French Buffet turned TV Stand

I am so happy to have this project completed.
As usual I got 90% done and then got bored and stopped working on it.
But we are in the family room all.the.time. so I was constantly looking at it.
Unfinished projects are so depressing to look at.
So I finally kicked myself in the booty and gotter done. :)

I liked this TV stand in the Home Decorators catalog, but they wanted about $400 for it.
I was pretty sure I could achieve this look for less..

I found this small buffet on Craigslist for $125.00.
I had originally planned to strip the top and stain it and then paint the rest.
Unfortunately the top is made out of yucky press board instead of real wood
so I had to paint the whole thing.
You aren't supposed to have to sand or prime furniture when you use chalk paint, but in this case I should have sanded the top a bit.
It was so slick and the paint kept getting scratched off.
Luckily with chalk paint touch ups blend right in.
Once I waxed the top I didn't have anymore problems with paint coming off.

I painted the whole piece with Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen.
I love this color!
I then lightly distressed the piece.

Some of you may remember when I posted two door options on my blog and asked for your opinion.
I thought a handful of people would respond.
I was overwhelmed that so many people decided to weigh in...THANK YOU!!
Twenty five people liked the cleaner look on the left and fifteen people preferred the door on the right
with all the white on it.
(my attempt at a rustic look)

 So I repainted the door on the right.
I did add in some white details but made them much lighter and more subtle.
So both sides win. :)

I love how distressing painted furniture brings out the details, like on these legs.

When my dad came to visit he converted one of the drawers into a shelf so we can keep our
 DVR box in there.
He removed this slider and some other pieces.
I would love to mount the TV to the wall but we are renting so I don't want to
put a bunch of holes in the wall.

My dad cut a new piece of wood to place inside and it is a perfect fit.
(my dad rocks!)
Snug as a bug in a rug, so we didn't have to use any nails or glue.
It could use some caulking in the front, as you can see, but some day I plan on turning it back into a drawer so that is why I've chosen to just let it be.
My dad also cute a hole in the back for the cable box cords to go through.

I changed out the hardware to give the piece a little more contemporary look.
The knobs are from Hobby Lobby and the handles are from Home Depot.
Both were a copper color so I painted them white and then sanded the raised details.

I have to tell you I really love this piece! It turned out better than I had hoped it would.
I am waiting for World Market to get more Kubu chairs in because I want to place a second one
on the other side of the buffet.
I'm toying with different ideas for what to hang on the wall.
Stay tuned. :)

I just had to give you a side by side~ before and after shot.
It is a pretty dramatic transformation!
My family room is really starting to come together, I hope to show you more soon.

Linking up to these fabulous parties:
Before and After Party @ Thrifty Decor Chic
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Much Ado About Monday @ Huckleberry Love
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits @ Stone Gable
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style


  1. My oh My! How lovely is this makeover! I absolutely love it! ~Angela

  2. This is just beautiful, and being an older piece of furniture you just know it is going to stand the test of time. I really do need to give chalk paint a go. Take care. Chel x

  3. Holy cow what a beautiful transformation Lisa! LOVE the color and is perfect for your tv! I will never share ours it is so not me.Someday I hope to change that.You have inspired me :-)

  4. Lisa I love it! It's amazing!!! Seriously you have the best eye.

  5. WOW What a transformaiton Lisa. You kicked the ugly to the curb and made it fantastic! Love it.

  6. Great makeover - love how the finished product turned out!

  7. wow,great the color you choose. Where did you get that beautiful pillow from???

  8. Wow, it looks so pretty, Lisa! You gave it just the right amount of distressing. I like how your chair looks with it, too!

  9. Oh my goodness. Great job! I'm just amazed at the painting and makeovers some of you do. We have a room upstairs that is pretty empty. It's supposed to be a gameroom but we'll just make it into a family gathering place. I hope to do some projects like yours. So pretty and so smart!

  10. It looks great Lisa! I really like the chair and another would look really good.

  11. So beautiful. I just love it and would really like having something like that for our tv. Great job! :)

  12. Lisa, this turned out just beautiful. Much better than your inspiration piece too!
    I love French Linen as well... it is so soft on the eyes!
    Your family room's new addition makes it look very polished and warm!!!
    I'd love you to stop by TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS tomorrow and share this with my reader!

  13. You did a wonderful job, Lisa! The cabinet is beautiful and what a great bargain. I like the paint color and the distressing is beautiful. To me, anything that will distract the eye from the TV is a winner, so the chairs will be perfect, too.

    I'm looking for pictures for my living room wall and just didn't see enough of a selection at Hobby Lobby, Michael's or Homegoods. I went on and I was amazed. You might want to have a look at their website.


