You all know that I love to paint furniture. I especially love to use chalk paint to give old furniture a new look. But sometimes, painting is just not the way to go. I’ve been searching for a sideboard for my dining room for a while. I knew what I wanted and I knew what my budget was. Trying to find one I love and that fit into my budget turned out to take a while. A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting one of my favorite Charleston stores, Charleston Attic Mall and there it was!
I should have purchased it on the spot, but it was a little over budget. I thought about it for two days and decided to return, hoping it was still there. I made an offer below the asking price and it was accepted. I could not wait to bring the piece home.
Overall, it was in very good condition. It’s solid wood and very sturdy. It did have some spot damage to the surface.
The inside of one of the cabinets was pretty gross. Something sticky was still in there and it left a pretty ugly spot.
The felt lining in the drawers definitely needed to be replaced.
The problems with the piece were pretty minimal and I knew I could make it shine again. This was going to be the piece of furniture that had been missing in my dining room. All it needed was some attention to the problem areas to give it a fresh life.
I started by cleaning the entire piece inside and out with TSP. I used a micro fiber cloth to apply it and another one to wipe it down. I’m not sure what that sticky stuff was, but it cleaned up, leaving some discoloration of the wood. Since this is inside of the cabinet, I called this good enough.
I wiped down the green felt drawer liners and removed all of the loose particles. I found some pretty cream colored patterned felt at Michaels to use as drawer liners.
I measured and cut the felt to fit into each section of the drawers.
As I was cleaning the interior of the drawers, I saw a manufacturer’s medallion. It says Huntley Furniture. I wasn’t familiar with this company, but after doing a little Googling, I learned that it was a company, based in North Carolina until 1961 when it merged with Thomasville Furniture. The pieces made before 1961 have the Huntley Medallion and those made after the merger are etched with the phrase “Huntley Furniture by Thomasville.” I love that I was able to determine that this piece was made no later than 1961.
The last thing I needed to do to refresh the sideboard was to work on the spots on its top and to bring back its shine. On the recommendation of my brother who loves to give old furniture new life, I used Howard Restor-A-Finish.
This is so easy to use. I wiped it on with a micro fiber cloth and rubbed it in circular motions, one small space at a time. As I rubbed, those ugly spots faded and the shine came back.
I did the entire piece and allowed it to sit for a couple of hours before repeating the process. Look at that shine!
I have a Duncan Phyfe style dining table and china hutch that was made in the mid 1950s. While this sideboard is not the same style, it fits in beautifully. The wood tones are so close and I think the styles work well together.
I love how the piece looks now that it’s all cleaned up. I’ll be using Restor-A-Finish again on other projects.
I’m so glad that I didn’t settle on a few other sideboards that I saw during my hunt. Patience paid off!
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