before and after

before & after: mary’s credenza + justina’s typeset tray

by Kate Pruitt

Sturdiness aside, I love the look of little legs on credenzas, tables, sofas — you name it. Actually, I’ve owned a few mid-century pieces of this nature and I can attest to the fact that while they may look wobbly, little legs do their job perfectly and look cute doing it. As someone with little legs, however, I might be biased :)

Nevertheless, Mary’s decision to add little legs to this old cabinet thing and make it a lovely new credenza is genius in my book. While the “before” version seems clunky and obtrusive, the “after” is crisp, fresh and adorable. I also love that Mary added a little wear and tear to her recovering of the cabinet fronts; it compliments the vintage details and adds character. Let’s hear it for little legs! Great job, Mary! — Kate

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We’ve seen some cute projects from Justina before, but this one might be my new favorite. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been tempted to buy one of these old typeset trays from a thrift store or flea market, but I never know what I’m going to do with it. Coincidentally, I’m also addicted to paint swatches at the hardware store, and I’m always tempted to buy paint colors with no idea how I’ll use them. Justina may have just solved both problems at once.

I had one of these typeset trays in my room as a child to hold the miniatures I collected and I loved it. This project seems perfect for a kid’s room, a studio, an office — any room in need of a cheery, colorful place to keep inspiration. Great idea, Justina!

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