Buffet Remix: Using Mod Podge on Furniture

I’ve had this decent, though boring, buffet/dresser for about a year. I picked it up for $25 at a used furniture place in Somerville. It’s nothing wonderful, mostly veneer on wood, the hardware on the doors didn’t fit, there were scuffs in the finish. But I remember thinking I liked the shape of the legs, and the molding on the drawers.  And I though, maybe with a coat of paint, I could turn it around.

dresser before painting

Well, I finally got around to working on the piece, and I’m pleased with the results of my Mod Podge experiment. I knew I wanted to incorporate a bit of gray and red into the piece. I picked out a lovely vine/flower paper at Paper Source, picked up a gray paint and TSP at Tags, and got to work.

First, I used TSP dissolved in warm water and cleaned the entire piece and remove the finish on the veneer. I roughed it up with a bit of sandpaper, and wiped it down to remove any dust.

I had hoped that I could remove the panels from the doors to attach the paper, but those suckers weren’t coming off. So, I had to apply the paper with the doors attached. I’d recommend applying modpodge to the surface, not the paper or fabric, and as thin a layer as possible. Once the paper was attached and lined up, I spread a layer on top to seal the deal.

dresser with papered doors Once the paper and Mod Podge was completely dry, I trimmed any excess with an exacto knife. If the paper is wet or damp, it will tear. Next, I removed the hardware from the drawers, and covered them with red enamel. I painted the entire surface with gray paint, and then with a gray deck stain for a weathered look (letting the surface dry between coats, of course). And finally, I lightly sanded the corners and edges with a fine sandpaper to make sure the piece showed its age with dignity.

distressed edges with sandpaperAnd here’s the final result. All told, about $50 in supplies for this makeover.

finished dresser with paper and paint

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6 Responses to Buffet Remix: Using Mod Podge on Furniture

  1. nicole says:

    I really like how you transformed this buffet. Love that paper and the overall look

  2. This is gorgeous. I love it!

  3. Elaine says:

    This is beautiful Lora! Nice colors – also went on your site thanks to Amy and your photos are so mouth-watering. My husband loves to cook and I will have him take a look at your wonderful recipes. Your site is what I call a two-fer – great furniture makeover for me to ooh and awwh over and probably a delicious new meal to try (made by my hubby) to boot. I hope your holidays are wonderful.

  4. Tabitha says:

    Love this. My mom has one and I would love to do this with her’s. I am sure she is ready to update it. LOL Thanks for sharing.

  5. Lila says:

    This looks fantastic. I’m so jealous that you scored this for just $25! I’m on the look out for one now.

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