Whence, the sideboard?

A question came in by email about the sideboard featured in a couple of previous posts. To whit, what happened? did we finish it? what did it look like? After reviewing the posts in question, turns out, we have neglected the breakfast room as well as the sideboard.

In situ

It’s been in place so long, it’s become just another piece of furniture. The different kinds of wood are very obvious with the stain removed but we think it contributes to it’s appeal.

The hardest part of refinishing was aging the new brass hardware. There are several methods for turning a perfectly good, shiny piece of brass into a dark, dirty, beat up relic. These range from “age” in a bottle (just apply and wipe), to various concoctions to also tint the metal to match existing hardware.

We used copper sulfate for just that right amount of krispy

The decorative plates hanging on the wall were designed and commissioned by Carole’s cousin, Ryan Gainey. Mr. Gainey is very close to being a national treasure for his eccentric, beautiful artistry and his wonderful gardens. He had given them to Carole’s mother, who, in turn, gave them to us. Did I mention about my great mother-in-law?

Love those colors

This one is harder to see but in the breakfast room as well:

Another flora themed design

Sideboard more

We’ve started the final finishing of the sideboard today after deciding to use a clear satin, rub-on polyurethane. The second, prior to sanding, previously unknown hardwood appears to be white oak. The contrast between the cherry veneer and the unstained oak is interesting and the clear finish accentuates the differences.


In situ, in progress

On the back is the ultimate provenance:


American made

Should be done in a couple of days, the rub-on poly is very easy to apply and has a great look on the old wood.

Finally, what we’re reading for the next phase of the current project:


Taunton Press…always a good read


We’ve started the actual work to move DeShawn upstairs, beginning with getting the sideboard out of the addition and into the breakfast nook, aka kitchen annex.

The sideboard dates from around World War II but because it’s factory made, not really a valuable antique. It’s made of cherry, cherry veneer, and some other, unknown hardwood. Carole had it in her old house and it came to 118 Henry Street with her.


Still life with cat and furniture repair

The rickety parts have been glued and nailed, some replacement hardware purchased, and the old varnish largely gone. We haven’t yet decided what to do for final finishing…