The Adventures of the 85 lb, 6 FT Sideboard

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? I hope it wasn’t as busy as ours. We did a lot projects for other people over the past few days. Three hair makeovers. This went well although I feel carpal tunnel may be in our future.

We attempted to hang a drape in the most shallow wall ever. Fail. Lastly, we pinned thousands of feathers to a corset in an attempt to replicate a peacock. I hope my cousin wins her Halloween costume contest at work because she definitely looks like a giant peacock, a cute one though.

Anyway don’t you all feel bad for us because we did score a beautiful sideboard for under $100 at our local Goodwill. It is over six feet so it couldn’t fit in our little Hyundai Elantra. We had to rent a U-haul just to take it across the street. Doesn’t that suck? Even the U-haul worker felt sorry for us. No discount from him though. But honestly, renting the U-haul was the easiest part. Getting it from the truck to our apartment was not. Let’s just say it was good thing that this item is getting a makeover.

Kah and I were flat out disrespectful to this beautiful sideboard. First, we dragged it off the truck, scratching up the finish while doing so. Then we stood it up in the parking lot of our apartment complex while we bent over gasping for air. Did I already mention that the sideboard is 85 lbs and is over 6 ft? Well how about that Kah and I are only 5’3”  tall and weigh about 130. Talk about a struggle!

Afterwards, we lifted the sideboard about an inch off the ground because we aren’t that strong  and backpedaled to the curb. Then, Kah and I fought about which way to carry the sideboard. Around the back or through the front door. Kah was for Team Around the Back. I said absolutely not. She called me an idiot because I was screaming about my fingers burning. I called her a dummy because she kept telling me to use my twin power for strength…blank stare. Either way I won. We flipped the sideboard over, top facing the ground, and pushed it through the wet muddy grass to the front door of our apartment. This is how it looks once through the door.

Six Foot Sideboard

We pushed it down the steps and of course it got stuck at the entrance so we had to do some maneuvering…sigh. But it worked! Yay. Here as an update.

Six Foot Sideboard

You can see it going through our apartment door. And you can see Breeze wondering what the hell we are bringing in the house. He looks so small next to this thing doesn’t he?

So we burned 200 calories and gained maybe 2 ounces of muscle but it was totally worth it.  Here is how the sideboard looks in our hallway…

Modern Sideboard in Hallway


We plan to paint it gray, Wet Pavement by Benjamin Moore to be exact. That is our new favorite furniture color if you guys haven’t noticed. Also, we do not want to shrink the hallway so subtle and gray is the way to go. What do you guys think?

Posted on by Milla Posted in Furniture, Thrift Shopping

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Milla is the other half of the Design Par Deux duo. She enjoys finding design inspiration in all things creative. She has an unhealthy obsession with the color Turquoise.

10 Responses to The Adventures of the 85 lb, 6 FT Sideboard

  1. Shannon

    Well, you sure got a workout. It’s huge. Great lines. I am sure whatever you do, it’ll look FAB =)

    • Milla

      It was a real workout indeed! And yes it is huge. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Michelle

    What a stunning sideboard, that is going to look even more fantastic once painted up.

    • Kahli

      Yes I hope we get this painted this week!

  3. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    What an awesome looking sideboard. I am new to your blog and am so glad that I found it!

    • Milla

      Aww thanks a lot Alicia. Hope to see you again.

  4. Rosemary

    I was going to ask if you took out the drawers, but it looks like you did. What a monster. Kudos for your determination. I think the gray would look beautiful.

    • Milla

      Yes we absolutely had to remove the drawers. This piece is a monster lol. Thanks for visiting!

  5. Heather

    love the sideboard! The existing finish even looks great! What a deal. I recently bought a 6 ft dresser from a thrift shop. I made my hubby and brother carry it, while I um…directed – ha! So you are true DIY’ers for doing it yourself 😉 LOL! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

    • Milla

      We don’t have any hubby’s or boyfriends to help us. In fact mostly single women live in our building lol. It was hard but we did it. Thanks for visiting.

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