About a month ago (I’m so behind in posting!), we bought a new buffet for our dining room.  It’s part of the Canopy collection of assemble-it-yourself furniture at Wal-Mart and it’s actually called an “Anywhere Console”.

New Buffet for Dining Room

New Buffet for Dining Room

At first, we were a little leary about purchasing something like this at Wal-Mart, but it seemed like it was pretty good quality and the price was right, so we thought we’d give it a try.  Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the furniture.  It’s constructed of solid wood, so it’s a really substantial, sturdy piece of furniture, and the finish is very rich.  The fine print on the assembly instructions said it was made by Sauder, but it seems a lot nicer than any of the other Sauder furniture we’ve ever had.  Assembly was pretty unique – the whole thing went together with just a hammer and a block of wood.

So far, it’s provided some much-needed storage for our “good” china, which had previously been taking over the kitchen cabinets.  We weren’t sure how much weight the shelves would be able to support, so we decided it was best to not load them up with stacks of heavy plates, but there’s still a lot of room for completer pieces and some of the smaller dishes.

The Inside of the Buffet Cabinet

The Inside of the Buffet Cabinet

The buffet also came with two additional drawers that can be used in place of having the two shelves in the middle.  I liked the idea of using the shelves to display some of our dishes now since we don’t have a glass china cabinet, but figured if we ever move the cabinet to another room, the drawers will help it feel more like a console table and less like a buffet.

We haven’t had it long enough to really be able to comment on how well it holds up, but from everything we’ve seen so far, we’d highly recommend it.  It looks really good without costing much at all.

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