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What Do You Suggest for This Antique Sideboard?

This is my latest project. It had a very badly damaged top drawer that I rebuilt. Unfortunately, it took out some of the veneer and refinishing is not an option. I was thinking of painting the drawers, doors and side panels in black and then leaving the rest natural wood. Then again, I was thinking about painting it deep red with black glaze (my personal favorite). Any suggestions are welcome!

  • Gorgeous buffet! The paint with wood is an awesome choice, but I love the glazing because it showcases the lovely carvings. Maybe leave some wood on top and use the red with glaze elsewise? I'd love to see if finished! :o)

  • Joanna Johnson
    Joanna Johnson Australia
    on Jul 24, 2013

    Hello, I couldn't help but notice this amazing sideboard in my news feed. My personal opinion, as a designer and interior specialist is to leave this precious furniture piece as it is. The latest trends in interior design are crazy for anique, moreover, this specific sideboard looks extremely well-perserved. The wood will give the room a touch of exquisite, classic ellegance and I strongly recommend you to keep it this way. However, if you are determined to paint it, you should definitely take a look at these tips and suggestions: http://tipsforcleaners.com.au/upgrade-your-home-wood-repaint/ I will be more than happy to give you further tips and ideas, if needed. I've done some wood repainting myself, so feel free to ask me anything, if you need help. Hope I help.

  • Cherrie
    Cherrie Springville, NY
    on Jul 24, 2013

    This IS a pretty piece, try to feather the damaged veneer with fine sandpaper and match the stain. If it is really beyond simple repair you might consider a chalk paint finish. I think black would be very dramatic especially if you sanded the chalk paint back to expose some natural wood. If the top is in good condition, refinish it and paint the rest of the piece; also a popular look. Have fun with it.

  • Porta Verde Studio
    Porta Verde Studio Canada
    on Jul 24, 2013

    Hi Cherrie and Joanna. I thought about doing Faux Bois on the missing veneer but it would be difficult and time consuming given that this piece will be sold. I've gotten the top stripped and its in good condition. I'll stain and seal the top. I really like natural wood and would like to leave some of it showing. I've done several of these sideboards in different colors. You can see them on the Gallery page of my site at www.portaverdestudio.com. Since I don't want to completely refinish or paint this one, I can't decide what to do and your input is certainly welcome.

  • Liz
    Liz Greenwood, MO
    on Jul 24, 2013

    I agree with @Joanna Johnson DO NOT PAINT IT!!!

  • Porta Verde Studio
    Porta Verde Studio Canada
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Hi Liz. I try to never paint over beautiful wood but the veneer is matched on both drawers and I don't want to veneer again or try to match the current grain. So at the very least those 2 drawers have to be painted and I think it might look a bit odd with color only in the middle. What do you think? This piece is being sold so time is money :)

  • Gail Salminen
    Gail Salminen Canada
    on Jul 25, 2013

    @Porta Verde Studio what a beautiful piece, I love it. I think maintaining as much wood grain as possible is a great idea. Perhaps for the center drawers you could do the drawers red in the flat areas with the carved area in black while the rest is in a dark stain. I also had a family piece that I refinished, it had some veneer that had to be replaced which I did - not easy but it was successful, mind you the finish was not as intricate as that of your piece.I too would love to see the finished piece.

  • Miles Enterprises Inc.
    Miles Enterprises Inc. Buffalo, NY
    on Jul 25, 2013

    replacing the veneeris not al that difficult.if the piece is going to be sold .up the price to recoop your investment. if you do not want to use veneer make new drawers with the fronts being the same spiecieof wood as the rest of the unit.

  • Porta Verde Studio
    Porta Verde Studio Canada
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Miles, I do not want to have to remove the entire veneer on both the drawers and replace it. I think patching the veneer would show for sure since it is heavily patterned. Also, the drawers are dovetailed and I do not have the proper equipment to make dovetails. These sideboards are plentiful and you can buy them here for around $300-$400 in very good condition. Even though it looks good in the photos, the one I have has a very tired finish so I will definitely be painting some of it.

  • Cher @ Designs By Studio C
    Cher @ Designs By Studio C Houston, AR
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Oh my gosh!! That sideboard is gorgeous!! Your idea for deep red with black glaze would be fabulous!!

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Jul 25, 2013

    fix the damaged veneer and do a clear coat...this thing is a work of art and it would be a shame to see it painted.

  • Shabby Paints
    Shabby Paints White House, TN
    on Jul 25, 2013

    You have to do what you love. I can't recoup my money on pieces like these if I restore but I can paint them and they sell fast and for more..that is the way it is. But, who cares what anyone else likes. You mentioned the red and black..I love that idea. So I recommend Betsy ross red with Black ReVAX. What a gorgeous piece!

