I first shared this vintage sideboard a few weeks ago (POST: Gorgeous Vintage Sideboard). I found it at the thrift store and even though it was in awful condition, I could see its potential. The top has a scalloped edge with lovely rounded shapes along the front. The drawer also has a scalloped design that is quite lovely. However, as I mentioned above and in my previous POSTS, the piece was in really bad shape.
Here it is now!
The top had been really torn up. It had deep gauges in it, the likes of which I had never seen before. It took some serious elbow grease to sand the top back and refinish it (POST: Sideboard Wood Top Refinish). I used Minwax Dark Walnut and Varathane Weathered Gray stains. I then applied Minwax Polycrylic. I used 220 grit and sanded it back once more before applying the final coat of poly. It is now super smooth!
The body was first painted in Annie Sloan Graphite (below). However, it wasn’t the right complement to the stained top and needed contrast. I layered the Graphite with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint in Slate Gray and the final coat in Stillwater Blue. Such a calming, gorgeous color combo! It was sealed in General Finishes Flat Out Flat topcoat.
The drawer is very interesting. The back panel of the drawer is painted in the dark Graphite so the top, scalloped piece of the drawer contrasts and its shape really pops out.
The original drawer pulls were not my style. After drilling new holes and patching the old, I added new white ceramic pulls. I like how the shape mimics the scalloped edges of the piece.
From its top to its bottom, this piece is full of detail!
The Stillwater Blue Sideboard!
Wow!!! A big thumbs up from the Antipodes, Suzanne. That looks sooooo sweet! Absolutely lovely!….. as always! You have such a skill and talent! I love it!
Cheers, Elisabeth. (Australia).
Thank you, Elisabeth! So great to hear from you and hope all is well!
Wow! this piece is gorgeous! you do an incredible amount of detailing, and your style is beautiful, as always. Thank you for sharing what you do and how you do it. I have a file with your information, and when I retire from work, I plan on painting a lot of my furniture!!! With your help on file, I will be an expert in no time. Thank you for taking the time to give us the “how to” on all of your pieces. Lovely!
Hi Sue – thank you so much! I’m so happy to have helped you in your future endeavor! You will have a lot of fun with it! Cheers!
How amazing!! The top was really a wreck but it’s so nice now.
Love the detailing and the drawer. The new hardware is
Perfect. Wish I had room for this! Hmm maybe if I tossed
DJ’s recliner? !o! TFS and have a lovely day.
Thank you so much, Mary!!! I hope you have a lovely day, too!
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!! I HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO FIND A WOOD FILLER THAT TAKES A STAIN AS BEAUTIFUL AS THIS – WHAT WOOD FILLER DID YOU — USE ON THIS PIECE?
Hi Kathy! I used DAP Plastic Wood-X Stainable Wood Filler with DryDex. It has a pink lid in the home improvement stores. I applied and then sanded and repeated the process multiple times. The dark stain actually highlighted the imperfections so I applied the Weathered Wood gray to tone it down and it worked. Trial and error lol!
Terrific – thank you Suzanne!
you are truly a miracle worker!! That top had convinced me there was no hope for it and look at the amazing finish it now wears. exquisite!
Thank you so much, Katherine! I really appreciate it! Honestly, I was hesitant that the top could be saved too!
Suzanne– Your talent is mesmerizing! This is definitely one of my faves. However, truth be told, I would be in the poor house if you lived closer. Poor, but surrounded by deautiful furniture! Megan, Seattle
Thank you so much, Megan! I love Seattle btw – so gorgeous there! Lucky!
Beautiful Suzanne! Like Kathy, I’ve never found a wood filler I’m 100% happy staining over – even when they claim they’re ‘stainable’. I’ll have to try the Dap Plastic!
This turned out fabulous.
Suzanne all your hard work really paid off, this piece is absolutely gorgeous!!
Cynthia Chilson Finger
This is truly gorgeous, Suzanne! The sheer fact that you were able to rescue the top says a lot about your talent and perseverance. It’s a good thing you found it before it ended up in a landfill. Another great makeover. 😀 Take care, Cynthia
Thank you so much, Cynthia! It became a challenge and I had to save that top lol!