Side Board Make Over

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2 Days

I've had this side board for a couple years now. I always knew I wanted to refinish it or knew I had to at some point (the top was very beat up), but I never really knew what to do with it. If you're anything like me, I do not start a project until I have a finished vision of what I want it to look like. Sometimes I go a little off my vision, but for the most part it's pretty spot on. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do with this piece until I came across the knobs that are on the finished piece. I knew I needed to get new knobs/ pulls because when I purchased this piece it was missing quiet a few. I came across a pack of 12 knobs at Home Goods for $14.99. The exact number I needed and for a heck of a price - I call it fate. After snagging the knobs I got to work!

This piece only cost me the cost of the new knobs and paint. If you needed to purchase everything, your cost would differ.

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Before - miss matched knobs and missing pulls. She needs some love!

Also discovered some nasty junk on the side.

Step One - Remove Drawers + Clean

I always start off by cleaning what I can from a piece. I remove everything I can (drawers, hardware, etc.) and get ready to sand.

I was a fan on the grain on these drawers, but unfortunately they weren't solid wood. I knew I was going to re-stain the top so I would have to re-stain the drawers as well. But because they aren't solid wood sanding them down would be taking a chance because it's just a thin particle board, which I didn't want to chance, so painting it was the best option.

Step Two - Sand

This piece already had the varnish chipping off so I didn't have to do too much heavy sanding. I used 80 grit to get off the existing stain and sealer and then finished it off by using a higher grit sand paper of 120. Using a higher grit makes the wood smoother and gives the new stain or seal something better to stick to.

For the rest of the piece I did a light sanding when I was using the 80 grit. I knew I was going to use chalk paint so sanding it down is optional.

Step Three - Cover Exisiting Holes

When I originally purchased this piece it was missing hardware, so I knew when I refinished it I would need new hardware. The holes on the piece were intended for pulls not knobs. I found a set of 12 knobs at Home Goods which was the exact amount I needed, how perfect! I covered the existing holes with spackle. There are many, many different products to used to do this - I used what I had on hand in order to save money. I've used this many times before and it works perfectly! After the spackle is dry sand down to a smooth even surface.

Little tip - put some painters tape on the back of the holes so you can push down the spackle and make sure it's fully plugging the hole.

Step Four - Paint

I used chalk paint for this piece in the color Toasted Poppyseed. It's one on my favorite black colors.

Step Five - Drill New Holes + Seal

Measure and drill new holes with the appropriate size for your new knobs

I used a chalk paint finish on this piece so to seal I used a sealing wax. American Paint Company was kind enough to send me some products, their sealing wax being one of them and I love it! I've used it on many, many projects and love the way they come out.

The top of this piece is just sealed. After sanding it down I loved the color of the natural wood so I decided not to stain it and just seal to protect it. I used my go to, holy grail sealer - Polycrylic by Minwax in matte.

This photo also shows the difference between non sealed (left) and sealed (right).

These are the knobs I found at Home Goods. They have held up well and I really like how unique they are.

Step Six - Decoreate + Enjoy!

I absolutely love the way this piece turned out. I wish I refinished it sooner, but I'm glad I waited until I was inspired and had a vision on how I wanted it to look.

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  • Marian Goetsch Martinez Marian Goetsch Martinez on Oct 12, 2020

    beautiful,something not white.Thank you

  • Joanne Smith Joanne Smith on Oct 15, 2020

    Turned out great. Love the gray/black color and the square knobs look like they were made with a hammer and anvil :) They change the entire character of the piece.