Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Another French Sideboard gets a Fresh Look

Updated Note on December 27th, 2010:
This post was by far my most popular and one of my best projects this past year.  I look at this piece as the one that made this blog.  I started this blog way before I really understood what a blog was, and how to even use it.  Around the time I posted this piece was around the time that I figured out the whole bloggy network and community.  I think this might be one of the first pieces I linked up to parties, and it was received with overwhelming response, and from then on, I was hooked!   So thank you to everyone who ever stopped by this blog to see this piece, and maybe became a follower, or just left me a sweet comment.  You've made me smile, and you've made me keep on trucking!  Looking forward to 2011!


Original Post:
Lately, I am really into these French pieces and trying new things on them, like this chalkboard paint sideboard I recently did. This time, it's a similarly shaped sideboard, of which naturally I forgot to take a "before" shot. So I will break down the process for you after that!
Here it is after the top was partially stripped and the base was primed.

And here is phase 2 (well, really 3!). Here you can see that the top was thoroughly sanded after it has been stripped so it was down to the bare wood. The base had been painted Sherwin Williams' Rapture Blue, which was a little bright at the time, but I had plans!

Here it is now!




The top was stained in Minwax's Provincial (how fitting!), and the body was distressed and then stained with the same stain. The top was also given a tung oil finish to keep it low luster. I love it and am so happy with how the color turned out, though I admittedly had a moment of self doubt once the first coat of paint was on!

I am linking up to....
Somewhat Simple's Strut Your Stuff Thursday
Domestically Speaking's POPP
Reinvented's Trash to Treasure
The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday
Favorite Things Friday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday
Poppies at Play Creative Cats
AND I REALLY WANTED TO HAVE A NEW PROJECT READY FOR CSI, but with the Lucketts Market this past weekend, there just wasn't time. So forgive me, I am linking this one from April. :)
Visit thecsiproject.comIts So Very CheriThe Lettered Cottage

92 comments:

TOTEally Posh! said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love that you kept the top a wood finish!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I love this piece. I have the same pulls on my kitchen cabinets. I have been told I should replace them to update my kitchen. I always say NO because I like them. My house was built in the 70s so kinda funny that is what they installed. Anyway, your paint is awesome. I was wondering if you could tell me how you like to apply your stain to the paint part of the furniture. I have been having trouble making it look right. It seems sticky and hard to rub off.

Hogans Hotties said...

oh my gosh I LOVE it, what a great job it is beautiful!
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Debbie said...

Love that piece! You did a fantastic job of making it look fresh again:) Cool color choice, actually perfect IMO:) Thanks for the drop by.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

Tracy- For this piece in particualy I applied the stain a little differently. What I normally do is dip a rag into my stain and just rub on in the direction of the paint strokes and wood grain. I tried that with this piece, but because I used a darker stain it was not working- the stain was drying rather quickly so it was looking sloppy. I ended up using a brush and brushing on a pretty thick coat of stain in very small sections at a time and then wiping off as I went. For instance, I brushed the stain on one drawer, wiped off the stain, and then went to the next drawer. The sides were the most challenging as they had the largest surface area, so i did it in about 4-6" strips if that makes sense. Let me know if you have any other questions!

One Life Many Journeys said...

That piece is yummy-licious! Makes me want some turquoise!

BailiwickStudio said...

Just beautiful! The wood top is a perfect compliment to the blue. ::Jill

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

This piece is awesome Cassie. Where do you keep finding these french sideboards? The timber top is beautiful and the rustic finish is just right.
Kristine
xxx

Pat Harris said...

This turned out beautiful. I love it. I like the wood top. It goes so well together. Thank you visiting junkblossoms. I would still have found you but it would have taken me a little longer!!

Tricia said...

Gorgeous is a tremendous understatement!

Magic Brush said...

That is simply beautiful! You did a great job! I'm a new follower just based on that project! Keep 'em coming!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This is gorgeous! I have been thinking of painting a buffet that is very similar to this one. You have given me the incentive to get busy.

Nicole Cooper and Jennifer Stead said...

I love your new piece, the color is so fun! I hopped over from The Two Savvy Sisters Blog and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and I hope you’ll do the same.
Nicole @ The Two Savvy Sisters

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

Turned out gorgeous!!! I really want to find and do a sideboard!

Karen said...

that looks gorgeous, well done. I paint furniture too and often think 'oh gosh what have I done' when the first coat goes on, but all turns out well....haven't had any disasters yet!

French Country Furniture said...

that looks gorgeous, well done. I paint furniture too and often think 'oh gosh what have I done' when the first coat goes on, but all turns out well....haven't had any disasters yet! (sorry to post this twice, the first comment with my name didn't link to my blog!)

Terry said...

Wow - I really like it! The color is fantastic and I love how it's aged....looks like something from an expenisive store!

ann marie said...

