Gray painted credenza for study office

My New Credenza

I hope you guys are enjoying your summer, it’s so hot here I just am wondering what has happened to my nice 83 degree days! I guess I shouldn’t complain, but it’s been pretty miserable trying to clear out the garage in this heat… So I’m coming inside to write this post and it’s a much needed break! I finished this project a couple of weeks back, but with all of the new job and moving stuff going on I hadn’t written it up, so here it goes…
I knew exactly what I was looking for when I found this credenza,I thought it was just perfect! It had file drawers and a small cabinet and just the right style… be prepared for some AWESOMENESS people!

Pine credenza

Are you underwhelmed or what? Trust me on this one, not only was the credenza only $36 but I knew with a little TLC it would be perfect!

So we did a little of this…

Adding feet to credenza

We added 2×4’s to the underside so we could attach legs… we picked these legs up at Home Depot. I just screwed them right into the wood after predrilling the holes, super easy.

How to add feet to furniture

and we attached a little of this… small trim I hand cut with my miter box and applied with Loctite.

Adding trim to cabinets

Oh, yes the small trim added just the right amount of detail to the fronts of those super plain drawers. I also filled in the old screw holes with wood putty in preparation for the new hardware.

We primed it too… this was pine with knots, I wasn’t about to apply a bunch of coats of paint just to control bleed through… I’ve learned my lesson the hard way! I ALWAYS prime mahogany and pine…

priming pine credenza

I added some “new” hardware, well actually the bin pulls are new, but the ring pull is from my grab bag of vintage knobs that I’ve had to remove from other pieces, the finish match is PERFECT! The paint is Cabinet Coat tinted in Stonington Gray, it’s about the lightest gray I have ever worked with and I adore it!


Stonington Gray painted credenza

Just the right amount of storage for me! I have home files on one side and my business “stuff” on the other…

Stonington Gray painted credenza

My beautiful vintage ring pull…

Vintage ring pulls on gray credenza

The gorgeous bin pulls that I want to use EVERYWHERE!

Bin pulls on gray credenza

Now I have this fabulous “command center” in my office and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product! If you missed the Study tour please hop on over and take a look at the rest of the room!

Gray painted office credenza

What do you think, do you like the new and improved credenza? Would you have bought this piece?

Before and after gray painted office credenza

Thanks as always for stopping by…

Hope you come back soon!

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  1. Hi Susan,

    This credenza is beautiful. Is it for sale? Your are so talented and we are going to miss you. Did u see my post on your web site? I’m serious, if u need help with anything, I will be happy to help.

    Mary Wolf

    Sent from my iPad


  2. That is a gorgeous transformation! It doesn’t even look like the same piece. I especially love the hardware and the little bun feet!


  3. It looks awesome! I love what a difference the trim makes (not to mention the gorgeous bin pulls). Your study looks great, too!



  4. You never cease to amaze! What talent! What vision! What ability! Please say that you’ll keep your blog going even after the move. I rely on you for inspiration and helpful tips.


  5. This is an amazing makeover, I love it. Great piece and so much fabulous storage. I love the new pulls too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


  6. I LOVE this! It’s exactly the same style I’m looking for in my guest bedroom. I should be so lucky to find one for $36! I’m always inspired by your creations!


  7. You have such vision!! Seriously! I don’t think I would have seen the beauty and would have passed it by. So adore this transformation and thanks for another paint color to add to my list of must have’s!!


  8. As everyone else, I really love the transformation and that color gray is perfect! I am inspired to work on some pieces of furniture I have been putting off for a long time. Thank you so much for sharing! Janice


  9. Loved your work! You inspired me too re-do an antique dresser. Did you sand yours before painting? I just applied a first coat of primer and it went on really streaky. I’m wondering if I should have sanded through the old varnish first.


  10. What a beautiful makeover – love the fact that you introduced the ‘feet’ and the trim and the ‘bin pulls’ – makes a beautiful ‘Command Centre’. Love the light grey too 🙂 Can you please advise what make of paint this is? 🙂


  11. I have similar bedroom furniture that I inherited from my parents. It is all wood construction with tongue and groove drawers. Been thinking of doing this…now I am totally inspired to tackle this project this summer.


  12. Hi, I love your project and am so glad you posted it. I just brought home a 1970’s dresser that I plan to transform into bathroom storage. I had planned to attach bun feet, but when I got it home I realized it has a “hollow bottom” like yours. How did you attach the 2x4s without making it too obvious from the outside of the piece? Thanks!


    1. Hey Kristin,
      Thanks so much! Attaching the 2×4’s was pretty easy, we flipped the piece over and glued and screwed the 2×4’s to the wood base that was there. The 2×4’s were placed on the very edge of the either side of the credence and went from the front to the back. I hope this helps! If you have any more questions just ask! Good luck with your project.


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