My partner and I were given an old pine dresser when we moved into our new house, it had been sat in a garage for about 10 years, was water damaged and generally a bit dated but the potential was there. I’ve always wanted a solid wood sideboard so we discarded the top of the dresser and focused on the base. I am torn between the feel of bare wood and the beauty of painted surfaces and after sanding down the layers of orange varnish I was amazed to find such stunning raw wood underneath.
Funny story – while we were having the sideboard delivered one of the doors flew off and was later found in 3 pieces after being run over and propped in a hedge. Due to this damage we couldn’t leave the wood bare as however well the door was fixed it would never look great. I decided that in order to get the best of both styles I would paint the main body of the sideboard but leave the top bare as it had the most gorgeous grain and such a light, natural colour. To keep the bare wood as natural as possible I used an oil based sealer and for the body a wonderful duck egg blue eggshell paint, both beautiful and also really hard wearing.
As well as damaging the wood of the door, it’s car accident rendered the door knob squashed beyond repair. 3 new handles were bought but in order to match these with the original drawer handles I sprayed them all a pewter colour which goes really well with the duck egg.
This perfect sideboard was a real labour of love, it shows just what you can get out of great quality old furniture, a few paints and a lot of effort. This sideboard is my favourite piece of furniture in the whole house and I plan on keeping it around for quite some time.