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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.

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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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.)

  4. 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!


  5. 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!!!!!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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 🙂

  14. One more Q? When you sanded to distress, how did you do it? With sand paper or a power tool? What grit? THANKS!

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