Hello Friends!! I sincerely hope all is well with you! I’m excited I’ve got the first finished piece of furniture for my dining room makeover to share with you today! 😀
As you can see from the photo above, it’s a black sideboard / buffet. But that’s not what this piece started out as. It was actually an outdated 1980s Broyhill china cabinet when I purchased it off of Craigslist. *I neglected to get a before photo of the whole cabinet; the photo below is the exact cabinet currently for sale on Ebay.
I’ve shared plenty of black painted furniture on this site, so that’s not terribly exciting. My purpose in sharing today is to let you know that there are affordable furniture options out there if your having trouble finding just the right piece. And that’s pretty exciting, won’t you agree??!
I was having a heck of a time finding an affordable sideboard that would complement our dining room furniture. They were all either too small, not the right style or time period, or more money than I wanted to spend. See Exhibit A below. ….
Ballard Designs’ Dehaviland 3 Drawer Console is gorgeous. As it should be for $1,200! And don’t forget shipping costs! Even though it’s staged as an entry way piece, the size is perfect, and it would look lovely in our dining room. But it’s time for a swift reality check. We don’t live by family. Our entertaining style is inviting friends over for bonfires, game nights, or deck dinners. We very seldom eat in our dining room. Shopping second hand makes good sense, and I continued my search.
While large sideboards appear to be nonexistent on Craigslist, china cabinets, on the other hand, are plentiful and affordable. Who says you can’t buy a cabinet just for the bottom half?? The ad listed the doors as “lead glass”, but in reality one of them was duck taped together, and the “glass” was actually plastic. Plus they were ugly as sin in their current state. (If I had the time, I could have very easily converted them into chalkboards or a sign of some sort. But we’re in clean out mode in this house, so I decided to donate them. Someone else will have to take on that trash to treasure project.) 😉
Can you see where I’m going with this makeover? The bottom portion of the hutch is the perfect proportions for a stand alone sideboard.
You may have seen my Instagram photo soliciting hardware advice.
While some sort of brass would have been my first choice because I love black and brass together. (And you’ll remember from my mood board that some of the dining room furniture was being sprayed SW Tricorn Black.) I think the lucite pulls I found at Home Depot are perfect!!
Two larger bar pulls for the two drawers and three smaller pulls for the cabinet doors were used:
I’d like to thank HomeRight for providing me with a large spray shelter, which proved invaluable for this makeover! The shelter got a lot of use the last couple of weeks, and I’ll go into specifics and further detail in another post. 😀
Spraying the buffet / sideboard was a “breeze”. 😉 After a good cleaning with warm vinegar water, I sprayed a coat of Kilz primer, which I had tinted as dark as they could make it. When you’re spraying a dark color, dark tinted primer is the way to go. Especially when painting over cherry, mahogony or dark stain, which we all know can bleed through. Tinting your primer will help with that. 🙂 I’ve found that small hardware stores are more helpful than big box stores for this. If they tell you that the can of primer off the shelf is too full to tint, they sell empty paint cans that they can pour the primer in to tint. A smaller, more helpful shop (ACE Hardware) did this automatically without charging me. And they gave me a handful of paint can openers to boot! 😉
To eliminate the chance of drips, don’t spray the paint on too heavy or stand too close to the furniture. And please don’t forget to wear a mask or respirator! We all want to protect our lungs, right?
Doesn’t it look so much better with just one coat of black?!
I haven’t shopped my house for accessories yet, but I did find some fabulous, affordable lamps at HomeGoods!
While the aqua lamp is my favorite, and it’s lucite base ties in with the lucite hardware, the cobalt lamp looks the best with the black and my fabric choices for the room.
So here’s an update on the dining room so far: The tray ceiling and walls were given a fresh coat of paint; the buffet was sprayed and returned to the room; dining room chairs have been sprayed and have new seat covers (which I’ll share along with the table); and the china cabinet has been sprayed SW Honorable Blue. I’m just waiting for my heavy lifters to help me get it back in the room! I won’t lie. It’s bright. So bright I’ve actually put rug shopping on hold until I can actually see it in the room. While I’ve told the family it will all come together in the room, my fingers are definitely crossed on this one! 😀
Thanks for following along on my dining room makeover. And as always, if you have any questions, I’m here for you! Take care, Cynthia
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