In this mid-mod upcycling project, Made + Remade Creative Genius Samantha Pattillo puts her experience as a furniture designer to work on a salvaged credenza, with fabulously funky results. See more of the process on her blog and find part one — including prepping and stripping the vintage piece — in this previous post.
If you read part one of my credenza upcycle, you know that prepping your furniture by stripping and cleaning is extremely important. But now the fun part! My challenge was to use just enough paint to cover up the damaged spots on the credenza without covering up that beautiful pecan wood grain. Part of what makes Mid-Century Modern pieces so distinctive is their devotion to warm mid-tone woods. I wanted to keep what wood I could — so I went a little funky.
When I’m looking for pattern inspiration I like to shop stationery stores and art galleries, and see what other bloggers are trending. I love this angular pattern I’m seeing all over the markets right now. I talked about some of the specific images that I looked at for inspiration here on my blog.
When laying out patterns, I usually start with a quick sketch then go to Photoshop. You don’t need a fancy computer program like that to do it your self, though — just take a picture of your furniture, print it out and trace over it with a piece of paper. That way, your pattern will be to scale and you can get a realistic idea of how it will look when you’re done.
Anyone who knows me or has been to my blog knows I LOVE teal, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that in the design somewhere. I started there, and just plugged and played with other colors until I found a balance I liked. Then I printed out my rendering and matched paint colors from Valspar’s paint line (which you can find at Lowe’s). Here are the paint colors I used:
- Coconut Milk 2007-10C
- Everglade Deck 5011-3
- Elegant Silk 5010-7
- Woodlawn Valley Haze 5004-5C
- Filoli Ginkgo Tree 5006-4B
- Mystic Sea 5007-7A
- Olive Suede 6010-3
Read on below to see how I designed and painted the credenza, and get tips for doing the same to your own diamond-in-the-rough furniture. Click on the corner of any how-to image to bring up a larger slideshow of the process.