Before & After: Cristin's Mod Podge
Buffet Makeover

When Cristin and her husband found this dresser on the curb in their neighborhood, it quickly became apparent why no one had grabbed it first: it's huge, heavy, and covered in dated white veneer. But with a little vision and a ton of Mod Podge, this beast became a buffet. 

From Cristin:

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 added, "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 it into our minivan, we came to understand why no one else took it. It was a million pounds and so long that it was hanging out of our van. Oh, and one other thing, it was ugly, chipped white veneer. The best solution--cover it with fabric!

This project is featured in Cristin's new book, Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt & Waste. She and her husband managed to furnish their home with found items that she refinished on the cheap (and used the savings to pay off their mortgage in under 7 years!). Cristin shares her top tips for working with Mod Podge:

1. Starting with a piece of furniture with square corners, rather than beveled edges, is best for Mod Podging because the application is like wrapping a present. 
2. Measure and cut and test your pieces before you even unscrew the lid to the Mod Podge.
3. 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.
4. Because Mod Podge can dry rather quick, I brought my project inside so the heat and wind wouldn't accelerate the drying process. I wanted to have as much time as possible to smooth the fabric out.
5.  I used a liberal amount of Mod Podge around the underside of the buffet top, but I also hammered one tiny fabric tack into the underside of each corner.

Thanks, Cristin!

(Images: Cristin Frank)