2-Tone Credenza Makeover & 3-D Fiber Lash Winner!

I bought this credenza off Craigslist for $50. It is huge. It is heavy. And it's pretty ugly in its natural state.

It had 2 broken handles, and I looked online for replacements. The closest I found to this size was from a salvage site, and they wanted about $30 a pop. I decided to go ahead and get started working on it and worry about handles later.

I sanded with my orbital, being careful not to go too deep into the veneer. I just did this to the top and the drawers. For the body, I just gave it a once over with some 120 grit, to rough up the surface. And then I stained the drawers and top, using espresso, ebony, anything dark I had. I got to the bottom of one espresso can and used the sludge down there, as well. That's where the richest color is. I used a Q-Tip to get into the lines. This is after 1 coat...

Now, I normally don't purchase Annie Sloan paint. The $40 a quart price tag is a little ridiculous. But this thing is so big, and the surface so slick, that I wanted to use something I knew would be durable and would stick to it. I purchased a can of Old Ochre and went to town. I figured out that on the second coat, if you wet your brush a little bit, the paint will stretch a little further.

I purchased tear drop pulls from Hobby Lobby, (what's up with them only having  them half off every other week now?!) and I used the back plates that came with the original handles. I also don't normally distress pieces, but the AS paint is so chalky when it dries that it needs a little sanding. So this piece got a slight distress.





After all was done, there was no way I was waxing this monster. I used some water based spray on poly. Worked great.

And here's the instant replay:


I think this is going to be a beautiful addition to someone's home.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great day!
    House on the Way

  2. Wow! When I saw your first photo of the piece and its lines, I instantly thought (given your geographic location), bleached wood, and visualized a beautiful pale wood color with variegated tones...

    Back to Earth! Love what you did with the AS paint -- did you consider at all making your own chalk paint? Not that I've ever tried it, heck, I'm not even brave enough to use the real AS paint on a piece of furniture. My painting is restricted to water colors and spray painting the occasion object or lamp, LOL! The light color and the dark contrast when you open those cabinet doors, fantastic! I like the pulls you selected, too.

    What I'm absolutely curious about is how it's working out ising the poly finish instead of the wax finish. I've no idea, actually, how a wax finish would hold up over time and an annual wipe-down and olive oil bath or an Old English orgy. Oh I know, me bad...

    1. You're so funny, Jan! No, I didn't want to make my own paint on this. Since I'm selling it, I wanted to make sure anything I put on it would last. Even though I have made my own paint before, I was afraid if I varied in any way, it would compromise it. As far as poly over wax...I'm just lazy like that. I like the fact poly is fast. 2 coats of spray and done!


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