Old Console Table Gets a New Look for Under $10 Using Chalk Paint!

by Knelso18
3 Materials
2 Hours
So I've had this console table in my living room for, gulp, over 15 years. In my defense it has done the job and fits nice on this little wall in the room. But lately, everytime I would walk by it, I'd want to throw it out! It's a nice sturdy table bought at Kirklands (if you are familiar with this store you know it's an awesome pllace with home deco... a trap for people like me)... I went back to this store and 3 other furniture/craft stores that sell console tables this past weekend and found nothing as nice as what I had, and I did not want to spend hundreds for a new table.
i rethought about this very little and thought, paint it. Went in to hobby lobby armed with my coupon and bought chalk paint and glaze. Total bill $9.98! Have I ever done this? Well, I have restrained cabinets etc... but chalk paint, no.
it was so easy and the results were amazing. The color is similar to what I had alittle more than I wanted but I'm ok with it.
Heres the step by step transformation...
Here she is... nice size, finds my trinkets. But hate the color. Next picture shows you close up... just looks old.
Close up of previous color. Just didn't like it. A change was needed. Now I know some people will say l, I like the color... but after looking at it for all these years I was done. And it's a great cabinet and I think we paid $350 for it years ago.
My $4.50 (with coupon) Chalk paint. I went alittle lighter, as firniture around this area and kitchen cabinets are so dark...
Took off all doors and knobs.
how I painted these doors was very sllooowwly! I used a think child's paint brush to get as close as I could to the metal decoration. Could I have used painters tape? You bet, but what fun is that?!?
Here is the same side all painted with chalk paint.
Small brush painting the doors... slow and steady.
What the bottom looks like with just chalk paint. Legs and all. I found chalk paint dried very quick. So I did small areas at a time. Like I said I have never used chalk paint before...
After all done and dry, about 2 hours, time to apply glaze. I was scared as I actually liked the look of just the chalk paint, but again thought go for it! Read the directions, apply a thin layer of glaze (mine was antique glaze from Walmart for $4.50)...I wore rubber gloves to save my hands alittle...
Then take a lint free clean cloth and wipe immediately. I used an old white tshirt of my husbands that I cut into small pieces that were easy to handle and the throw when needing a new piece. Again, small sections at a time.
Here is the glaze I used with one door finished...
After glaze dried, overnight, I put all the painted doors back on. And all finished. Not a huge difference but enough for this girl and only $10 Spent...
Close up of finished project. Now this is in bright morning light...
I for sure will try again. Sometimes you just have to go for it and see what you get...
What it looks like at nighttime lighting.
another nighttime photo of finished project...

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  • Joan Saner Harder Joan Saner Harder on Jul 11, 2018

    Yes, I really want to try this!!! I too have a console very similar and want to paint it to match a mirror to hang above it. My question is, how do I save this PAGE. The information for further reference??

  • Art a Real  Talent llc Art a Real Talent llc on Sep 24, 2018

    nice ,how much paint did it take?

  • Ra Dorsey Ra Dorsey on Aug 24, 2019

    Love the colors you chose it looks so elegant what colors are they ??

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  • Tweetybird Tweetybird on Sep 11, 2019

    Very pretty and modern love it. Great job!

  • Deborah Nawrocki Deborah Nawrocki on Aug 28, 2020

    I had the exact same console table that I bought from Kirklands. I got tired of the color also but didn't think I could paint it so I threw it out. Now I'm mad I did. Oh, well at least I know I can paint anything now.