Not too long ago I shared that I have been searching everywhere for a piece to complete our living room. It’s a tricky space. Do you have any rooms that present design challenges? This one, while one of our very favorite rooms, has two points of entry and some unique angles. Patience paid off as I stumbled upon a great piece on Facebook Marketplace. Today I am sharing how we gave the sideboard a simple makeover and styled it for our space.
THE SIDEBOARD MAKEOVER
We absolutely love the way this piece turned out. I blame my photography skills, but the sideboard looks much better in person. I love the pretty lines and the historic feel.
The hardware made the biggest difference. It’s crazy what that can do to change the look and feel of furniture or cabinets. I found these pulls here. They are great quality and arrived quickly. I like the juxtaposition of the modern art with the traditional sideboard.
Do you remember what it looked like when we purchased it? I knew I loved it from the beginning but wanted to give it a more formal feel. I toyed with going lighter but ultimately decided that the black helps ground the room and ties in nicely with our moody music room across the way.
MY FAVORITE FURNITURE PAINT
This is my all time favorite paint for furniture. It’s glorious. It goes on smoothly and requires very little prep work. The Coal Black is a beautiful black. Plus it’s non-toxic with zero odor.
THE STEP BY STEP PROCESS
- Wash the piece with a damp rag and let dry.
- Remove all doors, drawers, and hardware.
- Lightly sand (I only sanded because the paint job was quite uneven).
- Use a foam brush to apply a very thin coat of paint. Take your time.
- Allow to fully dry (at least an hour or two).
- Apply one more thin coat if needed.
- Allow to cure for a couple of days before styling or putting back together.
Why paint a piece of furniture black when it’s already black? This is why. I was not a fan of the first layer of red paint. They used that to then distress all of the edges. It’s great for a farmhouse feel but that isn’t the style of this room. A fresh coat of matte black gives it more of a formal feel.
A WHOLE NEW FEEL
A little bit of black paint, new hardware, and she’s a keeper! In fact my husband and I were saying that it might be one of our favorite pieces in our home now. I love that it is well made and has a history. It’s really difficult to find quality pieces these days so I am always open to secondhand finds. I hope that my Facebook Marketplace tips are helpful.
OUR LIVING ROOM
sofa | tables | rug | lamp | pillows | painting | flowers | vase | similar chair
This room is coming together. We are now on the hunt for a pretty chandelier. I will do something a bit more modern and with brass elements. Tips on designing an angled room can be found here.
AD at 100 | set of artwork | plant | lamp | wooden beads | live beautiful
ONE LAST LOOK
The faux roses are a new addition to the room. The color is so lovely and soft. And the $10 vase has a really pretty shape. I hope this post encourages you to look at secondhand pieces with new eyes. This makeover was done in a day and could not have been easier.
Let me know if you stumble upon any great finds. Make it a great day.
Absolutely stunning!! 😍 wow, you did an amazing job with it Courtney!!
Thank you, Nancy. I appreciate that so much. That paint is magic.
Thank you, Michelle. Hope you guys are all doing well.
Wow! This looks fantastic Courtney! And love it paired with the art!
Thank you so much, Shannon. I couldn’t believe what a great deal that art was.
Jennifer Foor says
Amazing talent. Do you want to refresh my place?
You’re so sweet! Thank you. Sure, be right over 😉
What a find and great maneuver! It looks fantastic.
Thank you, Linda. So grateful to the gal that sold it to us.
Those secondhand finds just add so much more character and depth to a room than buying everything new from a retail store. It turned out beautifully.
Roberta Garrido says
Love, love the new sideboard in the matte black color. It’s the perfect addition to you room. Thanks for the tip about the paint. My husband and I got a fantastic metal and glass coffee table for our front porch for $10! We got it via a post on Next Door from a lady that was moving.
The black looks fantastic in the space. Love the refresh!
Dianne G says
It looks gorgeous 😍
Really beautiful makeover! The matte black is sophisticated and the size and lines of the piece are so perfect for the space. And I love the hardware! Now I want to find a piece of furniture to paint!
I love this piece! I am going to buy this paint to repaint a desk that I love, can you tell me how much paint was needed for your sideboard? I am not sure how much I should start with.
Patricia larson says
Love the piece. I have one similar that I have considered redoing. Can you tell me where you purchased the new hardware.