Mid Century Modern Media Stand/ Credenza

This well loved piece had a former life as a tv stand/ media unit. The top was Arborite (not wood and not able to be sanded) so my vision included more paint than I usually do.

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  • Annie Sloan chalk paint (Athenian Black)
  • Annie Sloan clear wax
  • General Finishes High-Performance Topcoat in a satin finish

How I refinished this piece:

The base:

I started by removing the base and sanding to expose the gorgeous light wood. I taped the edge of the full piece while I painted. To protect it, I applied 3 coats of General Finishes High-Performance Topcoat in satin.

The doors:

I removed the hardware and cleaned with Krud Kutter. I used DryDex to fill the hardware holes. When dry, I sanded, reapplied and sanded again. I taped (a lot!) all the edges and painted using Annie Sloan Athenian Black. I usually add a little bit of water to the paint and paired with my @staalmeesterbrushes 2” flat brush, it gives such a smooth finish.

The paint was sealed using Annie Sloan’s clear wax. New gold whistle hardware from Amazon.ca was installed. A big thank you to Something renewed furniture for her help in knob placement.

The frame:

To create a seamless transition between the wood section of the base and the inside, I painted a thin black line. To ensure crisp lines, I taped and then used a little of the topcoat alone the edge. What a gorgeous line it creates!

The inside was refreshed using Howard Products, Inc. Feed-N-Wax.

The back had a pretty substantial hole from the previous use as a media stand.

I decided to replace the entire back and headed to Turkstra Lumber. They have off cuts that I can have specifically cut to the size I need. I installed using my DEWALT CANADA brad nailer.

A dated piece is now a modern credenza!

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