Console Table

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Until recently, Grahm and I have had a pretty sad entry way. I purchased one of those storage cubes from Target when we were in the apartment because a) we were poor and b) we needed more storage space. Cubby holders, anyone? I would have taken a picture but was too embarrassed by the heinousness. Foul chicken, my friends. Needless to say, it wasn't warm or welcoming...two things every entry way should be, according to yours truly.

The past few months I've been on the hunt for the perfect console table to renovate. Entry way tables are tricky, especially when I'm an extra picky Craigslister/everyone selling wants a zillion dollars for their "antique" crap. I needed a table that wasn't wider than 20 inches so it wouldn't block the walkway and not higher than 26 inches so it wouldn't go past our chair rail. Easier said than done.

For this DIY, you'll need:
Table to Beautify
Sander
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
I bought this little guy on Craigslist for $40. It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but it had the perfect dimensions. I love the detail on the legs, even if this lady ruined them by slapping on some streaky poop-colored paint.
The first step was to strip the top. Early on, we decided that we wanted the table to be two-tone similar to the desk I painted. Instead of paint, however, we wanted a nice wood finish. Grahm took the orbital sander and went to town. (Go ahead and judge our ridiculous garage now, but just know that I have organizational panic attacks every time I go into Grahm's domain.)
I then painted the bottom with two coats of Annie Sloan Old White. Every time I use her paint, I fall more in love with it. No prep work is like music to my ears. We didn't sand or strip the bottom at all; I just painted and called it groovy.

Once the paint dried, we added some Minwax Prestain to condition the wood. This allows the grain to open up, so you won't have a streaky, blotchy stain. We let that dry for two hours before applying the actual stain.
Using some shop towels (heavy-duty paper towels), Grahm applied the stain to the table top. We used the small Minwax Special Walnut (with tons left over!) because we didn't have a big surface area. You'll want to be sure to be as even and thorough as possible during your application, going with the grain of the wood.
After the stain dried, we topped it with some polyurethane for a protective finish. And voila!
Our entry way still isn't perfect, but it sure beats a cubby holder from Target. And who wouldn't want to enter a home when sparkly pumpkins are there to welcome you? ;)

32 comments:

Erin LFF said...

I actually think it IS perfect- so you're good ;) Seriously love it all!

Emily said...

My apartment is still just waiting patiently for the Jena touch ;) Seriously though, very welcoming and warm!

Jay T said...

It's beautiful!!! Every time you post your projects I just get more and more impressed!!

Mason's Mama said...

You two are so crafty! It came out great. I love everything about your new entry way!!

Lauren said...

I die. This is so beautiful. Interested in another trip to Seattle so you can HELP ME?!!! ;)

Heather @ From Here to There said...

I love all of your DIY projects, this one did not disappoint! It looks lovely!!

Katie said...

gosh you are SO talented! come decorate my house please!!

Erin said...

The cutest. You rocked it...yet again.

Ashley Wright said...

cute! I have LOVED all of your DIY projects! Your home is so perfect!

Krista said...

You're the inspiration for all my DIY wants, you have the greatest ideas!

Kelsey Lenay said...

Like everyone else is saying, I just keep getting more and more impressed! You are so craft-I wish a little of your DIY vibes would rub off on me! Love when you show projects!


Xo, Kelsey

Stephanie said...

Where are those sparkly pumpkins from? I love them!

Rachel Queen Atwell said...
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Rachel @ Atwell Adventures said...

Get out of my head!!! ;) I just {thirty minutes ago} finished up the first coat on our dining table and chairs and I'm doing the same thing to the table (white legs, dark top). The only difference is yours is real wood and mine is not... #NewlywedBudgetProbz

Brittany Fry said...

Love it!! I made a console table to go behind our couch out of wood crates and a wooden box but I love this so much more! Going to have to start looking on our craiglist for one similar!!I have the same glitter pumpkins too & love them!

Katie said...

Oh my, I am dying. I am so jealous of your crafty visions! I wish I could make my house look half that good! GREAT job.

Evelien said...

The before and after is just amazing! You did a great job on this one... Always welcome to get some of your inspiration going on our under-construction-home ;)

CoastWithMe said...

I just can't get enough of these DIY posts! The console table looks amazing and I love the fall decor! Fanfreakingtastic girl:))!

Julie Joy said...

As always, fabulous job! I love the colors you choose for the wood stain and the legs! Very welcoming for the entry way! :)

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

I love your entire house.

Megan D said...

Love it! It looks amazing!

shaeken said...

Ah! This is so beautiful!! That entry table is perfection. As are the glittery pumpkins and the chalkboard.

Mariah Rickard said...

Your DIY's make me so excited to own a house one day! They are truly beautiful and look so fun!

Ashley Robyn said...

This turned out absolutely beautiful. I am now on the hunt for one for a weird spot in our living room that I think it would look PERFECT in. I love how easy you make doing this seem.

Noelle said...

Your so crafty!!! It looks awesome! And out of curiosity- is that a stroller I see already in your garage?! :)

Pamela said...

Loving all of your before & afters!! Turned out perfect! :) Love the gold pumpkin & blue frame!!

Kelsey Eaton said...

Can you come please decorate my house?? Well I need one of those first but...ya know.

Kayla Peveler said...

Its not perfect? Oh, I thought it was ;) you're amazing. Seriously!!

Jennie Grange said...

so cute! goodness come do my home!

Sara {Social Sara} said...

How darling! You are such an inspiration! :)

Jamie K. said...

I want this!! Can we just be BFF's so you can inspire me to do more with my house?! PLEASE!! :) Love it!

Becca Moss said...

Ahhhhh I love it! Including the banner & chalkboard! Come to Cinci to do some DIY's with me?! :)