How to Turn an Old Dresser Into a Sideboard

Written by bren hahn
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Turn the tables on decorating by placing a dresser in your dining area. An antique or new dresser can be utilised as a display piece for table linens, china or silverware. Display a favourite tea set on top of your new sideboard. Arrange a collection of vintage linens, spilling out of one of the dresser drawers. A collection of dining paraphernalia displayed on your dresser-turned-sideboard will add an inviting touch to your dining room.

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Things you need

  • Dresser
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Table linens
  • Vases
  • China
  • Silverware
  • Glassware
  • Plate display stands

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    Paint the dresser for a country-cottage or shabby-chic look. Leave the finish intact for a more formal or clean-lined display.

  2. 2

    Change the dresser doorknobs to evoke the look you want. Crystal, carved and vintage knobs all add character to furniture.

  3. 3

    Place your dresser against the wall of the dining room. Leave extra space if you decide to prop open a dresser drawer to display your linen collection.

  4. 4

    Place your table linen, silverware and extra plates inside the dresser drawers. Display any interesting, vintage or favoured linens by arranging them so a portion of the linens hang outside a dresser drawer.

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    Cover the top of the dresser with a folded tablecloth or runner. Fold linens in small squares to place on top of the dresser.

  6. 6

    Display favourite items, such as your china collection, on the top of the dresser. Showcase platters, teapots, teacups, antique spoons or a place setting of the family silver.

  7. 7

    Decorate by exhibiting vases along the back of your sideboard and adding real or silk flowers. Place wine glasses, goblets or stemware at one end of your sideboard.

Tips and warnings

  • If your sideboard has a section with a door, prop the door open and use the area as a showcase for your collections.
  • Salt shakers, egg cups, candlesticks and seasonal items can also be displayed on your sideboard.

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