Nothing feels better than going to look for something and actually being able to find it – and by that I don’t mean being the winner of a great hide and seek house wide hunt.
Having moved from a house we renovated with a wonderful walk-in-robe to our current house with more limited older style wardrobes I’ve struggled for space and more specifically organisation for over 5 years now. I’ve spent many an hour at Ikea looking for that cheap and perfect solution. I have soft sided drawer inserts, a hanging shoe rack and all sorts of hangers that cascade to give you extra space, but it turns out all I really needed was another set of drawers.
Officially this is a sideboard. I was looking for something more ornate than this again. I missed out on this little gem
I’ll keep hunting for another – sigh! (just look at those legs)
but in the end my sideboard, at the exact sum of $52 ebay dollars, was no.1 - going to do the job, and no.2 – something I could paint without a serious attack of guilt.
It started out as a very clean and functional piece but before it could be moved into the bedroom it had to change colour. When you have timber panelled walls, more timber can be too much of a good thing.
Yes, I know the handles are different. I can only assume one broke and they only replaced on one side… I’ve decided to embrace this as part of the history of this piece.
Fortunately the cabinet maker (stamped inside as being in Malvern Rd, Hawksburn, right near our first house) had numbered the drawers so one less job for me. After a quick sand and a good dust with an old paintbrush I applied my first coat of Bin Zinsser shellac primer. I used a small foam roller wherever I could.
and 2 coats of Porters semi gloss in a colour called rubble
After sanding back all of the edges I applied a stain/varnish to the exposed timber, then a coat of furniture wax. This is the first time I’ve used a wax and I was really impressed with the way it went on, looked to harden up the paint finish and give just enough shine to the sideboard. And I love the smell!
The ornate section and the right hand section are one large drawer – now home to 3 drawers of shoes!
Now I’d like to get a nice timber tray for the top. Is a lamp too much for here??
I’ve been thinking about painting both the wall above the panelling and the ceiling. I’ve got a stencil I’d like to use (can you see my little test piece stuck up on the wall?) and then I’m thinking of painting the ceiling the same dark colour with the timber strapping picked out in white. Oh, and the curtains - I plan to move up to the ceiling, maybe with the pelmet (but painted to wall colour) or maybe a new curtain pole, and I’ll add a deep contrast hem to the bottom edge. I’d love to ditch these curtains entirely for a duponi silk in a dark pewter, but that might be one dream too far. And I’d like a rug for the base of the bed, and some new cushions too.
Have a great weekend