A few weeks ago I shared a post with you about How to Remove Paint From Decorative Wood Details. When I wrote that post I was in the process of giving our adorable key table a much needed makeover. Today I am finally sharing the outcome of our Console Table Makeover and the process I went through to finish the table.
Just to give you a reminder this is what the table looked like before. It had Great bones, awful puke green color. I love the way some furniture looks painted but I definitely don’t think everything should be painted and this table is the perfect example of why. For this project I wanted to restore the top back to it’s original natural wood finish and then repaint the legs and lower shelf a new fresh color.
To see how I lovingly removed all the old paint from those beautiful details you can read my post here. It was definitely a labor of love. But I think it was totally worth it in the end.
To get this the top of this table back down to its natural wood I had to sand through 4 different layers of paint and stain. It started out as a dark stained walnut table, then it was painted powder blue, lime green, and then this puke green. Wow. It’s like you can see all the decades in finishes. The reason I chose to sand the paint off instead of stripping it is because the top of this table has a layer of veneer on it and I didn’t want to risk accidentally scarring the veneer in the process of removing all of the paint.
After a bunch of sanding and a little bit of chip repair I was finally ready to paint and stain my little table.
I stained the top of the table with Minwax Special Walnut. This is my favorite stain color right now. It’s not too dark and not too light plus is really does a great job of pulling out all the subtle details in the wood. Once the stain was dry I sealed it with two coats of polyurethane.
For the legs and lower shelf I mixed a custom color of chalk paint. It is half Peacock House and half Lyndhurst Celadon Green. Both are Valspar colors that I purchased at Lowes. I apologize but I forgot to take pictures as I was painting the table. By the time I got to this point I was so excited to see it all come together after years of living with that terrible green I just forgot about everything else. However, the great news is I have a bunch of after pictures!
I love the way this table turned out! It is so fresh with a subtle pop of color. It really has transformed the table and the whole look of our space. It finally matches!
Have you been working on any painting projects lately? I’d love to hear about them! Leave me a comment below so we can chat!
Don’t have a vintage console table to makeover? Here are a few with a similar look and feel to my vintage one!