21 Jun 2013

Navy Blue, White and Gold Credenza

I bought this credenza at a garage sale in our neighbourhood what feels like a million years ago.  In actuality, it was about 2 months ago, but for me that's a long time to have a piece sitting in the garage waiting for its day in the sun.


I knew as soon as I saw it that I'd be able to make it look 100 times better. It was simple, classic and had some really nice molding to work with. 

When I am out in the garage painting I tend to think about some pretty random stuff, and I usually spend quite a bit of time deciding on a name for that particular piece of furniture.  This guy I am naming JT.  I am loving Justin Timberlake's new song Suit & Tie, and to me, this piece reminds me of a classic suit and tie (that, plus the fact that I listened to that song probably 50 times over while painting!).

Meet JT now!

Furniture Makeover.  Navy blue, white and gold credenza from www.aswellplacetodwell.com


The credenza was laminate, so I started by using a deglosser to take off some of the shine.  I use Liquid Sandpaper by Dynamic, which I buy at my local paint store.  It's smelly, so make sure you have some breathing space when using it.  Then I primed the whole thing with a coat of Zinsser 1-2-3 Bullseye primer using a brush and foam roller.  I used white primer because that's what I had on hand.  If I was buying primer new I probably would have had it tinted dark to save myself an extra coat of navy blue. 

I let the primer dry for a night and then painted the navy blue, again using a brush and little foam roller. The blue is December Eve by Behr, but colour matched to Dulux interior eggshell.  It's the same colour that we have in our master bedroom, so I had some left over.  Because I was going over white primer, it took 3 coats of navy to get full coverage.   

I painted inside the moulding Benjamin Moore White Dove.  It's Benjamin Moore's Advance paint in the pearl finish, which we had left over from our kitchen cabinets (and a million other projects...).   The white only took 2 coats as there was already white primer underneath.

Navy blue, white and gold credenza from www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Once both the navy blue and white had some time to cure, I then used a small artist's brush to apply liquid gold gilding.  The gilding is Martha Stewart brand in Brass, that I picked up at Michael's, and is the same gilding I used on my emerald dresser. I used painter's tape to tape off some of the easier lines and then I just free handed the rest.  I also painted the hinges, the original hardware and the very bottom of the front legs in the gilding.

Navy blue, white and gold credenza from www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Navy blue, white and gold credenza from www.aswellplacetodwell.com

I decided not to poly this piece because I really like the matte finish that the blue has right now.  If it goes to a house (or stays with me!) where it's going to see a lot of abuse and action, then it would be best to apply a finishing coat.

Furniture Makeover.  Navy blue, white and gold credenza from www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Furniture Makeover.  Navy blue, white and gold credenza from www.aswellplacetodwell.com

I have a problem that I fall in love with every piece that I do.  I think I need to start painting in colours that I don't like!  JT is going to go up for sale and will hopefully find a nice home.  I hope he is able to be used as a bit of a bar station, because I think that's what he's suited for (no pun intended....).  If you are local to Edmonton and are interested in him please drop me a line.

Furniture Makeover.  Navy blue, white and gold credenza from www.aswellplacetodwell.com

I think this might be my last furniture redo for a while. I struggled to find the time to actually get JT done, and I hate having stuff just sitting in the garage.  Maybe once fall rolls around I will have some more time and won't want to be outside playing as much.  Now all I have to do is hold myself back at the garage sales throughout the summer!

If you love JT as much as I do (the credenza, not the man) I'd be really appreciative if you'd pin or share him.

Have a great weekend!


Linking to: Our Fifth House, Miss Mustard Seed

40 comments:

  1. yes yes yes!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is perfect kelly! i pinned it and i love it and want to caress it so much! ;)

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    1. Thanks so much Cassie! And I really appreciate the pin.

      Have a great weekend. Best of luck to you this weekend (even though you totally don't need it) with the barn sale!

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  2. Wow, good eye to see the potential in J.T.

    Well done.

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    1. Thanks Mel! I'll have to thank the real JT for the inspiration :)

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  3. Love it! You know those colors are exactly what I love right now. Kind of like the colors on my nightstand. But I totally think you should do more furniture makeovers ;)
    And pinning it right now. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Julia. I am sure I will do more, but you know how inspiration sort of comes and goes? Right now I feel like it's gone...it needs some time to percolate again! Thanks very much for the pin!

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  4. Oh my gosh - I love how JT turned out! I don't think I ever weighed in on the paint choice post...but man oh man - I had just somehow envisioned that same color combo.

