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This post is from a YouTube video I did as a collaboration with the YouTube Mommy MeetUp Facebook group. I loved this project so much I wanted to share it with you as well. Check out all the great projects from the collab on YouTube by clicking HERE.
We had this old console table we used as an entry way dump all at our apartment we lived in years ago. We moved 5 years ago and it has made its way around our house for different purposes. It is old and beat up, and my taste has changed from dark woods to light and bright. I decided it was time to update this old console table and make it into something that fit my personality and lifestyle now.
First, I need to explain something. I am not a patient person. I don’t like projects that are going to take me days to finish. So I have to tell you how I fell in love with this Krylon Chalky Finish paint (affiliate link). Why? Beacuse 1) it is a spray paint 2) it dries in 10 minutes and 3) it has all the conveince of a chalk paint (no-minimal prep, matte finish, etc). Even better, they sell a spray on wax finish for it as well.
I chose a Misty Gray color so it would be light and bright, but not white and show dirt and dust too easy. After all I have lots of little hands around my place.
I started by taking apart the drawer of the table. At first I only took off the front and removed the handle, but later, I ended up taking it completely apart (you will see why in a moment).
I sprayed the table in a few separate sessions. It actually only took one coat to complete cover the table. I was pretty impressed. I also painted the front of the drawer. Then I used the spray on wax sealant to finish the job.
I replaced the handle with some new hardware that I got for under $2 at Lowe’s. I saw some cuter ones at Michael’s but none of them fit with the color scheme I was going for. At the time I thought I would use this as a vanity in my room.
After I had finished the pain job, I decided I wanted to add a pop of color inside the drawer. I did this in the most unconventional way, and probably every single DIY blogger will shake their head when they read how I did this, but hey, it worked and 2 months later, it still looks awesome. I “primed” the sides, back and bottom of the drawer using the spray on chalk paint, and then I took acrylic paint that was the color I wanted, and already had on hand (thus saving me money) and painted the inside of the drawer.
Remember I mentioned above I originally said I was going to use it as a vanity. Well, then I remembered two things. 1) I didn’t have a good mirror to go with this and right now, I don’t have time to look for one or buy one I really like. 2) I have one year old twins and a preschooler. I rarely “sit down” and put on makeup. Besides, I realized I had a much better use for this old console table.
I turned it into my laptop desk. I needed a more permanent work station, and this would get me off the dining room table. I was able to put it in a little nook in our dining room where it was out of the way, but in a place I could get work done at various times of the day (during the babies naps, while binge watching netflix after bedtime, etc). It works out perfectly for me and with the gorgeous, light gray color, it almost blends right into the room. I love it.
Have you tried the Krylon Chalk Finish Spray Paint? If so, let me know what projects you did with it.