Vintage Art Deco Buffet gets Modern Update

Do you know what time it is? It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers time! What fun it is to not only get to work on another project for you, but to be able to do it alongside some of the most awesome DIY gals I know. This vintage Art Deco buffet is my subject for this month’s fun. You’ll see the rest of the awesome projects in a bit.

Vintage Art Deco Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

The functional use of a buffet can’t be denied. They fit easily into almost any room of your home as either a server as intended, or entertainment center, or even retrofitted into a bathroom vanity. This particular one appealed to me for the simple lines it showcased.

However, like all my projects, it needed some TLC. It has a few large damaged spots to the top, deep gouges, and missing veneer.

Damaged Buffet Top |

Also, the doors and drawers had their own issues as I couldn’t get some of them open. Nothing I couldn’t remedy with elbow grease. Take a close look at those center doors…the veneer is waving hello to you. tee hee.

Warped Buffet Doors |

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Well, I had my work cut out for me, so I dove right in. First, I took off those warped doors and used wood glue to tack down all the warping hoping it would take.

Then, while the glue was curing, I had at the entire piece with my orbital sander and Corner Cat. My hope was to salvage as much of the wood as possible. In order to get a good feel for it, I needed to see it in the raw.

Sanding Buffet with Ryobi Corner Cat Sander |

It took me a few hours to get most of it done, but it really did help me with my vision.

Sanded and Repaired Vintage Art Deco Buffet |

Disappointing to see that the gouges went all the way through the veneer and that the center doors weren’t going to pass muster. BUT…there’s still plenty of wood on this piece. Once I finished up sanding, it was time to bring on the paint.


Yes, paint on some parts because of the damage, but also because I counted over 5 different types of wood and wanted to bring a cohesive feel to it. When it’s time for me to break out a brush, I go to my favorite Zibra brushes.

First, before I even begin to paint, I add a clear coat to the pieces I want to have wood showing. Why? Because I can’t tell you how many times I accidentally dripped paint on my raw wood only having to sand it all over again. No fun.

Zibra Angled Brush for Buffet Clear Coat |

Next, I use my Kilz primer to not only prep the raw wood, but also block out any stains and bleed through.

Priming Vintage Buffet with Kilz and Zibra Paint Brush |

Notice I’m using the same brush I just used to apply the clear coat. These brushes can be used for paint, stain, and poly without any brush strokes.

The interior was worn and needed a refresh. Then, to tackle all those corners I used my Triangle Brush to knock it out in no time. I would consider this brush one of my must-haves for louvers, cabinets…anything that take a bit of work to get into. You can see how I’ve used it in these past posts.

Zibra Triangle Brush for Louver Doors, Interior Cabinets and all corner projects |

In the end, I did one coat of primer and two topcoats allowing two hours cure time in between to get the finished look I was after.


Are you ready to see this vintage Art Deco buffet made new? I am!

Modern Farmhouse Chic Buffet with White and Wood Tones by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #homedecor #diy #shopping #furniture

Wood and White Vintage Buffet Top | Modern Farmhouse Style Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

This piece is now updated and looks brand new. Without a doubt, my favorite is how the wood grain came to life with just a clear coat – no stain needed. Plus the flat black bar pulls really updated the entire feel of it. The original pulls weren’t brass or anything fancy, except the Bakelite, and they will find new life soon.

Vintage Buffet Gets Modern Farmhouse Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Flat Black Bar Drawer Pulls for Modern Farmhouse Furniture Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Half the fun was being able to bring in so many goodies from my shop to stage it. Most everything you see here is available, including the shadow boxes that can be custom finished. Stop by to see!

Modern Farmhouse Vignette with Available Home Decor Items from Prodigal Pieces |

Black Farmhouse Shadow Box ~ Custom Color Available by Prodigal Pieces |

Woven Wood Farmhouse Basket Available at Prodigal Pieces |

Oh, and we can’t forget the interior. For a pop of fun, I decided to add a bit of color. Isn’t this soft gray/green pretty? It’s a seconds paint that I have used on a few projects and love to see it inside this space.

