Aqua Buffet Entertainment Center

Phew! This project was quite the task! I shared how I stumbled upon this lovely buffet table several months ago. This buffet started out in pretty rough shape. I originally thought that I would give this buffet a makeover and sell it. The more it sat in my garage the more I fell in love with it. Until finally I decided that I needed to turn this table into my own Aqua Buffet Entertainment Center.
There were some veneer issues on one of the ends of the table. The veneer was bubbling and pealing off . I pondered what to do to deal with the issue. I knew trying to glue it back down was out of the question due to the warping of the veneer. I ended up pulling it all off and was left with some major ugliness.
Until I totally had an “ah ha” moment!!! I found some awesome textured paintable wallpaper through Amazon. I slapped some of this beautiful wallpaper up on the ends of the buffet  and immediately fell in love with the stuff.
I made up a batch of of DIY aqua chalk paint using some ColorPlace Bermuda Bay flat paint. I have been crushin pretty hard on aqua and decided to take the plunge!
The color turned out beautifully and it brightens the whole room.
This buffet has a little secret though…..because I am super fussy about electronics and wires showing I decided to turn the drawers into hidden cubbies. The hubby helped me turn each drawer into a drop down door to easily hide the electronics when they are not in use. We removed the drawers from the drawer fronts and replaced them with pieces of plywood. The drawer front was attached to the plywood with a couple hinges.

All I have to do is pull on the drawer handles and drop down the drawer front. It’s absolutely fabulous! The process of figuring this all out was not NEARLY as simple as it sounds. The end result however is just perfect!

Talking about the handles, they were in pretty rough shape. I usually don’t mind rusty aged items but it just wasn’t what I wanted for this project. However I wanted to use the old hardware because let’s face it, hardware can be very expensive! So I decided to paint the handles with some ORB spray paint.
Now let’s talk about the wallpaper. Wonder how it turned out? Take a look below. The wallpaper took the chalk paint perfectly and it turned out absolutely beautifully! It’s one of my new favorite products!!!
I did a slight amount of distressing on the buffet, just hitting edges and high points. I didn’t want to overly do it as I am loving the aqua color so much I didn’t want to sand too much of it away. The side cabinets are great for media storage, because again I am not a big fan of that stuff “showing”. I like all those less than pretty things hidden away.
I must admit, this was quite the project! Lots of twists and turns along the way. In the end though, I think it turned out fabulous!
I am absolutely in love with this Aqua Buffet Entertainment Center and I’m happy to say this one is staying with me! I am all too often saying goodbye to project after project that I love but can not keep.
How do you think it turned out???? I can’t wait to show off the rest of my living room makeover!!!
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  1. Wonderful buffet!

  2. Hello Courtney,
    Your new upcycled entertainment cabinet is awesome, nice work. I only refinished furniture one time in my life, and it seemed never ending. I have great appreciation for your hard work on this project. Have a awesome day.
    Smiles, Paula

  3. Beautiful Buffet!!! Love the color and the textured wallpaper idea was CRAFTY!! Great job:)

  4. That is such a great transformation! I love the color! Your idea to use it as an entertainment center is so cool and I love how you adapted the doors to hide the equipment.

    Have a great day!


  5. It is beyond perfect! I love the color!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  6. Love the color. a few weeks ago i painted a dresser a color close to that and turned it into an extra storage unit in the kitchen.

  7. What a beautiful color – love it!

  8. Oooh, so very pretty. The wallpaper gives it such a cool touch! It kind of reminds me of your blog background too. Well done! 🙂

  9. Stunning! A perfect media center. Very clever solutions.

  10. You did a fantastic job of renovating that piece!

  11. Beautiful! Love the color

  12. Beautiful! Love the color! I have a buffet that I was thinking of doing the same thing with, but still haven’t decided yet. I think it’s a great idea! Visiting from MMS!


  13. it is stunning and I am so very jealous because I would LOVE to say I did this 🙂 I want something like this in my home! I am on the lookout for a fabulous piece. I especially love the wallpaper on the sides! Bravo!

  14. I really love this! 🙂

  15. Great job on the transformation. Really like the drop down drawer. Visiting from TT&J

  16. This is such a beautiful piece, and the perfect color! Well done. The textured wallpaper was very clever, I’m going to have to remember that trick! Thanks for sharing your project with us 🙂

  17. P.S. Pinning! 🙂

  18. I love it! Love the color, love the drop down drawer, & the painted wall paper. Great job.

  19. This is so beautiful. I love it. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  20. Your buffet it beautiful! I have a crush on aqua right now too – it’s just such a great color! And the drawer opening down…brilliant! Can’t wait to see the rest of the living room 🙂

  21. This is gorgeous! I really dislike traditional entertainment centers, but this is so classy. Good job!

  22. It looks amazing. The wallpaper was a brilliant idea.

  23. Absolutely wonderful! Love the drop down doors! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from POPP. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  24. LOVE this! Hope you can link them up at my trendy tuesday party going on right now!!

  25. Pinning this! Great idea to use textured wallpaper on the ends. I’m hoping to do an aqua blue buffet for my dining room, so this is perfect inspiration!

  26. I love everything about this- the color, hardware, details. Great job!

  27. Alright…I just found you from your chicken wire pennant this morning on Tatertots and Jello. And I left a comment there saying how much I loved your project. I said it was the best project I have seen in awhile online. After looking through your blog I take it all back. THIS is the best project I have seen in awhile. I love your idea to use the textured wallpaper on the trouble area! I will have to keep that in mind. I have been on a blog vacation all summer while we moved into our new house. You have inspired me! I am on the edge of creating my new craft room in the garage and wasn’t sure which way to go…your buffet is giving me the confidence to go where I thought I might… THANKS! I will move you to the top of my list of blogs to check out!


  28. oh my goodness – that electronics thing is fab! can you hub come over here too to retrofit my buffet!???

  29. Oh man, I LOVE the legs on this piece! The color blue is also just absolutely perfect.

  30. Anonymous says:

    I have a similar buffet and am trying to do the same thing. How did work around the curved drawer? Any tips?

  31. Love this! My mom has an old piece that she’s wanting to refinish, and I love this color. I’ll have to show this to her. One question though…why the chalk board paint and not “regular” paint?

  32. So I am attempting to recreate this piece with a dresser. I am struggling!! I know it has been almost a year but can you remember what kind of hinges you used on the fold down drawers? I have tried three kinds without ANY luck!!! I am worries I just ruined this piece. 🙁

  33. Stephanie S says:

    I love the drawer/hinge idea, I am currently working on an old vanity and the center drawer is broken missing one side they are dovetailed, I was trying to figure out how to do a hinged drawer and this is exactly what I need to do! If you can share the hinge type and any details about making the hinged drawer I would be very grateful!

  34. How did you retrofit the drawer front to allow for the hinges? Did you just attach a piece of plywood to the front to create a flat surface for the hinges to attach to?

  35. Karen Linarez says:

    I love that no hinges show on your drop down drawer whether it is closed or open. Can you share how you constructed that drawer. I have a buffet that I want to do the exact same thing to. And, you had a brilliant idea to use textured wall paper. I’ll tuck that idea away for a future project. Absolutely great project!

    • We basically removed the drawer, cut a piece of plywood to fit the opening to fit in the bottom of the “drawer” space, removed the front of the drawer, and attached it to the piece of plywood with hinges. So you can see hinges when the drawer is pulled open, but only then. Hope that helps!


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