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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. It’s very pretty. I love the mirror gallery but can see how it limits using lamps. I would be leaning toward tall candles and greenery. Your closet door marbled looking glass would have been really pretty in place of the grasscloth but you could always do that later. You and Robert are so talented.

  2. Love it! Vote to keep the top minimally decorated or even bare, since the mirrors are so striking 🤩 less stuff = easy dusting . Ha!

  3. Since you have a very busy wall, Less is more! This looks great. Actually, even without cutting that base off, I think once you painted it, it would have looked good even with that base on it.

  4. Not my style, Lauren, but still stunningly beautiful. And if you ever decide to get rid of that long mirror at the very top, let me know! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for for ages to put over my piano. I just love it and am a little green w/envy that you have it and I don’t! Just teasing, but still…

    1. Haha! Thank you, Naomi. I found that one on Ebay actually to finish the wall of my collection so maybe try there? Or Etsy?

  5. Find a pair of sparkly or clear glass base lamps and use wire shades only–no fabric, but make sure the shades are shapely, not plain. Put in vintage style amber bulbs for ambiance. Don’t cover up that beautiful gallery of vintage mirrors! BTW….please tell us where you got those neat furniture legs!

  6. Stunning! And I love the mirrors. Add greenery (a faux plant perhaps) and candlesticks. Skip the lamps since the height would be competing with mirrors for attention. Once the top is decorated then play with the mirrors if all still seems “off”. Such a fabulous makeover!

  7. You two never fail to amaze me! Y’all have such a fantastic sense of style, and you know just what to do to pull it off. Now I want to paint my buffet white! You’re killing me Lauren! Lol!

  8. You both did such a beautiful job on the buffet. I always admire your creativity and definitely your DIYs. I do think there are too many mirrors above this beautiful piece. Maybe just enough mirrors to balance the width of the buffet would look nice. The buffet would look great with two lamps but might be overwhelming with all those mirrors above it. You don’t want anything to detract from this lovely piece. Less is more might be the way to go. Please continue to post DIYs. Everything that you do is always perfectly done and inspiring. I did copy your botanical wall in my dining room and I get so many compliments on it.

  9. This looks amazing. I have two pieces of my grandmothers furniture I have to refinish this summer and i am terrified. This post along with your ‘how to’ will be my go-to guide. Thanks so much!!

  10. Wow! That is spectacular! I’ve been putting off painting (from cherry wood to white) an entertainment center that I recently bought second-hand because I’m intimidated by the size (and intricacy). But now I’m inspired. I’ll go read your how-to posts first! Thanks so much!

  11. WOW!! Well done, guys!

    If you keep the mirrors I’d not put anything on top – except maybe a runner to protect it?

    If you simplify the wall then I agree low basket and greenery or low basket with moss balls or something earthy like that.

    But that wall needs no competition and looks great still – truly. Don’t add anything else to detract from it.

  12. It was definitively the right choice to go with the grasscloth Lauren. It looks so smart and sophisticated.

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