I bought this console on Craigslist for $40. It needed some love.
The poor thing was stuck in the ‘70s – not a good style decade in my opinion.
Outdated hardware. An ugly finish. But it was well made and a good size, so I decided to refresh it and use it in my dining room redo.
I planned on replacing all the hardware, but the plates behind the door pulls were nailed and glued on. I couldn’t figure out how to take them off without creating a bigger project than I wanted to undertake. So I decided to incorporate them.
First I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White for the body. For the insets I started out with AS Chalk Paint in Louis Blue, but it looked a bit too baby blue. So I used the AS dark wax to try to tone it down. It still didn’t work for me, so I followed that with a glaze of Old White.
I sanded it to distress it a bit.
I love the painted plates behind the new pulls.
I was going for a bit of an old world French Country look, kind of like this cabinet from Wisteria ($999), one of my favorite stores.
Not quite as fancy as this one from Horchow ($1399), but with the same elegant feel.
Forty bucks and just a few hours of labor! (No priming or sanding needed with Chalk Paint.)