White Sideboard Makeover

I love my white dining room sideboard. 

Here is how it has looked for a while now.
I had painted it all white using chalk paint, highly
distressed the details and sealed with clear wax.
But I find the way doesn't seal as good as varnish and my
lovely dresser was getting quite grubby on the
 drawers and top and was not cleaning up well.
The large mirror on top was in the same condition as when I
found it on the roadside and I really wanted to clean it up a bit.

So using my paint scrapper, I started scraping the chalk paint off the top. As I had originally painted straight over shiny varnish, it came off very easily.
Then I gave the top a good sand to get off the shine using 60 grit sandpaper.
Then sealed it with 3 coats of clear varnish.

I removed the mirror and applied a walnut stain and then a clear varnish over the top.
You can see where I started applying the stain on the left of the mirror.

I love how lovely the top came up.


And the mirror!

I cleaned the grubby marks off the rest of the sideboard
and gave it a light sand. Then I applied 2 coats of clear varnish.
It gives a much better finish than wax and will be much easier to wipe clean.

There is not a big change, but the finish of this piece is now much more polished,
and I'm loving the dark wood accents.

:) Julie


  1. It was pretty in the before, but the dark wood top really makes it lovely.

    1. Thanks! I really love the change too. :) Julie

  2. Oh Julie it is just beautiful. What a difference a small change can make to a piece. It is gorgeous. Great job.

    1. Thanks Kris! I'm so happy with it too. :) Julie

  3. So pretty and I love that the top is wood now-no my grubyness!

    1. Thanks Darrielle! I'm hoping it will stay cleaner. ;) Julie


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