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:

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

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.

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

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.

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

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.


A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

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.

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

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.

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

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.

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

A New (Old) Sideboard for My DIning Room #diningroom #sideboard #buffet #decor #decorating

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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  • sherrie at

    Lovely! You are very clever to paint the drawers inside. It looks so fresh and likley makes things easier to see.

  • Lydia Horan at

    Plants on cake stands. Genius! I love everything you do, Michael.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you, Lydia!

      xo Michael

  • Jennifer K at

    The details on this sideboard are just perfect! I love the original handles and the name plates (is that what they’re even called??). Insert heart eye emoji here! :o)

  • Tracey at

    OMG! That sideboard is the find of the century! I absolutely love it. We must be kindred spirits because I have the same wood handled silverware. 🙂
    Great looking piece you have there, and now I can’t wait to see the rug.

  • Eileen Sheehan at

    Hi Michael,
    I always enjoy reading your posts. Your sideboard is lovely and is another example of your exquisite taste with decorating your home. Your kitty, Frankie, is cute too!

  • Diane@InMyOwnStyle at

    You could not ask for a more perfect piece for the room, the wall and your style. What a find!!!

  • Barb B at

    Stunning! Talk about a repurpose. And it looks gorgeous in your dining room.

  • pcb at

    Looks great; I love a one-of-a-kind piece. Also glad to see these containers and the source. I have one and it’s my favorite but have not been able to find any more, so thanks for that!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Your’e so welcome! I think I forgot the link at first, but I updated the post so you can easily click to find. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  • KimS at

    Wow! Stunning. Love the white paint inside—looks so clean. The contrast is lovely.

  • val at

    the painted drawers! genius! love the sideboard. I just love your style and everything you do!

  • Sue at

    WOW! Your patience sure! That is a killer piece of furniture and looks great in your dining room! Enjoy!

  • Mary at

    Nice find, Michael! I love the mineral paint accent. WIll it chip of scratch or is it very durable?

  • Jan at

    I love it! How great to have all that storage and the visual texture is so cool.

  • Lisa Mountjoy at

    LOVE it! Love the white inside the drawers. Looks so fresh! I’ll bet you will thoroughly enjoy your new piece for years to come 😊

  • Maxine at

    Love the side board and all your drink recipes…and food..and design guess unjust like everything in your blog!!

  • Laurie at

    Beautiful! I love how creative you are!

  • mary at

    OH! I’m so glad you didn’t paint that beautiful hunk of wood!! It fits so well in your dining room as it is!! I’m a sucker for painting, but this piece is amazing!! Enjoy!! xoxo

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Agreed! It’s a great piece!

      xo Michael

  • Mona Sarajian at

    I love the dining room piece. You might even consider lining the top drawers with felt at some point.

  • Gail V at

    What a beautiful piece. So much character. I am so glad you didn’t paint it. Your home is coming together beautifully. Thanks for the tip on the Fusion mineral paint. I will definitely be looking into it.

  • Terry T. at

    what a FABULOUS piece. Well worth waiting for. Love it!

  • Catherine Patterson at

    Great piece! I personally would NEVER paint it! I love the painted drawers though. I have an old piece in my dining room that precisely lived for a different purpose too:)!!!

  • KL at

    Initially, I thought you might line the drawers with wallpaper on the inside walls and felt in the bottoms of the drawers. When you I mentioned the oil and dirt, I knew that was not happening !

    Nice job on a great find. That piece is perfect unpainted. The rough wood and patina have a story to tell.

    Love your blog and your sense of style and whimsy.

    ~~ KL in N Tx

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes – I may do wallpaper next. But I wanted and needed to seal everything up first. I also know that wallpapering the drawers will be a BIG process, so I’ll save that for the winter months.

      xo Michael

  • Stephanie Simpson at

    LOVE it!! It couldn’t be more perfect.

  • Kathy Menold at

    You found the perfect piece for your dining room. There can never be too many areas for storage whether drawers or shelves. I love the natural wood. Getting rather tired of all the painting of furniture we have been seeing everywhere. One question… what exposure are your begonias getting? They are some of my favorite houseplants and though mine are usually summering out in my shade garden they always are brought back in the fall and I never have found a good indoor spot for them.
    So glad you are back to doing your blog. You were missed. Stay well.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      They get the morning sun. The angel leaf is doing fabulously! The other (break dance) is struggling. I ordered it online so it had a rough ride getting here. It may just need some love to start performing again.

      xo Michael

  • Dara at

    Love your side board…gorgeous color, grain, and joinery. Hope you never paint it

  • Bea at

    Love it!!! Amazing find!!

  • Barbara C. at

    Can you imagine a time when something this beautiful was made for a workshop!!!

  • Debbie Vietmeier at

    That piece is absolutely fabulous!!! You have opened my eyes to local antique shops I never knew existed! Thank you 😊

  • Teddee Grace at

    I love this piece and am glad you have, at least for now, decided not to paint the exterior. So much storage! What a find.

  • Nancy Hanselman at

    Absolutely love! The color is perfect and great idea to paint inside of drawers!

  • Karen Miller at

    WOW!! I love the piece… it is GORGEOUS!!
    Perfect in the room and perfect storage for linens etc. GREAT find!!

