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Inspiration: Dining Duds Part 1

December 13, 2009

We have a small house right now, so it’s hard to find furniture that is adequate for our needs yet small enough to fit in our house. I’ve been looking for some time for a dining room sideboard to help store my table linens, appliances we don’t use very often, and other items. I would also like the ability to have a place to set out my antique record player to use for dinner parties and get-togethers.

I’ve been searching for possibilities for quite some time: new, old, pieces that would need a lot of work, pieces that would just need to be moved in. I’ve found through this research the type of sideboard that I like, and the types that I don’t. I don’t want a glass front or something with no doors, because I don’t want to have to keep everything looking perfect all the time in my storage space. I don’t want something higher than countertop height because I want to use the piece for my record player and occasionally for laying out food such as appetizers.

Here are some of the sideboards I’ve liked:This one is nice because I like the unique use of aluminum ceiling tiles to hide the spaces on an old bookcase. It is a little narrow and tall, however, and would need a fresh coat of paint as well as some new drawer pulls.

I’d love something like this piece from Pottery Barn, but it is way out of my price range.

This piece from Target is much more affordable (albeit still expensive at $299) and is very close to the size that I would want. I don’t particularly care for the color (everything in our house is dark wood, so I’d probably distress it and stain those parts a bit lighter or repaint it).

Overall, I think that I am going to either build a piece myself or repurpose something from Craigslist since I can’t find anything that fits my tastes and budget. With no pantry, I need something to store all the things that can’t fit into the kitchen cabinets.

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