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Upcycling a Buffet | Redoing a dining room

Redoing a dining room

I really liked our new dining room, although I found it a bit dull with the dark brown maple furniture, so it was off to redo a dining room with Colorantic products!

I was looking for a simple, inexpensive way to brighten it up, so I thought I’d give the buffet a makeover.

Comfortably seated sipping herbal tea, inspiration struck and a few days later I had all the materials I needed to start my project.

Step 1 – Preparing the furniture

  • Sand the top of the buffet until it resembles natural wood.
  • Remove handles only.
  • Spray the varnish cleaner and remover onto the furniture, spread it over all surfaces with a paper towel and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse well twice to remove all residues.
    Lightly sand the buffet to scratch it.


Now the fun begins!

Step 2 – Painting

  • Apply the primer using the foam roller and respect the recommended drying time.
  • Now you’re ready to apply Ballerine color with a foam roller.
  • Use brushes to apply the second coat of paint.
  • Wear down with sanding block, sandpaper and damp cloth (T-shirt).

Step 3 – Surface protection

The next day, using the XL round brush, and one part at a time, apply the natural beeswax to all surfaces and spread well with a paper towel or cloth (t-shirt). It’s very important that the furniture is fully waxed, as this will allow corrections to be made if necessary.

Step 4 – Patina

  • You are now ready to proceed with the patina. Using two 16mm round brushes, randomly apply the colors (storm gray and antique brown) to the desired areas, to create beautiful shades. Use your imagination to create beautiful effects. It’s important to accentuate cavities by applying brown wax.
  • Rest assured, if you’re not entirely satisfied with the result, you can always correct the shades by reapplying natural wax.
  • Once you’ve finished, don’t wipe with a paper towel or rag – the wax will harden on its own, and this can take more than 30 days.

Step 5 – The buffet top

One part at a time, apply a coat of natural wax over the entire surface, making it easier to apply darker colors.
Apply the other three wax colors until the desired color is achieved.

Step 6 – Napkining inside doors and drawers

  • Unfold the napkins to obtain only the printed part.
  • On one part at a time, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the surface, wait about 2 minutes and gently lay down the napkin.
  • Once dry, apply two or three coats of Mod Podge to the top of the towels to protect them and facilitate maintenance.

Redoing a dining room is simple: just match the other elements!

Upgrading the sideboard, removing the table leaf, bringing out a tablecloth that had been in the cupboard for several years and replacing a few decorations was the perfect combo to give our dining room a whole new look.


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Diane Lavoie

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