HOW TO TAKE BORING TO BEAUTIFUL - tall white sideboard

I get asked often where I get the appliques I use on my furniture projects.
There is no one answer other than everywhere. 

This fabulous piece above was bought at a yard sale last summer.
It is a flat backed picture frame.
The hanger was unscrewed and the cardboard that was in it was removed,
then simply screwed to this door panel from the back side.

I customized this door panel for this vintage sideboard, it seems someone had an accident with
the glass that use to be there.
Minor repairs where needed from top to bottom on it but it is was a great find.

With my refined taste (wink) the interior of the full length drawer just wasn't going to pass muster.
Ink stains on plywood to the right and red felt sheading on the left, it was gross!
Never mind the large number of leftover sewing pins wedged in the corners,
that I did get attacked by.
I told George it was a rattle snake bite but he didn't buy it.

But when this is the finished result I'll let the snake bite fade away in my memory.

All the doors went from flat to fab with a bit of simple molding trim
and perfectly placed appliques.
The 2 side door appliques were found at a local RE-STORE.

The drawer and cupboard all got a pretty blue and white damask wallpaper lining.
This damask print can be found at Home Depot in BLACK, LIGHT BLUE, and LIGHT GREEN.


The back was falling off so I decided to take it all the way off to line the interior.
Much easier this way.
More rogue sewing pins came out from every corner to play.
I was having none of it this time.


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 BEFORE                                 AFTER

This project took a several weeks, longer than I had thought but I am very happy with the results.

I had thought about keeping the arborite but it was too brittle to work around.
Dealing with this area took a full day in its self and was a dirty process.

The pull out cutting board was lost and the doors were replaced with other salvaged finds.

The cabinet was one solid tall unit that I couldn't get into my work room.
So the first step was to cut it into 2 pieces outside before ripping it into more pieces inside.

This area received the most work.
The back section was completely replaced and the side panels are a cover up job.
All antique quarter inch dark stained oak panels painted in old white.
The distressing is perfect, see below.

This rich dark stained surface is another piece that was completely new to the piece.

The cupboard is 84.5" tall, so tall the top shelf is almost unusable on a regular basis.
I decided to make the top shelf simple open display.

The upper doors are also open to display treasures.

The back panels had previous damage so I replaced them.
The interior spaces are lined with a chartreuse and cream wallpaper.

I transferred a few graphics to the bottom doors

and made them look like old fashioned store bins with vintage hardware.


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