{Before & After} Thrifted Credenza

December 9, 2010

If you read my “Gone thriftin’!” post last month, you may remember a giant and beautiful credenza I purchased for a mere $13.99 from a local thrift store. It was technically a speaker cabinet which I ended up completely gutting and painting turning it into a credenza.

Here is the before:
And after:

The Process:
Sand Paper $3 
Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 Primer $8
Small Paint Roller $2
Paint Brush $6
Rust-Oleum Professional Spray Paint in White Gloss $5 each
Surgical Mask $1
Rust-Oleum Spray Grip Gun $3
{All purchased at Lowe’s} 
After I gutted the entire cabinet of the speakers, record player and all electrical wiring, I made the inside compartments larger underneath the hatch by using a hand saw. Once the compartments were sawed out, I sanded down the entire cabinet, inside and out. I then cleaned off the surface both on the inside and outside with some paper towels and Windex. This removed any excess dirt and saw dust. Once it dried, I used a small paint roller to apply the primer. I used the paint brush to prime the intricate and hard to reach areas on the front of the cabinet. I let that dry overnight (although it only requires about 2 hours to dry), and then prepped my garage to spray paint by laying down tarps and paint cloths so as not to get paint everywhere. I shook the spray paint can for a total of one minute then attached the Spray Grip gun and starting painting in light back and forth motions until the entire cabinet was covered with the first layer. I let that dry for a few hours then sprayed on a second layer. I let that dry overnight, then completely painted the inside of the cabinet the next morning. I left the hatch and cabinet doors open to air out and allowed to dry overnight again.
And that’s it! Now I have an all white credenza for extra storage in my bedroom, which I’m currently using to house all of my craft supplies.
I decorated the top with a few things, although I think I may do some more thrifting to find some colorful pieces to place on top. Currently I have a vase of flowers, some magazines, a tea cup candle (which my amazing friend Jeanna made for me for Christmas last year), and my black glitter skull. 
On the other end I placed an antique typewriter that I surprisingly found laying around in my garage! It still desperately needs to be cleaned up though. That’s a whole other project I have yet to tackle.

So I think it is safe to say that not only am I addicted to thrifting, but I think I’m addicted to spray painting everything. This could get dangerous lol.
  • Yuri
    December 9, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    WOW.. that looks awesome!! LOVE!

  • Taj Acosta
    December 9, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    I love what you did! Gorgeous piece now 😉 xo

  • Alexa P.
    December 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    what a bargain and it looks amazing! Gotta love thrift shopping ♥