Antique Sideboard Makeover


Hello my lovely friends!  I’ve been hanging onto this makeover until today’s Furniture Fixer Uppers post with my blogging buddies (see their makeovers at the bottom) – it shows you what a difference a simple paint job can do to a piece with so much potential…

This antique sideboard came from a sweet couple who also sold me this desk I painted awhile back.

Antique sideboard makeover. How to paint a beautiful white distressed finish with Chalk Paint. By Girl in the Garage

Here’s the inside – you can kind of see there’s a small hole in the lower back.  I filled it (and the chip on the front bottom of the left door) with wood filler and then sanded it smooth.  Thankfully that’s all the repairs that were needed this time.

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Antique sideboard makeover. How to paint a beautiful white distressed finish with Chalk Paint. By Girl in the Garage

I knew the details would really pop with white paint and distressing.

First I primed it with my favorite Zinsser shellac primer and then applied a couple layers of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

Then came a big old mess because I sanded, sanded, sanded to bring out the contrast on all those beautiful lines and curves.

Antique sideboard makeover. How to paint a beautiful white distressed finish with Chalk Paint. By Girl in the Garage

Doesn’t she almost steal the show?

To finish this sideboard makeover, it was protected with Fusion Mineral Paint Tough Coat topcoat.

Antique sideboard makeover. How to paint a beautiful white distressed finish with Chalk Paint. By Girl in the Garage Antique sideboard makeover. How to paint a beautiful white distressed finish with Chalk Paint. By Girl in the Garage

The backsplash, legs, and bottom are my favorites.  Oh and I had to leave the original hardware alone because it was perfect as-is!

Antique sideboard makeover. How to paint a beautiful white distressed finish with Chalk Paint. By Girl in the Garage Antique sideboard makeover. How to paint a beautiful white distressed finish with Chalk Paint. By Girl in the Garage

Over time I’ve learned that not every piece needs to have all the pretty “extras” like stencils, graphics, decoupage, etc. – although those are definitely fun to do sometimes.  Some pieces like this one deserve a simpler makeover like one paint color and distressing.

Here’s a reminder of the Before of this antique sideboard makeover:

Antique sideboard makeover. How to paint a beautiful white distressed finish with Chalk Paint. By Girl in the Garage

And now it’s time for Furniture Fixer Uppers with my creative blogging friends.Furniture Fixer Uppers groupBelow are the Before photos – click the links underneath to see the Afters and to learn how they did it.  I know you’ll be inspired!

Furniture Fixer Uppers - January 20181. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
2. Just the Woods
3. Prodigal Pieces
4. Petticoat Junktion
5. The Interior Frugalista

Thanks for hanging out here today and checking out my latest project – I’d love it if you’d share this post or leave a comment below!

Jen


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30 Comments on Antique Sideboard Makeover

  1. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    January 25, 2018 at 4:24 am (4 months ago)

    What a sweet find, Jen. Those pieces have endless uses. I love the refreshed look too!

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  2. Susan W.
    January 25, 2018 at 8:41 am (4 months ago)

    Hi, I love what you did with this piece. Its beautiful! I am wondering if you could have used vassal and a q-tip in all the lines in place of all the sanding to acheive the same results? Thank you for sharing.

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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Susan. I haven’t used vaseline on my furniture before, but I know it’s possible to create a distressed finish that way also.

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  3. kandice
    January 25, 2018 at 9:49 am (4 months ago)

    Love these small buffet cabinet pieces. This came out great! Love it!

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  4. Christy
    January 25, 2018 at 10:02 am (4 months ago)

    What a stunning piece, Jen! You are exactly right… Sometimes all a piece needs is a beautiful new paint job! I know this sold quickly! XO
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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 5:57 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Christy! Actually I had it for sale briefly (less than a day, haha) and it’s been at my house since. I’m still debating whether to list it for sale again. 😉

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  5. Marie
    January 25, 2018 at 11:26 am (4 months ago)

    This beautiful buffet definitely stands on its own with a fresh coat of white paint –
    love it Jen!

