When Reeves found this credenza on Craigslist, her first instinct was to paint it mostly white. But, while the drawers weren't perfect, that varying veneer on the drawers took her in a more subtle direction:
I bought this piece off of Craigslist and planned to paint the piece white but leave the legs wood. After picking it up I could not bring myself to paint over that wood, especially the varying veneer on the drawers.
I began by cleaning and wet sanding the piece, and then sanding it with 400 grit sandpaper. Once it had dried, I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain over the existing finish, and then sealed it with satin poly. The top did not take stain as well as the rest of the piece, and the corners were missing veneer, so I filled them, primed the top, and then painted it a glossy white. I love the added contrast that the top brings. It helps to show the dark, rich tone of the wood. Now it's a sleek and modern piece and I'm really happy with how it turned out.
Thank you Reeves!