I bought this console table seven years ago when my husband and I moved into our first Boston apartment. There was a very narrow hallway inside the front door and we needed somewhere to toss our keys and such when we came home. I came across this table at Target and it was perfect…under $100, slim profile, and I loved the flared legs. This is what it originally looked like:
It came with us when we moved to our house in the suburbs and since then has lived in our entryway, behind the couch, and finally in its current location in the kitchen.
The decision to paint it was the end result of a sanding mishap, but what a happy accident because I like it so much more now. Months ago, I had been planning to stain it a lighter wood shade but when I started sanding the top with my electric sander I very quickly realized there was a problem. Turns out the top was not solid wood but the thinnest of wood veneers on top of particle board. In those few seconds I had obliterated the veneer on one side of the table. This left me two options – replace the veneer or paint the table instead of staining it. I priced out wood veneer and it was almost as much as the whole table had cost. I wasn’t into the idea of painting it at the time so I placed another table behind the couch, stuck the console table in the back of the garage and forgot about it for a few months.
When I started thinking about putting a table under the back window in our kitchen, I thought, “Aha! Perfect! I will pull out that table in the garage and paint it.” This was before I started writing this blog and so I have no pictures of the unfortunate beard of mold I discovered on much of the table. Ick. But some rubber gloves and a bleach and water scrub later, I was back in business.
I primered the table then painted it with two coats of a pale grey semi-gloss latex paint. I swapped out the three original brushed nickel knobs for glass ones I got on sale at Anthropologie.
And with that this little table went from a leftover piece of furniture I had come to feel just lukewarm about to one I really, really like. I have a feeling this table has finally found a home where it will be staying for awhile.