24 Sep 2012

Mid Century Modern Side Board Redo

I've had a little furniture project that I have been working away on for the past few months here and there when I had a few spare moments.  The plan when I picked up this piece was to gussy it up and then attempt to sell it.  It was the first time that I refinished something with the sole intention of selling it.  Of course, I totally fell in love with it after it was done.  As much as I love it though, I am going to stick to my guns and try and sell this guy.  

Here's how he looked before.

I bought it off Kijiji for $10 from a guy who had bought a house and was left with all of the previous owners furniture.  He was very happy to get rid of it.  It did come with a hutch too, but I have other plans for that (which may involve play food and my munchkin).  

It was in pretty good shape except for the horrible top.  It was a strange sort of laminate plastic sheet.

There was no way that I could paint it, so I decided to rip it off with plans to replace it with a brand new top.

Ready to see it now?

See why I love it?  I painted it out in December Eve by Behr and then gave it a new solid pine top, stained with Minwax's Chestnut.  I also gave the little gold dipped feet a hit of gold spray paint just to make them stand out a bit more.  The whole thing is finished with Minwax Polycrilic in Satin.  

How about a few more pictures?

The little door slides across to reveal a drawer, which I lined in some bright wrapping paper.

I have it posted up on Kijiji now, but am secretly hoping it won't sell so that I can keep it!  If you live in the Edmonton area and are interested in it feel free to send me a message and we can chat.


  1. That turned out very lovely. I love the beautiful print lining the drawer. You took that piece from wall flower to show stopper - great job!

    - Erica F

    1. Thanks so much! I think lining drawers is my new obsession. It takes about 10 seconds and makes such a difference....and its a good excuse to buy non-birthday wrapping paper!

  2. Now thats a smart idea - taking off the formica top and replacing with real wood. How hard was that whole process? Looks great!

    1. Thank you. It wasnt hard at all. I used a small crow bar to peel off the plastic top. It actually came off way easier than I thought it would. Then I bought a sheet of laminated pine at Home Depot, stained it, then used PL3000 glue to glue the top on and secured with a few screws from the underneath. The top was actually way easier than painting those slats on the door!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. i love that dark moody blue, and amen for real wood! :)

    1. Thanks! We have that same blue (December Eve) on all of the walls in our master bedroom and I just love it. Its dark but somehow not over powering. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I love that you replaced the laminated top with a real wood. I work in a company that sells mid-century furniture and decor and Ive seen a lot of styles from lampshades to benches but I cant help but admire this one. Ill be adding yours to my pinterest but of course I cant help you sell them :)

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