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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Marie! xo

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  6. ROSE LEFEBVRE
    January 25, 2018 at 1:38 pm (4 months ago)

    Such a better look! You did a great job.
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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Rose!

      Reply
  7. Lisa Stephens
    January 25, 2018 at 2:03 pm (4 months ago)

    Love the antiqueing style. My yarn would look fabulous in there😊

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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 🙂

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  8. Jane Abernathy
    January 25, 2018 at 3:28 pm (4 months ago)

    If it’s not 100 years old, it’s not an antique, it’s just vintage. Does everything have to be painted white? The fella won’t go for it.

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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm (4 months ago)

      Jane,
      That took quite a bit of effort just to leave a comment criticizing my use of the word “antique” and my decision to paint the sideboard white. As a first time commenter, you must be new around here. You might not want to read any of my other posts if you’re that passionate about “antique” vs. “vintage” and white painted furniture. I hope your day gets better.

      Reply
  9. claire
    January 25, 2018 at 4:01 pm (4 months ago)

    Love it 🙂

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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 6:02 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Claire! 🙂

      Reply
  10. Helga Kivisto
    January 25, 2018 at 4:03 pm (4 months ago)

    Jen… being a furniture maker, I would have left the cabinet door fronts and front of the top piece showing the gorgeous flamed wood grain. The rest could still be painted. That wood is getting to be quite rare… Just a comment.

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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 6:09 pm (4 months ago)

      Hi Helga, I agree that the wood finish was pretty. The left door actually had a big chip in it about an inch wide which I had to repair with wood filler. There were also some small scratches here and there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts though. 🙂

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      • Helga Kivisto
        January 25, 2018 at 6:15 pm (4 months ago)

        Thanks Jen! Of course you were able to see all the gouges and chips which isn’t so noticeable with a photo. The finished piece looks very nice and will generate a lot of interest, I am sure!

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  11. Kathleen MacEllis
    January 25, 2018 at 4:37 pm (4 months ago)

    I have this very sideboard down the basement collecting dust ! Maybe there IS hope for a new life for this piece afterall ! Beautiful

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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 6:10 pm (4 months ago)

      That’s awesome, Kathleen! I’m glad you got some ideas for reviving it. 🙂 And thank you!

      Reply
  12. Sammie
    January 25, 2018 at 5:14 pm (4 months ago)

    Absolutely love it! The distressing is just perfect. I am going to try the matte varnish. Thanks for the info!!

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    • Jen
      January 25, 2018 at 6:10 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Sammie! I’m glad you like it 🙂

      Reply
  13. Candace
    January 27, 2018 at 10:26 am (4 months ago)

    Beautiful job! You really know what technique to use with a piece! I would have loved to have seen a picture of the inside of the cabinet. I am assuming with the repair that it was painted? I am sure it turned out perfectly!

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    • Jen
      February 1, 2018 at 1:22 pm (4 months ago)

      Sorry, I totally forgot to mention that! I left the inside unpainted. The hole wasn’t very big and it was in the bottom corner, so after I repaired it I used a dark brown marker to cover up the tan wood filler color. It was easy, and will be hidden as soon as anything goes inside the cabinet. 🙂

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      • Candace
        February 1, 2018 at 3:51 pm (4 months ago)

        Well that makes perfect sense!! Always love looking at your work.

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  14. Kat
    January 28, 2018 at 8:13 am (4 months ago)

    What a beautiful job! Well done…I love how it turned out. Love the color selection, it’s very French, I think 🤔💟

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    • Jen
      February 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much Kat! 🙂

      Reply
  15. Leanna
    January 30, 2018 at 10:19 pm (4 months ago)

    This piece looks beautiful in white. Love how you redid this.

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    • Jen
      February 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you so much, Leanna!

      Reply

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