We have a small space above our garage that I’m converting to a design and sewing studio as I continue on my textile design journey, and I scored a credenza at a thrift store for $40 a few weeks ago (the one I mentioned here). It was the perfect size and I loved the raised detail on the fronts, but it was scratched and dinged in a lot of places so the perfect candidate for a new paint treatment.
It was too dark and drab before so I gave it a new look with pale gray paint and gold trim.
It sits in my little studio between two windows – I painted this one wall a vivid coral because I’m crushing on this color right now.
Here’s how I refinished it, the same way I always do, I start with my favorite oil based primer because it has excellent adhesion – been using it for years.
First I sand the surface lightly, to minimize surface scratches and prep it for primer, then I wipe it down with a slightly damp cotton cloth.
I’m in the habit of giving any heavily used horizontal surface (kitchen tables, coffee tables, end tables, etc.) two coats of primer for durability – each coat dries within 2 hours so you can do two in a single day.
For drawers and cabinet doors I prefer the spray version, it goes on flat and smooth this way – I tape off the sides to prevent any spray residue.
Once it was primed, I gave the credenza two coats of high gloss Advance formula paint in ‘Platinum Gray’ by Benjamin Moore. I love this paint for furniture, it finishes like oil based paint but cleans up with water – it’s what I call a paint with an identity crisis – the good kind.
It needs a full day or two to cure but it gives you a really beautiful gloss finish – you don’t need any protective coat either with this paint and there’s no “stick” that happens often with latex paints that don’t have a protective coat.
To give the detail and hardware a golden glow, I sprayed it first with the Krylon Gold Leaf, touched up with a brush and then added the RubnBuff in Antique Gold on top.
I also replaced the old knobs on the cabinet doors with brass pulls.
The color on the feature wall is ‘Begonia’ by Sherwin Williams – I originally chose ‘Coral Reef’ but had it tinted to ‘Begonia’ since I wanted the coral shade to be a hint pinker. The yellow lamp I found at Tar-jay, I’m feeling the yellow love this year, especially with coral and gray, so fun!
I’ll have more to share on the studio revamp in the weeks and months to come, it’s exciting to see this space transforming and the fabric patterns arriving too!
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