Thursday, July 21, 2011

free-to-me credenza

It isn't often that you get a message from a friend (on my facebook wall, of all places) that says this:  

"I FOUND this piece of furniture in my garage.  Do you want it?"

As my husband said "How do you just FIND something in your garage?"  Ha!

But I was happy that she did because I made out like a bandit :)  She also ended up giving me a table & 2 chairs in exchange for painting & recovering 2 chairs for her.  I think I got a good deal.

Here is the before, in it's "found in the garage" state:

Somehow I totally failed to take any pictures of the top, which I stripped & stained.  It might have been the easiest thing I've ever stripped.  The finish just brushed right off, it was crazy.  I chose English Chestnut for the stain, which is out of my comfort zone, but its always good to go a little out of your comfort zone, right?

I painted the piece in ASCP Old White, then a coat of Louis Blue, then distressed pretty heavily.  I wanted the white to show through but I also wanted some dark to show through, so I did a good bit of dark wax once the clear wax was dry.

I also added some wood accents where the hardware used to be.  I attached them with gorilla glue, but since I didn't have any clamps big enough, I just sat full cans of Chalk Paint on them overnight to get them to dry.  I did stain the accents first, since as I said I wanted them to show dark when I distressed them.


Why didn't I paint them before I attached them?  In a hurry, I guess.  I'm not a very patient person.  Of course, then my dad came over & had to add "You should have left those dark.  They looked better dark, before you painted them".  Thanks, dad!  Gotta love the honesty :)

Almost done here.  Still need to drill holes & choose new hardware.


I hate that I didn't get any good, staged pictures of it, but it only had a chance to be in my kitchen for a wee bit before it sold.

It is a fun piece, for sure… and it is sold :)  Happiness!

thanks for coming by!

linking to these great parties:
Restore Interiors Restored It Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesdays
Perfectly Imperfect's All things Furniture


  1. This really turned out beautifully! English Chestnut is one of my favorite stains, now, especially on pine--I like it by itself, or layered with antique walnut. It looks lovely with the blue.

  2. If you could have seen the state of my garage before I started "Operation Reclamation", you'd understand how it was possible to "find" stuff, lol! It had been out there a year, buried under all sorts of stuff! It looks awesome!

  3. Beautiful transformation! Love the added medallions.

  4. I really like the chestnut stain. How pretty it turned out! I'd say you and your friend both made out pretty well! Deb

  5. Kathie your certainly churning out the pieces my friend. Great job on this piece and love the wood appliques. Sandy xx

  6. kathie, that is sooo pretty! i love the added appliques and the paint! sharon and i were talking about you the other day and how we would love to meet you. you just seem so real and awesome, and we both love you. i thought i would pass that on!

  7. beautiful!!!! love the color and the distressing. perfect.

  8. great job Kathie, I love the color! (with the stain)
    ps no CCC this week due to the blogiversaryPALOOZA.

  9. Wow, what a cool piece! And what a good friend you have. I wish my friends would find some pieces for me their garages!

  10. i love how this one turned out. i wish i had half of your "eye". i just have little no vision for what to do to different pieces.

    poor me. ha!

  11. I'm swooning over this piece, it is fabulous! It's funny you found it in the garage, sounds like me :)

  12. Really great piece Kathie!!!!! Your work is EXCELLENT. Would love to own this puppy!!!!!

  13. You are Lucky! Someones trash, anothers treasure! LOVE IT!

  14. WOW! Talk about a transformation! Fabulous blog and what beautiful work you do!

    Would love to have you stop by and share at my weekly Chalk Paint Link Party!