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Vintage Sideboard Refreshed

Our kitchen remodel is going strong and it’s time to make some changes. One of the pieces in our kitchen is my vintage sideboard. I have had this handsome server for several years and hadn’t had the time to give it a makeover. My personal things always come last. tsk. So, for today’s Themed Furniture Makeover, which the topic is CHOCOLATE, I decided it was high time to get ‘er done.

Themed Furniture Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Since we have 6 kids (and homeschool), our table space is somewhat limited. We have our custom farmhouse table that I recently refinished (you can see it HERE), but at one point I bought a Duncan Phyfe extension table hoping to enlarge our seating capacity. The table was a no-go due to our dining area dimensions, so I sold it. But… I kept the matching sideboard.

Vintage Duncan Phyfe Sideboard Makeover Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Over the years, it has held our homeschool materials and served us well. I would sit and daydream…”One day I will finally give you the makeover you deserve”.

Duncan Phyfe Sideboard in Dining Room | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Today’s the day! I have decided to part with my gem. (gasp!) When we pulled it out from our dining area, I loved the extra light. We have always planned a built-in for that space anyway, so out she goes.

Damaged Sideboard Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Though it’s missing some pulls, damage to the legs and doors, and just needing some TLC. The top was in great shape with some very large scratches, but those would come out easily.

Top of Vintage Sideboard Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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I grabbed my orbital sander and got to work taking it down to raw wood.

Sanding Sideboard Top | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now down to the good stuff and no intent to paint, I used my favorite stain used in our master bedroom and bathroom, called Early American.

Early American Stain for Vintage Sideboard | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once the top was finished with a poly topcoat, it was time for the cabinet. I decided to use DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Lace, since it’s very much like my favorite antique white and easy to use.  By the way, yes, I realize the theme is chocolate, but I’m getting there. Hang on! tee hee.

DecoArt Chalk Finish Paint in Lace | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once the cabinet was painted and cured, it was time to add my chocolate glazing. (see I told ya!) This is the same method I used on our garage door (recipe here) and on the piano face turned transom in our bedroom remodel. Easy-peasy.

Homemade Furniture Glaze by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Whenever I’m glazing I have the Karate Kid guy, Mr. Miyagi, in my head saying, “Wipe on, wipe off”. Bet that takes you back…and if you have no idea what I’m talking about then you’re missing out. tsk.

Glazing Vintage Sideboard | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next, it was time for the pulls. I used Rust-Oleum Heirloom White to spray the pulls and then glazed them as well.

Glazed Sideboard Drawer Pulls | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Question: Is it just me or do those pull pieces in the background look like white nipples to you? Ahahahaha…I couldn’t help but point out what I saw! Sorry. hee hee.

Back to sideboard…ahem.

Well, the hardware on the doors had been a booger ever since I owned it, so I whipped out my Dremel and ground them down to fit.  Wouldn’t you know I fix it when I’m not going to keep it. That’s how it always works, right?

Using Dremel to Grind Sideboard Hardware | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I distressed and then added the topcoat to the cabinet to give it extra protection, and we’re done!

Vintage Duncan Phyfe Sideboard Gets Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I love the classic lines of this piece and if it had been in better shape, would have been pretty refinished to all wood. Check out that top…

Top of Vintage Sideboard Refinished by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

…sigh. So pretty, isn’t it? I think everyone should have vintage sideboard.

View of Top of Sideboard by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The glazing adds depth to the paint and brings all all the gorgeous detail.

Glazed Vintage Sideboard by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Closeup of Serpentine Front of Vintage Sideboard by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I choose to replace the missing pulls with two glass knobs since I like to keep original pulls with a piece as much as possible. I think the contrast adds character.

Well, I said I wasn’t keeping this gem, so if you’re interested in making this vintage sideboard your own, you can find it in my shop. (SOLD!)

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Sometimes furniture gets worn and dated and a little bit of DIY attitude can go a long way. Do pin and share to inspire others! ♥

Vitnage Sideboard Refreshed with Stain and Paint by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’ll be sharing with you how to take these flea market finds and turn them into farmhouse decor. Head here to see!

Farmhouse Tools and Decor Flea Market Finds | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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44 replies on “Vintage Sideboard Refreshed”

Larissa,
In my traditional home, Duncan Phyfe is welcomed like family. I am thrilled that you could save the wood on the top, but the paint treatment is beautiful, too. The piece was lovingly brought into 2016. Great job, girl. It’ll be ok if you just send it right over.
XOXO
Susie

hee hee…couldn’t help it. 😀 I am happy to see it refreshed and am looking forward to the extra space. Will it be missed, yes, but less clutter means more to me than ANYTHING. 😉

I always enjoy your make-overs, your blog. Where do you store your pieces before you sell them, as with this piece? Your garage doesn’t look that big. I started reading about your bedroom make-over…where can I take a tour on your blog and see the finished room? The story of each step was fascinating. Thank you for all your creativity. God is good to you!

Well…they clutter up my home for the most part. One day I will have a workshop where they will go, so that’s why sometimes having furniture all.the.time. can get pretty hairy. 😀

Hi..One more comment….love the bust that sat on the sideboard. Tell us the story of that! Is IT for sale? I don’t see it in your shop.

Thank you, Sherry! (just make sure you only hit the comment button once. 😉 ) The bust is a thrifted find that is my treasure. I have a list of interested buyers already!

Did you sand or prime the cabinet before you applied the chalky finish. I’m not using chalky paint, so what is the best paint to use if no primer is used or you don’t sand it down. I plan on sanding the top of my buffet as well and leaving it natural. I don’t want the paint to chip or anything, have had this problem in the past where I applied paint to a dresser and it chipped off so easily. Thanks so much!

I lightly sanded with no primer. If you aren’t after the distressed look, then yes, prime. You can either use Gripper by Glidden if you’re dealing with a slick surface or Kilz for a stain blocker primer as well. Hope that helps!

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