Today’s furniture makeover reveal has been more than six months in the works. One day this past Spring my husband came home and told me someone had just put a piece of furniture out on the sidewalk that I may be interested in refinishing. He described it as an old, brown colonial dresser. I didn’t waste any time hopping in the car and driving the two miles across town to check it out.
To my very happy surprise, what he described as a “dresser” was actually a gorgeous sideboard. When I say gorgeous, I mean gorgeous in the way I envisioned it in my mind after I got my hands on it. This is how I envisioned it…
As you can see in the “before” photo this colonial sideboard had a brown stain, was missing drawers and a door, and was covered in deep scratches. Not very attractive in it’s original state.
One of the best parts of what I do is dreaming about where I can take an old piece of furniture. While my husband saw a piece similar to that in the above photo; what I saw was a solid wood, hand-crafted sideboard with dental moulding and dove-tailed drawers that still moved smoothly on their original wood rails.
As I was putting it in my truck a women actually walked by and said, “What a beautiful piece, I would take it home if I could refinish furniture.” Luckily I made it there before her or someone else!
A new friend built two new drawers to replace the ones that were missing. He did an amazing job and I’m so grateful, as woodworking is not my forte.
The original sideboard also had two doors in front of those recessed drawers on the bottom left side. Since one door was missing, I decided to just remove the other and actually like the look of the recessed drawers better.
The sideboard was sanded down (inside & out), primed, and given two coats of a bluish green satin paint. Then the magic happened… I applied two coats of General Finishes Pitch Black glaze.
To apply glaze, brush on completely covering a drawer front as if you were applying paint. Take a clean, dry rag (my favorite is a terrycloth baby bath towel cut into small rags) and wipe the glaze off – moving in smooth swipes from right to left. In most instances, one coat of the glaze is plenty, but I wanted a little darker finsih. If you do apply a second coat of glaze be sure to wait at least 24-48 hours between coats, otherwise the second coat of glaze will actually remove parts of the first coat.
Two coats of clear satin polyacrylic were then brushed on to protect the finish. Finally, new black hardware was installed.
That dental moulding soaked up the black glaze perfectly. The glaze remained settled in all of the grooves to highlight this stunning detail even more.
This sideboard is for sale in my Shop. Funny thing is… I feel like I’m finding a home for a puppy I don’t really want to give away. I’d love to keep this one for myself, but really don’t have a place for it so it has to sell. I’m secretly hoping it goes to a family member or friend so I I can visit it once it in a while.
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