Fauxdenzas: Meet the Modern DIY Sideboard

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Image: Anna Dorfman for Door Sixteen

Waaaay back in 2010, the inimitable Anna Dorfman, of Door Sixteen blogging fame, gave birth to something she playfully—and apologetically—called the “fauxdenza.” The original fauxdenza is pictured above and was craftily comprised of IKEA cabinets and doors affixed to the wall. The table runner shown across the unfinished top was eventually replaced, and an Internet DIY sensation was born – along with a new word.

Topped Off

DIY Dashboard
Image: Anna Dorfman for Door Sixteen

Here’s a shot of Anna’s fauxdenza after the wooden top was added. Not only did she add a fashionable and functional piece to her space, but she created a whole new category. Remember, in late 2010 no one had ever heard of the term; but now, Google returns over 8,000 listings when you enter “fauxdenza” as a search item. Pretty impressive.

More and More

Dashboard
Image: Morgan Satterfield for The Brick House

Since Anna first posted about her creation, others have put their own spin on this spunky project. This version is longer. One of the great things about creating the fauxdenza of your dreams is that you have complete creative control. This also has a wood top, like Anna’s, but with a waterfall effect on each end.

Baby’s Room

Baby Room Dashboard
Image: The Brick House

Perhaps the ultimate example of the fauxdenza’s versatility is how it’s used as a changing station in this nursery—which will then easily grow up with the child to be a great addition to this room. Can you imagine a more dynamic DIY furniture piece?

How would you personalize your fauxdenza?

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  1. What an efficient, creative and cool way to utilize wall space!

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