My friend Carrie had an old vintage waterfall sideboard in her house that I was just dying to get my hands on. It was absolutely gorgeous with beautiful ornate embellishments and amazing detail. This piece had been in her family a long time. Her parents bought it at an auction in the 1960s and it has been in their home until Carrie got it about 10 years ago. It had taken a lot of abuse over the years and it was cracked, drawn on, carved into and in overall rough shape. However, it still has major potential to be a statement piece in her home so she commissioned me to make it shine again.
1. I started out filling the spots that I could fill with wood filler. I had to apply a few coats sanding in between to get an even surface.
2. However, the doors were in such bad shape that I had to cut and glue trim around the edges to cover up the veneer that was peeled back. I chose a pine trim with slight cuts in it to keep with the overall design.
3. I sanded the whole piece down with 100 grit and then 180 grit sandpaper to give it enough tooth for the primer to stick to. Then I washed the entire piece down. Now it was ready for primer. I used a black primer by Rustoleum. Doesn’t the added trim look like it was there all along?
I know some of you are dying that I painted it. But there was no way I could restore it to its former beauty with all the missing wood and cracks. That is above my pay grade
4. Then I used my air sprayer and air compressor and blasted the whole thing with some satin latex black paint.