Hey guys! I’m back today to share pictures of the Restoration Hardware inspired sideboard I just recently built. (That I’m head over heels in love with) Does everyone know what a sideboard is? My husband and I had this debate for a very long time and he says that name is “stupid”.
Anyway, I got the itch to want to build this recently as a “test run” before I build an even bigger one for our new house. The bigger one would require modifying the plans some, and I don’t want to build it before we move to have additional furniture to move anyway. Although I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to wait eek! So I built this one, from the Ana White/Shanty-2-chic plans for now. And I basically want to keep it. Forever.
It’s inspired by this one that LOOKS IDENTICAL from Restoration Hardware.
I LOVE that someone out there is talented enough to build, and make plans of nearly an exact copy. Because who is trying to pay $2195 for a sideboard? Not this girl!
I will say up front, that if you want to give this a try and build it yourself, definitely follow the Ana White/Shanty plans, not this blog post. These are just poor quality iPhone pictures I took along the way in my messy garage, and the detailed plans on their website are much, much better.
I started out by making the frame, which include some of the decorative sides.
This thing is big! A whopping 75″ long and 36″ tall. For our new house, I want to build the same one, but 98″ long, so it will have 6 doors instead of 4. I’ll show a picture down below. It will be awesome sauce.
Next, I added the face frame, and started wrapping the top and bottom in trim.
What’s awesome is that the bottom trim is 5 1/4″ high which is the same height as our new house baseboards so I will be able to put this against the wall and make it look built in. Super pumped.
Then I started dry fitting the doors. This. was. not. easy. I made the first 4 doors too big and they just didn’t sit in there properly. So I had to make another Lowe’s run and build all 4 again. ugh.
I literally thought this entire build was super easy and thought to myself ‘why did they considered it an “intermediate/advanced” build when I was flying through it?’ And then I got to the doors. And I wanted to cry. BUT. I somehow, miraculously made them work. They are NOT perfect. And my eyes still see the imperfections. But to most people, I don’t think they would notice much. Or at least I hope!
Here’s a picture below of the first set of doors that didn’t work. See how there’s a gap on the top left but none at all on the top right? Infuriating.
Apparently once I got the doors fitted and working, I was so excited I just immediately started painting and didn’t take any more pictures until the entire thing was done. I remember painting. And painting. And going back to Lowe’s for more paint. And painting some more.
But here she is all pretty and finished!
And here’s the restoration hardware one again.
And my DIY one! Looks pretty darn close right??
Here’s a photoshopped image of the size I want to build for our new house and use as our TV stand. We will have a big TV wall and I think this will fill it beautifully. Plus STORAGE. WIN WIN!
Thanks for stopping by y’all. As always, I love hearing from you, so leave me a comment or let me know if you have questions on my Sideboard or anything else!