Before & After: From Sad Sideboard to a Dresser for Dahlias

Before & After: From Sad Sideboard to a Dresser for Dahlias

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 6, 2014
(Image credit: Joey Hurdley)

Moves are stressful. Joey had made the long move from the South Coast to the East and loved the new little Victorian terrace to call home. But, not all the furniture fit, both in size and style. Especially sad was not being able to find a place for this sideboard that, though it was getting shabby, had been loved a long time. Instead of getting rid of it, Joey found a way to make it work in another part of the home, with a fresh new function and look.

(Image credit: Joey Hurdley)

From Joey:

Having moved from a very light and bright and spacious flat with huge windows and rooms, I’m now living in a classic little Victorian terrace. It’s adorable and I have the most beautiful garden as well as a big bright studio and lots of downstairs living space. However, a lot of my old furniture just didn’t fit in here, and by fit, I mean ‘fit’ in here, and I’ve had to rethink my style a lot. Some of it was simply too big for the little old rooms, and some of it just didn’t feel right in this cosy little space. One of the things that just had to go, was my lovely old mid-century modern sideboard…

I’ve lugged this with me around the country into five different houses and I was really really reluctant to get rid of it but it was too big for the new house and was starting to look a bit scruffy. I know lots of you are going to comment on it being wood, and I shouldn't paint it, but it really was very scruffy! The veneer was peeling off in places, it had rings, scratches and stains on the top and one of the legs had fallen off. So I had a little thought: it’s too big for the house, but it’s not too big for the garden!

It was ever so easy to do, too. I took of all the fittings and doors, sanded it down, used a jigsaw to cut the hole in the top and to make the third and fourth drawers into one big drawer. I then painted it and put it all back together. I’m so pleased with it and makes the garden feel like an extension of the house, like a little outdoor dining room. The dahlias have been a huge success and are still flowering like mad, but the sweetpeas never really got started. I think they need deeper soil, so I may try something else next year. Anyway, there it is!

Thank you Joey! We love that you took a piece you loved and found a way to keep loving it (even if you did paint some wood!) See more photos of this cute transformation here.

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