  • Kimberly Barney
    Kimberly Barney Clarksville, TN
    on Jul 25, 2013

    I must say that I am one that loves antiques for all the natural wood grain and detail that we do not find in our furniture now. However, I understand that this is a business for you and Shabby Chic is "in" at this time. I like the idea of leaving some of the wood work unpainted and having a contrast with black paint on the top, center two drawers and legs.

  • Joanna Johnson
    Joanna Johnson Australia
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Looks amazing! You definitely have an eye for those things! :)

  • What we would do with this piece is frame the drawers with the same molding that is around the doors, fill the sides with stainable wood putty if there were any gaps, stain them the same as the rest of the piece and when it dried polish the whole thing with old english dark and the tung oil after it dried......Please don't paint this buffet

  • Porta Verde Studio
    Porta Verde Studio Canada
    on Jul 25, 2013

    I think this piece is pretty but I'm not convinced that painting it will ruin it. Here are 3 pics of similar sideboards I've done. One is all black with light distressing on the edges, one is white with a custom glaze and a dark walnut stained top and the third one is refinished back to its original two tone stain. Which one would you choose? My personal favourite is the white one.

    Antique white paint with glaze and dark walnut top.

    Antique white paint with glaze and dark walnut top.

    Top of Antique white sideboard.  Stripped, sanded and stained custom dark walnut and finished with wiping oil.

    Top of Antique white sideboard. Stripped, sanded and stained custom dark walnut and finished with wiping oil.

  • Porta Verde Studio
    Porta Verde Studio Canada
    on Jul 25, 2013

    @Becky. Wow! thanks for the virtual of the sideboard. I had considered just doing an outline and may still do it. Maybe I can start out that way and see how it goes. These depression era sideboards cost more to refinish than to they are worth. I asked another refinisher what he would charge and it was $700! I could do it myself but I know the work involved and I have tried to sell them for a high price point and there wasn't a great deal of interest.

  • Just an FYI....My recommendation would be of minimal cost, maybe $100 so you could keep the price down as well

  • Porta Verde Studio
    Porta Verde Studio Canada
    on Jul 25, 2013

    @Closet Furniture That's an idea I'd definitely try but the problem is the wood applique on the drawer. If molding was to be attached that matched the doors, it would interfere with the wood applique. I'm curious to know if you were to strip, stain, refinish and repair this piece what would be your asking price to a customer?

  • Z
    Z
    on Jul 25, 2013

    You're welcome Jacqui. Have you ever tried using Howard's Restore A Finish? It's quite amazing how well it works and it's as easy as cleaning it. Rub on rub off. Check out this video. I can tell you from experience that it is no exaggeration of how well this product works. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIGyIbJS8bI

  • I'm currently letting a waterfall buffet dry after using a restoration product like Restore A Finish and it's looking good!!

  • Z
    Z
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Isn't it amazing stuff Larissa?

  • Absolutley @Z ! I'll share pictures when I'm done. :o)

  • Z
    Z
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Good. I hope you took before pictures too~!

  • Porta Verde Studio
    Porta Verde Studio Canada
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Hi Becky, I've used all the Howard's Restore a Finish colors. The problem I found is that over a short time, it wears off since its basically an oil with tint in it. Have you tried tinted wiping varnish? It will leave a permanent finish on wood and scrapes and scratches disappear!

  • Angie @ Knick of Time
    Angie @ Knick of Time
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Hi Becky, I had a very similar sideboard that had a badly damaged top. You can see the makeover I gave to it here - http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/2011/07/beauty-in-beast.html

  • Porta Verde Studio
    Porta Verde Studio Canada
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Nice work Angie. I know veneer removal can be a pain!

  • Angie @ Knick of Time
    Angie @ Knick of Time
    on Jul 25, 2013

    Jacqui, it took days and days of soaking it and scraping it off, bit by bit, but it was worth the work!

  • @Porta Verde...I would not strip it, I would do just like I said and charge approx. $350 for it...i know this because I have a similar piece in my storefront. I paid $100 for it and spent around $65 on refurbishment and it is for sale @ $399 (mine is a little fancier and has 3 drawers and is 6' wide with laurel crests on the 2 doors) Next time I go to the store I will take a pic and post it for you.

  • For anybody out there if you are going to remove veneer or seriously bad/old finish from a flat surface.....A power planer set on the lowest setting is so the way to go, 5 minutes or less for a 4' X 8' piece...!

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