Is it possible to be in love with a piece of antique furniture? One that is covered in so much detail and carvings, that has a pale natural raw finish and that speaks in perfect antique European style?
With all those little dings and dents, the old wear- and all those old beetle holes- this little chunky carved sideboard is beyond beautiful. You might remember where we started with this (and the other pieces) – today I am showing just how this piece turned out.
Remember where we started? It all began with a listing on Facebook marketplace for an antique Italian armoire and mirror. The price was incredible- FREE. We didn’t know why it was free at the time-but my husband and sons drove across the wine country to pick the pieces up. And while there- the seller asked if they wanted another piece that went with the set also- this sideboard. It was in rough shape- it is hard to tell because the finish looked okay at first glance. But it was rough. Here is the BEFORE. I should note also that the finish on all of these pieces was not original and had already been redone – we soon discovered why.
There was a lot of old wear to the wood on this cutie- which I absolutely didn’t mind. I love that old crusty patina – call me crazy. BUT if you have been following the story of these pieces- you know that they had a whole lot of beetle holes. As in A WHOLE LOT OF BEETLE HOLES. They had already done a lot of damage and we were hoping to be able to salvage these pieces. In order to treat the wood- you have to strip the finish off. Then we treated, cleaned and cleaned (and cleaned) some more and thought we were all wrapped up- when I saw a beetle pop out while I was looking at a drawer bottom. Not a cute beetle. Not something you want to see pop out of a hole in furniture. It was like they were living in a hotel and weren’t ready to leave just yet. So, we treated the pieces all over again with a stronger (and more expensive) insecticide made for beetles, cleaned them again several more times with ammonia and fingers crossed- the beetles will be gone for good now.
I was okay with having to strip the wood- it has already been refinished and I wanted that raw wood look anyway but I have to say- this project makes me question doing another like it again haha. BUT- even so, can I just say that I am IN LOVE with how these pieces have turned out? BEYOND.
Raw Wood Beauty
Seriously- the sore arms and shoulders were so worth the work to get this to look like this.
I am OBSESSED.
The carvings and details absolutely shine with the natural wood.
They are just so.incredibly.pretty. I love seeing the grain of the wood and the beetle holes and tracks don’t bother me- I feel like they add character rather than take away.
The drawer fronts are still the same dinged up wood- we did not sand or fix them.
I love the natural old feeling they bring instantly. It is like a piece that has been around for hundreds of years and shows the lives it has lived in that beautiful imperfect wood.
Outside the Box
There are two drawers and two shelves below to store all kinds of things. Traditionally this would be in a dining room- it is a sideboard or buffet.
But you know me- I don’t think anything should be boxed into being just one thing. I knew it could be a beautiful nightstand and it is currently in the guest cottage looking pretty next to the bed.
As I mentioned- I am Obsessed with how this turned out. And I am even more obsessed with how the big 2 part cupboard and huge mirror are coming together. ( SO EXCITED!) We are wrapping up the re-do on those pieces and will be sharing the reveal of them both very soon.
As well as answering all the questions and sharing the steps for redoing these pieces. So let me know any questions you might have and I will try to answer them.
What do you think of how this piece turned out? You will be seeing a lot more of it once it gets a proper styling. You can also see the other two posts about these pieces so far: See the BEFORE post HERE and the In Between POST HERE
Happy Monday all.