Free Solid Wood Credenza Transformation
I responded to an ad giving out a free credenza and went to pick it up . This was a bit challenging because being solid wood, it was much heavier than expected. It was however in very good shape and I got help to pick it up.
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The transformation process is as follows;
I placed the credenza exactly where I wanted it to be. There was an electrical outlet on the wall behind it. I did not want to loose the outlet so I identified exactly what part of the credenza will cover the outlet. I cut out a rectangular hole in the back of the credenza directly in front of the outlet. The that the outlet can now be accessed from the inside of the credenza.
Being part of a built in with side walls built to the ceiling, the only areas I had to work on was the front, bottom and the top.
Front: I painted the doors and drawers and all the front with a gold acrylic paint. I applied about 2 to 3 coats. Using the DIY stencil I had made from old x-ray film, I stenciled in the design using white semi gloss paint. I put fluted moulding along both sides to cover the little gap between the credenza and the side walls of the built in.
Bottom: I adjusted the feet to make sure the credenza is level and the height I wanted it to be permanently. I put baseboard along the bottom to unify it with the sides of the built in.
Top: using corner moulding for the front and part of the sides and lattice moulding along the wall, I framed out the edge of the top. I painted trim it white in preparation for the mirror mosaic counter top I was going to lay. Please click here to find out how I made the mirror mosaic counter top for this credenza transforming it into a bar cabinet and counter.