French Side Board

WhiteBerry Reinvented April 20, 2011
I have to dedicate today’s post to a wonderful gentleman who contacted me a couple months ago. His mother had an absolutely beautiful dining room suite that needed a new home and thought I might have some use for it. The only catch was that he lived about 3-4 hours away in Calgary, but it just so happened that Sean was passing through that weekend to go snowboarding in Banff with his sister. The stars were definitely aligned!
Charles decided that it was more important to him that the furniture get a reinvention than trying to sell them or refinish them. I am sooo humbled that he thought to contact us with such a fun opportunity! Sean literally had his truck the fullest it has ever been, and I have yet to see another set with so many pieces. Side boards, china cabinet, a HUGE table and a load of chairs all crammed together for the journey!
They are in beautiful shape, but have seen some wear and tear like most antiques.
But today it feels fresh as a daisy!
{the remainder of my $1 auction jars and containers}
I was hoping this one would stick around for a while so I heavily distressed it to contrast with our glossy pink table.
On a different note, I am THRILLED to have tracked down a large enough glass lid for my cake stand! I picked up the cake stand last summer at a garage sale for a couple bucks, but it came with a foggy old plastic lid. I have stayed vigilant during my travels to find a lid that would fit an oversized stand like this and about 2 weeks ago I finally found it!
In case you were wondering it probably was the highlight of my week. Because yes, I am that lame. I need to get out more…

Back to the side board.
I think it is important to make sure that distressing is a little unexpected and not too predictable. Like real distressed items! When you only sand you tend to get a much too even and worn down look, so I like to scrape and bang up things in spots to keep it authentic…
I have been working on this sideboard’s big sister, a MASSIVE china cabinet, so even though this guy has a loving new family to call it’s own I should have my blank wall filled soon.
even if it is only temporary!

Comments 20

  1. laxsupermom says on April 20, 2011

    Gorgeous! The dresser looks amazing and what a great story to go with it! You don't sound lame at all. If I found a top for my glass cake stand, I'd be doing cartwheels. Mine was dropped and broke 3 years ago. Have yet to find an appropriate top for it. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays party tomorrow and would love it if you shared a pic of something from before blogging at it. Can't wait to see what you bring to the party.


  2. The Painted Parlor says on April 20, 2011

    Don't tell me you got all those pieces for free, I might hate you! ;). It turned out beautiful! I wish you could keep it to! Sometimes I wonder why I make these rules for myself that I have to sell everything. Sometimes, just sometimes I break that rule. K, I've tried contacting your sister (i think it's your sister that does the blog design), she hasn't contacted me back. I'm in desperate need of blog help!!

    Julie ~


  3. modern jane says on April 20, 2011

    Wow! This is stunning! You did such a great job. And I'm smitten for cake stands so I say good for you for find a lid! I'd be excited too!


  4. Black Zebra says on April 20, 2011

    beautiful,just stunning! I also have a Chinese cabinate that needs doing up in distressed style ,but it is so daunting…….I fear I might muck it up:-(


  5. imsteelefullofscrap says on April 21, 2011

    Its beautiful I bought a gorgeous buffet at a yard sale for $35 could not believe that is all she wanted for it but as of right now I am still not allowed to touch it with paint!!! Someday I pray he lets me!!!


  6. Alena says on April 22, 2011

    What a beautiful piece of furniture and you really made it so gorgeous. Oh, and that's so fun that you finally found a lid for your cake stand…I bet it felt like you won the lottery :)


  7. Ann says on April 25, 2011

    So pretty– the distressing is just perfect. Against those beautiful dark wood floors and all that natural light…ahhh! Love it!


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