Trash to Treasure Console Table

4 Materials
4 Hours

Usually it is my husband that finds me goodies waiting for the garbage trucks, but this month my dear friend Trish found me something. She spotted this console table in her neighborhood out waiting for trash. She snapped a pic of it, and texted the words “any interest?”, to me. Ummm, duh, ya! Of course. I replied! I’ll take it! She was so kind to grab it for me.

Anyway… it is….This piece was nice, but was also pretty scratched up, outdated, and beat up! You know what they say…”One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Here is what I did to make this Trash into a Treasure.

Step 1 – Strip the Paint...

Using some Citristrip that I had in my garage from other projects, I applied a layer to the top of the table and then put plastic wrap on top of it.

After letting it soak in about 1/2 hour, I removed the plastic and started scrapping off the paint. Then I used my hand sander to remove the rest.

Step 2 – Paint or Stain the Top…

Sometimes when I work on a piece of furniture I have an idea in my head and then things change as I start to get into it. After I stripped the paint off the top of this piece, I planned to re-stain it. However, it wasn’t coming out as I expected. The top had a lot of scratches and the stain wasn’t covering them up, and just didn’t look good at all.

After trying out a couple of stains, I ended up painting the top Basswood by Behr, which I had left over from another project. If I planned to paint the top in the first place I would have saved myself some time and not stripped the piece to begin with. Oh well.

Step 3, Paint the legs…

Using left over paint from my garage, I painted the legs white. I did not use furniture paint or chalk paint. This is just regular wall paint, but I planned to use several coats of polyurethane on the piece to protect the finish. Lastly, using a dry brush, I added some white paint to the top, to give it that antiqued look.

Step 4, Clean up the Handles…

I took the handles off and scrubbed them with some tarnish remover, then put them back on. They are not perfect, but definitely look better!

Step 4, Polyurethane…

I used 2 coats of MinWax water based polyurethane to the entire piece to protect it from scratches.

And, here is the final piece!

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

29 Ways To Get A Splash Of Blue In Your House
Easy DIY Remedies For Your 7 Most Hated Bugs
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
Check Out These 30 Incredible Floor Transformations Ideas
Use Your Old Corks For These 25 Clever Ideas
25 Adorable Ornament Ideas to Get You SUPER Excited for Christmas
18 Easy DIY Projects That You Can Do This Weekend!
32 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
17 DIY-Inspiring Kitchen Backsplashes
15 Fun Things You Can Make Using Your Cricut
15 Memorial Day Crafts
15 Clever Ways To Repurpose Old Light Bulbs
21 Ways to Have More Polka Dots in Your Life
30 Address Signs That'll Make Your Neighbors Stop in Admiration
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
The House house

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

Join the conversation

4 of 37 comments
Your comment...