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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A Fresh New Look for a Dated Console Table

A dated 80's wood console table gets a fresh farmhouse makeover!

Many of you know that I stop in my local Goodwill at least once or twice a week.   I pass it on my way to Walmart and it's right by the grocery store, which makes it super convenient to pop in and see what's new.  About a month ago, I spotted an 80's wood console table that I contemplated buying, but it wasn't quite my style and the price was a little steep for my thrifty budget.  Well, lo and behold weeks later it was still there with a color of the week tag.  I figured why not and loaded it into my car with the help of very nice older gentleman.   

80's console dated makeover

The curvy feminine lines and distressed appearance give it a farmhouse feel that isn't quite my style, but I know it will make a great addition to the right home.

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- Fat paint clear top coat
- Zinsser Shellac Primer
- 80 grit sandpaper (for Ryobi Corner Cat)
- 120 grit sandpaper
- Sponge
- Minwax waterbased Polycrylic
- Simple Green
- Screwdriver 
- Paper towels

This piece ended up giving me a bit of trouble and went through a few paint jobs, but I eventually ended up with the perfect color and combination.
Dated wood console table before
I started by giving it a good sanding with my Corner Cat Sander and 80 grit sandpaper.  Even after sanding the finish on the top of the table was still ultra slick, so I went over it a couple times with Liquid Deglosser.   I simply rubbed it on with a sponge then wiped it off before it dried.

I then gave the table a good cleaning with Simple Green before applying two coats of General Finishes Queenstown Gray.   I always scrape my nail over the paint to see if it chips and wouldn't you know it did.  The bottom and sides seemed okay, but the top of the table was super slick and apparently, sanding and Liquid Degloser wasn't cutting it.  I ended up sanding the paint off the top, priming it with my favorite primer then giving it another two coats of Queenstown Gray.  I added the updated original hardware back on but wasn't feeling the tone on tone color scheme.

***I updated the original hardware with a combination of Gold Leaf Rub 'n Buff and Metallic gray craft paint***
Dark gray base coat on dated console table
I felt like the hardware just blended in with the paint, so I went over the dark gray with two coats of Aged Gray.  I lightly sanded around the edges to reveal the dark gray paint underneath then sealed the table with water based poly.
Light gray farmhouse console table makeover
I styled the table with a few of my own pieces and some new finds that will end up at Sweet Clover.
Light gray 80's console table makeover
I recently bought the wire basket from a flea market with intentions of taking it to the booth, but I just love it so much that I'm going to keep and enjoy it for awhile.  It makes for such a fun and unique planter or could easily be turned into a pendant light.
A dated console table gets a fresh farmhouse makeover

A dated console table gets a fresh farmhouse makeover

Distressed curvy farmhouse table makeover

The combination of paint colors gives this curvy console table a bit more interest and dimension and is such an improvement from its original 80's vibe.  Eventually, this beauty will be making its way to Sweet Clover, where I hope it will find a new home with someone who loves its feminine farmhouse look.

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  1. Looks great! Love that plant holder you thrifted!

  2. I just love your blog! It is my favorite. You inspire so many ideas for the DIYer.

  3. I have this very console table in my living room! It was my grandmother's and when it came down to me I updated it by painting it black. I left the brass pulls alone for now but I'm contemplating redoing them with silver Rub 'n Buff. I'm currently using the table in place of an entertainment center.