We have a spot in our dining room for a sideboard or some sort of china cabinet. I had been looking for one on craigslist for quite a while. Every once in a while I’d see one I liked but the price was not ideal. Then shortly before Thanksgiving I saw this beauty posted on Craigslist. I emailed them, and never heard back. I figured someone else beat me to it. Then I saw it reposted again after Thanksgiving. I pounced!
I almost walked away when I saw it in person. The pictures online didn’t show some damage it had on the top veneer and where one of the back legs was crudely repaired after a break. I really liked the style and hardware on it, and knowing that I had never seen any other ones like this posted for sale, I talked the guy down some $ and took it home. Sidenote: this was an Evan-approved purchase 🙂
I actually had no idea furniture this old used veneer, but I suppose it makes sense. Anyhow, I found this awesome Youtube channel and got to work. I cleaned off 100 years of gunk. SO GROSS and yet so satisfying. I fixed the back leg with some epoxy. Whoever repaired it before me literally screwed a metal plate on it to connect the two pieces. I found a local antique place where I could get a “new” old wheel to replace one caster that was missing. All the wheels are made out of wood – pretty cool.
Staining the top. Got lucky, found a cheapie minwax stain that pretty much matches the rest perfectly.
Here is a closeup of the hardware. A lot of these craftsman-style sideboards are simpler, with wood drawer pulls. I really like how these add some extra decoration to it. It’s fancy without being FANCY, ya know? The only thing it’s missing is a key to the drawers, but that’s OK.
The funny thing is – I usually hate oak furniture. There is something special about tiger oak though…so pretty! Next on the list would be to find a table that somewhat “matches” this. Most of them I’ve seen are round/oval. I prefer rectangular tables, so I’ll have to keep waiting.
PS: WordPress did some automatic update and wrecked this site hard. I had to take down all my plugins so some things may look wonky until I fix it for realsies.