Repurposing a Vintage Sideboard

We decided to use our inherited sideboard as part of the base for a new kitchen island.

We have this beautiful vintage, dare I say antique, sideboard.
We have this beautiful vintage, dare I say antique, sideboard.

Since we’re planning to cover it with granite, the wood top was destined to be removed.  It seemed to be held on by 6 screws from inside. The front four were not difficult but two in the back forced us to sit the sideboard upside down and lie on the floor to get at the screws.  I wasn’t strong enough to work them out so Charlie did the honors.

This top needed to be removed.
This top needed to be removed.

Before we stood the piece upright again Charlie pried off the stubby feet which were held on with nails, screws, and glue.  They were rickety at best.

Four feet were removed.
Four feet were removed.

Once the screws were removed from the top we stood the sideboard upright and I gently knocked the top off with a hammer. It had been glued but after 100 years (?) it wasn’t sticking too well anymore.

The top came off trim and all.
The top came off trim and all.

The top pulled off easily and we’re storing it for now along with the mirrored top section of the sideboard.

This is well-made; no particle board.
This is well-made; no particle board.

I have decided to modify Ana White’s plans for a Rustic Console to use as shelving on the backside of the sideboard.  We’ll want a piece of granite to connect both pieces together.

A rough sketch shows where we're going with the shelves on the back of the sideboard.  I'm considering doing away with the center stile (thus the Xs.
A rough sketch shows where we’re going with the shelves on the back of the sideboard. I’m considering doing away with the center stile (thus the XXXX down the middle).

The entire piece will sit on a 2 by 4 frame which will serve as both the base and allow room for a toe kick.

Top and feet removed. (Drawers are out for easy moving.)
Top and feet removed. (Drawers are out for easy moving.)

Perhaps we’ll add non-loadbearing feet for decoration once we’re finished.

What are you doing to declare your independence today!?

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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