They say that every picture tells a story, and this oak sideboard could tell quite a few. Before and after paint jobs are often hard, but this one was different, since I was the person who did both the before and the after, only 20 plus years apart! This sideboard is a combination of oak, and pine and I have owned it for at least 25 years. Yep, I am that old, and I have have had this sideboard that long, but please don’t tell. The varnish job is well over 20 years old and I did that way back when. Over the years it had migrated down the furniture stream and was really in need of a facelift.

Walnut Sideboard Before

I started painting this sideboard in Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Shutter Gray. The color is very very evocative to me. It reminds of the shade of coastal fog in Maine. As it turns out it was a little more blue grey than I thought. At first I was worried about this, but then it started to evolve.

I am becoming a big fan of the chippy look, and after doing one dresser I was hooked. So this week we were test driving the new Miss Mustard Seed color Shutter Gray. Over and over we hear, “let the chips fall where they may”, because it is totally unpredictable.

 Shuttergray distress detail

Once again I boldly decided to skip the Bonding Agent to see if I could get was a bunch of chips everywhere.  Well, in the end I got something completely different. Very few chips. I think that may be a statement on the age of the old varnish, and my lack of polishing skills. However, with a little sanding, I did get some great detail that allowed just enough of the age to show through. Slight Distressing

The final finish was Hemp Oil, followed by Furniture Wax when the oil had dried overnight. It is so smooth it’s just awesome. Of course in this case now that I have finished this piece I am not certain I want to let her go. For now she is gracing my entry hall, but if she makes it upstairs, it may be another 20 years before she’s for sale.

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