Credenza Beach Makeover

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I was asked to transform this garage sale purchase, into something for a child's beach themed bedroom. Since there was no sentimental attachment to this piece, I was told to do whatever I wanted with it.
The first thing I did was remove those chunky wooden blocks that filled the door areas. Once those were removed, I patched the areas with Bondo, sanded, and then primed for my next step.
Using this sweet stencil I ordered from Etsy, I used Durhams Rock Hard Putty, created a paste with the consistency of peanut butter, and applied it over the stencil with a putty knife, then removed.
Once the putty was dry, I lightly sanded, and started painting. I chose Sherwin Williams "Coral Reef" and added Polyvine Chalkpaint Maker to make my own DIY chalk type paint.
Using another stencil for the top, I started my repeat process using Miss Mustard Seed white wax and a chip brush.
With both clear and white waxes, I started my crevice detailing. I carefully applied General Finishes Pearl Effects Glaze, with my finger, to detail the seahorses.
Using Mod Podge, I applied a perfect fabric I found at Joann's to adorn the back wall, for an extra surprise inside.
Once the wax on top was good and dry (about 48 hours) I used Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish in dead flat, to seal the top. Polyvine has a wax base, which is why this works over quality waxes.
To complete the project, I added some antique brass knobs I'd picked up from Hobby Lobby. I chose to leave them in their gold color, to add contrast, and coordinate with the hinges exposed.
All ready to go.... I hope she loves her for many years..
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  • Lindy Lindy on May 05, 2016
    The doors originally had raised appliques on them. How were they removed and how did you make the door surface to appear "clean" for the adding of the seahorse stencil? Couldn't find on blog link or original HT post (but could be me on that one).

  • Carol Brown Hargrave Carol Brown Hargrave on May 05, 2016
    I'm not familiar with these products or the processes so pardon my uneducated questions please! How does a stencil make "crevices"? Are you pressing the putty into the finish and then taking it off? How is it removed? Thanks in advance!

  • K K on May 06, 2016
    Beautiful job! What primer did you use, how did you apply it and did you sand it before painting?

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  • Charlotte Charlotte on May 16, 2016
    OMG, that is so adorable. The details are absolutely stunning. Love me some stencils. Will have to attempt the raised effect.

  • Connie Connie on May 17, 2016
    That's a unique, one of kind piece. Love it!