Transform Your Sideboard with Charcoal Grey

charcoal grey sideboard front

Here’s the piece I started with for this charcoal sideboard project.  This thrift store find was definitely in need of a transformation! 

The wood was worn and marked up, and it was missing a handle.  Nothing a lot of wood filler and a little color and pattern can’t fix!

sideboard before

If you want to see me starting this project Live, you can watch it here.

Here are the supplies I used.

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Black Sands (Charcoal Gray)

This piece needed a lot of small repairs to scratches and gouges.  I used Plastic Wood which dries pretty quickly and hard, and sands down very smooth.  Because of all the wood filler I went ahead and primed the whole sideboard with Gray BOSS to ensure different areas didn’t absorb the paint differently.

Contrary to its name, Black Sands is really more of a charcoal gray.  If you want a true black, use Anchor instead.

With the Silk All-in-One Mineral Paint line, it’s not recommended to add any water.  Use a dry synthetic brush, and add 2 coats allowing it to dry for a couple hours between coats. 

Silk is very smooth and doesn’t really show brush strokes, so if you prefer no brush strokes this is the paint for you.

charcoal grey sideboard right

Adding Tide Pool to the Charcoal Sideboard

To bring in some additional color and pattern, I chose Tide Pool, a refreshing light aqua color.  The sideboard doors and drawers had a framed-in area where I decided to put the Tide Pool.

The beachy colors go well with the beadboard doors as well.

charcoal grey sideboard top

Mosaic Silkscreen Stencil

The Black Sands and Tide Pool finish was lovely, but a little plain for me.  So I went through my stash of transfers, mylar stencils, silkscreen stencils and decoupage papers and chose the Mosaic silkscreen.

The stencil is a quarter circle pattern, so to  create the half-circle, I painted 2 of them right next to each other.  

charcoal grey sideboard hardware close up

Since I was missing a handle, I thought I’d have to replace the hardware.  Then my husband suggested switching the top drawers on the sides to knobs, so I’d have enough handles for the center drawers.  

So I filled the holes in those drawers.  Learn from me and make your hardware plan BEFORE you do your painting.  It’s possible to fill them after, sand, prime, re-paint and re-seal, but better to think ahead.

I didn’t like the brassy color of the original handles and knobs with the gray, so I applied gilding wax.  I used Zinc first, and Silver over it applied with my finger.  This added depth and character, versus just 1 color.

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