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Before & after: Parisian buffet makeover

Our friends from Paris were in town this week and when they showed us their fabulous buffet makeover, we knew we had to share it with you! Upcycling furniture with paint is so easy and as you’ll see, can have major impact.

They bought this wooden buffet from a flea market in Paris and pulled out their paint brushes to give it a new life.

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Before the buffet makeover

“I like eclectic style, mixing old and new objects in my home,” says Bérénice.

“In Paris we have many flea markets where you can buy older and antique furniture and decor. We bought this buffet at one of these markets.

“Originally we were going to distress the buffet after we painted it to give it a more shabby chic look. But we liked it so much after we painted it that we didn’t want to change it!”

We like how they have used a palette of five colours that have the right mix of complement and contrast between them.

“We used different colour blocking patterns. On the two doors to the left we painted four stripes, and on the right door we used three thicker stripes,” she explains.

Parts of the buffet have been kept in natural wood, such as the drawers and inside shelving, to keep some element of rawness.

“It took me a long time to pick the paint colours,” laughs Bérénice “Clément was getting impatient with me! But I’m happy with the colours and how they work together.”

We love this buffet makeover upcycle project! They have created a beautiful piece that looks at home in their inner-city apartment. Do you have your own before and after transformation you’d like to share with us? Email them to hello@stylecurator.com.au and they could appear on the blog!

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After the buffet makeover
After sideboard makeover from side
Close up of buffet makeover

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    1. good stuff! we make our own shabby chic furniture too its a great money maker and money saver for the people who make the effort to try 🙂 – once you get used to the best types of paint to use and the easiest way to distress the look its a doddle 🙂


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