Painted Buffet Interior for a pop of color by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Modern Farmhouse Buffet with Painted Interior by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

In addition, the drawers got a refresh too. Don’t you just love all the little surprises you can add to a worn out piece of furniture? Makes what I do fun!

Vintage Buffet Makeover with Drawer Lining by Prodigal Pieces |

So there you have it, a refreshed vintage Art Deco buffet with a whole lot more to offer for many years to come. If you’d like to own this buffet, it’s available for purchase too – HEAD HERE.

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White and Wood Modern Farmhouse Buffet Entertainment Center by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Custom Made Shadow Box in Your Choice Color of Paint or Stain by Prodigal Pieces |


My goal was to inspire you to take your existing furniture to a new level, and even see past the wear. Zibra and I are all about empowering you to DIY and are giving away a set of my favorite brushes to one of you. {{applause}} I’m so excited to get these into your hands!

Set of Zibra Paint Brushes for Furniture, Home and Anything DIY | Prodigal Pieces |

Easy entry – just fill out the widget below for as many entries as you like (daily even for extra entries). Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize, so be sure to check your spam.

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Do pin and share this vintage Art Deco buffet makeover. I’m sure there are many out there ready to give up on a piece because of damage and need inspired to keep going. Plus, it’s fun to share!

Wow! This worn out vintage Art Deco Buffet got a new life with a Modern Farmhouse Flair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Get the DIY details at | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #homedecor #shopping #diy

Up next, my dad brought me this falling apart shelf to see if I wanted to tackle it. Needless to say, I felt sorry for it and wanted to see it made new. Stay tuned!

Rustic Shelf Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

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Let’s check out what the Furniture Fixer Upper ladies have for you!

Furniture Fixer Uppers June 2018 |

  1. Just the Woods
  2. Girl in the Garage
  3. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  4. Interior Frugalista
  5. Petticoat Junktion

Also, more projects like this vintage Art Deco buffet:

Check out how this vintage Art Deco buffet was given a modern feel. Makeover at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comOh my! This sad looking Art Deco vanity got a new lease on life with TLC by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces. Boho Chic is the new style and looks oh so good. DIY details at Prodigal Pieces |

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  • gail

    Love your tutorials and the helpful tips, especially about how the Zibra brushes make painting easier. Keep up the good work!

    June 28, 2018 at 7:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Gail. 🙂

      June 28, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply
  • Michele Branham

    I love the transformation!

    June 28, 2018 at 7:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Michele! 😀

      June 28, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply
  • Janice Sexton

    Wow, you outdid yourself on this piece! I love it!

    June 28, 2018 at 7:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was much work, but worth it. Thanks, Janice!

      June 28, 2018 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Mary

    I have to tell you, that of ALL the blog post I get in my email box, yours is my FAVORITE read!

    June 28, 2018 at 7:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day, Mary! Thank you, thank you. 😉

      June 28, 2018 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Absolutely breathtaking! It is so stunning now! You crack me up with the waving doors. Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration!

    June 28, 2018 at 8:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee! Had to wave back at it, right? Thanks so much for the giggle, Debra.

      June 28, 2018 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Shelley S

    It always makes me cringe to see beautiful old pieces painted, but I can’t imagine a better result given what you started with. Great job!

    June 28, 2018 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Me too, honestly, but damage does it’s thing. Thanks, Shelly!

      June 28, 2018 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Deb Townley

    Just lovely!

    June 28, 2018 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Elaine

    I love the combination of painting and leaving some of the natural wood…brightens it up, but retains the warmth of the piece.

    June 28, 2018 at 8:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what I was after. Thank you for getting why I do what I do, Elaine.

      June 28, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Judy

    I read many blogs, yours is my favorite. I look foreword to hearing from you everyday.

    June 28, 2018 at 8:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How absolutely wonderful to hear, Judy. Thank you!

      June 28, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Melissa Storms

    I love all of your pieces but I think this is my favorite so far. I love what you did with the wood and the inside of the drawers. I need to do something with my bedroom set, it is antique or vintage (how old for antique?) french provincial. The drawers are all groove and tongue and the runners are wood. I love the lines but hate the blonde color. I think I want to paint it but stain some of the wood darker like you did here. The drawers stick during the hotter months and I am hoping a layer of wax will help.

