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Asked on Jul 26, 2013

Antique Sideboard Before and After: What Would You Choose?

Jonnie HammonMargo MitchemPauliegirl1
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I recently posted a sideboard that is my most recent project. I asked what colour to paint it and many people chimed in to say NOT to paint. For all lovers of fine wood (of which I am one) put aside your passions for a moment and consider the painted or unpainted version of this sideboard I did. Bear in mind, the wood was not in the greatest shape and it was for going to be sold - so time was money. It was painted, custom glazed, antiqued and the top was refinished. Before or After Folks?
The After Photo
The After Photo
q antique sideboard before and after what would you choose, painted furniture
q antique sideboard before and after what would you choose, painted furniture
q antique sideboard before and after what would you choose, painted furniture
The Before Photo
The Before Photo
34 answers
  • Elaine
    on Jul 26, 2013

    A.F.T.E.R.

  • Alexandra Arena
    on Jul 26, 2013

    Definitely the after, @Porta Verde Studio! Thanks for involving us! :)

  • Mary Insana
    on Jul 26, 2013

    3rd vote here for after. I love it when the wood tops are in good enough shape to save them and stain instead of painting. Givse a piece of furniture character.

  • Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    on Jul 26, 2013

    I'm a wood lover too, but sometimes paint covers a multitude of sins (scars). AFTER!!

  • Miriam I
    on Jul 26, 2013

    After all the way!

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 26, 2013

    @Porta Verde Studio WOW! Beautiful AFTER!!!

  • Porta Verde Studio
    on Jul 26, 2013

    Thanks Sia. I almost wept when it went to its new home. I truly loved that piece but we can't keep everything (though I do try!)

  • Yael Valencia
    on Jul 26, 2013

    Its a beautiful piece of furniture but the way you painted it made a modern treasure out of this classic beauty. After!

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 26, 2013

    @Porta Verde Studio I bet you did almost weep! Such an outstanding job!! Yep your right we can't keep everything hehehhe But I know how you feel when you've worked so hard on something and then sell it. Keep up the fabulous work!! xo

  • Nancy Seboek-Meadows
    on Jul 27, 2013

    after!

  • Prudy Shay
    on Jul 28, 2013

    ...beautiful ever after;)

  • Deborah Harvey
    on Jul 28, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous ~

  • Kelly
    on Jul 28, 2013

    After. I love that you left the top stained

  • Sherrie
    on Jul 28, 2013

    Prefect Balance! It is stunning.

  • Pamela Dawn Yow
    on Jul 28, 2013

    After was the best choice...

  • Frankie Laney
    on Jul 28, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful. The right choice for sure.

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett
    on Jul 28, 2013

    You did an awesome job! I have a sofa table that I have been toying around with painting but couldn't decide what color scheme....I Loved the white/dark top! You have inspired me to try it!

  • Nita Osborne
    on Jul 28, 2013

    Definitely after!! The finished product is stunning!! well done :)

  • Debbie Stanley
    on Jul 29, 2013

    I love it before and after. Looks really wonderful! Good job!

  • Lorraine Edwards
    on Jul 29, 2013

    Hands down, after! Not all natural old wood is beautiful. Great paint jobs like the one you just showed us is proof positive that you now have a striking, "new" piece of furniture and custom to boot. GREAT job!!

  • Eunice W
    on Jul 29, 2013

    I love the after. You did a great job!

  • Regina
    on Jul 29, 2013

    This is one of the two very best furniture re-do's I've seen anywhere! You did a beautiful job on it and preserved its integrity as a lovely traditional piece.

  • Porta Verde Studio
    on Jul 30, 2013

    Wow! I'm so heartened by all of the great responses to this post. There is much to be said for painting those old wood gems that are tired and worn. If the wood is beautiful and valuable on the piece, it's always good to restore but a nice paint job can make all the difference.

  • Jossi
    on Jul 30, 2013

    GORGEOUS ! and what did u use to make the top so shiny ?

  • Porta Verde Studio
    on Jul 30, 2013

    @Jossi. I did several coats with an oil wiping varnish. No dust nibs!

  • Curtain Lady Design
    on Jul 31, 2013

    Love it! Great job!

  • White Oak Studio Designs
    on Aug 5, 2013

    What did you use to "wax" this white? wax, stain or? Thanks! Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SWMichigan Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com (for portfolioof chalk painted work)

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Aug 6, 2013

    @donnaallgaierlamberti@gmail.com Your question probably got LOST, due to all of your 'Advertising' underneath. Might behoove you to remove it and just keep it on your home page.

  • White Oak Studio Designs
    on Aug 6, 2013

    After a career in marketing I personally prefer to have contact info. readily visible and available.

  • Porta Verde Studio
    on Aug 6, 2013

    @donnaallgaierlamberti@gmail.com Hi, I didn't use wax, I used an oil tinted glaze.

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Aug 7, 2013

    @donnaallgaierlamberti@gmail.com Any person in marketing will tell you that what you are displaying is overkill and detracts, not helps. Put it on your page, let people come to you. On some sites what you are doing is considered SPAM. Heads up! Thank YOU. I see you have removed it. xo

  • Pauliegirl1
    on Aug 2, 2014

    Great job!!! I have one that I am going to paint also!! Its on my LONG list of to-do's!!! LOL!!!

  • Margo Mitchem
    on Aug 2, 2015

    Definitely after pic. Just did one myself today and hope it sells soon. Pics. attached.

  • Jonnie Hammon
    on Aug 14, 2015

    I would go with a dark jewel tone. The dark wood top, would look great with a merlot, burgundy, emerald, etc...

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