Antique Sideboard Makeover {Part 2}

On Tuesday I showed you this sideboard that I have had the privilege of making over for my friend Carrie.   Click here if you missed Antique Sideboard Makeover {Part 1}. I left you yesterday at it primed.   Carrie wanted the piece painted black for a nice neutral base for all of her pretties in her dining room.

antique sideboard makeover (6)

I used my air sprayer and air compressor and blasted the piece with some black paint (Black Suede by Behr slightly watered down).   Carrie wanted the embellishments to be slightly highlighted.   I slightly sanded just the details of the piece to bring out the character a little more.

antique sideboard makeover

antique sideboard makeover

antique sideboard makeover

I didn’t want the piece to look too distressed but rather just bring out the best parts of the piece.

antique sideboard makeover

antique sideboard makeover

I actually decided not to change the hardware to a different color.   I think the antiqued brass picks up on the highlighted edges.   So I just scrubbed them with soap and water and then reattached them.



antique sideboard makeover

Are you ready for the big reveal?   Can I tell you that I am dying that I have to return this piece to its owner.   I want to keep it so bad!   Come on Carrie you don’t realllllly want this fantastic, sentimental, antique back buffet in your house do you?

antique sideboard makeover

antique sideboard makeover

antique sideboard makeover

Oh my gosh – I am totally over the moon with how this turned out and so excited that a piece of history has been restored to its rightful place as the show stopping piece in her dining room.

  • gail

    wow beckie! that piece is gorgeous! super job girl,

  • Suzy

    You did a beautiful job on a beautiful piece!

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

    That is gorg!! You did an amazing job!

  • AmyG

    My Mother in Law gave us a side board almost identical to that one and I painstakingly refinished it and the china cabinet to match. When we moved from Chicago to Albuquerque we didn’t have room in our new house and gave the set to our dear dear friends, she loved antiques and has given the set a lovely home for the last 15 years.
    You did a wonderful job restoring the piece – you should be proud of yourself.

  • Emily @ On the V Side

    WOW!! That looks amazing – great transformation!

  • Crystal

    I love how this turned out! I wouldn’t want to give it back either:o) How exactly did you use your air compressor to spray the paint on…I am intrigued;o) Keep up the good work!

  • Michelle T.

    Wow, looks awesome! I want one too :)

  • Leanne

    That’s gorgeous! I don’t know if I could give it back. You did a beautiful job.

  • Madigan at madiganmade

    Beckie — It’s beautiful! I appreciate the very light distressing… it did bring out the details. The hardware in the original finish looks very rich against the black. (And I’m so jealous you have a compressor.)

  • heidi@thecraftmonkey

    Oooooooh, sooooo pretty! I LOVE it!

  • Erica

    Wow! It is SO gorgeous. I love the black you chose, it looks so rich. I want one!

  • {Yvette}

    OMG! I love this! I have a very similar antique sideboard that my husband hasn’t let me update, but maybe he will after he sees this photo!


  • Sue

    Wow and wow!!! When I first read it was going to be black…it bummed me out. But, oh my, this is simply gorgeous and stunning in black!!!!!!

  • Tanya H.

    She’s purdy! That extra trim looks like it’s been there all along.

  • megan

    Love love love it! The distressing is just perfect!

  • Stacy

    What a beautiful sideboard!!!! I love what you did with it. :)

  • Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely

    I would be over the moon too!! It turned out amazing! Fantastic job, Beckie!

  • Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    Such a stunning piece of furniture! Its a beautiful makeover. A great choice of paint color!

  • Shaunna

    Absolutely gorgeous, friend! Love!!

  • Jayca @ Cartwheels

    You , my dear, should be carting photos of this beauty around to show to strangers! I’m so proud FOR you – like, proud by proxy. Like, “I follow a blog by a woman who did THAT!” So impressed I’ve reverted to tween-talk with all the ‘like.’
    A raucous and resounding ‘yes’ on all levels for a very quietly stunning makeover.

  • JoEllen

    This turned out absolutely amazing! What a great idea to add the trim on the doors. I would have been stumped with the peeling veneer. This piece looks amazing in black and I love that you kept the hardware in it’s original state. Awesome!

  • Amy

    That is so beautiful and what an amazing job!!!!

  • Suzanne

    What a gorgeous renovation. So beautiful and charming!

  • Jen

    Awesome job!

  • Honey

    No wonder you are over the moon. It’s totally fabulous!

  • Lucy

    Absolutely *struggling for adjectives, choosing just one* gorgeous. You’re a 3D, furniture-painting, artistic goddess!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Hubba Hubba! ;) That is one gorgeous sideboard. You did a fantastic job, Beckie. You should be so proud of yourself. I bet your friend will be over the moon!

  • angie

    how beautiful great job done

  • Kathy

    That is gorgeous. We used to have a dining set that looked a lot like that. What makes the piece a “waterfall”? I love how the added wood trim blends in.

    • Beckie

      When the wood grain is on a slant that is considered a water fall piece.

  • Amy {The Idea Room}

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous. I want one! You did an amazing job. I wish you lived closer :)! I love how you made the details stand out with the light sanding!

    • Beckie

      Aww thanks friend. Ditto1 I wished we lived closer too.

  • Korrie@RedHenHome

    This is lovely! I have a soft spot for old buffets. I think the distressing is perfect; just enough to highlight all that gorgeous carving.

  • TidyMom

    that turned out GORGEOUS Beckie!

  • Oona

    It’s beautiful, like it was always meant to be black! It’s exactly the piece I’ve been looking for, for myself – you’ve reinvigorated me for my search! Thanks.

  • Nita {ModVintageLife}

    This piece is amazing! First it had such great details. I have a buffet similar to this but this one has even better details than mine. It looks lovely in black. I’m sure it is the fabulous focal point in the room.

  • jen @ tatertots and jello

    It turned out so great Beckie! I love the light distressing you did. Awesome job!


  • Amy @ Living Locurto

    It turned out gorgeous!

  • BeColorful

    Lovely. People would pay the big bucks for a piece like this in a furniture store and it wouldn’t be nearly as nice as yours. Wonderfully done.
    Pam @ BeColorful

  • Crystal

    WOW that is amazing! I have the same piece, early 1900s by Showers Bros. I might just do this :) What sprayer do you recommend I ask for my birthday next month :)