Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Two Toned Midcentury Modern Sideboard and Dining Room Progress

Before I get to  my post I just want to take a moment to remember all of those who lost their lives on 9/11/1.
9/11 False Flag – German Documentary

Happy Wednesday! Hope you are all having a good week!  And guess what day it is.  Aw come on, I know you can hear me. Leslie, guess what today is? Mike Mike Mike Mike Mike, what day is it Mike? Yeah, sorry, it's hump day.  And I just went there.

Anyhow, I wanted to share with you my new midcentury modern sideboard and some photos of the current in progress state of the dining room.  On Monday, I shared with you a before shot of my new piece of furniture.  I had been scouring craigslist for the past few weeks searching!  Ever since I decided not to paint my bentwood chairs, I decided I needed something large and white to break up the wood in the room, and I knew an MCM piece would be perfect!  The unfortunate thing is that it's all the rage apparently on craigslist and I was having the hardest time finding a piece under $300 $500. I ended up finding an entire set for $100 and emailed and offered $60 for just he buffet.  The seller had someone who wanted the china cabinet and the table and chairs only so it worked out beautifully, and this baby came home with me!


I wasn't exactly sure if I wanted it two toned or all white, so after talking to a friend I decided to do it two toned.  I figured I could always change it to all white later, but it would be harder to go back!  So I got to work.  Here are the steps I took...

1. I removed the drawers and the doors which were in good condition.  I cleaned them with Method Wood for Good Polish which is all natural and gives a gorgeous clean look with a slight sheen

2. I sanded the entire shell of the piece with my orbital sander to rough it up to prep for painting.

3. I gave it 2 coats of Zinnser Bulls-eye water based primer.  I sanded lightly between and after coats.

4. I applied 4 coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White, sanding lightly between coats for a smooth finish.

5. I reattached drawers and doors and had Chris help me haul it into the dining room.

6. I giggled deliriously with excitement.

It's perfect- just what I wanted.  Would you like to see.  We are all super excited here as you can see... Charlie and Jake dig it.  They are passed out from all the jumping for joy they did.  (This picture was also taken before I vacuumed so pardon all the fur).


And I wanted to share this image because I am using the colors in the peacock feathers I purchased at the farmer's market as inspiration for the entire dining/kitchen area to bring in all my blues and greens.


And here it is...


Here you can see the pretty cleaned up wood...

I loe that the white on it breaks up all the wood in the room and helps all the colors on top pop.


I styled it using things I had and bringing a little touch of Fall in.  Pheasant feathers in a vintage silver cup, green glass which holds the peacock feathers, candles, and a fun houndstooth pumpkin my friend Kathy gave me.

On the other side more green glass and candles and some fun sparkly acorns that can be ordered from my friend Andi's etsy shop.

The table still houses my hydrangeas from the farner's market which have pretty much dried now and I love the moody blue!  They sit in an aqua ball jar on a wood slab, and I have added my jadeite salt and pepper shakers.

Emmy had some papier mache antlers in her room, but with the addition of a canopy over her bed, they had to come down.  So sad for her.  So happy for me.  I place them in a gold frame.

Here is a view from the kitchen....

And the gallery wall which I'd like to build on.


Now, I do have a question for you.... Would you add curtains? I received my West Elm catalog yesterday and these caught my eye....
Scribble Curtain – Midnight Blue

I'd love your thoughts!
And on that note, happy hump day, y'all!
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72 comments:

Mel@JunkinJunky said...

Your dining room is fantastic. So comfy and moody and somewhere that I could languish in for a long time; good food, good wine and good friends is what I imagine.

I like your room without drapes and if you were to add some, I'd like to see a natural linen (or drop cloth) in a very relaxed style. I think that would best suit the entire vibe you have going on :)

Rhonda @ home.made. said...

It looks beautiful Cassie! I'm loving all of your dining room decor... Your green glass bottles pop against the white on the buffet and the dark walls!

Andrea said...

Oh girl, that is the perfect addition to our dining room. I love the two toned look too. Your antlers look great framed! Not sure on the curtains. I think softening up the windows will look nice, but not sure I'm sold on the graphic pattern. However, I trust your judgement and if you go for it, I'm sure you will make them look fabulous!

