After searching for more than a year, I finally have a new, well old, sideboard for my dining room. Today I’d like to show you what I found.
A bit of backstory: Last year I did a major kitchen remodel, which affected my dining room as well. The changes in the latter space included refinished hardwood floors, new French doors, three new windows (which were not there previously), and a handful of other things. Because of these updates, I decided to start fresh with furnishings and decor.
I was (and still am) taking my time in developing this space. There has been no need to rush to get it done. I’m OK with the space feeling/being incomplete for now.
Well, that’s the backstory.
A New (Old) Sideboard for My Dining Room
Flash forward to almost a couple of months ago, when after a year-long search for the “perfect” sideboard, I found a beautiful vintage cabinet on Facebook Marketplace and knew immediately this could be it.
I had envisioned a painted piece because my dining room already had a lot of wood in it with the table and floors. However, anything can be painted, so I was more open-minded in my search.
And here’s what I found:
Isn’t she a beauty?
Now a few notes about the sideboard…
- The size was ideal. I wanted something to sit underneath the window trim, and this was perfect
- This piece is not painted like I originally envisioned, but it’s darker than the surrounding wood tones so it doesn’t get lost. Of course, I could still paint it if I desired. But for now, I like it as is.
- It’s rougher than what I had in mind. I’m assuming someone made it for a garage or workshop. It came with that “workshop” smell. The insides of the drawers were also dirty and stained with oil.
- Although it’s a tad rough, it’s well built, solid, and heavy. Those are characteristics I like.
- One of my favorite aspects is the asymmetrical drawers. If you’ll notice, the drawers on the right are not as wide as those on the left and in the middle. I love this because it means it’s one-of-a-kind.
- Other details that I like: It still has all of the original drawers (which can be rare in old cabinets). All of the hardware is the same. And with 12 drawers, there’s a ton of storage.
Before I could start using this piece, I needed to do something about the dirty drawers. My first thought was to line them with wallpaper, but that is a BIG project, and I don’t have the supplies on hand. So, I decided to paint them instead. I figured that this would give me a clean surface and lock in all of the dirt and oil.
I used my go-to craft and furniture paint: Fusion Mineral Paint. I love this stuff because it doesn’t require a primer coat or a topcoat. However, I later learned that if there are oil stains, a primer should be applied. Oops!’
I had a quart of Fusion Mineral Paint in Lamp White on hand (though I did end up having to order another quart), so I went with that. After a thorough cleaning, each drawer got two coats of paint. And then I went back and applied a third coat to the areas that had those oil stains coming through.
The paint did exactly what I wanted it to do. It locked in all the old dirt and freshened up the drawers. And even though I didn’t use a primer on those stains, the paint ended up doing a great job covering them up.
Only a few are still slightly visible, but that’s part of the charm of a vintage piece.
Once the paint was dry, I was able to start loading up my new sideboard.
I was so looking forward to this moment since for the past two years all of my linens, extra flatware, and other entertaining items have been packed in totes in the basement. They finally got a proper home.
I love these containers from The Container Store. (You want the 1.8 qt oblong container.) They perfectly fit a flatware set for a serving of four. I assume many of you don’t have multiple sets of flatware, but if you do these containers are great for storage.
I’ve filled about half of the drawers so there’s still plenty of room for more goodies. Once I organize things a bit more, I’ll give you a full tour.
My sideboard purchase also inspired me to finally order a rug for the dining room so I’ll have to update you on that when it arrives. I have a couple of other decorative storage solutions in this space that I’m excited to share with you, too. Stay tuned for those.
I hope you enjoyed this look at the new (old) sideboard in my dining room and are digging it as much as I am. (Frankie says, “Hello!” too.)
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