Ikea Buffet Makeover

The hubby and I searched high and low for a white buffet for our living/dining area for what seemed like forever. And when we finally found what we were looking for it was over 2,000 bones, pffft. So what did we do? Repainted an Ikea version. Why didn’t we think of this sooner?! While I’loved the Stornas Buffet’s dark color, I wanted to add some more white into the mix to play off our kitchen cabinets. Plus our dining table is dark and I like to keep things fresh with different wood tones throughout. I wish I could tell you what I did to paint it but it was actually the hubby who completed the job. He briefly worked for a cabinet guy back in the day and is pretty good with a paint sprayer. We also switched out the handles to give it a more custom look.

Here is a rough step-by-step of what he did. Since my steps are lacking some much needed detail for you DIYers out there I found this post from Jenna Sue to fill in the blanks. Looks like she had the same idea!

1. Sanded it down

2. Sprayed on a primer

3. Sanded it down again

4. Sprayed on white paint color and sanded in between to get an even coat of white gorgeousness.

5. Once it was dry he painted on a Polyurethane

Viola! a brand new take on the Ikea Buffet.

So here was the original color: (again this is the Ikea Stornas Buffet)

And here is how it turned out. I love, love, love the open shelves which I added Target baskets to. It really pops against the white. I’m still not set on the styling on top and plan on doing maybe a gallery wall in the future. For some reason the thought of creating a gallery wall completely terrifies me. Weird I know, but hopefully one day I will conquer my fears… 😉

Everything aside from the baskets are from Home Goods or TJ Maxx (my go-to stores if you haven’t noticed). The pillows are Ikea and the handles are Home Depot. So that about sums up our Ikea re-do, hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!



Filed under Before and After, Dining Room, Living Room

26 responses to “Ikea Buffet Makeover

  1. Kalie, that is absolutely stunning!!! I love the mirror hung low over the top. That looks great! I have to admit, when I see your floors I drool! How are you liking the tile?

  2. That looks phenomenal. Great job.

  3. Amy

    Oh I love it! 🙂 Great job!

  4. Nice job on your buffet – that looks gorgeous! I’ve got this linked to my sideboards post too today, well done!

  5. Emily

    Hi Kalie
    I’m about to undertake the same project but need to choose between flat and gloss spray paint – wondering which finish you used?

  6. CCinMN

    I love your blog. Can I ask where the mirror is from? I’d love to purchase.

  7. aldienco@gmail.com

    My Stornos buffet door boke when I opened it in the first year ….Do Not buy !… Ikea would not replace because I painted it …

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  9. jen

    looks beautiful, is there distressing around the edges or is that just shadowing? Are the insides painted as well?

  10. Bertha

    Would it be better to paint it before you put it together?

    • For us it was easier to spray it after it was put together. If it was in pieces it would have taken time to let one side dry before we could flip it over and spray the other side. However if you were rolling paint it would probably be easier while it is in pieces. Maybe? Sorry, I’m not the best at giving advice in this department. 😉

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  12. That looks so pretty! Love the styling.

  13. I love this idea.. and also your flooring! What is it? (wood? Brand? Color?)

  14. e

    Do you remember the paint brand & color? Looked at this piece at IKEA today, but skipped due to color. Need to reconsider.

  15. Naomi

    Hello, love what you have done with this buffet. I have started today sanding my one back, can you tell me how you sanded it? Did you do it by hand or use an electric sander?

    Thank you.

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  17. This is beautiful! What are these floors?

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