Friday, January 8, 2016

From Shabby to Chic: Kitchen Sideboard UPDATE

Here's how I turned a $25 Thrift Store dresser from its shabby state to a chic AND functional kitchen sideboard.

What I did:
I took my handy dandy electronic sander and gave the top a good sanding, it really needed it. The rest of the body and drawers didn't, so I just made sure to wipe it clean of dust, residue and the like. Followed by 1 coat of primer. I believe in primer especially when painting a dark piece a light color, For two specific reasons: Your paint would adhere better (important when painting laminate) and you'll save on using so much of your very expensive paint! By the way, ALWAYS go for a quart than a gallon unless you're painting a room.

The color: Benjamin Moore Spa Day
 I painted the drawers in the kid's room (they "camped" in our room for a week until the smell was clear). Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do when you don't have the luxury of a yard or a garage.

I gave the body and the drawers 2 coats of paint. The second coat was to cover any and all streaks for a seamless finish. I let dry for 48 hours before putting anything on top. If you're painting in hot climate where humidity is high, I would wait even longer. The paint will feel dry to the touch but it can become sticky to furnishings. You want it to be super duper dry before giving it any use.

Here's what you don't see: the middle doors, which I decided not to use since I use the three center drawers for pots and pans. I need quick and easy access to these items and the doors would just be an extra step I didn't need. And besides, I think it appeals to the kitchen much better this way.

Finally, ABOVE the sideboard is this:

In conclusion: don't judge a dresser by it's "supposed purpose" give it new life and new use and you'll be amazed by the result.



I love the smell of a New Year, its equivalent to the smell of box of crayons on the first day of school. It's the scent of starting a new. It makes my heart happy. I have been sitting on this blog-thing for too long. Today, right now, because the tots are asleep and the biggies are on their way from school, I have decided to write a post! That's right, no editorial calendar or content curator moment. Just me and my laptop and some free time! I'm like living on the edge right now, watch out! No better time than the present. Speaking of presents - did you get everything you wanted? I did! I got to sleep in, like everyday! The Mister was on a 2 week vacay with me and the kids woohoo. I like to think that not working outside of the home has helped me appreciate what I do have and how to make-do without all the other 'stuff' or at least upcycling, re-imagining or reinventing what I already have in to something I really want! For example, a playroom for my fantastic four. We have a spacious 3 bedroom apartment - but we are also a family of 6. Even though the kids had their own rooms and the baby co-sharing with us, we felt cramped and it felt like every room was invaded by some toy or another - it was driving me crazy. So I took pen to paper. I listed all of my issues on one side and on the other, possible solutions. In summary: although the kids were all sleeping in different rooms, they all wanted to play together. So I thought, WHY do they NEED to sleep in different rooms. All they're doing is laying down, with their eyes closed about 9-10 hrs... and then it struck me. Turn "the boys room" and "her room" into "the playroom" and "the dormitory". I swapped Gabby's bed and dresser with the boys media unit and game table. Done. I had officially created two separate areas for the kids to enjoy. I started this project last summer but since I had family staying with me during this period, I wasn't able to style it or organize it the way I had envisioned. This is slowly coming together as I type :) Stay tuned for a Playroom Reveal Post (next month!) Why so long? because I am currently in party planning mode (wasn't I just in this mode like 2 weeks ago, ah yes. I was. I have 2 kids with birthday's exactly a month a part (2009 + 2013 to be clear ;). Last week I gave my 6 y.o. a Super Hero birthday party and now I'm planning my only daughter's 3rd birthday bash! Her first birthday party, so I have every intention to make it super special. I shall share some pre-party and post-party goodies for y'all, promise! What else can you expect from my new blog? More reveals, more ideas and more reasons to love the life you have, because its the only one you'll ever have. Thanks for stopping by! Let me know you were here by leaving a comment below, a simple Hi will just make my day. Cheers to a New Year! Sarah