I really like the color. In the olden days, rubbing a stain on a painted piece of furniture was called antiquing. They even sold kits-paint and stain in one box. So funny. We've come a long way from that-thank goodness.

Kim@Simply Domestic said...

It turned out wonderful!! The color turned out great!!

Nicole @ Create & Delegate said...

It looks fantastic!

Orange it Lovely said...

That piece is GORGEOUS!!! I love it!
Great job!
~Tana

colorchic said...

WOW! What a gorgeous piece! Love how you've refinished it. What an inspiration!

Renze said...

Wow! This piece is gorgeous!!!! I wish there was a spot for it in my home. Are you going to Green Market?

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

oh my! I started typing words, and realized I was saying EXACTLY what Renze said....
hahahah
you did a great job! I love the two tone, and the color is lucious!
thanks for visiting and commenting on the headboard bench. I personally would have painted it, but cuz wants to keep the patina. Different strokes...
gail

Closet Crafter said...

I love your color choices, so beautiful!

Sausha said...

i love the color - i am just getting ready to re-finish a dresser in a similar color - thanks for inspiring me to get off the computer and go and do it!!

i love your blog - i also re-finish furniture, havent posted much on that though - i am a newbie!

Come and check me out sometime :)

Sausha @ {show & tell}

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

This is fabulous! I am loving this color.
Do you sell your pieces?
I am a new follower.

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I see that you do sell your pretty things.
Thanks!

Sandy said...

I really like this!!

Jessica Hills said...

I think turquoise is the color of the decade. I love this. If you are interested, I would love you to post it on my Favorite Things Friday party!

Sherry said...

Oh, be still my heart. That is gorgeous!!! I wish I could find an old cast off like that.:)

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Being a lover of all furniture that's French, I adore this piece. I love the shape, I love the color, I love the wood top and the distressed finish. I love this piece. I think I need to say love one more time. Love.

Kacey said...

What a beautiful piece - I just love its curvy lines! You did a fabulous job.

Elizabeth said...

Oh Wow! What a gorgeous cupboard. Love the colour and love that you kept the top natural.

Kristy Carberry said...

Beautiful! Love the color!

The Chubby Dove said...

Yummy! You did an amazing job!

Rory-The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Nice post. Very well done. I signed up as a follower so I can see more of your projects.
Rory
http://thegreentiquessolution.blogspot.com/

Sugar Bananas said...

Unbelievably gorgeous! It looks like it's straight out of a magazine :) That's a lot of work and you did an amazing job!

-Sarah

the VG huis said...

Well done! I'm not even sure how I got to your blog...but this sideboard makeover is AMAZING! I love the colour you chose!

Stacey

Shaunna said...

Very beautiful work! I refinish furniture, so I am super impressed!! Love the color, distressing, and I am also a fan of staining on top of paint. So nice to meet you -shaunna

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

wow. super super awesome makeover. i adore those original door pulls, especially. and the color!! bravo :)

Tausha said...

fabulous blog you have! Talk about talent. You have such a great eye for color! I love your antiquing as well.
I will be back for sure!
Happy Weekend!
Stop by if you have a second and say hello!

Kim said...

I'm with you, I love French pieces. I really like the color and distressing you did.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

LOVELY! The contrast of brown and blue is just stunning. Thanks for sharing with us at the POPP.

angie said...

That color looks good enough to eat!

Leslie said...

This is lovely! Congrats on getting in on the Saturday Seventeen at somewhat simple, it's well deserved!

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

Cassie...I just found your lovely blog and I'm so excited to *meet* another girl who is into painting furniture :) I love this sideboard! You did an amazing job. I can't wait to look around your blog some more :)

Your newest follower,

Tracey

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

So amazing, what a great transformation! Found you from SS, you are very talented!
Take care
Kristin

Amy said...

BEST furniture re-do I've seen yet! Beautiful!!

Jennifer said...

This turquoise looks great! I love how you toned it down with the stain to give it a more authentic antique look. Excellent job!!!

http://thethriftycardinal.blogspot.com

Shayna Mills said...

I just wanted to let you know that I've featured your sideboard on my Dream Book Furniture edition post, feel free to come by and check it out and grab my I've been featured button.
http://texasmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/04/dream-book-furniture-edition-1.html

Life in Rehab said...

Everything you do is fantastic. Never second guess your instincts.

the vintage wren said...

What a gorgeous piece, I love the color, and you did an amazing job distressing it...looks like you found it that way. xx Carrie

Jessica Hills said...

I REALLY love this dresser! I would love to Feature you next Friday for Favorite Things Friday. Come stop by my blog if you would like to pick up a Featured button!

Gloria said...

