Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Vintage Sideboard in Graphite

When I was visiting my family in Sacramento a couple weeks ago, my sister-in-law took us to a local thrift shop that was having a closing sale.  I spotted this vintage, Thomasville sideboard that was 50% off.  I was glad we had the truck with us, so we could haul this beauty back to Santa Cruz for a little makeover.

It had some damage on the front and side veneer, but that is nothing a little spackling paste and sand paper can't remedy.

I love the size and shape of this sideboard and there is nothing like the impeccable quality of vintage Thomasville furniture.

I painted the whole piece in Graphite Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and then distressed all the edges so the brown finish underneath shows through and brings out the details and adds dimension.

I wanted this sideboard to be black rather than dark grey, so after I clear waxed it, I mixed the dark wax with unscented mineral spirits to make a dark wax glaze.  This really deepened the color and turned it into a gorgeous, soft black.

The paint and distressing really highlight all the beveled edges of this sophisticated piece of furniture.

I left the hardware brass as a contrast against the black finish.

One half of the sideboard has drawers behind the cabinet doors and the other side is shelving.  This is a versatile piece and would work in a bedroom as a dresser, living room as a sideboard, or dining room as a buffet.

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Diane said...

I was thinking about painting a game table graphite with a coco checkerboard pattern on top. Your post has convinced me to do it. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the tip about the dark wax too :)

Cassie Bustamante said...

love it! i think that was the perfect piece for graphite!

Cynthia said...

Just great, it came out beautifully. I love graphite too.


auntp said...

I absolutely love what you did with that piece and the color of the finish!

Anne said...

Gorgeous! I have the Graphite paint and have used it to redo a tacky faux marble top of an otherwise nice dresser. Your piece looks so great with the distressing!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Wow...fabulous makeover!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous makeover - love it!!!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. I just did my bathroom vanity in graphite, and I was thinking of repainting it black. I really didn't like it. This is exactly the look I want there.
It is stunning!

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Anonymous said...

Can you tell me what the ratio of wax to mineral spirits should be and how to apply it?


Katie Drane said...

Just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring your sideboard tomorrow on my painted projects round-up. (If you would rather not be featured, no biggie. Just let me know.)It's gorgeous!!!


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Did you wax the top too? I LOVE wax but I am always afraid of it waring off, especial on the top. Do you ever put a clear coat down before the wax or just use glaze and poly?

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