Pine sideboards are a great addition to a dining room and can add a lot of style and function to your home. But like most things in life, there are pros and cons to choosing this style of furniture for your dining space. Sideboards can give your dining room an inviting and cozy feel, or they can feel very formal if you choose an aggressive and imposing design. So how do you know which style will suit your home best? Here are some tips to help you decide:
Size is everything. As any furniture buyer will tell you, size really matters. While it's true that a pine sideboard will usually fit in with a smaller dining room, you may not want it there. If your dining area is very large or has a unique shape, you may have to look at other options. Don't forget that if you have a second or third floor, you'll probably have more space anyway.
Function is key here as well. Sideboards are designed for storage, and while they look pretty, you don't want the storage space to just fall apart once you get things on it. The table top should be sturdy enough to hold all of the items that are in your drawers or chests, but it shouldn't be so flimsy that the entire table could collapse. You'll also want a comfortable bench that won't be too hard to sit on, but is tall enough so that it still looks nice when placed around the table.
Another thing to consider is the color of the sideboard. You should pick one that matches your existing furniture color scheme, but not to over-power it. It doesn't have to be identical, but it should be similar enough that it matches your decor. Deep reds and golds can give your dining room a very regal look, while bold blacks and greens can give it a more casual or antique feel. A pine sideboard can be a great addition to a room that already has a great color scheme, or it can make a room seem more relaxed and cozy.
Of course, not everything needs to be traditional in style. In fact, you may even find a pine sideboard that you like so much that it becomes your go-to piece of furniture. As with any other solid wood furniture item, pine can be painted to match just about any color scheme. You can even paint it yourself if you have the skills, but it's really a good idea to hire someone to do it for you if you're not sure what to do with the paint. This way you can be sure that your pine sideboard will match your decor in every way.
There are two basic finishes you can get for your pine sideboard: stained and unfinished. If you want to keep the wood looking natural, you can stain the whole thing. You'll just need to be very careful about the type of stain you use. Pine is a sensitive wood, and it can take special care to keep it from peeling. A light sanding of the tabletop after you've finished applying the stain should do the trick. It will be easier on the finish, if you allow the stain time to dry between sandings.
Unfinished pine, however, is much easier to work with. If you don't want the finish to be visible, or if you want to stain it yourself, you can simply sand the tabletop down until it's nice and smooth, and then you can stain it. You can even put an unfinished pine dining table in your kitchen if you want to give it a different look.
Your pine sideboard will match your dining room just fine, as long as you care for it properly. Don't let it get dirty, don't allow spilled drinks to soak into its surface, and try to keep spills on the tabletop to a minimum. If you do get a stain on your pine sideboard, make sure you wipe it up immediately. It's better to spend a few dollars buying quality pine furniture rather than investing more money into an inferior piece of furniture.