DIY HOME | Painted Credenza

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I hope everyone had an amazing Memorial Day weekend, I enjoyed a little time away from the computer, hanging with friends and catching up on a bunch of projects. I finally put the final coat on a credenza I thrifted from the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market and hung some frames on my wall (DIY coming soon). Details on the makeover after the break!
I was looking for something to put my TV on that would provide some storage, but was coming up short when poking around the internet. So I went to the HK Flea that day on a mission, and spotted this credenza straight away and staked my claim. At $150, I was sold (I tried my hand at bargaining, and got the plant stand for just an additional $15!) The wood was pretty scuffed up and a bit dark, so the painting process began.
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The amazing people at Lowe’s provided a space to paint in, and the best color choices from their new Pantone paint line by Valspar. I was dying to do a statement hue, but such a bold piece would over power my small space, so stuck with white.
It was so hard to walk away from that yellow and teal…so bright!
Step one was to cover all the silver around the edges with tape.
Is tough work DIYing in a mini, but a girl’s gotta make it happen!
After consulting all the home design gurus in the room, the consensus was I could paint without sanding, so got right to it. I was working with a paint and primer in one, and started on my first layer, then let it dry for about 20 min. I was able to get 4 coats on that day, and had it covered…and then came the move…

I found a sticker on the inside of the drawer saying it was make in the 1970’s, which must have been an especially heavy year for wood, had to be, right? This bad boy must have weighed between 80 and million pounds.  That combined with a trip in a Uhaul, angling it up 5 flights of stairs (Pi-vot, pi-vot…name that sitcom!) the paint job took a bit of a beating. But I must say, after one more coat, with a little more love around some spots, the paint evened out and covered quite nicely. Also after pealing off the tape, a couple additional touch ups were needed, but overall the paint covered quite nicely.  The question of the hour was should I add a lacquer to finish it off, and after talking to the guys at my local hardware store, I went with no.  I got nervous about it yellowing overtime, so left as it, and am pretty darn happy with the final result!

Thank to Lowes, Pantone and Valspar for organizing such a fun outing!
Photos by:Lana Red Studio




  1. Aww, love that pic of you sitting on the floor! So cute.

    xo Carlina

  2. Andrea says:

    Wow! What a bucket of paint can do… Seriously what a transformation! Love the finished piece!! Great job. 🙂
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  3. Estupendo este post 🙂 Me viene genial porque tenía ganas de hacer algo similar!! muaks!!

    Hoy os damos consejos para posar ante la cámara!!◎◉◎◉◎Monas de Seda◎◉◎◉◎

  4. Laura says:

    What a wonderful transformation! I love upcycling old furniture to make them fresh and new again. I have an old bureau that I painted, it is now my favourite piece of furniture.

  5. hahahaha oh friends, best episode ever! I have SO many things I want to paint it’s not even funny! I love how this turned out 🙂

  6. wow, this ist wonderful!

  7. inka.wtkyn says:

    niiice! really great recover 😉

  8. Rachelle says:

    WOW that’s awesome you did such a great job.


  9. Hannah F says:

    I love the contrast of the silver trim. Looks very put together and chic. Would love to see the paintings DIY.

  10. Ashley says:

    (Pi-vot, pi-vot…name that sitcom!) Friends!!! Funniest episode to date.

    All of those colors are gorgeous! The white looks awesome.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    I love the new look. All fits together very nicely. Job well done.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wow I wish I had the patience to do this, seriously. Great find and makeover.

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  14. Janine Maral says:

    clever idea! I want to try this out now!

    – Janine

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is a super idea for your condo. Makes the room brighter. Love the plants.

  16. Hannah Marr says:

    i’d be afraid to paint in that cute outfit lol! but it’s a great finished piece. xo


  17. Lys says:

    What a huge change, just with some paint! The result looks great.

  18. Klaudia. says:

    I love the room! The play is such a cool display! <3

  19. you did a great job! it looks wonderful….Pivot! Pivot! funny episode of friends. my favorite show ever!I have so many DIY projects I need to do! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Ellie says:

    Pi-vot!! Friends 🙂 Oh Ross…
    “I’d like to return this couch.” “Sir it’s cut in half.”

    Looks beautiful!! I’m loving all your apartment updates! It keeps me inspired.

  21. laurenmaria says:

    Looks brill, great DIY.


  22. Jela Egbe says:

    really good idea! 🙂


  23. Kelly T says:

    such a great piece, love the mirrored sides!

    //Birdie Shoots//

  24. Anonymous says:

    Great diy, girl. It turned out spectacular. Love the look.

  25. Milex says:

    It’s better than I would excepted

  26. LOOKS GOOD! I love all those different paint colours, hard to choose one!
    I have also painted some funiture, look

  27. Maria G. says:

    Amazing! This is something that I can relate to as I am also a sucker for painting. Just last week, I repainted my dresser and was also happy with the results. For me, don’t worry about choosing bright colors. Sometimes they amaze you in different ways than dark colors. They make an object unique and modern. Lowes is a good choice!

  28. Bev Feldman says:

    I love giving old pieces of furniture a facelift–this looks great! And that has to be one of the most hilarious Friends episodes you referenced–I think of it every time I move!

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