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before and after

before & after: colorful credenza

by Kate Pruitt

Whenever I’m in a color rut, I can always turn to the Before & After submissions for a jolt of inspiration. It’s awesome to see the color palettes people come up with, especially when others are much more daring than I am. This cheerful credenza makeover from graphic designer and all-around maker Jessica Decker is a perfect example of inspirational color. I love the mix of warm retro hues; they remind me of an old-school ice cream truck. Great work, Jessica! — Kate

Time: One evening

Cost: $215 (credenza and paint)

Basic Steps: I took out the drawers and removed the doors and hardware from a credenza that I bought at a vintage store. After taping off the squares that I wanted to color, I primed and painted each of the sections and made sure to do a couple coats of paint. I used mini paint testers for each color, which was more than enough paint. I removed the tape and let everything dry overnight before attaching the hardware and assembling the pieces. The end result is a colorful credenza that works as both a TV stand and storage unit for all my DVDs. — Jessica

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