French Provincial Buffet Makeover

This summer I worked on quite a few projects and I'm just getting around to posting some of my completed pieces. This French Provincial Buffet makeover had a bumpy start but ended up being a great piece.

The eat in area of our kitchen has seen many buffet and hutch combos, a metro wire shelving unit and most recently this lovely French Provincial piece. 

My hair stylist hooked me up with clients of hers, also locals. The couple had moved their father into a retirement home and were remodeling the home for resale. They offered me a bunch of free furniture. It pays to let your friends know if you are looking for furniture for yourself or your business.

I decided to keep just the base because I wanted a bigger display surface for our kitchen. My mistake was priming in the garage in the heat of summer. The primer dried too quickly and was so streaky and rough. I have never had this experience before and almost tossed the whole project. After a cooling off period (me, not the weather!) I gave it a light sanding and decided to see how it would look painted. 

Country Chic Paint sent me chalk paint, their natural wax and a paint brush. I chose Simplicity, a lovely white, and Cobblestone (for a different project.)

We moved the buffet indoors to avoid the heat. The Country Chic chalk paint went on beautifully and in my opinion saved this piece from being tossed. I'm not always patient ;) I used their natural wax for protection and to give the buffet a soft sheen. Seriously, no yucky smell. My iphone photos are not the best quality but at least I got photos lol. 

I decided to keep the original hardware but sprayed it black. 

As I mentioned, I didn't want another buffet/hutch combo like I have had in this spot several times. I decided I was looking for a buffet style piece so I could use the horizontal surface for serving and display. I like that a buffet is less bulky than a tall piece for this smaller space. But as lovely as the lines of this piece are, especially in this pretty Simplicity, I decided that French Provincial doesn't 'speak' to my design style. I prefer a rustic country or modern farmhouse look. Once the decision was made, I listed this piece for sale and it quickly went to a new home. 

I am in the middle of a DIY project to add that horizontal display surface but this time with more open storage. The reveal will be in the next week or so. The decision to sell pieces isn't always easy, but I am getting much better at understanding my preferred design style. And the added income from sales is always welcome. 

After a great two month summer vacation I had a rough time settling back into my work routine. I always appreciate my time off work but the change in routine and extra time available in the summer makes it hard for me to go back to full time employment.  A few weeks later I am now feeling more motivated and hope to share here on the blog more often. For frequent updates you can find me on Instagram


  1. I always find that white paint on an ornate piece brings out all the charm of the piece. Great job!

  2. Welcome back to blogging! Summer sure was busy and went by so fast for me. I love how this buffet turned out. It is really pretty. I'd like to do something with our dining set which is a pine look so it's that ugly golden orange look. Ugh. I'm just to chicken to do anything to it and it's a lot of wood to paint! haha. I like your chalkboard on the wall. Enjoy the rest of the week. Pam

  3. I love it! The white paint really made a big difference. I love the hutch part too, but completely understand since you already have one nearby. I like the chalkboard above it.

  4. You did a beautiful job, but I agree, it's not really your style.

  5. Free? A french provincial buffet and hutch? Incredible! Your transformation was gorgeous!!!!

  6. Love the transformation..I love how you've used useful lovely things for decor!

  7. Cindy (lehtinen@sympatico.ca)January 6, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Hi, I would like to inquire to see if you would like to transform my old hutch similar to the grey one. Do you offer this service?


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