I fell in love with sideboards many years ago, long before I felt I could afford one. My sister’s mother-in-law had the most beautiful sideboard in her dining room in Mountain Brook which my sister eventually inherited. It came from one of their trips to Europe and was very valuable.
The first auction David and I ever went to (about 5 years ago) we went with the intention of hoping to find a sideboard we liked in good condition and at a reasonable cost. That night we actually bought two! One is in the den and one is in the dining room.
Here’s the one in the den:
And the one in my dining room (my favorite)
Then at another auction we attended a couple of years ago we weren’t looking to buy another sideboard but as we were leaving I saw one outside that was in pretty bad shape. We bought it for $25.00 and when we got it home, I cleaned it up and painted it black. It wasn’t the greatest looking piece of furniture but it served its purpose at that time. Now that I’m ready for my sunroom to undergo a facelift, the sideboard was the first thing to get a new look. I decided to paint the body of it with Heirloom White and stain the top in a dark walnut.
Here’s the sideboard painted black:
And I just couldn’t wait to show you how it looks now:
Please excuse the mess and boxes in the background-----I’m still sorting stuff from my mom’s house and this has been the dumping ground for all those things.
I just added this little applique to the bottom drawer. I have one I can use on the top drawer but I think I’ll leave it just like this.
Gone will be the red walls and in its place will be a creamy white. I found an 8 x 10 seagrass rug at a local flea market for $19.99! I already have a khaki loveseat and dark walnut TV cabinet. I have a little something in mind for panels at all the windows and the french doors. I plan to get started on a complete revamp of that room shortly after the holidays so you’ll just have to come back then to see how the room comes together. I will also give a list of the products I used on the sideboard which made my job a little easier.
On a side note, on Monday my daughter and I went to Birmingham for our annual girl’s day Christmas shopping. The weather was yucky all day long. My son was also off doing some shopping of his own and he met us for lunch at P.F. Chang’s (my favorite place). I am so fortunate that my kids love spending time together and Shannon has always loved being with her big brother. I snapped this of them as we were walking out of Barnes & Noble (of course, they think I’m crazy always taking pictures)….
(Yep, they’re probably saying “why is she ALWAYS taking our picture)
Then to top off our shopping extravaganza I stopped by Rhoda’s so Shannon could meet her and see her house. Well, as you can imagine, Shannon loved everything about it! I have now been instructed that we MUST use beadboard wallpaper in the kids bathroom (Rhoda is the beadboard wallpaper queen). Shannon and Rhoda’s hubby had quite a little talk about the upcoming National Championship game between Alabama and Texas that will be played in Pasadena, California. Shannon’s husband is a huge Alabama fan (among all us Auburn folks) and they are flying out to the game…..guess who’s babysitting?