Mid Century Modern Credenza Gets a Face-lift

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I have purchased this mid century modern credenza on my local Facebook marketplace withe the intention of refinishing it.


Here it was in ok shape but the old varnish darkened and was hiding the grain underneath. The top was unfortunately was formica, so I knew I was going to paint the top.

I sanded down the whole thing with an electric orbital sander sandpaper grit 120,220,320


I loved the 2 tone wood that emerged after the sanding. I then applied a primer on top so the paint can adhere to the formica top.

The back of the credenza had holes for cable management but they were cut pretty badly so I decided to clean it up a little. For that I used my jigsaw

Here it is all cleaned up! You cab now hide a whole extension cord and anything you please.

As an accent color I used the color called carbon copy.

Here it is stained and painted. The original hardware worked best on this piece, so I polished it and put it back.

Here she is! I applied polycrilyc clear coat on the wood parts and it was time for photos!

The back

Suggested materials:

  • Electric sander   (Amazon)
  • Sand paper   (Amazon)
  • Furniture paint   (Lowe's)
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