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Revamp a Sideboard Buffet with Mod Podge

Learn how to revamp a sideboard buffet with fabric and Mod Podge! You can turn a roadside find into a beautiful piece of furniture.

Revamp a buffet with Mod Podge

Hi Amy, and Mod Podge Rocks readers! I’m Cristin from Eve of Reduction and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut DIY book, Living Simple, Free and Happy is now available for purchase on Amazon and bookstores (including Lowe’s, Home Depot, JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby) across the country!

Mod Podge Rocks is the first stop on my virtual book tour. This means, if you go to the book tour page and leave a comment, you can win a copy of the book (mailed to US residents, digital copy if winner lives outside the US).

And with that announcement, I want to share my most daring Mod Podge project to date! This fabric covered sideboard buffet.

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 the sideboard buffet 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.

DIY Sideboard Buffet

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 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.

Revamp a buffet with Mod Podge

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

If you like DIY projects that are easy, inexpensive, reduce waste and add beauty and function to your home, please check out my debut DIY book, Living Simple, Free and Happy.

The book includes 10 upcycling tutorials that take easy to find furniture items and transforms them into customizable, organizational solutions from your home.

What else do you get?

  • Simple techniques that eliminate clutter and keep it from returning
  • A personalized plan to help you reclaim your time
  • Practical (and profitable) ways to sell unused items in your home
  • Tips to eliminate debt and curb consumption
  • Dozens of exercises that help you identify and honor your talents, values, and goals

Please know that I look forward to reading each and every comment! And Amy, thank you so much for being a gracious book tour hostess!


Saturday 8th of March 2014

I just love what have done with the Buffet Table, can't wait to see if my mod podge is still good ( bought it some time back whilst visiting the States) I have a book case which is white but has red inserts in it which I need to change to a strong pink to match my new drapes in my craft room. What a brilliant idea you have given me. Thanks. Shalmar

Cristin Frank

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Hi Amy, I just did a live video of my book give-away drawing on my virtual book tour post. The winner's name is Pam and she came from your site on my tour! Thank you and congrats to Pam!


Tuesday 12th of March 2013

Cool..........I Love It !!!!


Friday 8th of March 2013

totally cool