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October 9, 2014

Old Violet {A 70 Year Old Sideboard}

A friend of mine so kindly thought of me when she wanted to part with this sideboard a year and a half ago. It has been sitting in the workshop waiting patiently for a makeover. It had been in my friend's family for 70 years! If only it could talk, I would imagine it bared witness to many special occasions, Sunday dinners, and family celebrations. One thing is for certain, knowing my friend it witnessed a lot of love.

As I went about its makeover we got well acquainted she and I. Every time I opened one of the drawers I got a waft of apple and spice from candles long since removed. The scent reminded me of Christmas and sent my mind down memory lane as I went about my work. I decided she needed a name and so I called her Old Violet, after the paint color I used on her interior.

A 70 year old sideboard makeover

This is what she looked like when I got her.  Like any 70-year-old gal she had a few scars and was showing her age.  A testament that she lived life to the fullest!

A 70 year old sideboard before the makeover

You can see from the photos below she needed a lot of TLC...




I've never used the color, Old Violet, before and I just love how it reminds me of denim. Which I think is a fitting color because this gal is a casual simple kinda gal and now her personality radiates that from the inside out.

Sideboard makeover with interior painted in Old Violet chalkpaint

I removed the middle door for open shelving - why hide your favorite china or serving bowls.

Sideboard makeover with one door removed for open shelving

I was torn between painting the entire exterior in Old White and staining the top in Dark Walnut, or what I ended up doing which was painting the exterior in Old White and the doors, drawers, and top in French Linen.

Sideboard makever with Old White & French Linen chalk paint

Don't you just love the Fleur-De-Lis hardware?  The knobs I found last winter at a quaint little shop in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario.  The pulls I found in the Spring at another quaint shop at the Village-At-Pigeon-Lake, Alberta.  To unify them I brushed a coat of Old Violet followed by dry brushing French Linen - so pretty!

Sideboard makeover with Fleur-De-Lis hardware

Though Violet is an English name I decided she was going to have some Parisian flare.  I found the perfect French graphic fitting for a dining room sideboard at the Graphics Fairy.  After enlarging the graphic to the size I needed at Block Posters and printing it on sheets of bond paper, I traced the graphic onto the wood using graphite paper.  Then I grabbed my art brushes and thinned some Old White chalk paint and went into "the zone" for a few hours.

Sideboard makever with French graphic on the top

The drawers were lined in green felt, but I decided Old Violet needed something much prettier. I found fabric at my local Fabricland Store that went perfectly with the Old White and French Linen. When you line furniture with the fabric it is suggested you brush it with Fabric Mod Podge. Too lazy to get out of my paint encrusted yoga pants and head over to Michaels I decided to try the regular matte Mod Podge that I had on hand. I thinned it a little with water and it worked fine!

Sideboard drawers lined with fabric

First I ironed the fabric nice and flat.  Then with a foam brush I applied the thinned mod podge to the good side of the fabric.  After a couple of hours drying time the fabric was rigid enough to prevent it from fraying when I cut it with a rotary cutter to the exact size of each drawer.  Then I applied thinned Mod Podge onto the drawers and set the fabric in place, pressing out any air bubbles.  After it was dry I ran another coat of Mod Podge over the fabric to seal it.

A 70 year old sideboard makeover with fabric lined drawers

Old Violet and I spent three weeks together on and off.  It's going to be hard to part with her and if I had room in my dining room, she'd be staying with us.  She needs to find the perfect home to share new memories over the next 70 years!

A 70 Year Old Sideboard Makeover After

But I'm not parting with her just yet because she has a matching table and set of chairs that are next on the work bench queue.

Sideboard makeover with matching table and chairs

But before I get to that, how many sugar lumps do you take in your tea?

A 70 year old sideboard makeover with silver tea service

UPDATE: August 20, 2015
Old Violet and I got reacquainted again recently when I tweaked her just a little.  You can see that transformation in my Sideboard ReDo post.

A Vintage Sideboard ReDo

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