We’d been going back and forth on an additional furniture piece in the dining room for – oh? – months. Originally, we thought for sure we’d fill the wall between the kitchen and bathroom with something vintage. We’d surely stumble upon something at one of our summer flea adventures! When that didn’t happen, we turned to Craigslist, Chairish and Krrb, but everything was very, very MCM, and while we’re totally okay with that, we didn’t want another block of wood in our already wood-heavy room.
We’ve also been toying with kitchen renovation plans (more on that once we know more ourselves!), and a part of those plans included space for something “old” in there, which freed up our need to have something antique in the dining room, too! Oddly enough, it was a bit of a relief (sometimes we can be a bit hard on ourselves to upcycle), and our backup plan was always to go the fauxdenza route. And so, just as we have in the past, fauxdenza we did!
Our goals for the floating credenza were what you’d expect: extra storage is always a plus, freeing up kitchen cabinet space is even better, and having a landing zone for eats and drinks when friends are over is nice!
It had been a while since we last made a fauxdenza, and we were a little surprised that the price point felt a bit higher than it had in the past. We picked up our supplies from Ikea – two 24″ Akurum top cabinets and two 24″ Abstrakt doors in high gloss white – and our total (including soft close hinges and shelves) came to $300. In any case, for such clean design and high function (this guy is a workhorse for storage!), it felt worth it. But! On it’s own (and especially against our soft wall color), the unit lacks contrast and the top reveals exposed screws:
The last time, we picked up a slab of wood from a local lumber yard to conceal the less-than-attractive top and sides, but to save a little extra money this time, we decided to work with 15″ width project panels. We cut them down to size on our table saw (although a circular saw and a steady hand could also do the trick), and I used a combination of Jacobean and Weathered Oak wood stains to get a color we liked. Three coats of satin Polycrylic finished it up! Note: Because the top of the finished credenza is 13″ deep, specialty lumber, project panels or even plywood boards are your best bet.
We ran into a few challenges with our uneven drywall, but a few hidden notches in the wood allowed everything to match up nice, and we used wood screws from the inside of the cabinets to secure the wood in place. Our massive mirror finally found a home above, bouncing natural daylight around the room as it was always meant to do! At first we were a little worried that it might’ve been too tall for the space, but it’s growing on us.
We debated no door pulls at all to keep things sleek, which would mean you’d open the cabinets from the bottom to get a grip on the door. In the end, you can see we obviously nixed that idea, having picked up these bin pulls from Rejuvenation (during a 30% off sale, yes!), and OMG! It was love at first sight!
To be completely honest, we’re not 100% thrilled with how the project boards took the stain, but it’s not bad either. I guess I would say that it’s not what we expected? Despite my sanding, there were a few rough areas that wouldn’t even out, leaving a few questionable spotty areas. For lack of a better word, it sort of reads as somewhat farmhouse chic, which isn’t exactly the look we were going for – but really, we’re okay with it.
The fauxdenza is currently stashing extra vases, lesser used kitchen items (gravy boats and tea cups, anyone?) and cookbooks – and our peacock on top is the magical jar of puppy treats. Lining the wall to the left of the photo above is a mess of frames waiting to go up, and then maybe one day we’ll decide on a dining room rug.
This big, main room? It’s getting there! (Well, if only we could be content with the wall color. And the too-low end table. And!)