Vintage Bernhardt Sideboard

By Kristy Chorostecki at Dandelion Designs in Belvidere, IL.

This beautiful, yet beat up, Bernhardt Sideboard was in need of some love. Prior to this project I hadn't used Milk Paint on any projects, though I was already solidly in love with Java Gel stain. This seemed like a great starter project for milk paint and Antique White was the perfect color.

I first had some repairs to make. Some loose veneer was peeled off and filled in with Bondi and I added stoppers to the drawers and doors. After cleaning thoroughly and putting 2 coats of primer on this mahogany beast, it was time to paint. I loved the beautiful leveling of the milk paint. After 2 coats, I was ready to lightly distress and add glazing. 

The top was in beautiful shape, but the color needed to be deepened. In order to achieve the look I wanted, I lightly sanded the top to remove the sheen, but to carefully keep the color intact, and added 2 light coats of Java Gel Stain. The end result was beyond my expectations! Finally the piece was sealed with water based poly. 

This beauty was hard to let go!

Products Used

  • Gel Stain Java
  • Milk Paint Antique White

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