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Upcycling a Buffet

I really liked our new dining room, but I thought the dark maple furniture was a bit drab. I was looking for a simple and cost-effective way to brighten it up, so I decided upcycling a buffet.

The idea came about as I was sipping my herbal tea. A few days later, I had all the materials needed to start my project.

Sand the buffet lightly in order to scuff it up.


Phase 1 – Preparing the buffet

  • Completely sand the top of the buffet until the bare wood is exposed.
  • Remove the Knobs.
  • Spray on the Cleaner and Varnish Remover on the buffet. Use a paper towel to spread it out making sure all the surfaces are covered.
  • Let it work for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse well twice to make sure there is no product residue left.
  • Sand the buffet lightly in order to scuff it up.

Phase 2 – Painting

  • Apply the primer with the foam roller and let it dry for the recommended time.
  • You are now ready to apply the Ballerina paint colour with a foam roller.
  • Use a paint brush to apply the second coat of paint.
  • Then use the sanding block, sandpaper and a wet rag (t-shirt) to distress the buffet.

Phase 3 – Protecting the Surface

After 24 hours, you can apply the Clear Natural Beeswax with the XL Round Brush, working on a small section at a time. Use a blue shop towel or clean rag (t-shirt) to spread the wax. It is important that the whole buffet be waxed to allow you to make corrections along the way.

Phase 4 – The Patina

  • You are now ready to proceed to the patina. You will use two 16mm brushes to randomly apply the Antique Brown and Grey Storm waxes in the desired areas. By layering the waxes, you will end up with wonderful shade. Let your imagination be your guide and you will create beautiful effects.
  • Rest assured that if you are not satisfied with the results, you can always reapply with the Clear Natural Beeswax to correct the unwanted shades.
  • Once completed, do not wipe down the wax. It will cure on its own. This process can take up to 30 days.

Phase 5 – The top of the Buffet

  • Apply the Clear Natural Beeswax to the top of the buffet, one section at a time. This will facilitate the application of the darker waxes.
  • Apply the 3 other wax colours to obtain the desired colour.

Phase 6 – The Napkin Technique for the Inside of the Doors and the Side of the Drawers

  • Separate the napkins in order to use only the printed side.
  • Working on one section at a time, apply a coat of Mod Podge, wait about 2 minutes, and gently apply the napkin.
  • Once dry, apply 2 to 3 more coats of Mod Podge over the napkins to protect the area and make it easier to clean.


Upcycling the buffet, removing the panel from the table, taking out the tablecloth that had been stored in a closet for many years and changing a few key decor pieces, was the perfect combination needed to give our dining room a fresh new look.

Diane Lavoie


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