Today’s before and after is this fantastic vintage sideboard that was last week’s favorite find. It is full of detail that was just hiding in that dark finish!
My client recently downsized to a condo that is filled with great light. She is in the process of redoing her interior to reflect her new space. This means lighter and brighter!
The sideboard was finished in a custom mix of Annie Sloan French Linen mixed with Old White. Gold gilding wax by Cire a Dorer was applied to the detail to make is pop (check out my YouTube channel for the How To Video on the wax). My client is not a fan of distressed furniture and so no distressing was done on this piece – quite a change for me! The piece was waxed in both Annie Sloan clear and dark waxes to add depth.
What a wonderful repainting for this piece. The before/after transformation is highly dramatic. The delicate gold treatment on the trim is expertly done, giving the entire sideboard a dignified flair.
Thanks so much! I love the description of “dignified”! Thanks!
cassie @ primitive & proper
the gold just makes this piece for me! beautiful!
Thanks, Cassie! Stay warm!
BEAUTIFUL!!! Your best yet – what a happy client you must have
Thanks so much, Carole!
I suspect some people may not agree that you should have painted this piece but I think it s beautiful. Did you say or can you tell us where you can buy the Cire a Dorer gliding wax? I can’t seem to find it.
Hi Debra, I purchased mine from Catfish Studios in Gaithersburg, MD and they ship 🙂
Nancy F Lambert
Thank you, Nancy!
Suzanne!! you did such a great job!! I so love French Linen and the gold gilding is like a cherry on the proverbial on top!!
Have a great day!!
Thanks, Maxine! It really is like the cherry on top lol!
Beautiful Suzanne – as always
Thanks so much, Cheryl! I appreciate it!
It is so gorgeous!! Wonderful job!
Thank you, Sue!
Thanks so much, Colleen!
Wow Suzanne! You did a great job!
Thanks so much, Sian! I really appreciate it!
wow! How beautiful
Robin from RPK Interiors
Ummmm….on a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfection, I would rate this one 1000! This might be one of my all time ever transformations! It’s so elegant! Well done, Suzanne!
Wow!!! Thanks, Robin! That means so much coming from you! Stay warm!!!!
It’s one of my favorite style for sideboards, those long legs and beautiful detailing on the front. So beautiful now, in that grey shade and the gold detailing.
Thanks, Mary. It is so much fun to work on the beautiful old pieces. I was lucky. It’s one of my favorite pieces to paint as well!
Cynthia Chilson Finger
Perfection! All the beautiful details pop now. Your client must be thrilled.
Thanks, Cynthia! I am glad to say that she loved it!
Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey
This is beautiful. I tend not to distress and I’ve used the gold wax before. I can appreciate the work that went into this gorgeous piece.
Thanks, Ann Marie! I loved your post last week on creating a smooth finish. I find sanding back with 400 grit after waxing also leads to a super smooth finish. Cheers!
What a beauty!!
Thanks, Nitza! It is a lot of fun to work on beautiful old pieces!
Patricia @ http://TheBlackSheepShoppe.blogspot.com
It is very elegant and a fabulous transformation. Lucky client. . .
Thanks so much, Patricia!
Fantastic job, I have a whole mahogany dining room suite dying to have painted as so dark in our new condo townhouse against cherry floors. Only problem is my husband ????? hA ha!
Ha! Just paint it while he is out lol! Thanks so much!
Marie, The Interior Frugalista
What a beautiful piece of furniture and the makeover you gave it is stunning. I can feel your pain at not being able to distress this piece but your a solution to that by using guilding wax adds character. I bet your client was tickled pink when they saw it!
Thank you so much, Marie! It was so strange to not take out that sandpaper and give the edges a good rub lol! My client loved it (thank goodness!)
I love the gold detail. What a great touch! Beautiful.
Thank you so much, Diane!
This is gorgeous!! Excellent work!
Your transformation of the side board is sooo beautiful! Question: Was reading through the comments and wanted to clarify…do you sand a piece after you’ve waxed it? I just painted and waxed a coffee table and am not wild about the finish. Perhaps sanding a bit would help?
Hi Jeannie, on this piece I did sand it after I waxed it as well as prior to waxing. I wanted a super smooth finish on the top. After waxing, take 400 grit sandpaper and sand over the (totally cured) wax. It will create a really smooth finish on a piece. Cheers!