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Two Vintage Sideboards From The Junk Shop

Junk Shopping!

I have two almost identical vintage sideboards to paint and I need ideas.

I thought I was having Déjà vu when I visited my fav junk shop a couple of weeks ago. You might remember I shared a vintage sideboard I purchased at the shop back in November. Well, I just picked up another one and the two are very much alike.

Two Vintage Sideboards From The Junk Shop

This is the first sideboard (or buffet, I never know which is the proper term) I bought. Now pay close attention to the next junk shop photo.

Vintage Sideboards From The Junk Shop

This sideboard was sitting in the very same location in the shop and was covered with a few things and there were pictures leaning against the front. Do you wonder why I had Déjà vu.

I first walked past the piece then backtracked for a double take. I thought it was the same sideboard until I got a closer look. The center drawers are move rounded or curved in the first sideboard. This sideboard has more details on the drawers and cabinet doors.

vintage sideboard painted black


I think I’ll paint sideboard/buffet number 1 black like this Hepplewhite Buffet I painted a few years ago. You can’t go wrong with basic black. Not sure if I will change out the hardware or use the original.

For sideboard/buffet number 2 I’m thinking about going lighter and maybe highlighting some of the details.


blue roof cabin blue furniture

source: Blue Roof Cabin

I like the blue color on the piece above and the white wax on the details. The second sideboard isn’t highly detailed but it does have the raised trim on the doors and drawers that would look look really nice with a bit of white wax.

source: Lost and Found Decor

I also like this lighter blue with the details painted white. Melanie at Lost and Found Décor hand painted those white details. I was also thinking I could use dark wax or dark toner instead of white. That would give the piece a more aged look.

I’m not sure about the hardware on the second sideboard. I could change it out or paint it white if I use white wax or a white wash on the details. What color ideas do you guys have for me? What do you think of the vintage sideboards? Do you have a favorite? Please share.

I took several photos while at my favorite junk shop and thought I would share a few. The sideboard and the little vintage Christmas train were my only two purchases for this shopping trip.

From The Junk Shop

The dresser what not calling my name. The design is too blah.

The Junk Shop

There are always a lot of windows and salvaged wood at the shop.

Junk Shop

Also several rooms of glassware and whatnots.

books at the junk shop

Lots of books. Sometimes I hunt for old cookbooks for my daughter. The ones from Churches, Ladies Groups, etc. They have the best recipes.

junk shopping

At one time it was impossible to walk through the back rooms. A lot of cleanup has happened since then. I tease Mr. Butler that he is about to run out of junk.

old soda bottles

Old soda bottles.

Butlers Antiques Hopkinsville Kentucky

The outside of Butler’s Antiques in Hopkinsville Kentucky for those of you who are new here.

Leave a note if you have paint ideas for the vintage sideboards. Later this week is Thrift Store Décor and I have a reclaimed angel I made over the weekend to share maybe tomorrow. I took a break from painting and junk projects for a while but I’m getting back in the swing. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Kathy, I so want to go to that junk shop with you! Just can’t get to Kentucky anytime soon!

    I really like the shade of blue on the piece with the white wax on it. I think I’d like that color on either of the buffets. The black is okay if you have the right place to put the piece. I always think black is too dark because I have a small house and black makes things look more cluttered to me. In a larger space it could be really nice. But what about white– or ivory for one of the pieces with some waxing or distressing to bring out the carving? I’ll be interested to see what you decide to do with these two pieces.

  2. Hi Kathy. You are right when you said you can’t go wrong with black and distressed to bring out the wood. The other would look pretty with a Duck egg blue with either white wax or antique glaze. Can’t wait to see what you do

  3. Goodness me that looks like my kinda place! Definitely looking that place up next time we go through Kentucky!

  4. I like the idea of one being black and the other blue. The white wax is pretty, but I think I would prefer the aged wax. If the hardware is in decent shape I would stick to using the original. Both pieces are going to turn out great! You have a wonderful eye for that! You make me want to make a road trip from Michigan just to visit the junk shop 🙂

  5. Whatever you do will be good, you are so brave with color. I am more conservative color wise (can’t believe I said that). What I wish is we have some junk shops like you have. Small community not too much variety here.

  6. I think the blue with the white would look fantastic. I think the blue with black trim would not be as great – maybe grey instead of black? Whatever you do I’m sure it will be wonderful. You definitely have an eye for what looks good on a piece.

  7. I would love to see one done in a dark blue with
    gold hardware and the other done in a duck egg blue
    tone with nickel colored hardware.
    Or you could do it in white and have only the front
    Done in the duck egg blue and use your white wax only on the front.
    I am sure whatever you decide will make it unrecognizable compared to what they look like now.

  8. Whatever you do will look amazing. I am jealous of your talent. But I do like the blue with the white wax.

  9. I love the blue paint. Either white is great. I haven’t heard about the white wax. I have a black buffet that I would love to paint a blue like that. Maybe in the spring.