Before and After: Console

April 10, 2016, posted by Gina – This past week, Son 1 moved into a new apartment and he called me to help him decorate.  I, of course, was thrilled to help him with this task.  He is still pretty young and has a roommate so I guess you would call this apartment a bachelor pad.  With this in mind, I was very cautious about the budget and began searching for items that were more utilitarian rather than high design.

I found a solid wood console table in great shape for $30.  I thought he would have been fine with as it was but he asked if I could paint it or “something”. This was his nice way of telling me he hated it. He is his mama’s son!!

Console before

So, I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and lightly distressed it.  I sent him a photo and he was very happy with the outcome.  I don’t work for Annie Sloan but I’ve mentioned before that the chalk paint is easy to use, requires no priming, is quick drying in between coats and there’s a great selection of colors.  For this piece I used two coats and a layer of clear wax.  I used steel wool to rub in some distressed areas.  It was that easy!  My husband and I are helping him this weekend set up a few things in his new space and I plan on painting a couple of other pieces for him.

console after final

How do you like the result? Have you painted an older piece to give it new life? We’d like to hear your thoughts or about your own DYI projects. To leave us your comments click on the title of this post and the comment form will open at the bottom of the page.

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