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 below is the one I built for my new home that is the exact same plans but longer by 2 doors.
I needed a large TV stand for our new home and decided to build my DIY sideboard all over again! This time I went one step further and added a custom touch that makes this piece totally unique. I love how these custom overlays I ordered from myoverlays.com turns this sideboard into a piece that fits my personal style so well.
Look up close and you can see the 1/8″ thick material that I designed myself and had them make for me to fit perfectly in my new doors. They can make any design you can think of or you can choose from a wide range of their predesigned overlays. They also have dozens of designs for pre-made IKEA furniture to dress it up and personalize it.
The overlays are paintable so I panted them Dover White by Sherwin Williams to match my sideboard and attached them with a little bit of wood glue. And ta-da! A truly one of a kind piece!
And here’s the restoration hardware one again.
And my DIY one! Looks pretty darn close right??
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!