Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Reinventing A Console ~ Complete!



before




after


What did it take to complete this transformation? First the console was sanded, removing a thick layer of polyurethane.


To ensure a successful painting job, (one that completely covered the old finish and resulted in a durable finish) the console was then covered with a layer of Sherwin Williams Adhesion Primer. After drying for 24 hours the surface was lightly and quickly sanded with fine grit sand paper. And when I say quickly I mean it, it only took a few minutes to run over the entire console. If you doubt me ask my mom, I was on the phone with her the entire time. "What do I hear in the background, are you sanding?!" Multitasking at its finest in my opinion!


Then, prior to applying paint, the black hardware was transformed with the product of a thousand uses: Rub n' Buff. I suspected the black finish would look too stark against the new paint and this approach fixed the problem for under five dollars.




Afterwards the console was ready for its paint job. I had a can of Softer Tan mixed up in Sherwin Williams ProClassic paint formula, a water based paint that dries to a hard finish similar to an oil based enamel. This paint is a perfect choice for painting furniture and to make certain the paint went on with a smooth finish I added KIM Latex X-Tender, a conditioner which increases working time. Still, a key to painting furniture and cabinetry with success is to not over-brush.


Finally, the right brushes make all the difference. My favorite are made by Purdy, with my go-to brush being the Purdy Clearcut Glider three inch brush with an angled edge. It retails for around $13 and is worth every penny. These brushes help paint go on evenly, leaving a minimal amount of visible brush strokes and best, filaments don't begin to fall out while painting. (The 2 or 2 1/2 inch version is great for edging when painting a room.) If cleaned properly after use these brushes can last a very long time, which in the end makes them the affordable choice.



The inside of the console was already stained a beautiful chocolate brown, so I left it, simply painting up to the line where the stain begins.



I looked at this piece for two years while debating whether or not to paint it. The result is so beautiful I am now wondering what took me so long to jump in and just get it done!

123 comments :

  1. I thought I loved it before but now? LOVE! :-) It looks awesome in front of your stenciled wall, and I like the lamp you chose. excellent...

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  2. It turned out beautiful! Way better!

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  3. Looks so amazing!!! But really everything you do is amazing!

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  4. It's beautiful! So fresh and crisp. I especially like the small change in the hardware color. Great tips in here! Thanks.

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  5. How pretty! I love that it. It was pretty before and equally gorgeous now, but in a different way.

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  6. Love it! Looks great in your space.
    I can't stop painting furnature!

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  7. Lovely, well worth all the time and effort. Another job well done. liz

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  8. It looks fabulous!! I love it...so much better for the style of your home. I use Adhesion and Pro-Classic on EVERYTHING I paint...cabinets, fireplace surround, trim, doors, etc. It's a fantastic alternative to oil-based products. Now that you've used it I definitely feel validated! Great job...I love everything that you do.

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  9. Holy cow I love it! That rub & buff did the trick!

    -Rene

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  10. Looks great! Awesome job as always!

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  11. I absolutely love this. If I saw that in a catalog I would guess the price tag to be well over $1,000.

    And of course it's absolutely perfect for that accent wall.

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  12. Thanks for the tips on the brushes! I always have issues with that

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  13. that is fabulous!!!! i love the new crisp look of it.... it looks stunning.

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  14. That is quite a transformation. The color really makes it pop and the hardware shines. I really like how it turned out, especially in this location which looks to be at the center of activity. Nice Work!

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  15. Oh my Janell! I loved it both ways, but I think the finished product looks fantastic in your space! Love it!

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  16. What a beautiful transformation. It really came out amazing. It's scary painting something when you're not completely sure you're making the right decision. Obviously this was the right decision. It looks amazing. Wow...great work!!

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  17. Wow! It looked great before but now it's stunning! Excellent job.

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  18. this looks amazing!!! i'm crazy about the hardware...and love the finish you acheived!!!

    and so excited for you and the House of 50 venture!!!! Let us know how we can help and promote!
    xo

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  19. Beautiful transformation...just perfect in that spot. I'm glad that you talked about the importance of using the right products to get a professional finish. The results tell the story! Great job!

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  20. I love it! Like I always say paint does wonders.

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  21. Stunningly beautiful! You inspire me, Janell!

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  22. I have to admit I was a little afraid for you, but younare always spot on and this is an amazing transformation.

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  23. It looks fantastic Janell, very contemporary. One question, do you tape off the hardware or use a small brush to avoid getting paint on it?

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  24. I totally love it! I liked it before but it's so clean and crisp now. Beautiful!
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  25. This turned out beautifully! Bravo!
    Alcira

    nerochronicles.com

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  26. amazing! I love the console. You did a terrific job!

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  27. A beautiful transformation Janell! Goes to prove that paint is our biggest friend when it comes to updating our homes.

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  28. Love it! So much better...looks fresh, chic and modern day all at once! I had to laugh at your multi-tasking comment...that is so me!