    June 28, 2018 at 9:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How sweet is that?! You just made my day, Melissa. Thank you. If it’s older than 1920 currently, it’s antique. Sounds like it might be a Mid Century set. Feel free to email me pics. As for the sticking drawers, the wax temporarily helps, but sanding is the long-term answer.

      June 28, 2018 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Kathy Owen

    I love these old pieces Larissa. Lots of storage and can be updated in so many ways. Perfect!

    June 28, 2018 at 9:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Definitely awesome storage. Thanks so much, Kathy!

      June 28, 2018 at 9:14 am Reply
  • Christy

    What a gorgeous piece this is now, Larissa! Love the stain/paint combination! XO

    June 28, 2018 at 9:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Kind of a long journey to get there, but glad I did it. Thanks, Christy!

      June 28, 2018 at 9:22 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I would paint a dresser for my daughter’s room.

    June 28, 2018 at 9:23 am Reply
  • Brenda

    Larissa, you always inspire! My waterfall dressing table is almost finished! It too is a stain/paint combination.

    June 28, 2018 at 9:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So excited for you and can’t wait to see!

      June 28, 2018 at 9:50 am Reply
  • Amy

    Lovely! I would never have thought to leave those drawers unpainted, but, of course, it looks great! BTW, what do you use as a brush cleaner? I’m just getting started and unsure what product to use, if any. TIA.

    June 28, 2018 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I usually just clean up with warm water as soon as I’m done, and occasionally a mild soap.

      June 28, 2018 at 9:50 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    Another great rescue! Some Zibra brushes would be helpful with painting a sad 60’s dresser that’s lost it’s groove.

    June 28, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Love your comment. haha!

      June 28, 2018 at 9:50 am Reply
  • Kathy Milliken

    Always love your furniture redo’s!!

    June 28, 2018 at 9:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That means so much, Kathy. Thank you!

      June 28, 2018 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Doreen Hill

    Lovely buffet makeover. I like the trend of mixing wood with paint. It adds a lot of character to the piece.
    Thanks for the giveaway. i would love to have a set of the Zibra brushes!

    June 28, 2018 at 10:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s one of my favorite ways to finish a piece that has damage. Thanks!

      June 29, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • liz

    Im so curious to try these brushes. Happy summer!

    June 28, 2018 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    I always enjoy your makeovers, Larissa and learn something new each time. My first project would be to makeover some old picture frames from the 90’s. Happy Anniversary to you and your sweetie!

    June 28, 2018 at 10:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful to hear. Thank you for the well-wishes!

      June 29, 2018 at 6:04 am Reply
  • Frances Batson

    Love the paint and stain. Brought the piece back to life. Would love the brushes.

    June 28, 2018 at 10:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Frances.

      June 29, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    Beautiful and i love the color on the inside!

    June 28, 2018 at 10:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s a fun surprise. Thank you, Lori. 😀

      June 29, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • kimmylouwho

    Very nice piece and I like that you left some of the wood grain that wasn’t damaged. Very pretty piece and quality job! PS; I don’t like Facebook anymore. Any chance that liking on Instagram would be available for some of your giveaways?

    June 28, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s how I like to save a bit of pieces too far gone. Fun to do! There are many ways to enter besides Facebook, but not on Instagram yet.

      June 29, 2018 at 5:59 am Reply
  • Marie

    It’s beautiful, Larissa! Wow, did the wood grain ever pop after just a clear coat finish. I love how you staged this piece too.

    June 28, 2018 at 11:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I was oohing over that walnut wood. Wow! Thanks, Marie.

      June 29, 2018 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    I love the simplicity of the final product and how you kept something that had been damaged from being discarded.

    June 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for getting why I do what I do, Kimberly. Means much to me.

      June 29, 2018 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Anne Ellison

    Great job! I have an antique washstand that I want to paint, leaving the top the natural wood finish. Inspired by your work!

    June 28, 2018 at 12:23 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    I’d paint some unfinished side tables.

