Project Rehab – From crusty console to elegant entry table

Entry table makeover

I picked up this used console table for $15.  It had black sharpie marks, a lot of white crusty stuff (eeewww!) and was coated in so much candle wax it had me wondering if the previous owners held seances over it.

After two hours of scrubbing, scraping and cleaning I was finally ready to start the makeover.  I thought this table was solid wood, but soon after I started sanding the top with my belt sander I realized it was actually a veneer (at least the table top and bottom shelf anyways).  Re-staining was not going to be an option so I decided to paint it white and gold.

I started by applying a shellac primer followed by 4 coats of white paint.  I didn’t use any kind of special paint, just a gallon of plain flat white I picked up in the Lowes oops section for $9. I was hoping to get away with 2 coats, then 3, but it took 4 to completely cover the dark brown wood.

Next I taped off the moulding and the bottom of the legs and sprayed them with Rustoleum specialty metallic gold spray paint.  Finally, I added 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic in clear satin to the entire table.

I love how it turned out. It looks like it cost a lot more than $15!

White and gold entry table


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