Black Credenza Makeover


I’ve been patiently waiting for this day to arrive.  There is no better day than Valentine’s Day to share this beautiful “Black Credenza Makeover”.  Even though it’s black, it is SCREAMING Happy Valentine’s Day, don’t you think?  It must be all of that pink beside it.  So, Happy Valentine’s Day!

A couple weeks ago I shared my “Pink & Black Chair Makeover”.  Now, it’s time for this pretty credenza with all the PINK trinkets on it.  You’re thinking, “What’s up with all the pink, Julie?”  Well, I’ll tell you.  I’m a little bit obsessed with pink lately and I’ve started a “pink collection” that you’ll get to see on top of the credenza in this reveal.  I’ve also heard through the pink-line that pink is this year’s “accent color”.  I don’t really pay much attention to what colors are trending, but for some reason PINK has stolen my heart lately and I’m going with it.  Stay tuned for the full room reveal when I put everything together in my [pink] office makeover this Friday.

Until then…here’s the “Black Credenza Makeover” that sits across from my desk…

Check out this gorgeous black credenza makeover! When in doubt paint to black.

Going waaaaay back to BB (Before Blogging), you’ll see what my now office looked like as a dining room with the crendeza in it’s original form.  I grew tired of dusting the glasses on it, so I unscrewed that thing and screwed it onto some old cabinets in our garage.  It makes an amazing tool bench now.

Repurposed Tool Bench

I love how it opened up the room, but the bottom part turned side-board, or credenza, just disappeared back there behind my desk.  I tried changing the knobs, and distressing it to help it look better, but it still just said DRAB to me.

So, before I painted it back, I tried styling it in different ways and it just seemed to get worse!

I knew then 2 things.  1. We needed to freshen up our walls from that nasty metallic grey.  2. I needed to paint the credenza.

My husband took care of painting the walls, and I painted the credenza.  TEAM WORK made it easy.  (See products used below.)

Guess you could say we put a lot of LOVE into it all 😆 .

Then I decorated it with my “pink” collection I told you about earlier, and my special peony painting I inherited from my Mom.  Just look how the pink & black pop against the bright white.

Check out this gorgeous black credenza makeover! When in doubt paint to black.

You may have noticed I switched out the hardware, too.Check out this gorgeous black credenza makeover! When in doubt paint to black.

I was going for a little modern glam with those, but didn’t want to be too trendy.

So, then we added my repurposed blog sign on top of the painting.  You can read all about my blog sign that was repurposed from an armoire cabinet door HERE.

Check out this gorgeous black credenza makeover! When in doubt paint to black.

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Crystal Clear Knobs

Drawer Pulls

Coolest Mom Ever Sign

Pink Mercury Glass

Pink Peony Painting (smaller)

Before I list the products used & give a quick tutorial on how to paint the credenza, the first part to the full “Pink Office Makeover” is located here in case you missed it:

Pink & Black Chair Makeover

Don’t forget to pin for later!

Check out this gorgeous black credenza makeover! When in doubt paint to black.

Products Used to Paint Credenza

black paint

paint brush (don’t skimp here)

small roller kit

sand paper 

drop cloth

Painting Instructions:

Remove all hardware and lightly sand the credenza in all areas after you place a drop cloth under it.  Vacuum the dust off with a brush attachment and then go over it again with cheese cloth or a dusting cloth.     Paint it with the brush, (I kept drawers in the unit while I painted).  I used the roller on the top only.  3 coats should do it, and make sure you let it dry in between coats for about an hour.  Install your new hardware and you are finished.

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44 Responses

  1. Mom and Dad says:

    Very nice work, love it all, Mom and Dad in NY.

  2. Kaycee says:

    What a beautiful difference

  3. Aina says:

    Love what you did with the credenza it looks awesome!!!!

  4. Norma says:

    Looks great! You did a wonderful job with the painting. What type of paint did you use?

  5. Nancy says:

    My favorite item is the peonies picture. I have been a fan of peonies since I was a little girl.

  6. Karenann says:

    Your credenza makeover is amazing! It is so beautiful!

  7. Mary Roth says:

    I really enjoy your blog Julie and I look forward to seeing your DIY projects. I think your credenza now looks amazing.

  8. Cheryl says:

    So beautiful!! Great job!

  9. Stephanie says:

    You did an amazing job!!! I am so glad I recently found your blog. You are giving me great ideas & inspiration ;)) Thank you ;))

  10. penny grieco says:

    what a gorgeous piece of furniture! great job julie!

  11. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    That is absolutely Gorgeous. So rich and powerful looking.
    Great job

  12. Nancy says:

    Love the base of the credensa. The peony picture is perfect here.

  13. Ann says:

    Love the way the white walls create sharp contrast with the black credenza. Huge difference from brown and gray. Are they real roses in the pink mercury glass vase? So beautiful.

  14. Sue says:

    Do you mind sharing what kind of paint you used. I am having a hard time with brush strokes.

    • Julie says:

      The supply list is at the bottom, Sue. Remember to use a high quality brush and roller for the top. My favs are in the post.

  15. Beth Patterson says:

    Hey Julie,
    Just love the black with pink accents! They pop when put together. Good job!

  16. Danna says:

    Love, Love this make-over!

  17. Pauline says:

    That is amazing you done a beautiful job.

  18. Darlene says:

    Wow, turned out fabulous ? Really liked the original look but “hubbs” gained on this make over so that’s a good thing! Love it thanks for sharing Julie

  19. Heather says:

    I LOVE everything you did! Such a special space. I really adore all of the pops of pink.

  20. Lin says:

    LOVE this refinish, and I have a piece I want to do like it (with different hardware).

    Just curious, did you consider painting the INSIDE pink? If not, why not? Asking because I’m considering, but want to make sure I’ve thought all cons through!

  21. Kathy says:

    I absolutely love what you did and I have a similar (but not quite as nice!) piece i want to update. I was about to order the same paint you used but saw it was only 4 oz. How many cans did you need for 3 coats?

    • Julie says:

      Great question, Kathy. I used 1 can, but to be safe I would get 2 depending on the size of your piece, plus you will have it for touch ups or for other projects. I will add another larger size to the article if you want to go that route! Good luck, let me know how it goes! ~ Julie

    • Julie says:

      WAIT! I just checked & the link I supplied is for 8 ounces. That should be plenty!

  22. Christina says:


  23. Thanks for the inspiration! Really nicely done!

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  25. Shikha says:

    Great post!
    Love this blog!

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