Craft a Color-Blocked Credenza for Your Home

Get the bright, saturated look of Gallerie with this lacquered credenza that takes a cue from Mondrian.

Lacquered Credenza

Lacquered Credenza

Create a bold lacquered credenza

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

The Gallerie trend is modern, bright and fun. This look incorporates modern design with lively color. Taking a cue from modern art, color blocking and geometrics are a signature part of this motif. 

This lacquered credenza is a great way to upcycle used office furniture. It fits in beautifully in a modern space and can be used for many things from toy storage to a home bar. Visit your local used office furniture store for inspiration. Alternatively, thrift stores often have pieces that would work well for this application. Look for dressers or cabinets with simple lines and little embellishment. 

Materials Needed:

  • used office credenza
  • sander and sandpaper
  • drop cloth
  • tack cloth
  • lacquer spray paint in white and bold, primary colors
  • painters' tape
  • masking paper or plastic
  • steel wood pads, 0000 grade
  • furniture wax

Instructions

Lacquered Credenza

Lacquered Credenza

Create a bold lacquered credenza

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Remove doors and drawers. Clean the inside of the credenza. Thoroughly sand the surface to be painted.

Lacquered Credenza

Lacquered Credenza

Create a bold lacquered credenza

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Mask any areas that should not be painted with painters’ tape and masking paper. Spray with a thin even coat of lacquer paint.
NOTE: Lacquer is thinner than regular spray paint and works best with several thin coats. Because it is thinner, it also runs more easily. Apply lightly with each coat. After each coat, the lacquer must be allowed to cure for at least one day, but two would be optimal. Unless you are skilled with lacquer projects stick to spray paint. Liquid lacquer with a brush can be very challenging.

Lacquered Credenza

Lacquered Credenza

Create a bold lacquered credenza

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

After each coat has cured, very lightly rub with finest grade (0000) steel wool.

Lacquered Credenza

Lacquered Credenza

Create a bold lacquered credenza

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Wipe away any residue with a tack cloth. Make sure the surfaces are completely dust free before adding another coat. For best results, apply at least 3 coats of lacquer. Apply more coats for a smoother finish.

Lacquered Credenza

Lacquered Credenza

Create a bold lacquered credenza

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

When the last coat has cured, repeat the steel wool and tack cloth process. Then rub the entire painted surface with furniture wax. Buff to a deep shine. 

Lacquered Credenza

Lacquered Credenza

Create a bold lacquered credenza

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Lacquered Credenza

Lacquered Credenza

Create a bold lacquered credenza

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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