I recently replace my painted, repurposed dining room buffet with a new one. If you have a dining room or dining area a buffet is a very important and versatile item to put in it! Let’s talk about dining room buffet updates. Lots of tips to keep the dining room area fresh and a buffet both functional and fabulous!
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Now here are some things to think about when updating your dining room buffet!
Really any horizontal surface will work as a “buffet surface”. A buffet was originally used as a server to put food on. Buffets are usually long and narrow and are still a perfectly useful and beautiful addition to a dining area.
Let’s update our buffets…
DON’T BE TOO MATCHY MATCHY
Gone are the days (thank goodness) when the furniture in a dining room matched. You might be old enough to remember buying all the pieces of your dining room in one collection or set! I did! And in its time it was certainly beautiful but there are so many interesting and far less expensive options for decorating a dining room.
Today’s dining rooms are curated and collected and interesting! They are pieced together and not right off a showroom floor!
TAKE OFF THE HUTCH TOP
If you have a buffet with a “top” piece remove it. Usually, the bottom storage area and the top display case are two separate pieces.
Removing the top half of your hutch will automatically give your dining room a fresher look.
Put a big piece of art or a mirror over your buffet. I know change is sometimes hard but you can always put the display case back on if you don’t like it.
KEEP ACCESSORIES TO A MINIMUM
Now let’s talk about how to update our buffet with accessories. I say a lamp and another small grouping of objects is enough on a buffet especially if it functions as a true buffet area at dinnertime.
Think a la Downton Abby. Think about how the man and unmarried women served themselves at breakfast and how the buffet was used. Not much on the buffet but things that were used to serve food. Stay away from decor that is too to fru-fru or fussy.
Today, we most often serve our food on the kitchen counter or island. But there is no need to over accessorize a buffet!
A real tale-tale sign of a buffet that needs an update is a pair of symmetrical candlestick lamps on either side of the buffet. Update a buffet by putting away those skinny little lamps and opt for one larger table lamp.
A bigger curvy lamp with a fabulous lampshade will be a very fresh addition to a buffet!
CREATE MORE STORAGE/DECOR SPACE
The one thing I looked for when I decided to get another buffet was storage space. And this buffet has tons of great space. I have a large collection of cake pedestals and soup tureens so instead of storing them in the basement I could display and store them in the buffet.
Depending on the style of a buffet, they usually have lots of wonderful storage space!
USE AS A MINIBAR
The top surface of a buffet is prime real estate! So use it! Don’t let it collect dust!
A buffet can also pinch hit for a mini bar! Set up a large tray and add your favorite libations to it along with a handsome ice bucket and a glass cube filled with bar tools.
Glasses and other bar equipment can be neatly kept behind closed doors!
Here are other ways to use the top of a buffet…
- appetizer bar
- dessert bar
- to hold all dishes, utensils, napkins etc when serving a buffet
- as a food “station” when having a big gathering
- drink station with punch bowl or large bowl filled with water and drinks
KEEP BEAUTIFUL DISHWARE IN SIGHT
I’m obsessed with glass front buffets. I love being able to see all the pretty dishes and other things I keep inside. The tableware inside a glass front buffet become part of the decor! Sigh!
Buffets have both a decorative value and great usefulness in today’s homes. So make sure you update and get the most out of your buffet!
Here a few of my pics for a buffet…
1 alsace sideboard || 2 mirror sideboard || 3 lake manor sideboard || 4 rotag sideboard || 5 foundry sideboard || 6 leanna sideboard || 7 mirror side sideboard || 8 bengel manor sideboard || 9 stein sideboard || 10 hadaway sideboard
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