Often, vintage sideboards have great forms and solid structures but are let down by a badly damaged surface. Once your furniture piece has water marks and scuffs, it’s very hard to bring it back to its former beauty. One option is to refresh the outer shell with a sanding followed by a two-pack polyurethane finish, which will not only update it but prolong its life.
What you’ll need
A sideboard in need of an extreme makeover. Ask your local vintage-furniture store to keep an eye out for you, or hop online and see what’s available – but remember, when buying online, it’s best to know your product and what it’s worth.
On your marks
Enlist the services of a specialist furniture-finisher. Start by checking your Yellow Directory at for professionals located in your area (make sure they have experience in two-pack polyurethane work). You could also ask for recommendations at a furniture-restoration centre.
This refinishing process is not cheap; our experts estimate a cost of between $400 and $600. So make sure your cabinet justifies the expenditure. When doing your calculations, keep in mind that you may also have transport costs on top of the actual restoration.
Vintage Parker sideboard with two-pack outer casing from Ingo Maurer
‘Max Kugler’ lamp and soda syphons all from Home Furniture On Consignment.
Set of Karl Lagerfeld books from Hub Furniture.
Clear ‘Fleur’ vase from Country Road.
Chrysanthemums from Garlands Florist.
Background painted with Wattyl I.D Stone Effect in custom colour Mantra from Wattyl.