Upcycling a charming console table June 04 2013, 760 Comments

Since opening Twenty Six and running Annie Sloan workshops I have been repeatedly asked to start a blog on pieces I paint, what inspires me, how I source items, how I source my international pieces etc. I have finally responded to this request and I will do my utmost to keep my blog simple, lighthearted and I hope inspirational. If there is anything you would like me to blog about, let me know and I will certainly try my best. As the Annie Sloan blog is wonderful with universal appeal, I will focus on localising the content to suit our community in Ireland. For my first blog I am going to explain in a step by step process how I sourced and upcycled a charming console table.

This mahogany console table caught my eye outside a second hand store just outside Clane, I was attracted by the curved feet on the legs, the simplicity in design, the neat little drawer and the detail added by the brass back rail.  These reproduction tables usually have a high gloss varnish finish and although not necessary I gave it a very light sanding with glass paper before starting to paint. I wanted this console to become a statement piece and to contrast with the neutral background - I decided Provence from Chalk Paint would be suitable as a vibrant contrasting colour. I decided it needed a mirror to reflect light and to create a focal point, adding more allure to the space in the hall. So as not to compete with the console I decided to match the mirror in exactly the same colour - Provence.

To contrast with Provence and to add a little unexpected surprise, I painted the interior of the drawer with Barcelona Orange, mixed with a little of Emperors Silk - both from the Chalk Paint™ range - to deepen the colour and to contrast even more with the exterior of the console. I also decided to paint the back bar in the same colour so it would stand out against the wall as a detail in such a contrasting colour.


To complete both pieces, they were softly rubbed with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax to protect the exterior. Then to complete the look, a simple knob was attached to the drawer.

You too can achieve this look by ordering Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More or Quick & Easy Paint Transformation, which is an easy step-by-step guide. 

What do you think of our finished piece? A hallway transformed!