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

The sidebard is stunning! I'm so gad you left some of the original wood. I also lve your styling on top- so pretty for fall.

Julia Konya said...

Oh Cassie, I love everything so much! The sideboard is amazing! Why don't you try yourself at painting those curtains with some Ikea panels? I don't really think you have to add curtains because it looks fabulous as is but it might make it feel cozier over the cold months.

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

eek in love with the way it turned out

circadee.com said...

Love the new sideboard and everything in that room! So funny because as I was reading I was thinking a vibrant curtain would look good with the sideboard and then you asked...so yes, yes! Go for it.

Robin @ Happily Home, After said...

Your sideboard looks great and the vignette is perfect for fall, super cute houndstooth pumpkin. I like the drapes (used to have a pr of a very similar pattern) and they worked well with the mid-century vibe in my room. I don't see any fabric / pattern in your dining room and pattern was an important mid-century element and I think it could super-pop the buffet and make it 110% perfect. You could always get the drapes and have hubby hold them up, snap a pic, then compare with / without and decide to keep or return ... we all know a purchase doesn't mean required to keep. I definitely vote for seeing how the drapes would look. Robin

Angela Santaniello said...

I have been drooling over your fb pics all week. Literally, I cannot stop thinking about your dining room and that fab piece you got. And the price you paid was just insanely good. I loved your dining room before, but your changes are just making it over the top fantastic!

Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

Dana Frieling said...

Purrrfection! This is my favorite piece to date. I'm so happy it lives in your house and isn't going to the barn. Totally sharing your MCM love!

Meg and Mum's said...

Now that is my kind of room! I love it! The sideboard is perfect. I also dig the antlers - I want some for my daughter's room :)

Meg@OliverandRust said...

Love the sideboard, especially the two tone,so fresh. I would definitely do curtains to visually widen the window but are those too busy? Not sure. Looks great so far though

pam {simple details} said...

I have been on the fence about two-toned furniture, but this is SO good!!! It looks amazing in your room, the mix of styles is perfect!! It feels so cozy for fall, too! :)

Jenny said...

You got that sideboard for a steal. I have the tall 5 drawer dresser also from the same line, Emphasis by Broyhill. I got mine from an antique shop and I talked the owner down from $125 to $100. I have since seen others on eBay and etsy going for $400-600. I have been toying with doing the same treatment to mine but I just can't bring myself to paint it yet, especially since it is in mint condition. I am glad that you had the guts to pull the trigger and it turned out beautifully.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

The sideboard is awesome! You hit a home run on that one! I never would have thought of the two tone approach, but it is gorgeous! I LOVE it. I think I would try the "test" and hold up a solid drapery panel and one similar to West Elms. Then you would know!!! Sometimes you just have to see all your options!

Jenny said...

You got that sideboard for a steal. I have the tall 5 drawer dresser also from the same line, Emphasis by Broyhill. I got mine from an antique shop and I talked the owner down from $125 to $100. I have since seen others on eBay and etsy going for $400-600. I have been toying with doing the same treatment to mine but I just can't bring myself to paint it yet, especially since it is in mint condition. I am glad that you had the guts to pull the trigger and it turned out beautifully.

Furniture-Ology said...

Love it! The two tone is awesome! Great job :)

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love the two-tone look you chose for the buffet. The whole dining room is looking amazing! I think those curtains are a great pick.

Vintage Prairie Style said...

that sideboard is perfect. i love it. i want it.... the dining room is looking so great right now, i probably wouldn't add curtains.

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

Oh man...that sideboard makes me a little weak in the knees. It's so beautiful and I love that you went with the 2 tone. As for curtains, my vote is no. I know toppers are a bit cliche, but what about something just on the top of the window? Even an easy box valance - it would bring a bit more colour to that area but not hide behind the buffet (or maybe I am just rambling....)

samaa said...

I'm in love! The buffet looks SO gorgeous, and your dining room is amazing! I'm crazy about the dark moody walls and all the wood, SO good!

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

I love love love it and this entire room. So perfect for in there! Great Job! xo Kristin

Dear Emmeline said...

the room's looking great! personally I think curtains really finish off a room but since you wouldn't want to detract from the other elements you already have a solid might look better than a pattern.

Rita said...

