Transform a TV Stand Into a Buffet Cabinet in 5 Easy Steps

Last Updated on July 22, 2020 by Maria Brittis

If you need space for kitchen storage for a small home you can transform a TV stand into a buffet cabinet in 5 easy steps.

Storage Solutions:DIY BUFFET CABINET

Storage Solutions

Recently I sold my home. I downsized from 3700 square feet to an 1800 square feet rental. I will be renting for one year until my home is built. I  have several pets so it was very hard to find a rental that takes pets. I finally found a cute little cottage that allowed pets so I had to do some creative storage ideas to make space for some of my misc kitchen things. Since much of my furniture is in storage. So I took an old TV stand and transformed it into a buffet cabinet that I can use for extra storage in the kitchen area.

Here ‘s how it’s done!


  • White Primer
  • White Semi-Gloss Paint
  • Sander
  • Vintage Patina Wash
  • Decorative Tin Inserts
  • Cloth
  • New Knobs

Step: 1

Sand the cabinet and spray a primer all over it, followed by white semi-gloss paint.

Step 2: Sand cabinet before applying patina wash. Apply with brush and spread with cloth evenly.


When spreading the patina wash use a clean brush. Take the clean white cloth and spread it evenly all over so that the wash blends evenly with some of the white paint showing through.


Step 4: Applying Tin Inserts

Measure the front of the door and cut out the tin inserts. Glue with adhesive on the front of the door. Let dry for 24 hours before attaching the door back to the cabinet. Do the same thing inside the door.

Step 5: Knobs

I changed the knobs to a brushed nickel finish. It made a big difference from the plain wooden ones.

There are so many ideas to create storage spaces. I hope you enjoyed this one. The patina wash I used did not photograph the true patina color but you can see it on the door in step 2.

Thanks to Decor Art for supplying the wash.

For similar posts check out how to change color of a dresser.



  1. I love this makeover. It’s really lovely and reflects your personal style. You have motivated me to enhance a dresser that’s forced to function as storage for table linens and such. I love your blog. Big house or small you live beautifully.

    1. Thanks Patti for stopping by, it goes with my little cottage I am renting.

    1. Its been very hectic moving and decluttering. Been selling stuff on the FB Group! Plus giving stuff to Good Will too.

  2. What a great piec, you do beautiful work. Thanks for sharing with us this week at My Busy Beehives!

  3. What a great makeover. It will be a good piece for storage in the rental and your new house also.

    1. Yes, its very handy at the rental! I am hoping to use it in the new home! But sometimes I change up the look and I end up selling it.Thanks

  4. This is the new paint that lets the grain show through. It looks really great Maria and I like your clever use of that buffet cabinet.

  5. Jann Olson says:

    This is darling! I love the color and the added tin. Thanks for sharing it with SYC. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I’m not seeing a link back to the party. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. Great transformation! I love the tin insert. It really makes it a special piece. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Love this makeover! We’ve been on the lookout for a cabinet that will fit in between our kitchen counter and the window next to it. We’re hoping to hide our garbage can within it and getting some extra storage! I’ll definitely be coming back for these instructions once we find one!

    1. Check on local Facebook Flea markets! There are some really cheap deals! I found a table for $10 that I am going to re-do into a shabby chic looks.

  8. Love, love, love the tins in the cabinet, and that fun shade of aqua/blue. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  9. This is amazing, it looks fabulous. I’m in love with the tin inserts. Saw you link at the Pin Party, thanks for sharing.

  10. WOW! What a stunning transformation. Love the tin panels, too – the icing on the cake!

  11. How very creative.

    We are in almost the exact same position, getting ready to see our home and moving into temporary housing. Where we go after this is a big question. It depends on how much we get from the big house.

    1. I can relate to this! I was lucky I sold without a realtor, makes the transition easy!
      Hope you can sell fast. the market is good still.

  12. Oh this is so beautiful and you did an excellent job. I’m not a DIYer but you have certainly shown how you can make an old piece of furniture look so stylish. I love the inlay in the door. Thanks for sharing your project with us at #BloggersPitStop and have a lovely weekend.

  13. Pretty cabinet – I like the front inlay a lot. I’m a DIY person but not with furniture. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.

  14. I love the way the cabinet turned out. The tin inserts really give it character. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

  15. Turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  16. Your cabinet turned out really nice. I love how added the metal not only to the outside, but to the inside of the cabinet as well. Such a lovely detailed touch. Thanks for sharing this on MM. Pinned.

  17. This looks really nice with the brushed tin inserts. I made a headboard with them a few years ago and I love how they look. Your makeover is gorgeous.

    1. Leanna, Have a Happy Holiday, do you celebrate Thanksgiving a different day in Canada, my neighbor is from Canada and she said they celebrated in October.

  18. I love the makeover! Thanks for sharing it at Sew It Cook It Craft It.

  19. This is a great redo on the cabinet and I do like repurposing old cabinets. In our next house, I plan on doing something similar as I know it will be a smaller home. Lots of things in storage will be sold off as they just won’t fit {plus my tastes have changed… should have sold more in 2015! Lol!}.

    Enjoy your house building!
    Barb 🙂

  20. That is beautiful with super practical storage. Great job remaking it!

    Thanks for sharing at #bloggerspotlight!! Pinned to my group boards.

  21. What a fantastic piece! I especially love the tin panel!! thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!!

  22. Totally awesome! I love those tin inserts…much more interesting & vintage looking than the door panels! Are you in your new house yet?

    1. Not yet! its been a late start, they just started breaking ground! Probably not until end of year.

  23. Gorgeous Maria. I love using ceiling tiles in our decor and can’t wait to use a variation of what you’ve done on an old dresser that’s gathering dust in our store room

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