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  29. OMG!!! It looks great! like, it was nice before, but now its AMAZING! And the picture quality is so much better! Love the blue lamp sitting there!

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  30. Amazing! Thanks for the product tips.
    But how you were able to paint your piece without taking the hardware & doors off, I'll never know.

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  31. This looks great!! I love the wallpaper too! Xo, Katie

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  32. It turned out beautifully, Janell! I really like the color and it looks great on that wall.

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  33. This is absolutely beautiful. Especially up against your awesome stenciled wall and with that great lamp sitting on it. Awesome.

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  34. Wow, Janell, it is just stunning now. TOtally reinvented, you did a great job.

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  35. LOVE it! And thanks for the paint tips...I'm getting ready to paint the oak cabinets in my laundry room, and I'll definitely go to S-W for ProClassic!

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  36. It's funny how when you see something initially you think "why would you want to paint that? it's already beautiful" but then afterwards you see it done and think "I can't believe she waited so long to paint it!". It looks so great now - fresh and modern and fits that spot perfectly. Now I can't even imagine it sitting there the way it looked originally! good call on painting it and the colour is perfect. (love your action shots btw!) :)

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  37. You did a wonderful job. It really looks fantastic! THe transformation is incredible!

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  38. This looks so awesome! It definitely blends better with the room and I love the change on the hardware. Thanks for the paint reccommendations too!

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  39. Had to comment--this piece is absolutely stunning! The new paint color, along with the lightened hardware really gives it an unexpected touch of glamour, and creates a great juxtaposition of styles within the piece. Definitely putting this in my "beautiful cabinets" file!

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  40. I do love it! I think it's a good contrast with the gray walls & brings out the pattern in it. Thanks for the sanding tip...I never know when I sanded enough!

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  41. It looks fantastic, especially against the stencilled wall!

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  42. Love it! I am also a fan of chipped paint furniture because it looks like it was loved. However, I also have a love of modern, art deco and this is gorgeous! The straight lines of the console against the pattern of your stenciled wall is perfect!

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  43. OMG! I am sooo inspired now! We have a similar piece - lugged around move after move and never quite fitting in. I am SO doing this! Thanks for the inspiration and How To. Roxanne

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  44. I L-O-V-E it! And to think I advised you to leave it 'Restoration Hardware Naked' Shame on me!

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  45. Gorgeous! Love that lamp with it too! Great job.

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  46. so lovely and serene! I love the effect of the rub and buff! Was this a Global Bazaar Target purchase?? Don't laugh if it's not~I was trying to remember.. :)

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  47. It looks beautiful, Janell! When you posted the photo of the softer tan paint color I was secretly worried it would be too tan, but I was totally wrong! Gorgeous. :)

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  48. Dear newly painted console,
    I am in love with you!!!
    xx

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  49. Beautiful, Janell! You did a great job with that. The rub n' buff is a nice touch on the hardware. Perfect spot for it against your stenciled wall and love the pop of turquoise in the lamp.

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  50. It looks beautiful! I have a giant red butterfly cabinet that I got in Japan at a huge clearance sale. I hate the red but love the cabinet and have been so tempted to paint it. Maybe this will give me the guts to do it!

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  51. I have to admit, I was bummed when you said you were painting this piece, but now? I love it even more! This is a great console, and it looks amazing now with your touch! Nice job!

    SimplyStoked.blogspot.com

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  52. Love, love, love it and also love the wall behind the console! Is that a stencil or wallpaper? Thinking that I am inspired enough to buy my first craigslist piece to re-do!

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  53. I like this so much better! Great job!!

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  54. Thanks everyone! The wall is a stencil, more information on this post:

    http://isabellaandmaxrooms.blogspot.com/2010/08/stencil-happiness.html

    Janell

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  55. This piece turned out fantastic! It was good before and I can see why you hesitated to paint it but it's even better now. I love the rub n buff on the hardware. And it looks so great against your stencil wall!

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  56. wow - it turned out fantastic and looks great! although, i have to admit I liked the 'before' too! :)

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  57. Stunning! I love it. Great step by step pictures too.

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  58. Okay, you've convinced me :) Love it; perfect for that spot. Now, where's the leather chaise?

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  59. LOVE the completed console! Great job...and it looks fabulous with the stenciled background!

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  60. I love the console! Looks so fresh and modern. Your blog is always a delight to read!

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  61. Yes, I loved the before as well, when it was in Max's old bedroom in our previous home. Its old weathered finished looked fabulous with the other colors and textures in the room. In this house it never seemed to work as well, so thrilled I was able to reinvent it!
    Janell

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  62. What a FABULOUS makeover. I'm not so handy so not sure I would attempt this myself but I can totally appreciate your efforts. Really a stunning piece redone!

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  63. Absolutely Beautiful, you've inspired me to paint a chest I have!

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  64. Wow Janell, that looks great! You did a beautiful job.

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  65. That looks so good! I was unsure of it at first when you posted about it a couple of days ago, but I seriously love it! It's even better now!

