Bringing Back an Antique Sideboard

I messed up... I have no before picture...
probably because this piece almost ended up back on the curb.


This beautiful oak, antique sidebar was found on the side of the road.

It had no back, had some veneer damage and was coated with a coat of shellac... but it had beautiful scrolled legs and huge potential so my husband and I lifted this heavy monster into the back of the car. 

The veneer damage was small so my fix was easy.
One of the doors didn't close right so I pulled out my wood
planer and it worked in no time.


I painted the entire sideboard including inside the cabinets and both inside and out of the drawers.


I painted the sideboard with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. I used a product called Crackle Tex on the doors. 

When the Crackle Tex dried I painted a coat of French Linen over it and used a rag to pull off some of the crackle... It created a beautiful chunky crackled look. 


When all the paint was dry I gave the entire piece a 
wash with Graphite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I sprayed sections of the sideboard with water then used a small amount of Graphite on a brush over the water. I immediately wiped off the wet paint leaving a beautiful dark wash over the painted sideboard. 

I reused the original handles because they were in great shapeand looked perfect.  There were no knobs on the doors because the holes are actually locks... with no keys. I solved this problem by drilling holes next to the lock holes and adding large glass knobs.


The last fix for this piece was a trip to Home Depot for a 1/4" thick wood panel for the back. I painted one side of the panel Paris Grey and attached it to the back.


This piece is on it's way to become the sink vanity in 
someone's new bathroom! 
I'm so glad I could give it a new lease on life!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .