A few months ago I was at a garage sale and saw a great little wooden buffet and hutch. I managed to pick it up for $20 and thought it would be perfect for storing my cake decorating/craft/sewing supplies. My only problem was that it was a bit old and tired looking. I had never attempted anything like this before but I thought I might as well have a go at turning it into something I’d love – the worst that could happen was I’d ruin a $20 piece of furniture!
So I gave it a really light sand (I hate sanding and avoid it as much as I can), then I painted it with a primer/sealer/undercoat (Dulux) followed by two coats of the most fabulous colour I could find (Mighty Max by Taubmans!). I carefully attacked it with some sandpaper in the areas that are likely to wear naturally (e.g. door handles, corner edges etc) then using a watered down dark brown paint and a sponge, I wiped the whole thing down. Finally I covered it with two coats of clear polyurethane spray paint.
This is the end result – not bad for a first timer!