Upcycl'd: Two-Tone Painted Sideboard

So far in Office Goals, you've seen us bring a lot of decor and design elements into the in-progress space, but what you might not realize is some of the things we found here, left behind from the previous tenants! That's the story with the formerly dark and dingy sideboard in the Boffice.

I was all about its storage potential, but something about the dark color and silver hardware just wasn't sitting right with me ... so I sanded it all away! Office makeovers come in sizes big and small and I was all too happy to have this piece be the participant in the latest Upcycl'd!

Check out the video above, and see the how-to and some newly decorated Boffice photos below!

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Prep It:

2-inch paintbrush Knobs Spray bottle Rag Behr White Clay Paint Behr Popped Corn Paint Power sander (or sand paper) Wood filler Screwdriver

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Do It!:

  1. Start by taking your cabinet outdoors. The sanding process is messy, and you won't want little particles of past paint jobs all over your home or office! Lay it down on a drop cloth or some grass and get to sanding (but take out the knobs or any other hardware first!) The purpose of sanding is to take of the past paint color off so you can start with a smooth and fresh surface for your new color.
  2. When you've sanded most of the paint away, use the wood filler to fill any unnecessary holes. This cabinet's previous hardware needed two holes, but the new knobs I got only need one, so I closed up the second hole! After you've used the wood filler and let it dry, give the entire piece another once-over with the sander to make sure it's all smooth.
  3. Spray your rag and wipe the entire cabinet down to get rid of any stray particles. You don't want any dust around when you start painting!
  4. Speaking of painting — let's get to it! I removed the doors from my cabinet to paint separately (since we were doing a two-toned look), so assess if there are any doors or drawers that need to be removed from your piece.
  5. Paint the body of the cabinet in the White Clay color, and the doors and drawers in Popped Corn. I chose colors that were close together in shade for a very subtle two-tone effect, but you can get as creative with it as you like!
  6. Let the paint dry, put in your new knobs, and enjoy your elegant, Upcycl'd cabinet!!

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