General Finishes Lamp Black Vintage Sideboard

Today I have a furniture transformation to share. After a few weeks of enjoying summer and smaller projects around our home it is nice to have a big painted piece finished. This vintage sideboard sat in the garage for a few months while I decided what colour to paint it. 

Since I am probably going to sell it I knew that black and white were my best choices (painted furniture, especially in other colours is a slower sell in our area.) I was inspired by the sexy black beast of a cabinet that Meg at Oliver and Rust transformed and decided to go with black.

It was so worth the hour drive to Lee Valley to pick up the same #generalfinishesmilkpaint in Lamp Black. The colour is such a true black and General Finishes Milk Paint is a great product to work with.

Clear wax was used to topcoat and I kept the original brass hardware. I decided not to distress it. I like that a sideboard is one of those pieces that can be used for different purposes in a variety of rooms. If our dining room was bigger I would keep this cabinet because it looks great with our black buffet and hutch.

This before photo doesn't quite show the tired finish. A bonus of finishing this big piece is that there is more room in the garage now. Hopefully I will stumble across another piece soon to work on.
Edited to add: SOLD

I know that many areas have already started back to school but we have until after Labour Day weekend before school starts (Sept. 2.) Since that is when I also head back to work I am trying to enjoy every last bit of 'at home' summer holiday moments that remain. Sometimes that means tackling a closet re-organize, a paint project or just enjoying a quiet afternoon with a favourite book. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you take time to enjoy a favourite activity too.

Sharing at the following parties...
The first official Vintage Inspiration Link Party at Beyond The Picket Fence, Knick of Time, and My Salvaged Treasures
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Sundays at Home at Thoughts From Alice


  1. I like what you did to the buffet! Gorgeous! I should take the leap and paint mine too! Thanks for posting the finish!

  2. so the wood color is the final color or the black paint was the final? sorry i am a bit confused. i did re-read it several times? ( :

  3. What an amazing transformation, I love the color. I'm sure it will be hard to part with it, but I know it will find a good home soon. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  4. beautiful
    I have a piece of furniture like that in my shop.
    I call it a buffet.
    Is the correct name sideboard?
    Do not want to be calling it wrong name.


  5. I have just one thing to say... I can't believe you're not keeping it!! I love how it turned out... and the black is fabulous. This was exactly what my daughter and I were looking for to use at her wedding a couple of years ago, we had to settle for a dresser instead.


  6. What a beautiful piece! Great job.


  7. That sideboard looks great! I love black furniture anyway. I have a black computer cabinet in our kitchen. You're lucky to have no school until after Labor Day. That's how it used to be when I was growing up. I can't believe how early the kids go back here these days! It's still summer to me.

  8. Your make over on the buffet turned out beautifully. I have been loving black painted furniture lately. I am your newest follower. So glad I found your blog.

  9. It's lovely in black. Black always looks so classy. I just finished painting a French provincial china cabinet black. I should really try the general finishes paint sometime.

  10. Love it!! I have been looking for a piece similar to this for some time. Great transformation.

  11. Oh, the lines of that piece are amazing. That is interesting about black and white pieces selling better than colors. I always paint my own pieces and I love color.

  12. What a stunning piece! I love the sophistication he black adds! XO

  13. What a beautiful piece! I'm not surprise a bit that it's sold.


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