We’re not knocking out furniture projects like we used to… I’m sorry what was that? You’re wondering WHY NOT?
Have you ever been in a commercial airliner with a screaming toddler for any amount of time? Now close your eyes and imagine that same noise… multiplied by TWO, for a duration of infinity. It’s exhausting. Physically and emotionally draining.
We call it …the credenza…
But truth be told, I have no idea what the difference is between credenza, buffet, sideboard, and bureau. If you are secretly hiding this knowledge, PLEASE educate the rest of us in the comment section.
In order to keep you from convulsing, let’s just call it a credenza (cause that’s what it was advertised as on Craigslist).
The credenza is a part of our dining room. I love it’s character and the fact that we scored it for a few dollars. I knew that I eventually wanted to ‘do”’ something to it, but wanted to wait for inspiration to strike before we pulled the trigger. It’s been living as-is in our dining room for almost a year… and while the wood finish didn’t bother me much, it drove me NUTS that the girls’ cars, balls, toys would roll under there into the Credenza Bermuda Triangle. ALL THE TIME.
So it became an urgent priority to have a piece of trim slapped on the front of there. Using our RYOBI Miter Saw for the perfect angle, Nick cut some pre-primed basic trim to cover that front area.
Then, while he removed the backing on the doors (which was a lot harder than it sounds, but is such a specific situation that I’m not going to go into detail)…
…I painted some 1×4 pine boards using the same techniques from my ‘Barnboard’ Tutorial using mint, gray, and a splash of turquoise (GASP!). Do you know where I’m going with this???
Meanwhile… we painted everything else WHITE (after sanding/priming of course).
Next, Nick glued my ‘barn boards’ together in sets of 3, and shaved down the sides with the table saw until it was a perfect fit for the doors.
He used a nail gun to secure the backs of the doors into the frame (sorry no pic of that), and then drilled a hole for hardware! I love the original hardware. You just can’t beat the real thing!
All we have left is to slap on those hinges! But not before adding some designer fabric to those drawers!
While at Haven blogging conference, some of the amazing vendors hooked us up with ‘swag’… and my favorite item was this amazing navy/white fabric given to us from the Online Fabric Store. It’s gorgeous.
And it so happens that there was the PERFECT amount to line the 6 drawers in the credenza. If Nick hadn’t gone to the conference with me and gotten his own ‘swag bag’, we’d have been up a creek without a paddle! There’s just something so fresh and clean about fabric-lined drawers. It was time to get to work!
I cut the fabric to size with a little to spare on all sides, and then using a hefty putty knife to secure the fabric, I sliced it with a very sharp razor blade so my fabric would be the perfect fit!
Then using this craft/fabric adhesive, I lightly misted the back side of each fabric square (one at a time), and carefully lined it up in the drawer, and pressed down… smoothing all the wrinkles out. This whole process was SO EASY! Why haven’t I been doing this on all our pieces?
Now all we have left is to slap those doors on! Can you stand the anticipation?
This transformation was one that we worked on here and there, between other projects… so this all happened over the course of a month or so; during which time we effectively lost one of the hinges.
I mean… you reach a point with a piece of furniture where you’re super DONE! And soooo ready to stand back and take a gander at your handiwork. So having to search for a hinge in the 9th hour was unpleasant. But we FINALLY found it! I don’t even remember where, except that it was obscure.
Now this is my kinda math equation:
Doesn’t that trim piece on the bottom just make it feel more crisp and… finished? And no more vanishing toys!
Here she is at night.
The beauty of this piece is that I can change out those ‘barn wood’ slabs for something else when I get sick of them! A funky geometric fabric would be fun, or a painted pattern or stain treatment… or a sparkly red fabric around Christmas time! I can already see Nick rolling his eyes.
This is one of my favorite pieces we’ve done! I love the character it adds to our dining room! Be sure to check out our furniture gallery for tons of techniques and inspiration!