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Our Sideboard Makeover

Want to learn how I made over our dining room buffet?

Our dining room saga, continues in this blog post, as we update our mahogany, sideboard.

Boy this girl has been through it. We bought this piece when we bought our dining table. Back then it was all a Mahogany, dark stained wood. I already stripped the table a couple of years ago to be more natural. I knew the sideboard was going to be a beast to complete, so I put it off till this moment. 🤷‍♀️

As most of you know, I've made a business of painting furniture, but I also love wood and I do dabble with refinishing wood furniture. So I thought, I would strip the wood so that it matched our table, which is what I did. Turns out the reason the stain was mahogany was because the wood has a lot of red tones. So I tried a few quick ideas, and none of those ideas were making me happy. So back to the drawing board. 🤔

And here we are, I painted it! 😅 Yes after all that work and I painted it. 🤦‍♀️ Some ideas just don't work out and that's okay with me. I do love how this turned out. I painted her with Country Chic Paints, in the color Vanilla Frosting. Also because this is technically a high use piece I opted to seal the paint with Polycrylic.


I wish I would have taken a before picture, but unfortunately I didn't. I tore out the original glass windows and replaced them with rattan. I like the idea of hiding what I keep in the cabinet, rather than having it on display, even if it is pretty & organized.

We're pretty tight on kitchen space, so it makes more sense to me to have my dishes at arm's length from our dining table. So they all go here, except some of our everyday cups.

I also store my other serving pieces and all the "fancy" glassware, that we don't use everyday. One day I'll need to upgrade this to something larger, but for now I'm trying to be content with what we have.

Of course we needed to upgrade the knob hardware. They were a cast iron, black knob. Obviously those wouldn't match her new paint job. We found these marble and brass pulls at Hobby Lobby. Always, always, always, wait until they put the hardware on sale, they usually do it every other week and will be 50% off when they go on sale.

I love that the doors have these swing locks. Not that we really need them, but they add a little character.

I'm very happy with how this turned out. At this point, I've painted over 100's of furniture pieces and it never gets old when I see them transformed. Paint really is magic, it can completely change a piece.

Well that's it for now, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to follow along with our dining room makeover. Stay tuned for the next installment of our dining room our new series.

Sending you all light and love, until next time, blessed be! ✌

❤ -Leigh

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