Second time’s a charm: reinventing a french-style sideboard

While visiting my Mom earlier this week, I was able to take some photos of a couple of pieces of furniture I had painted for her last summer.

The first piece is this gorgeous french-style sideboard that she had found at HomeSense (aka Home Goods) a couple of years ago. It was originally purchased for use as a flat-screen TV stand, but my Mom eventually grew tired of it. She really loved the style of the cabinet; she just wasn’t too fond of its bright white finish and dark red distressing. I agreed with her that it did look out of place in her living room full of creams and tans.

Instead of getting rid of the cabinet, my Mom had asked me to repaint it so that it would fit in better with the finishes currently in her living room. I was so happy to help my Mom out. She has done so much for me!

Here is the before photo that I found on my Mom’s camera. It is not entirely clear, but you can sort of see the dark red “chunks” of distressing here and there. Let’s just say that that person who originally painted this cabinet did not have a great attention to detail when it comes to painting and distressing.




And here is the after photo…


I know that it looks like there is not much difference between the before and after photos. If you were to see it in person though you would be able to see that the finish on the cabinet is now softer and the distressing is more subtle and even. The creamy gray color of the cabinet also fits in so much better with its surroundings.




To reinvent this piece, I primed over the original white painted finish with two coats of my favorite gray primer, Glidden Gripper primer tinted in Behr Dark Gray. I then painted this cabinet with two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Natural Linen.

Natural Linen is my favorite color to use when painting my furniture pieces. It is a very nice light cream with a touch of gray. I have quite a few pieces of furniture in my house painted in these colors ( My Vintage Book Cabinet, Milk Painted Hall Table, and my Antique Buffet Turned TV Cabinet to name a few).



I distressed the raised parts of the cabinet where it would normally receive a lot of wear. You can now see small amounts of the white and dark red original finish peeking through as well as some of the gray primer coat.




Lastly, to bring out more of the distressing and to add depth to the wooden carvings, I glazed over the entire sideboard with burnt umber craft paint mixed with glazing medium. I made sure to wipe away any extra glaze as not to darken the overall finish on the cabinet, but to only keep the glaze in the carved parts of the cabinet. For protection, I coated it with three coats of Polyacrylic.




I am in love the ornate handles on this piece. Why can’t find hardware like that where I live?  It’s gorgeous!




In this photo you can see the distressing more clearly and the layers of paint that were exposed.




I am very happy with the new finish on my Mom’s buffet and my Mom loves it as well! I think it also looks amazing next to her velvety damask wallpaper.  What do you think? Do you like it too?


Later on this week I will be revealing the other piece of furniture that I refinished for my Mom and tomorrow I have a wonderful guest blogger, Stacey from Embracing Change, sharing her newest project with you all.


Talk to you again soon.






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  1. Carolyn

    Nice job Carrie. Do you remember where you bought your glazing medium and what brand it is? I assume burnt umber craft paint is available at a place like Michael’s. I’m in Ontario so we probably have similar stores. I’m painting my dining room set and I’m trying to replicate the finish that’s on my kitchen cabinets which are ivory with a brown brushstroke glaze finish. I’m having trouble finding the glaze. Thanks.

    1. Carrie

      I didn’t get a chance last night to check the name of the glaze for you sorry. I will have a look tonight and let you know. I believe I bought it from Home Hardware but I could be wrong. Any paint store should have glaze. It wasn’t this one but this one should work really well for you too. Good luck on painting your dining room set and thanks for stopping by.


  2. Janis@All Things Beautiful

    Oh dear me…this is gorgeous!! Love the distressing that you did. Looks very authentic! I really like this piece!!! You’ve inspired me to go paint!!

    1. Carrie

      Janis, you are making me blush! Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I am so flattered.

  3. Candy

    Very pretty, Carrie.

    I’ve just become your newest follower. Please come visit me at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com and hopefully you’ll follow back. 8-)

  4. D @ The Shady Porch

    It is a lovely cabinet…and you made it even better! I can see what you mean about the chunky red peeking through and the lack of detail. The difference is subtle but superb. Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share.

    1. Carrie

      Thanks again D!

  5. Mgal

    Hi Carrie, I just love this piece of furniture and your detailed list of the products you used to achieve the look. I just posted a “French Country” mood board on my blog this week, stop by when you have a minute. Cheers, MGal watchmediy.com

  6. ann

    I love this piece you did a great job with the makeover. Thanks for sharing.

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