It was right before Christmas I was driving home from town, when I spotted an antique dresser / side table / whatever it was on the side of the road.
Of course I screeched to a halt to inspect! I loved the small, compact size, and the lines were interesting!
I use to collect a lot of valuable antiques back in the day (as opposed to worthless junk today.. my how I’ve grown… LOL) so while I found the piece pretty fab, my first thought was that it wasn’t really my style any longer.
But rather than mull it over at home, I threw it in the back of my truck and stuffed it in my garage, promptly forgetting about it. I just didn’t really know if I liked it enough to hang onto it.
Until Christmas approached. I had this buffalo checked vision for a small dresser for beside the Christmas tree, so I decided to see if I could do something special to the piece I already had.
Upon further inspection, I had absolutely no guilt repainting it. It had a messed up veneer top even though all the rest appeared to be solid wood in reasonable condition. But it was super beat up and I felt my vision would benefit the piece anyway.
I first gave it a really good sanding, removing most of the varnish, but moreso, so the paint had some tooth to grab onto.
Knowing the top was going to stay wood, I only very lightly sanded it to retain the original patina.
I have this thing for things not looking brand new. I just prefer a little ‘old wood’ in the mix.
And then, fiasco time!
At first I wanted to Buffalo Check the doors with the rest of the side table in red for Christmas. I know it would have looked amazing! But I knew I wouldn’t want to leave it like that.
But then I had a (another… sometimes they transpire in rapid fire) vision of white… that would be pretty beside a lit up snowy forest Christmas tree scene, right?! All snow-like and everything. I had been scrolling an Instagram account that had me doing THIS to the kitchen island, so I was on a white mission at the time.
But as soon as I got this far, it felt wrong.
It needed to be black. With a woodsy top. It told me so…
So late at night, I painted just the front black. Bringing it upstairs, I wasn’t sure…
So I painted the front white again.
Nope. Not working.
(At some point, you put the camera DOWN because what’s the point?!)
So I had a new vision. I wanted to do some houndstooth detailing to the door panels, but Christmas was the next day (oh yes, this was on Christmas eve)…
… so I painted the base Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black and set it up for our special day, knowing what would come next.
I promptly put the piece to work, filling it with potatoes and onions and my daily journal slipped into one wooden side pocket. I was getting VERY attached to this little thing and it wasn’t even done yet!
So two months later, I got around to doing what my heart said to do.
I brought down the little side table one more time and got to work.
How to make the houndstooth panels
Two wooden shingles salvaged from my parent’s farm from THIS POST were perfect to add some fun to the doors!
The insets were measured, then drawn on the shingles, then cut down to desired size with my sliding miter saw. Loved it already!
Now let’s do something fun on those shingles!
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Grabbing the Houndstooth – small stencil… (found HERE)
Giddy, I slipped the first panel into place, then stepped back…
Oh my goodness YES! A pop of rustic funk to this little vintage side table thing had me loving it even MORE if that were possible!
With both panels done and taped into place, I was completely smitten! What a cutie pie!
The houndstooth stenciled shingles are currently attached with masking tape from behind. I could see velcro being a great fix and I’d have used that if I had some.
(Hence, wanting a sewing room… it’s coming!)
And yeah… I already gave my kitchen cabinets a sideways glance after this cutie came back into the kitchen again…. wouldn’t that be unusually cool?
Don’t even dare me because I just might…
I’m just so in LOVE.
And was I right about the black? Isn’t it decadent?!
Now I want to redo my subway bedroom dresser with wood drawers…
And just so you can share in the ordeal I went through, here’s a short video on the painting… and repainting… and overthinking… and seeking cat therapy! Oh the tragic drama… but… is love a possibility after all?
The video story tells all…
After this little gem came upstairs, I can already feel the valuable antiques love kicking back in.
So much so, I just got word that I’m picking up another much larger (and more valuable) piece (that I bought!) that’s going to dramatically change my boy’s bedroom look yet AGAIN… oops. 🙂
(Thank goodness for landing freebie stuff so you don’t feel guilt changing them out.)
That said, this sweet little side table is not going anywhere anytime soon! It’s my new best friend.
I wonder what I could dress the door panels up with next? Hmmmm….
What would you have done to the piece to spiff it up a little?
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