Greetings! I just happened to find your blog from connecting from ANOTHER blog, and I am so happy I did! I just became a follower, after I read your profile and found out your are a Leo and one of your favorite movies is Gone With The Wind. I am a Leo also, and THE favorite movie of mine is GWTW! Oh, and you did an outstanding job on this dresser. LOVE THE COLOR! Looking forward to seeing more of your blog!
Best regards,
Gloria

The Little Red Shop said...

Ooooh....pretty!

: )

Julie M.

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Oh my goodness, I have the almost identical piece in my living room. I got it from a friend that bought it at auction a few years ago. The doors and corner are a tiny bit different but the hardware and everything else are exactly the same. I saw your post over at the Shabby Nest. My piece desperately needs a coat of paint (she stained it cherry, yuck) you have inspired me, I will probably go distressed antique white and leave the top a wood tone. LOVE how yours turned out!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Sarah said...

Your sideboard is amazing! Love, LOVE, L-O-V-E IT!!!
God's blessings,
Sarah :D

Little Lovables said...

oh my gosh!!! breathtaking!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

This is beautiful!!! I love the color and the stain on the top...such a great job! New to your blog and now following along.

Hugs,
Victoria

Nancy said...

This turned out so beautifully! I love the color and love the top left with a wood stain! Stunning!

CASA BRASI said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I love that color so much! You did an amazing job.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

You did a great job on this dresser and I love the color. What did you use to sand the edges and make it look worn? Sandpaper or something else? I love the look.
You must stop over and see the buffet I did. I looks almost like yours in style but I treated it very differently. Come and see. It's a few posts back.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Did you use semi gloss paint or satin? I too am interested in your "distressing" method...THANK you so much for sharing!

Object of Maya*ffection said...

LOVE this piece and I am CERTAIN I have the EXACT one! How did you refinish the top? Sanding only OR did u use a chemical peel?

Suzanne said...

It's beautiful! I love everything about it~you did a fabulous job!

Restorative Living said...

Pretty, Pretty! I like that you kept some of the natural wood as well. Great contrast.

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

I'm comment on this project AGAIN, just 'cause I love it so much! ;) Do you use a paint sprayer? I just bought one and had a horrible morning with it. Booo! :(

Kami @ Sweet Charli... said...

LOVE how this turned out! I am in love with this color right now! Good job! Stopping by from CSI

~k said...

WOW! Great work and I love the color!

~Crystal~ said...

What a great color! I love that you left the grain look on the top. Good job, looks awesome!

Love the Decor! said...

This is lovely!! The color is perfect for the style of the piece!!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

It's worth the re-post! It looks fantastic! The color and detail looks amazing! GREAT job!

Kenzie said...

OMG! This is gorgeous! I love the color!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

I'm loving this! I wish I could find a piece just like it on Craigslist to work on!

annie lane photography said...

It looks amazing! I love that you went bold with color- so fun!

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

This is an awesome piece of furniture with an even BETTER look now that it is painted! You have inspired me to paint a piece of furniture like this for my daughter's nursery! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from the CSI project!

Julie said...

Very nice job!

Julie said...

Oh how I love this! I just did my entertainment center this way accept with the quatrafoil stencil on top:) LOVE IT!

Barb said...

I love this project. The color just pops against the wood top. I have a question with all your craftiness - I want to buy a saw for some projects. Thought a jig saw would be the best tool. This is just for cutting for shelves, making benches, etc. Nothing too elaborate. My funds aren't extravagant. Would a jig saw be the best tool or some other saw? Thanks for your advise.

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Oh My Gosh, what a stunning piece...seriously fantastic!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

OH my dear Lord -- that is gorgeous. The lines are fantastic and the color is just beautiful! Job WELL done!

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

that turquoise is just to die for. I love it!

Thanks so much for linking up to the CSI Project! We really appreciate it. I hope you will come back next week for our Hardware Store challenge!

XOXO
Jen

Susan Graham said...

Thanks for sharing this useful information with all of us.Keep sharing more in the future.Have a nice time ahead

Teri said...

This is GORGEOUS! :) I absolutely love it! :)

Krafty Kat said...

Beautiful! You are a furniture artist! If you get a chance you should link this or any other of your projects up to my Gettin Krafty with it party- would love to have you!

http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2010/12/gettin-krafty-with-it-link-party.html

Cristie said...

I think I said it before Cassie, it's a beautiful piece and I adore the color.

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

love it and the color. turned out beautiful

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Stunning! This makes me want to go start working on a piece of unsuspecting furniture in my house right this second. :) Happy new year!

barn wood furniture said...

Oh my goodness, I just love those floral bags with the wood handles. Those doors are super too! Very cool! Great blog!That is a beautiful arbor!

Susan Graham

Slipcover Chic said...

Beautiful. I can't find anything around here for that price. Wow what a change.

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I love this! I am featuring a couple of your projects here: http://www.somewhatsimple.com/what-to-do-with-an-old-dresser/
Thanks for the fun inspiration!!!