Farmhouse Style Buffet Farmhouse Style Buffet. We refinished this sideboard to create a farmhouse cottage feel. We painted the base in a butter cream and the surface we recreated the wood to a slate top look. We hand rubbed the top to enhance the paint to give the powder feel of an old piece of slate. It has a large storage area behind each door. The hardware is original and has been painted in an antique black. It has been distressed all over and a hand painted design was added in the center of the base. It has been waxed and buffed.