    Can I just tell you how FABULOUS it looks!?! Love, love, love!

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    1. Well great minds think alike then, right? Thank you for your kind words!

      Have a great weekend.

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  5. Kelly it is fabulous!!! I actually pinned this before I knew it was yours!!! lol!!! Obviously, I your style! Great job!!!

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    1. That's too funny! (and thanks for repinning!).

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  6. Kelly! So gorgeous, all my fave colors. Great job! xo Kristin

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  7. WOW! This looks fantastic! For whatever reason before I saw the picture I read the colors and couldn't even begin to fathom this is what it turned out like! Congrats on a fantastic job!

    //Justynn

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    1. hahah, that's funny. Glad I could surprise you! Thanks very much.

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  8. Love the colour combo - beautiful!!

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  9. That came out really great!
    I have a question that you don't have to answer - do you find these things really cheap and get a good profit when you fix them up and sell them or do you kind or just do it for fun? The reason I ask is because I look at Pinterest all the time and it makes me want to re-purpose EVERYTHING! But when I go to Craigslist or even some yard sales the furniture is already kind of a high price (to me) that I think, "if I pay that much and try to resell it for a profit after I work my magic... how much will I really make?!" Just wondering how it works for you. =]

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    1. No problem, I am happy to answer. It's not a huge money maker, that's for sure. If I had the time to really search around for furniture and drive all over the place to pick it up, then i might make more profit. I don't usually buy anything that's over $50 (for a dresser, credenza, 2 nightstands, etc). I then try to at least double my costs. I take in to account brushes, paint, hardware, etc. Some pieces I have done better on than others. My green dresser that I did, for example, sold for $175. Because I had the dresser already that didn't cost me anything, and the paint and brushes were right around $40, so that one made a pretty good profit. I keep all of my profits from my furniture in a little bucket, and then when I want to do another project that is just for me (like buying new art or a pillow), then I use the cash. I usually find that it evens out pretty well, which means that I don't have to use any of our house fund money for decorating stuff. I also use all of that cash to buy my next piece of furniture and paint. Hope that helps.

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  10. I adore this piece! I'm such a sucker for anything navy blue and your color combo is just timeless! I hear you on having a garage full of furniture - I have found some great pieces, but need to put in the time to get them done!

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  11. I love the dresser. Unfortunately I live far away in Texas. :-(

    I also wanted to say that I love your tagline about turning where we live into what we love. Did you do a little site refresh lately? Or am I usually just oblivious?

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    1. Thanks Jill! That tagline has been there since I did my site redesign, which was a few months ago. :)

      I appreciate the comment. Have a great weekend.

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  12. Kelly,

    I am so impressed! And if I lived anywhere near you, I would want him for my home!! Wow, what an amazing, amazing, amazing makeover! So gorgeous!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    xoxo,
    Stacey

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  13. Gorgeous! Great job and excellent shots of your work. I'm subscribing, for sure!

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that comment on the photography!

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  14. You have got the vision, Kelly! You know I LOVE those gold details, and you always do such a professional job!

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  15. Wow - amazing! Love love love it. I would never have picked that colour combination, and it looks fabulous. Great eye!

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  16. Just gorgeous, Kelly! Love the color combo.

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  17. Amazing transformation! I love it!!!

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  18. Wow.....love your JT....I would sooooo keep it! I love the added touch of the gold trim....it totally raises the glam factor. Fabulous job...congrats!!
    Christine

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  19. Damn! That turned out pretty! :) Love your little elephant too!!

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  20. Wow, what a transformation! Great styling too!

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  21. Amazing! Beyond gorgeous! Pinning! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  22. Love this color combo. The piece is stunning. You could easily get $350-400 for that in my neck of the woods.

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  23. You know, I'm not even into this whole gold thing going on right now, but this piece is gorgeous. That deep, velvety blue is just amazing. :)

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    1. Thank you very much! December Eve is definitely one of my favourite navy blues.

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  24. Oh my goodness, this is the best furniture makeover I have EVER seen! Wow, I'm so impressed. Found you in FurnitureMakeovers.net and I've pinned this.

    Seriously love it! Great job :-)

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    1. Wow! That's one of the best compliments I have ever received! Thank you.

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  25. I have to agree with the previous commenter that it's one of the best ones I've seen; this was a jaw dropper for me lol. I can't stand it! I'm in the middle of planning my furniture makeover for my bedroom and I might just have to copy you. LOVE IT.

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  26. This is a serious jaw dropper! I have to agree with the previous reviewer; this was amazing. I might just need to copy this for my bedroom furniture!

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