This credenza, with its interesting lines, compelling wood grain, and solid construction required only a slight re-visioning of the original to become a client's favorite piece. I stripped the entire credenza, sanded each component carefully, essentially creating a blank slate. Together, the client and I decided on muted color scheme - one that spoke to both her color preferences as well as the local landscape, namely Lake Superior. Hence, we retained most wood grain, sanding and oiling the body and center drawers, using a series of fine grits and many coats of Danish oil in between. The goal: a smooth surface that invited tactile exploration. The outermost drawers were stained a lovely gray and top-coated in General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in satin. Lamp Black below frames and anchors the piece.