Beauty cannot be judged objectively, for what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.

For those that admire my work — I thank you.  For those that may not — most certainly respected… as beauty after all is in the eye of the beholder. <3  

This proverb applies to many things including furniture. For me, I find beauty in both painted and stained furniture finishes, and I’m also of the opinion that many pieces should NOT be painted.  Thoughtful consideration is given to each and every piece I am in possession of prior to transformation… including this exquisite antique sideboard/buffet I so graciously came upon.


The ever-so-kind couple I purchased this piece from, were moving and no longer had room for it… their children had no interest in having it… and they didn’t have the means to try and restore it themselves.  This beautiful piece originally belonged to their Great-Grandmother   as such, it was well loved in their family for many years.  They themselves felt its’ beauty could be accentuated from a restoration, but just hadn’t got around to doing so. They were happy to sell it to someone that clearly had much love and admiration for it  that charmed someone being me. 😌

From the moment I set my eyes on it, I envisioned an accentuated transformation — a restoration that I envisioned EXACTLY like my outcome:


Although a solid and beautiful piece, the finish was flaking away and it was flooded with dings, nicks, scratches, and water stains.

Stripping, sanding and re-staining this piece certainly was an option… I however decided that painting the body and re-staining the top would result in a lovely restoration.

I personally adore the beauty of two-toned transformations.  A refined elegance that offers an abundance of character and charm.


My accentuated transformation process:

  • Removed hardware ~ and dug through my “stash” to find 2 replacement knobs for the mis-matched pair on lower doors
  • Stripped and sanded top ~ with two-toned transformation plans in mind 
  • Lightly sanded down the body ~ to scuff away flaking finish, and to soften the flooding of dings, nicks, scratches and water stains
  • Gave piece a good cleaning ~ water and vinegar does the trick
  • Applied 3 coats of Country Chic Paint’s ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colour ‘Vanilla Frosting’ to the body ~ sweet farmhouse-white perfection
  • Moderately sanded the body (firmly where I wanted the wood to come through)  ~ to achieve a distressed look
  • Applied Country Chic Paint’s ‘Furniture Glaze’ in the colour ‘Smoky Quartz’ to the body ~ to achieve depth, age and accentuation
  • Applied 3 coats of Varathane’s ‘Diamond Wood Finish‘ (water-based, satin) to the body ~ to achieve a crystal clear and highly durable finish
  • Conditioned, stained and varnished top with Minwax products ~ nothing but love for this quarter-cut oak top
  • Reinstalled original and replacement hardware ~ a pretty good match if I might say so myself
  • Stripped the green felt from the ONE drawer it had been installed in ~ I’d be lying if I said this part was fun
  • Gave entire piece another good cleaning ~ with my tried and true water and vinegar
  • Lined drawers with a charming adhesive  ~ for a lil’ made-with-love added touch


If you love farmhouse chic, adore sweet imperfections, and behold beauty in two-toned distressed furniture finishes  this timelessly elegant antique would make a lovely addition in your abode. Dovetail drawers, ornate carvings, handsome clawfeet, creaking caster-wheels, charming quarter-cut oak top, original hardware… to mention only a small bite of the deliciousness in this piece!  Transformed with harmonious hues… offering a delightfully pleasing fit for ANY decor.

 This Tiger/Quarter-Cut Oak Antique Sideboard ~ SOLD to Lisa 
DIMENSIONS: 39.25” / 54” H / x 48” W x 23.25” D


I hope you visit again! My #farmlifebestlife awaits more simple living, generous loving and constant learning — graced with an abundance of country chic character and sweet imperfections, both for me and for YOU! ❤

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  1. I cant imagine that anyone would not love all of your beautiful transformations! Always done so tastefully and professionally while staying true to the style of the pieces!

    1. Awe! Thank you so very much Wendy! To each their own… as beauty IS in the eye of the beholder. I can certainly respect why some feel beautiful antiques (100+ years old) such as this piece should NOT be painted… and if it was in better shape, I certainly wouldn’t have painted it… however given the flooding of dings, nicks, scratches, and water stains… I decided that a two-toned restoration was a good option. I’m so very pleased with my end-result! <3

  2. Finally replaced my dead MacBook Pro and am able to visit your blog, Faye. I haven’t started my project that also has a Tiger/Quarter-Cut Oak top on a Stickley knock-off sideboard I own. I’m curious to know how you did the top which I understand was after you’d done the other transformational work on the body, drawers, etc. Hoping you have time to let me know. Thanks, Robyn Giving you my personal email address, not the FB one.

    1. Hi Robyn! Thank you for stopping by! I don’t recall what colour of stain I used… however I know I used Minwax products for the top (conditioner, stain and poly). I re-finished the top AFTER I was finished the body… which is typically my process. 🙂

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