  14. I love it! You did a fantastic job and I think it's prettier than your inspiration piece.

  15. It looks fabulous Lisa! I love the colors you chose, ASCP is such a great product to use. I also like the chair you chose, just perfect!


  16. You did a wonderful job, Lisa! I think it looks professionally done. Don't you just love World Market? I'm in there almost every weekend. :)

  17. Lisa,
    I'm really lovin' this thrifty DIY makeover...looks outstanding!! I would love to have you share it at my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party.


  18. Beautiful transformation! Such a great piece for under your TV...really looks great! Hope you'll share at Amaze Me Monday!

  19. WOW! This looks beautiful. It's amazing how you find furniture that looks almost like your "want" and transform it into something so beautiful!

  20. It's prettier than your inspiration, Lisa!...and YOU did it (with a little help from Dad). Even better.

  21. You did a fabulous job! Your's is probably stronger than the home dec's too! ;0)

  22. M'y kind of makeover. It turned out amazing thanking that dad of yours for helping you create that perfect piece.
    The paint finish is perfectly French fitting for your look. I also love that kooboo chair next to it making it speak the French language to your room.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit, see you soon.
    Now I am off to read up on your older postings.


  23. Love, love, LOVE! You did an amazing job, girly! :)


    Emily :)

  24. Beautiful job, makes me want to get rid of my stale tv stand!

  25. Love it! I just noticed u r in Hou. I am too.

  26. Your buffet turned out beautifully! You really did a nice job transforming a ho-hum piece into a Wowie!!
    Mary Alice

  27. Fabulous!! Great job Lisa! I like yours better than Home Decorators. I'm inspired...I might have to try this in my own house!


  28. It is stunning! Very well done. :)

  29. I am so glad I read this post. I am currently trying to find a media stand and all the ones I pick that have character are well over $1000. I decided to go the same route as you and find a piece to re-invent. I love yours. Thank you so much for posting. I found you via Tuts and Tips and am now following. Blessings! Wanda

  30. That is such a gorgeous redo. I remember having an opinion about the two doors but now I can't remember which one I chose. Love the whole thing complete!

  31. Wowie Lisa! looks fantastic! I love when I finish projects too! Have a great day!

  32. Ta-da!!! What a transformation, Lisa! You and your dad make a great team. One day I will try Annie Sloan. Perhaps this summer.

  33. Lisa,
    The TV cabinet is beautiful! You have inspired us. You have a great talent for transforming the normal into something extraordinary. Well done!

  34. Yours is way cuter and I just think it's beyond perfect! You are soooo talented! :) xo

  35. LOVE what you did to this. Lisa!
    Looks amazing~

  36. I am loving this piece and your whole blog, found you on pinterest, and saw you were from Houston... would love for you to visit my shop...about 20 miles from Canton, if you ever go to First Monday, come check us out...Elsie Mae on Market.

  37. Wow, what a transformation, Lisa! That turned out great! I've never tried chalk paint...I think I must be the only one :)

  38. Your cabinet makeover looks terrific. Very nice!

  39. Unbelievable!! You did a fantastic job-it turned out gorgeous!

  40. What a remarkable job you did on that cabinet. I bet it looks better than the $400 one!


  41. you did a great job! It looks so pretty. I used to have one very similar that I had painted Swedish blue and now I'm wishing I hadn't gotten rid of it :(

  42. Such a beautiful piece! You did a great job on it! Life to the full! Melissa

  43. Great color! I love the pillows too. The whole vignette is beautiful,

  44. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love the colors and it has amazing lines! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 5 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  45. Amazing! You did a fantastic job!!
    Jamie @

  46. This a great idea as i really can't spend big bucks on those lovely TV stands from, ahem, those lovely catalog and b&m stores.

  47. It is so beautiful!! I love what you did with it!

  48. Oh my goodness, it's gorgeous!! Great job, and wow. What a difference.

  49. LOVE!!!

    but you knew I would

  50. Gorgeous! You did such an amazing job! I have recently become obsessed with chalk paint and this just fuels it even more! Thanks so much for sharing at Much Ado About Monday!

  51. I have this EXACT piece of furniture! I did the exact thing! Only difference is that I painted mine black. Wow, too funny!

  52. How Beautiful!!! You did a wonderful job. Inspires me to want to attempt a conversion like this. Thank you for the tutorial you've shared with us too.

    ♥Lee Ann

  53. One word describes this piece… Beautiful!

  54. Wow, this is absolutely beautiful, it's almost unrecognisable from the original. This has totally inspired me to create something similar; I love French country furniture so I'm going to keep my eyes peeled at my local car boot sales and antiques fares!