Before & After: A Vintage Sideboard Goes Matte & Midnight

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What do you do when a wood sideboard — covered in deep scratches and other marks — needs a makeover but you're not looking to brighten it with a coat of white? You could go with a color, or you could skip straight to something dramatic and do what Suzanne did.

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From Suzanne:

This vintage sideboard was in need of a makeover. It had many deep scratches along the top and other marks and scratches. I took 150 grit sandpaper and gave it a quick sanding and repaired the top with wood filler. I then used General Finishes Lamp Black milk paint. I sanded in between coats to give it a super smooth finish and I really like the matte finish of the paint. I lightly distressed the detailing to give it interest and show off the vintage detailing.

I replaced the original hardware with glass pulls that sparkle against the dark background and the top is now super smooth. I also painted inside the cabinet spaces and lined the drawers with fun, black and white paper. Quite the transformation!

Find more photos on Suzanne's blog. Thank you Suzanne!

(Image credits: Suzanne Bagheri)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.