Sideboards are one of the most common pieces of furniture I most get asked to paint. A sideboard is the perfect focal point in a dining room dressed for the holidays, either for serving food or for displaying seasonal decor. We often refer to them either as "sideboards" or "buffets"? Do you know what the difference is? Actually none! There is no difference between a sideboard and a buffet in terms of definition. A sideboard used in the dining room may be called a buffet, but when placed in the living room, it is called a sideboard.
Here is one I finished painting a few weeks ago for a client. Since we are in the holiday season, I was inspired to dress it in a holiday theme.
I painted two coats of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Paris Grey then lightly distressed the sideboard. Since the wood on this sideboard had a very rough finish, instead of trying to sand it down smooth, I decided to enhance the roughness by sealing it with a coloured wax.
To make a coloured wax, take a couple of tablespoons of clear soft wax and add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Chalk Paint® and mix it up. I chose Pure White.
Wax your piece as you normally would, in small sections. I did two coats of the coloured wax all over, but the top also got an extra coat of the soft clear wax. The white will settle into the grooves of the wood and leave you with a washed, limed effect.
I don't have a "Before" picture of this piece of furniture, but I replaced the hardware with these pretty blue & white ceramic knobs which I received from D. Lawless Hardware. They have a new line of beautiful handcrafted ceramic knobs at very reasonable prices.
You can check out all of their other models here.
After applying the coloured white wax, I still wanted more patina, so I applied a little bit of the dark soft wax, mainly on the wood appliqués and very lightly on the edges.
A HOLIDAY TABLESCAPE
We had some friends over for supper on the weekend. Here are some images of my simple holiday tablescape.
Hope you enjoyed this makeover.
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