An entire year ago, we hung a “fauxdenza” in the dining room as part of a video project for GM that actually never ended up seeing the light of day because Covid hit. We hung our first floating credenza (“fauxdenza”) made from upper Ikea cabinets back in 2012–you can read about that right here–and to this day it still is our favorite way to add a bunch of storage in an inexpensive way.
Above is how it has looked for the last year. No hardware, and topped with a melamine cover panel–if you look not even that closely you can see the very obvious seam. It was never supposed to be permanent or even there longer than a week, but for the video it was all we could get our hands on with such short notice. Our eyes got used to it, even with the joint that continued to fray and splinter more and more as the year wore on, but we knew we absolutely wanted to finish it off before selling our house. Especially since these cabinets feel like a permanent fixture of the house (they WILL be staying).
Last week, we picked up a long Birch butcher block from Home Depot and stained it and look at her now!! We’re a broken record with how often we’re saying “Why did we wait so long to do this?!” but here we are again.
With a 152″ fauxdenza (so. much. storage! and it’s perfect for serving buffet style, too!), there was obviously still going to be a seam, but this time around we took special care to make sure it was a lot less obvious. In fact, I can barely spot it in person!
This was our first time joining two lengths of butcher block, and the key was biscuit joints and pocket screws. Chris picked up a biscuit joiner, which essentially adds notches at the same level in the sides of the two boards you’re wanting to connect.
Since butcher block is a living material and tends to “breathe” through the seasons (expand and contract), we also added pocket screws to keep the joint tight through every season.
When it came time to stain it, we thought it would be best to bring in a tone from elsewhere in the house and provincial is the same stain we just used on the vanities in our bathroom. So we thought–perfect! And it was…for the first 3 minutes and then it soaked in really weird and looked TERRIBLE! I panicked for a moment until I realized we had a similar problem with the countertop in the girls’ office and applying a layer of Simply White stain overtop of it really softened everything.
Worked again–like a charm! And now the fauxdenza coordinates really well with that countertop on the same floor so I feel like it was kind of meant to be.
We attached the countertop with screws from underneath (inside the cabinet), added 3 coats of matte Polycrylic to protect it (especially since we love to use this countertop to serve food!) and called it done.
The butcher block is thick and substantial and the color (although a little more gray than I was initially thinking) corresponds so well with the other tones in the room. We’re so happy with how this whole room came together…even if it took an entire year to get it done.
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Trim Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams
Floors (Dark: Neuro, Light: Magnifica Calacatta Oro)
Fauxdenza (Butcher block, Provincial stain + Simply white stain + Matte Polycrylic)
Ceiling Mount Curtain Rod