Wednesday, December 10, 2008

We have officially started + photos of my $5 sideboard

This is the side of our poor home today. Mic and his Brother started filling all of the cracks etc in the wood in preparation for painting. This is also the side of the house that will eventually have a 2meter deep veranda and french doors will replace all of the windows you see here.
This is the horrid colour we have lived with for nearly 6 years while we concentrated our efforts on the inside. It is a funny tan/pink/salmon colour with burgundy trim...I don't care for it!

This is the beautiful colour it will become. I tried the sample pots around the back door, as Mic is a very visual being and needs to see before he will believe. The main walls are 'Warm White', the Architraves and window frames are 'Antique White USA', and the trims and front and back doors (including fly screens) are 'Woodland Grey'. I love it and think it really makes a feature of our rough sawn boards.

You can see it here over the top of the original colour and what a difference it makes. I can't wait for it to be done. I would love to hear what you all think of our new colour choices.

Now, here is my $5 sideboard as you last saw it...remember it was on it's way to the tip and had been out in the rain for about a week or so before I snapped it up...

Well this is it now. Still in the garage so not the best lighting in there, but I hope you all get the idea. When I took this photo today I was just getting the new catch on the left door.

I replaced the handles with these beautiful antique copper finish pulls on the drawers and matching small door pulls on the doors.

I was going to just paint it all white, but when I had done that you could see a lot of the bits that were beyond repair, so I thought I would use that to my advantage and got some stain and ran over it all with a rag, concentrating it on the edges and then going over the middle of each panel with more white to give it a sort of French wash. I then sanded the edges (just a little) to make it seem old, which it is...and voila! New sideboard for our Kitchen. I can't move it in until I have finished painting the walls white. Then I will show you it dressed. Please tell me what you think of it all.
Ness xx


  1. Oh, your house colours, in my eye, are just perfect! Absolutely perfect. Can't wait to see photos when it's completely painted. And your sideboard - gorgeous. You've done a fabulous job! Can't wait to see it in the kitchen!

  2. Love the new house colours - the salmon colour before was certainly unusual! Painting it white is going to completely change the look of the whole house. The sideboard has scrubbed up beautifully and I look forward to seeing it in situ.

  3. You are the handy one! You have given that beautiful sideboard a new life. It looks like a great piece. The curvy legs and front are great details. The finish you chose works perfectly.
    I love the colors you selected for the outside of your home. All three colors look lovely together. I can't wait to see it complete.


  4. Can't wait to see the house fully painted. I think you have chosen well.
    Love the drawer pulls - if I ever design my own kitchen, it would have these on the drawers for sure.

  5. loving the sideboard, great job. I'd love to hear more detail of your efforts with it - what colour paint did you use, did you use a primer beforehand, what colour stain you used to enhance the weathered effect etc.....

    house colours look really good, I look forward to seeing it all done :)

  6. you are a clever girl to transform that sideboard so cleverly, xv

  7. It's amazing what a little paint can do for a home. The sideboard is fabulous and you can't beat the price. Can't wait to see the whole house painted.

    Loving your blog!


  8. Ness, you are so unbelievaveably clever! You can so tell you and your husband have put in ALOT of work and research in finding the right house colours and I think you nailed it! Your home is going to look like it was plucked right out of the French or Swedish countryside.

    Anna :)

    p.s Your sideboard also looks AMAZING! Again so much love and effort was put into it and it shows! You totally inspire me. I have soooo many unfinished furniture projects in the garage, these school holidays I am going to bust my guts to finish them no matter what! :)

  9. You did a great job sweetie! Can't wait to see it in your kitchen....xo...deb

  10. Mic & his brother are champs Ness! Excellent colour choice for your exterior - those rough-hewn clapboards are amazing - what a story they could tell. Your sideboard will look fab in your kitchen - I do love free-standing cabinets in kitchen.
    Millie ^_^

  11. Ness, I love your colour selection. Great choice!
    And I love your old-new cupboard. Sooo clever!

  12. i'm loving the new colors for the exterior! great job on selecting them :) the sideboard is fantastic! love what you've done - it's amazing what a little TLC can do for an old, forgotten about piece of furniture!

  13. Hello Friend! I think your house colors are perfection!!!! I can't wait to see the finished product. I love your little treasure of a find as well! The handles are lovely!

  14. Found your link via Cathy and Simple things and had to stop and say how beautiful your blog is.

    Good luck with those house colors, it is looking great.

  15. Thank you to all your positive comments about our house transformation and my little bargain. It is great to get feedback from you all,
    Ness xx

  16. Hi there! Your house colors look really beautiful. :) And your little bargain was a steal! Love what you did with it, and can't wait to see pics of it as a part of your interior.


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