Things are happening in the dining room! And by “things” I mean a super easy DIY modern buffet, which I assembled from kitchen cabinets, natural wood, and tapered legs, plus some leather and brass handles.
And how fun is the new buffet with these spring blossoms? If only I could get branches like this year round…
For this space, I wanted something much narrower than our old buffet but deep enough to fit our china, so I stole the ever-popular kitchen-cabinets-into-furniture idea. I went for the easiest and most economical route and picked up a couple of 36″ wide cabinets from Ikea. I ended up trimming the boards with my table saw and then assembled them and joined the two together with a handful of screws. I considered a fauxdenza (like this one) but I’m not that hip – I need legs. So I grabbed a few tapered legs from Home Depot and installed them on the ends. I ended up losing the middle legs but because this thing is six feet long, I used a few cabinet screws inside the cabinets to secure it to the wall.
Then for the top, I grabbed an extra piece of plywood we had on hand, trimmed it with maple edge banding, and then lightly stained and sealed it. This is the lightest colored wood product we have in our house, but I am jazzed that it jives with my new “light and bright” motto.
Then I added these DIY leather and brass handles – so easy! I’ll do a short post on that next. But I’ll tell you that the black edges on the handles are making me want to keep the black dining room table…
So far we’ve been really happy with how the buffet turned out. I think the legs are about 50% function and 50% looks. But I like ’em.
Okay, next up is getting some art and more. These branches can’t stay here forever.
Already this space is feeling much happier.
Who else is loving all the others’ progress in Week 2 of the One Room Challenge?? Check it out here!
Update: check out the finished dining room here!