The One Piece of Furniture You Probably Need

Do you ever find yourself sounding like a broken record (do you young things even know what a broken record is)?  As a decorator, I find that one of the most versatile pieces of furniture is a long, narrow buffet table or sideboard.  Let me convince you.

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I love a good buffet in a dining room, but it can and should be used in other rooms as well. I’m sure this one languished for years before it was painted, simply fading away into the background of a wood-stuffed dining room.  All it takes is a great color to revive a gem like this.

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An entry often needs a narrow console table as a landing spot for keys and such.  A buffet is a great alternative for this spot.

 

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Whether you mount your flat screen television on the wall or not, it really needs some kind of console below it to ground it.  And a long sideboard or buffet table gives you the opportunity to create a vignette so that it’s not all about the tv.

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Placing a television on a nice, long piece beneath an interesting art grouping is so much nicer than the alternative:  having the television serve as the main focal point of the room (blah).

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And I’m kinda stoked that the old defunct stereo cabinets finally have a reason for a makeover.  They are typically low-slung and a great length for a tv console.

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Do you need more lighting in your living room?  Don’t just put a lamp on a small table somewhere.  A buffet table is a great place to park a collection and a big lamp while squeezing in a bit of storage beneath while you’re at it!

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Maybe it’s not really a buffet at all, and rather a bedroom dresser.  Who cares if it fits the bill (in regards to scale) and works in the space?  For me, it’s always about the size and shape of a piece.  And there’s always a long, lonely wall in most people’s homes that could use a nice long table.  Whether that’s really a console table, sofa table, buffet, credenza, dresser, or an old stereo cabinet – I don’t really care, so long as it works.  And that it can be painted, of course!

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Dianne Tant
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Dianne Tant

I love this post. I want to paint my buffet and get new table and chairs

Jenny
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Jenny

I agree! I’ve been looking for one exactly like the first picture for over a year now.

Tricia
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Tricia

I too have been searching for a buffet or any old piece of furniture that
is long and narrow for my flat screen TV. I love when they are stained a
dark color on top and painted something bold on the bottom.

Susanne
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Susanne

I’m in total agreement. The perfect place would be in the living room. The big screen TV would look much better on a buffet than a than traditional black, glass front entertainment unit with the two side cabinets. Not only would it look more finished, but It would allow more space for storage. However, it would not hide all of the billions of cords that I now hide behind the unit. Uh Oh!

Danijela
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I agree with you completely. This is a must have in every home. These look great.

amy@maison decor
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I might have to agree~so many things you can do with a buffet! Love the examples you shared.

Jill
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Jill

I can so relate to this posting. I have a buffet, much like the first one shown here, that I have used in so many ways! First it started out in my dining room, then in a long hallway/entryway (and yes Kristie it was perfect for that awkward long wall), at the foot of my king sized bed (loved it there!), back into the dining room then back onto a long wall again and currently the busy piece of furniture is in my living room with my flat screen television on it right now. The buffet can and should be… Read more »

Paula Van Hoogen
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Paula Van Hoogen

A little late joining this discussion–our internet seldom works these days:(.
I use 2 servers to the hilt–one in dining room for our grandson’s home school materials and another in the foyer for keys, etc. Love any piece of furniture used in a new way!
Love the first image –did you paint that yourself?
Kristie–love the photo of you–so pretty –at the paint class. Hope to make the next one!
Just recommended your blog tonight to another new friend!
Enjoying your articles on Houzz!!
Paula

Holly
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Amen to that! And now I just need to find “the” buffet/console that catches my eye. I’ve been looking for a while and just haven’t found the one – but I agree that it can really be a versatile piece.

Robin
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Robin

It’s amazing how versatile this larger sized piece of furniture can be! I actually have 4 throughout my downstairs.

The most interesting are a Henry Link Bali Hai faux bamboo “bedroom dresser” being used in my dining room, and my 80’s style dining room display credenza I painted BM Dill Pickle and covered the glass panels with Robert Allen Fabric in the Crystal Lake pattern, Midnight color, that I moved to the foyer. Its really cute. And to think my hubby wanted me to get rid of both those gems!

Haley Tiner
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Haley Tiner

Yes, yes, yes! I love the yellow buffet table and have been looking for something just like this. Do you have any idea where I can buy a buffet table online that is painted red? I would love to paint one myself but with 2 children under the age of 2 and a full time job and husband I just dont have the time!

Haley

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Kelly
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Great examples Kristie. But I still say a console table is the best piece of furniture you can own!

ACMcGaha
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ACMcGaha

Kristie… Pretty sure this is the definition of bringing a post back from the dead; however, well, I need to know. I have a “buffet” that I have generally used in “the dining room” portion of a Great Room. I have had it set up in as a bar with an ice bucket and liquor bottles on the top (even thought I don’t really drink…lol). We are moving to a house that has a built-in buffet/china cabinet in the (formal) dining room. The house also has a (formal) living room. I plan to put the buffet in the living room… Read more »