Let me just say you have inspired me to REDO my dining room!! I love your new space and even though I had second thoughts about paintng that beautiful mid century piece, it looks gorgeous!!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! and I just might steal that houndstooth pumpkin idea!!!

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

I absolutely love every single element of the room! And I wouldn't do drapes. I think the austerity of no window treatment suits the room.

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

You picked the perfect piece to pull of the two toned! I LOVE the hutch and love your paint job! The room looks amazing with the dark walls and the other mix of antique and vintage! I love those panels too, but I ordered them {2} for a client and I had to return 1 panels 4 times to get the right length! 4 of them came between 4-6 inches short!! FYI... but the print will look amazing in there!

Cathy Wall said...

So fun and LOVE the finish you did. I grew up in a home filled with MCM which at the time I did not appreciate, what I wouldn't give to have the DR buffet my Mom had! Love the curtains and think the white and pop of blue would look great!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

So, so awesome! I love how everything pops off the white, too ... and all of the green glass. LOVE. I'm definitely coming over for dinner. :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

You got a real deal and it looks like it us in great condition - always an added bonus! Love the white and natural wood combination! Loving the green glass too! I vote yes on the curtains for some added softness in the room!

Shavonda said...

$60! I can't even! I'm so stinking jealous of you right now. It's so so beautiful Cassie. And I think curtains would look great in there. I actually like the idea something patterned to add an extra layer of interest and visual texture to the space.

Good Time Charlie said...

I cannot believe you got it for $60!! It pays to keep looking! Wow, what a gorgeous piece, and I adore the way you two toned it. This made it seem more current, it is so cool! That is funny these pieces are all the rage right now. I can see why, they just look so cool! I love all the tones of wood, it makes the room seem very warm. Something you don't see too often these days with everything being painted!

The Painted Drawer said...

Really, really gorgeous. Love the lines on it and how you added the white to the body. Great find!

Haley said...

I love the two tone on this! I stared at the IG pic of the after forever. I'm picturing your dining room chairs as a robins egg blue kind of color. I love the direction the room is going.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

The sideboard is beautiful, and you know I love the color inspiration from the peacock feather!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

awesome find and love the two tone. I have three dressers waiting for me to paint but I can't decide on colors.
I vote for the drapes.

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

awesome find and love the two tone. I have three dressers waiting for me to paint but I can't decide on colors.
I vote for the drapes.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh, it's so, so pretty! I'm so glad you did the two-tone finish. Isn't is great when things work out, like you being about to buy just the buffet? I'd usually say a big yes to drapes, but I'm kinda liking the simplicity of the room without them, letting all of your gorgeous furniture and lighting be the stars!

Jo Scarpino said...

I like your wall color. Is it black or charcoal? And the two-tone on the buffet is a perfect foil to all the wood and the dark walls. Looks great!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

So cool! I wouldn't have thought to do the two-toned approach but it looks amazing! The dining room is looking so good!

Renee said...

I really like the sidebar that way...gorgeous. I love the whole dining room as a matter of fact. I wouldn't add curtains, but that's just me...I only have curtains in one room (my dining room, of course).

The Bold Abode said...

It's incredibly incredible, and those curtains are begging you to buy them so their existence on earth can be complete. I think they are perfect.

Gretchen said...

ooh, it's beautiful! I can't believe the price you got it for! I like the idea of curtains to add some softness to the room.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

OMG I'm so in love with this piece!!!!! Beautiful!!

Gail Wilson said...

cassie--I'm loving your two-toned sideboard! four coats, eh? when I saw it on instagram, I was loving the finish... now I know why...
beautiful!!

gail

Mekenzie @ interiorsbykenz.com said...

Ohhhhhhh my gosh. I LOVE THIS. It looks so amazing. What a beautiful piece. I could just eat it up!

Allison said...

Yes, remembering all those whose lives were lost in 9/11. Your sideboard is beautiful! What a wonderful find that was. Your dining room looks great Cassie. I like the idea of those curtains.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Your new sideboard and your dining room look so fabulous, Cassie!! Love the two-toned goodness, it came out beautifully!!
I vote yes for curtains to soften the space but maybe try a sheet, taped up with painter's tape, before committing :)

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Your new sideboard and your dining room look so fabulous, Cassie!! Love the two-toned goodness, it came out beautifully!!
I vote yes for curtains to soften the space but maybe try a sheet, taped up with painter's tape, before committing :)

Kelly said...