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  66. It looks great! I have a furniture painting business and a think you did it like a pro!

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  67. Well done Janell, it looks great against the wallpaper and the perfect lamp. Thanks also for the tutorial. ;-)

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  68. ...74 comments later, I think you know we like it, and the spot it's in :)
    Painting furniture can be shockingly rewarding!

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  69. It's beautiful! You always inspire me to get my paintbrush out :)

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  70. I LOVE it! The wall you did is just amazing... you are very talented...

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  71. I looks beautiful!!! I am getting ready to paint my girls dressers and was planning on using an oil based paint but I think you changed my mind. I will try the Sherwin Williams one. What is the ratio that you use for the KIM Latex X-tender to a quart and where did you find it? I am also doing a high gloss finish, do you suggest a foam roller to a brush? Thanks!

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  72. OMG. love! great, great job. and thanks for the ProClassic paint tip.

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  73. Ingrid,
    I have purchased my KIM Latex X-tender at the SW Store and there are guidelines for ratios. And regarding brush or roller, I just happen to be comfortable and used to using a brush, but I do know many prefer a roller. There are some great rollers out there specifically designed for this type of job, and SW carries them. Ask the salesperson and that may help you decide! All the best with this project!

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  74. Looks so good! Seriously! And I laughed at the sites of the someone running in two of the pictures. So cute!

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  75. What an amazing result! And thank you for explaining the steps you took to make such a beautiful facelift!

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  76. Fabulous job and the hardware change is the perfect final touch!

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  77. BRAVO! I love it way better now. I color and the shape work well together. Good job!

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  78. Simply stunning... love it! xo

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  79. simply GORGEOUS! I have a console that I've been meaning to refinish. This may have just pushed me over the edge

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  80. That's a gorgeous piece it looks amazing!

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  81. It looks amazing! Congratulations... I know these projects take a lot of time and effort and it really shows!

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  82. Wow! I am usually an oil based girl but you might have converted me.

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  83. I absolutely love the outcome! Gave me some inspiration!

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  84. The end result is perfect. I wish I had a sliver of your talent!

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  85. It looks so gorgeous against the stenciled wall! beautiful!!

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  86. WOW! Nice job! I'm always too intimidated to start a project like this...you did an amazing job!

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  87. Perfection, Janell! I know that console is feeling better in its own skin. Great job, girl!

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  88. Very well done- it looks so good against your stenciled wall! And I love seeing the action happening around you while you were snapping the pics!

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  89. Oh it looks so good now...

    You've made it to look so fab:)

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  90. Absolutely stunning. Beautiful. Gorgeous. Fantabulous! OMG, I can't get over how incredible the console looks, espeically against your stenciled wall and adorned with the beautiful turquoise lamp.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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  91. I love it. It turned out beautifully! What a great update:)

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  92. absolutely. beautiful. love this! and that wallpaper!

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  93. * I thought it was "good looking" before... NOW, tho, it's tres chic... very elegant and I LOVVVVE the CLEAN LOOK of it all!!!

    Janell, you are SOOOOO GOOOOD at what you do!

    Warmest,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  94. it looks so chic and crisp! fabulous!

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  95. You did a wonderful job. What a FABULOUS makeover.It really looks fantastic! The transformation is incredible!
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  96. AMAZING...! I saw a piece like that in a local store here in town...hmmmmay just go pick it up! Hope its still there!! :))))))

    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  97. Beautiful makeover. I love the new creamy look and antiqued hardware.

    It looks gorgeous in your stunning hallway.

    R

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  98. WOW....absolutely stunning!! I was going to send out a couple of older pieces of furniture to a professional sprayer but you've inspired this non-DIYer to try it on my own. And the walls in the hallway look great also!!
    Christine

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  99. This is gorgeous! I love that you left the inside stained - the contrast is really beautiful!

    ~SW
    http://wellsinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  100. WOW! I love it. It looks so much better now, and it didn't look bad before. Great job!

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  101. Wow! What a fantastic transformation! It looks amazing. Great job!

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  102. It looks fantastic! Can't believe how you turned a shabby chic piece into a modern, chinoiserie-inspired bit of fabulous!

    Btw, congrats on the impending launch of your magazine! (I've been so tardy in saying that -- please forgive, it's been a hectic month!). I am so excited for you and am confident it will be a HUGE hit.

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  103. It looks fantastic! Can't believe how you turned a shabby chic piece into a modern, chinoiserie-inspired bit of fabulous!

    Btw, congrats on the impending launch of your magazine! (I've been so tardy in saying that -- please forgive, it's been a hectic month!). I am so excited for you and am confident it will be a HUGE hit.

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  104. Just found your blog and love it. So many great projects. I'm sure I will be trying a few.

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  105. i'm a newcomer as well thanks to your gorgeous online mag + this project is GORGEOUS! i love it!

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  106. I like the white much better. Your stenciled wall looks fabulous. What was old is new again, yes?

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