Turn a Basic Storage Cube Unit into a Chic Modern Buffet

Highlight dishware in a buffet based on an eight-cube unit.

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A basic cube shelving unit is the perfect piece of furniture to artfully display dishes and drinkware. Gold-dipped legs give this unit a modern look, while X-shaped dividers allow for a makeshift wine cellar. A bulked-up top board makes this shelving double as a buffet. 

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What You Need:

  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • Eight-cube unit
  • Circular saw or table saw
  • Sanding tools
  • Primer and paint
  • Construction adhesive
  • Legs
  • 1-inch screws
  • 1/2-inch screws

Step 1: Assemble Unit Parts

Craft a top and base from 3/4-inch plywood: Measure the length and width of the longest sides of an eight-cube unit, add an inch to each measurement for a slight overhang, and cut using a circular saw or table saw. Sand, prime, and paint the boards to match the shelf; let dry. For a chic surface, channel a Carrara marble look with paint. Finish with Briwax to protect the surface. Center and glue the top and base to the unit using construction adhesive.

Step 2: Paint and Attach Legs

Attach legs to the base plywood with 1-inch screws. A dipped gold effect adds oomph to furniture legs. Use painters tape to block off the section you don't want spray-painted.  

Step 3: Install Stemware Racks

Show off glam glassware by installing gold-tone stemware racks inside one cube using 1/2-inch screws. Using stemware racks also adds visual interest by varying heights inside the cubes.

Step 4: Add X Dividers

Outfit storage cubes with X cube shelf dividers made to fit inside. You can find them online and at storage specialty stores or major retailers. They're perfect for storing wine bottles or rolled towels.

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