While I’ve been decorating our living room and getting rid of or repurposing the remnants from college days, here sits this one corner. I showed you the corner where the vintage record player lives and you’ve seen the Lane chest. The in the spot between these two, is this…


 Not so great, right? There’s nothing I can do about the TV for now and I don’t really mind the credenza as far as the lines and shapes go. The lack of art on the wall won’t take much. And, since I’m on a TIGHT budget the credenza needs a major face lift. I can’t afford to buy something else right now, so I’m thinking paint! Here’s some inspiration that I have:


I love this grey and yellow CB2 Credenza. I could paint my piece grey and then paint the hardware yellow. This would save me from buying new hardware.


This before and after from Design*Sponge is pretty awesome too. I love the color palette and asymetry, but I think it might be too busy for my space? Maybe?


This before and after from Visual Vocabulary is really awesome. I love the gold detail and the wallpapered back. The lines are very similiar to my piece, but this one is a little too shabby chic for me. Maybe grey or white with gold accents? I could see that. (via Centsational Girl)

Here’s another option from a Design*Sponge Before and After that I’m strongly leaning toward. I could probably swing that hand painted ikat pattern but I don’t trust my patience. I’m thinking maybe navy and then on the inset portions possibly a wallpaper or rad fabric? Hmm, but then I’ll have to decide on a wallpaper or fabric.

Here’s a plain ole ugly dresser from The Show and Tell Blog that was given fresh coat of white paint. It’s really awesome now. I’m wondering if just a coat or two of white paint will work for mine? Hmm… (via Pinterest)

And lastly, this great blue and white credenza from Centsational Girl. It’s really beautiful and I love the detailing she did on top. Which would be fun on my piece, but it gets so much use with our TV that I’m not sure it would work. I do love this blue.

Alright, so what do you think I should do? I’m a bit lost. This needs to change soon, though. I’m tired of looking at it. Unfortunately, we’re not in a place to do anything about the ugly TV but I think just changing up the credenza will help a ton.

What do you think?

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20 responses to “Credenza Redo: Help Please!!!”

  1. Jesyka says:

    OHHH this looks like fun. I can’t wait for your after! I love the gray/yellow idea, but I feel like you could really push this… I love that ikat table too (I pinned it a while ago!), but you’ve got those insets that you could really make pop somehow. I might think about it for a bit…

    It’s funny that you say that my hutch is a little too shabby chic for your taste, because I’m so feeling that way right now about it in the midst of our living + workspace rearrangement! I think what I did works really well for the piece itself, and it was definitely a “work with what you’ve got” situation, but I feel like it’s the outlier in our new space. It’s also not quite to my tastes either… I almost feel like I might have to sell it off!!!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks! I’m excited to get it going. I’m leaning toward grey/yellow or maybe navy/gold? Possibly a great contact pattern for the insets. Like you used?
      I think your piece is stunning! You did such great work. I love that you took a piece that might otherwise be thrown out and glad you rescued it from a landfill! Let us know if you decide to sell it!

      Also, I love your header on your blog and the color palette! Major kuddos on design!

  2. Geri Wurth says:

    Hi Mary!
    Your credenza looks like a very well constructed piece of furniture. You could really transform it with paint. I kind of like the last designsponge option as well.

    If you paint it white, I think the TV screen will look strange on top of it. A nice deep rich color would work well. I just painted a similar size piece in a color I got at Lowe’s (Valspar) that is a deep, bluish tinged grey, like the last part of the evening sky.

    I would be tempted to paint your entire piece navy. Then I would put contact paper or beautiful decoupage paper (but not contrasting or bright) in the three top insets. Something not jarring, but with texture (maybe almost like grasscloth) and a few subtle pops of color, maybe gold or red. The three rectangles underneath I would also decoupage with your pretty paper.

    For the handles (pulls) I would sand them, prime, and add spray an aged bronze color.

    Good luck and post pictures if you do it!

    Best, Geri from Thistle

    • Mary says:

      Hey Geri! Good point about the white paint with our TV. I think you’re totally right about that! I’m so right there with you on the navy and contact paper! That is exactly what I was thinking! I’m really leaning toward navy with gold accents!!! I’ll be sure to do an update post when I finish! Thanks so much! ~ Mary

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