The best projects are either well thought-out and took a while to plan, or they were thrown together in the background and I’m 100% genuinely surprised they turned-out this well. This project is not former and is definitely the later. With the Spring One Room Challenge // here // going on I’ve been quite busy behind the scenes putting together all manner of things, a lot of which won’t be revealed for a while. I knew we had the Inspired By series this month and I was totally stoked to do something inspired by Miles Redd – enter the glossy blue sideboard makeover. Shout-out to Jess of // Domicile 37 // & Kathy of // Up To Date Interiors // for organizing and hosting.
If you’re like me, you had / have no sweet clue who Miles Redd is // here //. Well, if you truly are like me then you’ll probably have pinned, re-pinned and then pinned a different angle of many of his rooms. His design is what I think mine would be if I had a grandeur scale and more of a penchant for classic and traditional elements (I tend to veer more towards MCM as opposed to traditional). Some of my favourite spaces are by him, and they have inspired many colour palettes and designs. of my own. So for this month’s challenge I wasn’t lacking in options, in fact maybe I had too many! I had planned on styling a few vignettes from my home that are definitely “inspired by” but then I thought about painting our sideboard.
We actually purchased the “sideboard” off of Kijiji a few years at our last posting. The previous owner had thrifted it herself and then used it as a change table for their child. Needless to say, it had been better days. The MCM lines are clean and uncomplicated, but the left-over speaker cover material on the front was a pleasure to scratch for Boots (one of the cats). The laminate also wasn’t very receptive to the water or liquids, so it was a real task trying to keep it looking fresh and clean. You may have noticed in previous photos and posts // here // & // here // & // here // that I never actually showed it in its entirety, and that I always avoided the fabric.
After thinking long and hard about to do with the sideboard I decided to paint it! A glossy blue no less! Because if I’ve gleamed anything from Miles Redd’s designs it’s that you can never go wrong with a gloss, especially a glossy blue sideboard makeover.
In my inspiration image I love the lacquered blue. It’s a fresh and solid colour. It’s not as bold as an electric or cobalt blue, and it’s not as trendy as a robin’s egg blue, but it’s a classic colour hue and will look as good 50 yrs from now as it does today. I also love that the entire space inside the small buttler’s pantry / bar is the same lacquered colour and texture. The contrast with the classic tableau wallpaper is classic Miles Redd and oh so pretty.
Now, you may know that I’m not usually a fan of anything chalky – especially since it takes me further away from the high gloss look I love – but I’ve got to hand it to FAT Paint, the coverage is exceptional. I’ve used it a few times for various projects but nothing as big as a dresser. From those smaller projects though, I knew that I wouldn’t need to sand beyond “roughing up the surface” and that it would stick to pretty much anything. It sounds kind of ideal when you’re busy working on 5 other things and don’t have time for that much fuss.
*This is not sponsored content, I genuinely like the FAT Paint coverage on laminate furniture.
I purchased a quart of the Amanda Forest collections’ // Navy State of Mind // and planned to add a few layers of satin poly to the sideboard to seal it. So off I went! I didn’t bother with progress shots because let’s be honest, you all know how to paint something and there are a million and one tutorials out there. Basically: lightly sand the piece, apply 2 coats of FAT paint while respecting dry times. Wait 24hrs before covering in poly eurathane, lightly sand between coats of poly with a 220 grit, and then wait a full 24hrs before doing anything else.
I added the Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper samples // here // in lieu of a fabric or painting the back-board behind the fabric. I would have loved to find some classic wallpaper samples or end-of-rolls to use, but the surrounding stores just don’t stock that kinda thing and this project was too “last minute” to really scrounge. Thankfully I have an impressive collection of images, samples and patterns, so after trying a few options I opted for the lovely red and pink peonies against the blue. The coral + pink + blue is a classic colour combo and I think it works beautifully here.
And because no sideboard is complete without styling, I dressed it as you might find it during a cocktail hour here: poppies, lemons, gin, fancy bubbly beverages and lots of colour & texture.
The glossy blue looks perfect against my green and gold flecked coasters, my Williams & Sonoma low-balls, and assortment of spirits. Dillons Rose Gin will always be my favourite summer gin. If you are able to find it I suggest you try it! The bouquet is not as strong as with a traditional gin blossom, and it has a light flowery taste to it.
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I used a gloss Mod Podge // here // to apply the wallpaper, because honestly who has time for 4 layers of poly and wallpaper glue when mod lodge works just fine!
Much of the bar ware on the sideboard is from HomeSense or thrifted! My little ginger jar collection floats from project to project but usually lives on the top shelf of our living room built-ins // here //. The florals, of course, are from AFloral and have been recycled between projects // here //.
If you LOVE the print above the buffet you can grab your own from Society 6 // here //.