  • Julie Bresette at

    Wow! An amazing piece!!

  • Christine Enyart-Elfers at

    Simply genius…. paint really refreshed the drawers & will protect the contents from the older smells & dust. You have an amazing collection of linens, tableware, & dining room accessories. Gosh, you probably have enough items to rent out for small dinner parties! Have you ever thought of doing that?
    As always, I love visiting your blog & reading your IG postings.

  • Mary at

    LOVE IT!!!

  • Lyn at

    I love this piece. I really like to see furniture pieces given a 2nd or 3rd life as something different. Another thing I really like is the juxtaposition of rustic and refined working together in a home. I recently eliminated a big hutch top from an older Ethan Allen pine hutch I have had for years. My taste and style have evolved so much over the years, but I didn’t want to get rid of the entire hutch so I painted the base in a mid-tone of blue and eliminated the white porcelain knobs and put on brushed brass. It looks so fresh and really brightened up my kitchen. We are planning a move in the next 6 months and this hutch base will get a 3rd life as I am going to use it as vanity in a 3rd bathroom in our lower level. Michael, I hope you are doing well.

  • Theresa Queen at

    Absolutely perfect! Patience is a good thing. I love multiple drawer storage for all that small kitchen stuff we accumulate for entertaining. At first, reading your choice of white, I cringed. Then I saw the final result, and, of course, it is the perfect choice! No other color would have done. But then that is why I adore your decorating style, you have a gift for seeing the beauty of what could be. And you’ve done it again with this stunning find. Bravo!

  • PJ at

    What a great find! It fits your space perfectly, and, wow!, what great storage.

  • maureen at

    Stunning sideboard! It’s truly amazing what you can find on Marketplace! I would not paint it ever. The darker wood in your floor picks up the color of the wood in the sideboard and is perfect. I love the unique character it lends to your space. It’s always great to have a focal piece that starts conversation as well.

  • Peggy at

    A beautiful piece that looks perfect in your space and doesn’t need paint. Love the white accents on top. Love your blog, such great inspiration. You have a gorgeous home.

  • Susan Atkinson at

    Beautiful, Michael! You’ve got yourself a treasure! It looks wonderful in the space – a perfect fit in size and style! Enjoy!

  • Lee at

    Fantastic Michael👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
    Finds like those are straight from heaven😍

  • Amy Kaminski at

    I can’t stand it! That piece is a perfect fit! Painting the inside of the drawers is genius too! I think some times the thrill of the hunt can lead us to pieces like this that might be a little unexpected but end up being so perfect. I simply love it and pretty much everything you do. Thanks for being you Michael ❤

  • Lindsey at

    Gorgeous and love the drawer trick! Buying old furniture can be challenging and I appreciate you showing how you handle it

  • Marla at

    My heart be still!!!! First, your cloth napkins drawer made my heart flutter. I use ironed, cloth napkins at every family dinner 🙂 Second, I LOVE your new sideboard and your use of paint in the drawers instead of lining them is perfect!

  • Mary at

    I LOVE IT! I have an apothecary chest that still had some intact labels (including cannabis). I made labels for leashes, gloves, etc and stained them with coffee to match.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      How fun is that!? Love it!

      xo Michael

  • Ann at

    Michael what a wonderful piece. You did such a wonderful job restoring it.
    But most of all I hope you had a wonderful hiatus and time to find your peace.
    I pray every day that I find peace in my life. So glad you are back.

  • Dawn at

    What a fantastic sideboard! It’s so fun to find the perfect piece of furniture! Thank you for sharing all of the details.

  • Rikki at

    Really like seeing all of your pretty things in their new home. That piece is a stunning addition to your home and I know you will style it up so well. Great find!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! It will be fun to style throughout the seasons.

      xo Michael

  • Jennifer at

    What is the name of the flatware storage containers? I’d like to buy some. Thanks.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oops! I meant to link them the post above. I’ve updated the post with a link. Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  • Elizabeth at

    This sideboard is perfect as is! I love it!

  • Sue at

    What a great feeling to visually in your head know what piece of furniture you want and then to find that piece, put it in place and put it to good use. Looks great. Sort of reminds me of an old library card catalog only on a larger scale.

  • Pat at

    Perfection!! I can’t imagine a more perfect piece for that space. Your ideas and creativity are so loved by everyone! I’m a sucker for cloth napkins too. 😉😊

  • Medra at

    Hi Michael. I love your new sideboard. It is so practical, rustic, and pretty. It is a very good looking piece of furniture. I was wondering whether you had used primer before painting the inside drawers? This may have help the oil from seeping through.

  • Reenie at

    OMG! That’s beautiful as is. I hope you don’t paint it. Great find. 🙂

  • Suzanne VanKat at

    OMG…I would give my right arm for that sideboard!!! What a great find!!

  • Lee at

    Oh I think we are going to be great friends. Even though I do live on a small homestead with sheep ducks and chickens, I still want style.

  • Kathy Griffith at

    Michael it is a perfect find. I love the Rustic look of it. Crisp white inside was a perfect choice. Great job. Love the new entry/hall way paint too.

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