That piece is gorgeous, and I love the way the wood tones look against the wall. Also, is your photography getting better lately or is it just me? These photos are amazing. I say yes for the curtains!

Amber Wills said...

Gorgeous room. Those pictures are great! You could have titled this "Amber's Favorite Dresser Makeover". Both our dining rooms now have bentwoods and 2 toned buffets. Let's start a club!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

That room is totally ooo la la! Gorgeous! YES to the curtains... they'd be the perfect touch. :)
xo Heidi

michelle@decorandthedog said...

Charlie and Jake are sleeping beauties. So cute.

I am in love with your dining room. I think you could go either way with the curtains (always helpful). I think it's darling as is right now!

ingrid@nowathomemom said...

WHOA! Gorgeous sideboard, I LOVE it! what a beauty :-) I love it that you didn't paint it all white just the sides and top! you did an amazing job Cassie! &
your dining room is gorgeous too, I love the wall color, those curtains are very pretty and would look lovely there or you can choose a darker bold color, would look great as well!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

this room is amazing Cassie! I love the clean lines of the side board with the rustic table and chairs.

Shannon Barefoot said...

Cassie - I am in LOVE with your mid century modern side board. It looks amazing (along with the rest of the room).

Katie said...

Oh my heavens! Amazing Cassie! I am in love with the entire dining room area! That sideboard looks perfect - I love how it livens up the whole room!

Jill said...

I am loving it!! I have those curtains in gray, one of my favorite purchases!!

Brooke Larsen said...

Cassie, you always do such a great job! I love all your pieces and this one is no exception!!
Thank you for linking up to my Furniture & Paint Party! Hope to see you again soon.

Brooke
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Ellya Brill said...

I love how the room feels with original wood color furniture and with white. Pretty!

Ellya

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Cassie that piece is GORGEOUS!!! It definitely makes your room. I love drapes, especially in a dining room. I'm featuring your paint project at this week's PoPP Spotlight... thanks for linking up!

Debbie Pearl said...

Hi Cassie! Had to pin this piece. I think the two tone looks fantastic on it. It is a great update but keeps the clean look of the style. Pretty how your room mixes so well rustic pieces with modern elements. I am pretty much becoming a no window treatment girl, but sometimes I like to play around. I do like how the patterns on the curtains pick up the oval shapes of the buffet doors and on the chair backs. I would order them and give them a try!
Debbie

Simone Meyer said...

Great job, Cassie. Love the two tone look.

Simone Meyer said...

Great job, Cassie. Love the two tone look.

Simone Meyer said...

Great job, Cassie. Love the two tone look.

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

i love love love it cassie! when you get bored of it in a few days (which i'm sure you will, haha) send her my way! :)

fromgentogen said...

Cassie...Your sideboard is perfect for this room...Blessings, Becky A Corner Cottage

Beth@Makemeprettyagain said...

Cassie, thats the EXACT same one I did about 6 months ago!! I paid 45 for it (had to go to some trailer park in the ghetto area!! Took my pit bull with me!! lol) I posted in on CL and some guy from Hollywood bought it for $550!! We did an almost similar paint job.
check it out when you get the chance!!
http://makemeprettyagain.blogspot.com/2013/03/on-mcm-kick.html
Nice job!!! I guess you are keeping yours!
Beth

Taylor @ DearOlympia.com said...

love, love love!

A Vintage Vine said...

Cassie that is beautiful!....I love it's two tone look, it makes it so warm and rich!

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

Stunning!!!!

For My Love Of said...

I'm floored at the amazing price you got it at! I had no idea MCM had gotten so popular until I decided to finally get around to furnishing our home (1 year later). And the sucky thing is in the rare occasion I do find something at an okay price, they agree to a pick up time then sell it before you get there. Ugh- ranting. The piece is stunning, you did an amazing job with it. And I can so-so-so appreciate that you've left the majority of the wood unpainted (it's heartbreaking to see beautiful woodwork covered).

Pine Tree Home said...

I can't believe I missed this piece. I love love love it. The white and the wood is just lovely. Great job.