retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Retro DIY Sideboard

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Clothretro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

photos by Jared Smith

I’m going to be totally transparent here, and tell you that I technically have no idea what a sideboard actually is compared to any other piece of storage furniture. All I know is that after some very strategic Google image searching and several misspelled words, I’m now informed that there is a difference between a dresser, credenza, sideboard, and storage cabinet. While we all resonate on that mystery for a bit, I’m going to teach you how to make said retro DIY sideboard, okay?

Without making things anymore confusing, you can also consider this an Ikea hack, so I hope you’re stretched and ready for some Swedish furniture building! To make this even weirder, I actually repurposed front door knockers to be the giant hexagon handles, so there’s always that…

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Materials:

First you get the honors of building your Besta shelf with doors! I know you’re all loving that…

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Next, you can go ahead and stain the table legs with the foam brush and wood stain. Instead of leaving the stain on to soak in darker, I simply brushed on the color and then immediately wiped the excess back off with a paper towel. Leave the finished legs to dry while you build the rest.

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Lay the shelf on it’s backside, with the doors facing up and measure out where you want the hexagon handle to be placed. We placed ours just above center by marking 11 1/2 inches from the edge of the shelf, and 14 inches up from the bottom of the shelf.

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Clothretro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Drill the plates that come with each knob in place, and then tighten the knob down onto the plate with the allen wrench that it comes with. We didn’t install the stop that comes with the knockers because we weren’t using them for that purpose, but feel free to if you think it’s safer for your furniture!

Screw the finished legs into the bottom of the shelf where the standard Ikea adjustable legs would go in the pre-drilled holes.       retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Clothretro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Clothretro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

The handles can definitely get pricey when you’re buying two of them, but I think the fact they hang makes a really cool statement, don’t you? I also like the idea of just two oversized hexagon knobs, too. Basically what I’m getting at here is that I can’t be left alone when it comes to brass and decisions!

Sources: mirror and lamp from Rejuvenation // patterned pillows from Darci Towns // gold misting can // DIY retro mid century planter

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Retro DIY Sideboard

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Clothretro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

photos by Jared Smith

I’m going to be totally transparent here, and tell you that I technically have no idea what a sideboard actually is compared to any other piece of storage furniture. All I know is that after some very strategic Google image searching and several misspelled words, I’m now informed that there is a difference between a dresser, credenza, sideboard, and storage cabinet. While we all resonate on that mystery for a bit, I’m going to teach you how to make said retro DIY sideboard, okay?

Without making things anymore confusing, you can also consider this an Ikea hack, so I hope you’re stretched and ready for some Swedish furniture building! To make this even weirder, I actually repurposed front door knockers to be the giant hexagon handles, so there’s always that…

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Materials:

First you get the honors of building your Besta shelf with doors! I know you’re all loving that…

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Next, you can go ahead and stain the table legs with the foam brush and wood stain. Instead of leaving the stain on to soak in darker, I simply brushed on the color and then immediately wiped the excess back off with a paper towel. Leave the finished legs to dry while you build the rest.

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Lay the shelf on it’s backside, with the doors facing up and measure out where you want the hexagon handle to be placed. We placed ours just above center by marking 11 1/2 inches from the edge of the shelf, and 14 inches up from the bottom of the shelf.

retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Clothretro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

Drill the plates that come with each knob in place, and then tighten the knob down onto the plate with the allen wrench that it comes with. We didn’t install the stop that comes with the knockers because we weren’t using them for that purpose, but feel free to if you think it’s safer for your furniture!

Screw the finished legs into the bottom of the shelf where the standard Ikea adjustable legs would go in the pre-drilled holes.       retro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Clothretro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Clothretro DIY sidetable - Sugar & Cloth

The handles can definitely get pricey when you’re buying two of them, but I think the fact they hang makes a really cool statement, don’t you? I also like the idea of just two oversized hexagon knobs, too. Basically what I’m getting at here is that I can’t be left alone when it comes to brass and decisions!

Sources: mirror and lamp from Rejuvenation // patterned pillows from Darci Towns // gold misting can // DIY retro mid century planter

Comments

  • jewel7013

    07.29.15

    I dont care what its officially called (no offense to anyone out there that might)..I just know that Im loving it. Great job! And thanks for starting my morning with your witty narrative, got me to laugh which is always a good way to start the day :)

  • honey&gazelle

    07.29.15

    This is a wonderful DIY! The sideboard looks very cool with a hint of poshness. Those handles are really gorgeous. Love this!

    xx Jia, honeyandgazelle.wordpress.com

  • Jamie

    07.29.15

    I don’t know what makes me happier- the sideboard, the fact that I learned the word sideboard, or that killer starburst mirror behind the sideboard.

  • brittni

    07.29.15

    Amazing! Love that you used door knockers for the pulls. Very clever.

  • mekeesha

    07.29.15

    this is really great. thanks for sharing.

  • Hi ashley,
    Ikea hacks always make me happy. This piece of furniture is so stunning compared to what it were before. The legs and the hexagon handle has added that chimera that makes it opulent. Well done with the sideboard DIY.

  • Carrie

    07.30.15

    So clever!! I love how this turned out!! And I, too, have no clue when it comes to the differences between a credenza, sideboard, etc…I’m an “equal furniture purchaser,” I guess ;) ;)

  • Brandon

    08.25.15

    I love everything about this! Where did you find the doors?

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Brandon,
      The Doors can be purchased separately from the Besta shelf at Ikea.

  • Lindsey B.

    09.06.15

    So in love with this sideboard!

    I am in the process of recreating it and just wanted to confirm the color of the door knockers. Are they a “Gold” color, the only color I am seeing that is close is the “Lacquered Brass” on the Rejuvenation website. I have a feeling they maybe sold out! The project is beautiful and will be worth the wait, but I’m not seeing a gold option on their site.

    Thank you for sharing all of your amazing designs and ideas!

    • LINDSEY b. said:

      I’m also a Lindsey B. and I’m having the same debacle–I can’t find the bright brass hexagon knockers on the website. do you have a recommendation? Thanks!

      • Ashley said:

        They may no longer offer them! They should be under the hardware category, so I’m thinking that particular finish is sold out now!

  • Meaghan

    12.24.15

    Love love this. Please tell me the brand of the door knockers you used. I’m in Canada
    Thank you so much.

  • Alyssa

    05.18.16

    I’ve wanted to replace the legs on my besta, but since it is European and in metric, I’ve been having a hard time. You found M8 size legs, or do you have to do any altering?