While the kids played next to me making a cubby with a blanket over the saw-horses today I finished painting and distressing this old industrial piece. It's a beauty in it's vintage rustic-ness. If you get what I mean. I painted the outside a teal/turquoise and the inside bright white. Then I've heavily distressed it and then applied dark brown wax. I love how solid it is and it's simplicity.
I think it would be fabulous in a kitchen; great storage options. The sideboard presents beautifully, with authentic rustic industrial character - including dints, variation, age wear, mild blemishes. It's sold and stable and the dovetailed drawers slide easily.
The wood was heavily marked with paint splatters and marks so I didn't think I could leave the top unpainted. Also this piece wasn't pretty in any way so I think leaving the wood dark and painting the rest wouldn't work.