Updating a Console Table with Paint

Console Table Makeover

Console Table Makeover www.diybeautify.com

I was recently commissioned to redo this console table for a client.

The goals were to completely update the look to make it work in their bonus room, and to use a color that would work with the existing colors in the space but brighten it up.

The client's existing furniture is a dark green, almost black. The space felt heavy with all that dark furniture and her goal, over time, is to lighten and brighten. This piece would be the first step to achieving that goal.

We talked about color choices and looked at fabric swatches. When I suggested this color, she was right on board.

Duck Egg Blue is such a versatile color. It can work just as well in beachy, cottage decor as it can in modern decor.

I was eager to start painting, but before I could do that, this table needed a big of gluing and strapping. The bottom shelf had come loose from the legs in a couple spots. Mr. Diy to the rescue!

I love how chalk paint covers super shiny furniture and makes it look less 'off the factory line' and more custom. The chosen paint color looks just beautiful with this piece. It did require three coats, four in places. It was a rainy day and I'm not sure if the humidity played into that or if it was covering that shiny poly.

However, I finally got it all painted and then just lightly distressed the edges. I distressed the knobs more heavily as I wanted more contrast. My original plan was to remove the knobs and paint them a contrasting color, like black. However, there was no way to remove them. The screws were not visible inside the drawer. They were literally built into the console. If time hadn't been of the essence, I could have painstakingly taped each one off and painted them with a tiny brush.

Two coats of wax were applied to give durability. I love how it turned out! It looks like a custom piece now rather than a factory piece. Thankfully my client loved it too!

Console Table Makeover www.diybeautify.com

It will help to brighten up their space and provide some inspiration when she's shopping for other accessories.

Painting the piece one color helped to modernize it and draw the eye away from the dark shelf at the bottom. Now you notice the beautiful legs! Form and function, working together.

bringing beauty to the ordinary,


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  1. Hi Cindy, your console table is so much prettier in Duck Egg Blue and I love the distressing you did on the knobs - so pretty. I bet your client was thrilled with this piece!
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

    1. Marie, you are always so kind! Thank you...she did like it as it was much improved and the color is so fun and bright :)

  2. It's beautiful, I love the color! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

  3. I should have known this FAB painted table was from you sweet friend! Love everything about it!


    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! I hope you will join us again this Saturday at 8:00 am EST!

    ~ Ashley

    1. Aww, you are so sweet!! Thanks so much :) Hope you're doing well, garden and kiddos are growing :)
      Enjoy your weekend!

  4. This turned out really great! Love the color. Thank you for sharing it and your pretty stenciled table and yummy banana bread at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


  5. You did a beautiful job - love the color. New follower from Glitter, Glue and Paint Pin-It Party.

    1. Thanks so much Debbie - for the sweet comment, and especially the new follow!! I hung out on your blog for awhile and your Butter Cookies look so yummy! I love the way you decorated them with the little swirl of frosting :)

  6. I love Duck Egg Blue! I used it on an armoire and it's such a soothing color. Great job! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.


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