Before & After: Iris' Newly Colorful Credenza

A good credenza can house the stuff you don't want to share with the rest of the world. Apartment Therapy reader Iris diligently combed Craigslist, estate sales and flea markets looking for the right piece at the right price. In the end, she decided that she'd work with what she's got.

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Her trusty IKEA piece — formerly brown with glass doors — is now a colorful Knoll-inspired piece that not only hides things more successfully than the old credenza did but is a bright spot in her calm and neutral space. Her secret? Paint, persistence and plywood for her new doors. Definitely inspirational, definitely doable, this is a project that could be tackled and finished over a long weekend like the one we have coming up (although using oil enamel, as Iris did, may lengthen the process as it can take some time to dry). She shared the details with us:

First, we removed the doors from the piece, making sure to keep all of the original hardware together. Then I lightly sanded it, and primed it with a high-adhesion oil based primer. We had the plywood doors precut to size at our local hardware store, and my husband sanded those down, and drilled the holes for the hardware, using the old doors as a guide. After he was done with that, I primed those as well. Once the primer was dry, I painted the sideboard with an oil based semi gloss enamel. Warning- this takes a looong time to dry. I followed the label on the can, and didn't apply the second coat for another 18 hours. Then, the same thing for each one of the doors. Two coats was absolutely necessary. I used a high density foam roller for the paint because I found that it gave the smoothest finish. Then, we put the original hardware on the new doors and attached those to the main cabinet. The last step was adding the new pulls.

Images: Flickr user ::iris:: all rights reserved, used with her permission.