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Mod Podge Furniture: Refurbished Buffet Table

I’ve been holding out on sharing this project for a while because a) it’s pictured in my new book,  Living Simple, Free and Happy and b) This is my most ambitious Mod Podge project. But the wait is over…here is the full story, no holding back!

Last summer, while hosting a garage sale at my house, my husband came home from work and told me there was a buffet table out to the road in our neighborhood. Then he adds, “I saw it on my way to work.” That was hours earlier. I thought, “it’s never going to be there!” But we gave it a shot and sure enough there it was. When we loaded it into our minivan we came to understand why no one else took it. It was a million pounds and so long it was hanging out of our van. Oh, and one other thing, it was ugly, chipped white veneer!

We brought it back to our garage sale and put a $30 tag on it.
No one bought it.
So I decided to go crazy with fabric and Mod Podge! Yeah, happy ending.
There were several Mod Podging lessons I learned along the way that I must share.

1. Measure and cut and test your pieces before you even unscrew the lid to the Mod Podge.

2. Mod Podging a piece of this size is best done with two people. Especially the top. That was done with a single piece of fabric so my son and I poured and spread the Mod Podge on the top (matte) then lowered the fabric down with each of us pulling two corners.

With two people, you can take pictures of each other. This is me in action!

3. There comes a point when sometimes you need to use your fingers to slap on the Mod Podge. It can be intense.

4. Because Mod Podge can dry rather quick, I brought my project inside so the heat and wind wouldn’t accelerate the drying process. I wanted to have as much time as possible to smooth the fabric out.

I arranged the drawers in the basement, the coolest, moistest part of the house.

5. I folded the fabric around the underside of the buffet top like you would wrap a present. I used a liberal amount of Mod Podge, but I also hammered one tiny fabric tack into the underside of each corner.

This turned out so nice that we decided to keep it! Kind of glad now that it didn’t sell at our garage sale.

Here is a helpful video that shows my work in progress:

BTW, the mirror on top of the buffet was garbage picked about 2 weeks after we picked up the buffet table. It’s just sitting on top – not attached.

This project is featured in my new book, Living Simple, Free & Happy.  Mod Podging is just one of the several fixes for damaged furniture that I discuss in my book. You’ll also find 10 tutorials on how to upcycle and repurpose common furniture like dressers, baby furniture and doors.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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5 Responses to Mod Podge Furniture: Refurbished Buffet Table

  1. Tyrese Porter July 17, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    That very cool story and very creative concept. I used to help my mom with things that she brought home too. It became a passion for me to be creative, i like your buffet table

  2. cheryl January 4, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

    Hi! You did a great job! I have something similar I am wanting to do, involving fabric on wood. But was wondering what happens to the wood underneath, if for any reason I decide to go bare again? Is there any permanent discoloration or damage to the wood after you take the fabric off?

    Found you from Apartment Therapy, btw. :-)

    • Eve January 5, 2016 at 9:15 am #

      Hi Cheryl, I honestly don’t know about the wood underneath. This piece used veneer and I can tell that there was no warping. I’ve had this piece for years now and the fabric is still perfectly smooth – no need to remove.

  3. cheryl January 8, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    Ah okay, thank you very much for your reply! :-)


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