. I hope you decide to keep what you have already done. Perhaps just a very low, long bowl would work for something to go on top of the buffet. Lamps would distract from your already gorgeous wall.

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