How to Remodel a Buffet Table

Buffet tables are often old or out of style and need updating. You can give a buffet table a completely new look by changing the color and hardware. This gives you a lot of leeway to make the buffet an ideal addition to your personal decor. Try using dark browns and antique white for a look that blends with many home decors. You can use any paint color combinations to redo your table or even stencil on patterns.

Things You'll Need

  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Wood filler
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper, various grades
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer
  • Enamel paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge roller
  • Screwdriver
  • Drawer pulls or knobs


    • 1

      Wash the buffet with trisodium phosphate to get rid of any sticky residue and dirt on the buffet. Use a regular sponge and bucket to wash the buffet. Rinse with plain water and dry thoroughly.

    • 2

      Remove the buffet's hardware using a screwdriver. Set the hardware aside if you are going to use it again.

    • 3

      Fill any damage to the buffet with wood filler using a putty knife. Work the filler into the holes by laying it. Scrape the blade of the putty knife across the wood and filler to level it. Allow the putty to dry according to the package instructions.

    • 4

      Sand the entire buffet starting with 80-grit sandpaper. Follow with 100-grit and 220-grit sandpaper to get a smooth and even surface. Wipe the buffet with a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.

    • 5

      Apply a water-based primer to the furniture using a paintbrush or small sponge roller. Give the buffet an even coat. Use untinted primer so you can paint the buffet with two colors.

    • 6

      Paint the top of the buffet dark brown using enamel paint. Use a sponge roller or paintbrush. Allow the paint to cure before applying a second coat. Most paint cures in 8 to 12 hours.

    • 7

      Apply antique white paint to the bottom half of the buffet using a bristle paintbrush so you can work the paint into the detailing on the sides and legs. Allow the paint to cure for 8 to 12 hours, and then apply a second coat.

    • 8

      Install your new hardware to the buffet using a screwdriver.

Tips & Warnings

  • Replace the hardware on the buffet to complete the look. If the hardware is a different size than the old hardware, fill the old holes with wood filler when you are repairing the buffet and then drill new holes for the new hardware.
  • If you don't use enamel paint, wipe on a polyurethane top coat to protect the surface. This is particularly important on the solid top surface that is used a lot.
  • Always paint in a well-ventilated room.
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