before & after: colorful credenza

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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My favorite part of this may be getting rid of the TV set : )


This is a great “new” piece now! Say good-bye to the boring old brown credenza!


You are amazing! You did this in one evening? I love the colors and the style is awesome.


mmm! so pretty! I saw the first picture and absolutely no ideas hit me, then the “after” picture just made so much sense! I love it.


Before and afters are always my favorite! This one is so pretty and colorful… Oh, and that print over the finished credenza rocks!


laura w.

OMG! Jessica, your “make it rain” piece is awesome! Did you do that? Is it an actual oversized cross-stitch piece, or a print? Hilarious!


I seriously almost cried when I saw this. The original piece of furniture was awesome.


I agree that the original credenza was beautiful! Definitely appreciate the intention of spiffing up something old, but this is a piece that I wish had stayed “before.”


It’s an actual giant cross-stitch done on colored canvas… part of a series of sassy cross-stitch art I’ve been workin’ on lately.


I am in LOVE with this transformation! Swoon! It is bold and the color choices and styling are parfait! WANT!!


Pretty, but I love mid century mod pieces so this makes me want to cringe! But it’s her piece and if that’s what she wanted then she did an awesome job.


Oooooh, what is that pink? I’m trying to decide on a pink for a spare room, and that one is nice!


The lighter pink is Behr “my fair lady” (it almost looks white in the photo), and the darker one is Behr “candy mix”


I was curious how you were able to paint over the old wood? Did you have to sand it down first? Nice job!