    June 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm Reply
  • Fran

    Stunning! I actually checked out the dimensions in your shop, but it was too big for what I had in mind ;-(
    Absolutely LUV all of your pieces; you are truly gifted!

    June 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so sweet, Fran. Thank you!

      June 29, 2018 at 6:00 am Reply
  • Peggy Sanders

    I love your blog and have learned so much from you. Great Job.

    June 28, 2018 at 1:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s wonderful to read your words. Thank you!

      June 29, 2018 at 6:01 am Reply
  • kandice kullmann

    what a huge transformation! Love the new look – its so clean and fresh now!

    June 28, 2018 at 2:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was so much work, but I had to see what I could do with it. Thank you, Kandice!

      June 29, 2018 at 6:01 am Reply
  • Michele

    Love the mix of wood and paint and the ‘secret’ green inside. This would make for some awesome storage in my craft room!
    P.S. Such a sweet wedding picture of you and hubby. You all are too cute!

    June 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wish I had a craft room! haha… Thanks so much, Michele!

      June 29, 2018 at 6:01 am Reply
  • Dixie Lee

    I love a good buffet! Seems as if no matter how much storage room one has, there’s not enough! I have so many things waiting to be painted, but I really need to paint a new set of dining room chairs – someone (ok, my brothers and dad, all former foot ball players) broke one or two from my old set which I laboriously painted!

    June 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I couldn’t agree more. tee hee!

      June 29, 2018 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Tammy Shelton

    As always… excellent work! I would use some new Zibra brushes on the old jewelry boxes I love to re-do.

    June 28, 2018 at 6:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Tammy. 😀

      June 29, 2018 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Maryann Smith

    I’d paint the end tables I just bought at an auction.

    June 28, 2018 at 7:15 pm Reply
  • Lisa Wilson

    Love the stain/paint combo, I am planning on doing that with my living room end table. As always thank you for sharing your talent as it gives me so much inspiration!

    June 28, 2018 at 7:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like fun! Thank you for the smile, Lisa. 😀

      June 29, 2018 at 6:02 am Reply
  • Sara

    Love your website and the inspiration it provides! I would give a record cabinet bookcase a refresh.

    June 28, 2018 at 9:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sara. 🙂

      June 29, 2018 at 6:03 am Reply
  • Terri Hughes

    WOW, so much better. Great job!

    June 28, 2018 at 10:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay!! I’m so happy to hear it. Thanks!

      June 29, 2018 at 6:03 am Reply
  • Danelle

    What a beautiful makeover! I really enjoy getting your emails.

    June 29, 2018 at 9:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Danelle. I’m happy to hear it. 😀

      June 30, 2018 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Jeanie

    Thank you for the tutorials! I’m loving these Zibra Brushes. So happy I found your site!

    June 29, 2018 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My pleasure. It’s fun to share and inspire. I’m glad you’re here too!

      June 30, 2018 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Becky

    Wow, what a mess this was to start with! My favorite is the UNstained doors! What beautiful color! I need to help my girls repaint their drawer units in their bedroom as soon as this heat wave ends. I’m going to have to remember how lovely drawer liners are!

    June 29, 2018 at 10:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was a challenge and took much work to get it all repaired, but glad I tried. Sounds like you have some fun on the way!

      June 30, 2018 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa you know what a fondness I have for these old pieces. You have done it justice. I think I would have given up after looking at that veneer!

    June 29, 2018 at 6:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re a fun gal, Mary! I honestly wasn’t looking forward to working on it, but wanted to take it on and get it done. Thanks for the love!

      June 30, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, Another gorgeous makeover, love the combination of paint colors and the natural wood tones too!!

    June 29, 2018 at 10:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic to hear, Kaycee. Thank you so much!

      June 30, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Charlene Paugh

    Very Nice !!!

    June 29, 2018 at 11:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Charlene. 🙂

      June 30, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Hanna

    Wow, what a transformation! Very different and interesting! I could definitely benefit from the Zibra brushes!

    July 1, 2018 at 12:17 am Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Great save for that sad buffet Larissa! Beautiful!

    July 2, 2018 at 7:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Jen! 😀

      July 3, 2018 at 11:42 am Reply

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