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Monday, June 19, 2023

Furniture Makeover: Sleek White Painted Credenza

A dated wood credenza gets a sleek makeover with white paint, black metal feet, and new cup pulls!

In January, after five years of being at the same location, I decided to leave my brick-and-mortar vintage booth.  At the time, it was causing unnecessary stress and wasn't the best fit anymore.

Fast forward a few months...

I was approached with the opportunity to return to my old booth under a new owner and name!  For the past month, I've been working alongside a great group of talented vintage and home decor lovers to clean, paint and renovate the old dairy barn into a beautiful, fun, and hip monthly market.  

Getting back to a vintage booth of course meant getting back to painting and updating more furniture!

Today, I'm sharing a quick before and after of a recent credenza makeover and my favorite displays from our Grand Opening last weekend. 

Vintage americana bathing suits


- Old piece of furniture (great secondhand furniture sources
Fusion Mineral Paint (I used Casement) 
- 80, 150, and 320 Sanding Pads
Dewalt Drill with Drill Bits
- Inexpensive paint brush (to use with primer)
- Screwdriver
- Hardware
LA's Totally Awesome (Dollar Tree sells this cleaner too!)
- Paper Towels

I found the credenza on Facebook Marketplace for $40.  It had some damage and was a little short, but it was solid, had dovetail joints, and was an ideal project piece. 

Dated wood credenza before

First, I fixed the height issue with the addition of four black metal triangle cabinet feet.  They're the same ones I added to the antique card catalog in my home office.  I knew they would be the perfect stylish fix to lift the credenza to a better height. 

After I added the feet, I started sanding the entire piece with 80-grit sandpaper.  Originally, I wanted to do a raw wood finish, however, I quickly realized the drawer fronts weren't solid wood.  I ended up sanding the top raw and then the body just enough to remove the chippy and uneven clear coat.

I started with 80-grit sandpaper then worked my way up to 320-grit for a nice smooth finish.

sanded wood credenza

I thoroughly cleaned the entire piece, and applied three coats of my favorite shellac primer and two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement, sanding well between coats.  

I finished the piece with General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax and new black metal cup pulls

Primed credenza
I didn't have time to stage and take pictures at home, so pictures from our collaborative space at Lily & Birch will have to do. 

We created a vintage Americana display and the white credenza was the perfect addition.

Vintage American flag glasses

vintage red,white,blue display

Updated painted white credenza

Aren't these vintage bathing suits from Dulcis Home absolutely adorable and perfect for Independence Day decorating? 

Vintage Americana display

painted white credenza with American staging

The entire barn looked incredible for opening weekend!  Here are a few photos from some of my favorite displays and vignettes. 

Black painted mcm dresser

Vintage yardlong display, vintage display

vintage neutral display

vintage camera display

neutral vintage display

vintage wicker wrapped demijohn

vintage wicker wrapped demijohns

Lily and Birch Market

Vintage brass canlde holder display

antique european breadboards

antique silhouettes pictures, vintage glove molds

vintage wood sign, vintage european cupboard

vintage display

Vintag barware, vintage ice buckets

Vintage flag, antique wood furniture

vintage booth display
Source: Dulcis Home

vintage jeans display

vintage shirts

antique bottles

Our grand opening last weekend was amazing!  Mimosas, cookies, shopping, music, food, and lots of laughs, fun, and good vibes.  I could not ask for a better team to be a part of. 

Come check out Lily & Birch Market if you live near or around Frederick, MD.

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  1. That credenza must have been a beast to get up the stairs!!! Turned out great!!