Bottom of Mid Century Modern Sideboard

When I saw it on Facebook Marketplace, the seller said that it was one piece, that it wouldn’t come apart. After I showed the pictures to a fellow refinisher, he told me that he was almost certain it was two pieces. I took a drive to see it and after really taking a look, the owner and I determined that it was actually only fastened on either end with velcro strips. After being in place for the last 20-30 years, it seemed that it needed a *little* prodding to come apart – to put it mildly. But it did and it was incredible!

I love repurposing vintage pieces. I took this hutch and made it two separate pieces. The bottom was made into a modern sideboard (see how below!) and the top into a modern display cabinet. Click here to see that makeover!

Click here for a list of basic supplies you’ll need for your chalk paint project and here for the typical steps.


  • Annie Sloan chalk paint (Athenian Black)
  • Annie Sloan clear wax
  • Fusion Mineral Paint’s hemp oil
  • Rust-Oleum’s Paint & Primer in Matte Farmhouse Black

How I refinished this piece:

When I took this piece apart, I could see the amazing wood that lay beneath. Using my Dewalt orbital saw, I sanded the doors and bottom frame to bare wood.

After sanding, I treated with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Hemp Oil to both enhance the grain and treat the wood.

I started work on the frame by removing the velcro residue that was left when the top was attached.

After it was removed, I wiped down the frame with Krud Kutter (a degreaser) and after it was dry, with warm water to remove any residue.

Using painter’s tape, I edged the inside of the piece and covered the bottom frame to prevent any accidental drips. As careful as you can be, paint can splatter and you don’t want it on your newly sanded frame.

Using Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in Athenian Black, I applied three coats.

The paint was sealed with Annie Sloan clear wax. For tips on waxing, click here.

The original vintage hardware (hinges and handles) were updated using Rust-Oleum’s Matte Farmhouse Black. I used toothpicks in an old piece of foam to raise up the handles when I spray painted them. It’s easier to get to all the edges without having them stick to anything.

I love when I can keep the same hardware as the original piece!

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