Friday, January 20, 2012

Still Loving This DIY Redo!


Last year, right about now, I finished up the redo of this console. 
With its new look, it is still a favorite piece in the house!



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!

40 comments :

  1. Oh, it's beautiful alright! But what I can't believe is how you painted it with the harware still on it.

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  2. Everytime I look at this picture (which is often) I am just so impressed. Between the stenciled wall, the painted buffet/console, and all the work you did on the table/chair/bench, not to mention the chandy - just a constant source of inspiration. Thanks for always sharing, the good, the bad and the process. Liz

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  3. You did a beautiful job painting it. Love the color and your wall stencil.

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  4. Oh, definitely one of my faves of yours too!!!! And your dining room is stunning!

    BTW - I love SW Adhesion Primer!

    Bethany

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  5. It came out beautiful! And I am loving your walls!!!!!!!!Did you stencil them or is that wall paper? So lovely.
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  6. It turned out so great, but that wall is still my favorite project! I'm with you about Purdy brushes-They're the best!

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  7. Thank you, it is a stencil from Whitewall & Co., Janell

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  8. Yup...me too! Love, love, love your dining area!

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous and don't you just love Rub'n Buff. Heather

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  10. Look at that first photo, Janell. It's so beautiful. The chandy, the bench you recovered, lamp. I just love it all.

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  11. Great post and step by step tutorial. Perhaps it will motivate me to finally paint the antique dresser that has been sitting in my garage...waiting...for months now!
    Thanks Janell!
    Laura @ Elegant Nest

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  12. That is truly a gorgeous transformation! Lightening it up like that brought out all of the fantastic details and the hardware really pops. It looks perfect in that beautiful space! :-)
    Vanessa

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  13. i'm glad to see this blog post about this piece again- you did a great job.

    Just wondering about the proportions of the paint to x tender i.e. how much of the Latex X tender.

    thanks!

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  14. it's gorgeous. Glad you still love it- makes it worth all that work to make a piece so much better!

    Jenna

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  15. O, that is a great question, and I know the answer is on the container...however, I used more than recommended (don't recall exactly HOW much more) but a year later it doesn't seem to have hurt, and made the job easier. :)
    Janell

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  16. thanks, am glad it's written on the can itself as I am not confident like you about mixing paints or things into paints for diy furniture projects. Hence why I never get them done.

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  17. I love the look that the ProClassic paint brings to the console. Never heard of that paint before but I love the enamel look to it. Does it have a gloss when you see it in person?

    Hoping to try that paint if I find a desk that I like that needs refinishing.

    Lindsay @ InspiredDomesticity

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  18. A soft sheen rather than a high gloss, I'm a big fan of this product! The kids have their craft supplies in this cabinet so gets opened, doors and drawers getting banged often and it has stood up to the wear. Janell

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  19. That's so inspiring! I absolutely love the transformation. That is definitely the reassurance I need to get some furniture projects done around my home! :) Happy weekend!

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  20. I agree...that console was a goodie! Have a great weekend!

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  22. I am always amazed at the vision you have for pieces. The piece looks amazing and I am sure will bring you happiness for years to come!

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  23. This piece is beautiful and your whole room is gorgeous, Janell. You've inspired me to quit walking by a dresser I've been contemplating redoing (forever) and just bite the bullet and do it! Pretty blue birdcage on your table.

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  24. I completely agree, it turned out fabulously. I relate to the hesitation to take the plunge!! Oh, do I ever! And posts like this serve as a good reminder to just go with your gut.

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  25. Thank you for sharing your tips and products, Janelle. I see some furniture painting in my future so this was very helpful. The console, and really your whole dining area, is beautiful!

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  26. Great post, thanks. I'm in the middle of painting my bathroom vanity. And with every brushstroke, I'm thinking the same thing - what took me so long to do this?

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  27. You, my friend, are nothing short of a magician. You just wave your magic wand and voila... stunning interiors! (If only it was that easy, huh)? I am crazy about the wallpaper. LOVE it. xo

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  28. Oh yeah, I love the paint job - that piece is beautiful. Really love it :o)

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  29. Janelle - this is a beautiful piece now. I love looking at older furniture and seeing its possibilities in another color - its gorgeous now! ;-))

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  30. Yes - it's a winner! You did awesome!

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  31. You did a fabulous job, Janell. I had not seen this project before. It is truly inspirational! And I do a lot of multitasking, too - it is an art!

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  32. What a beautiful job!! I have a similar console that would look great with this same treatment. Thanks for the post!!

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  33. That wall & furniture is one of my faves of your projects too. You do wonderful work! Happy January!

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