Old and New

 

console copyIn the spirit of New Year New Look, some of my old standbys are getting refreshed with a new coat of paint. Although this console was a mix of Napoleonic Blue and Louis Blue before, I wanted it more in the Old Violet hue of Chalk Paint  (similar to this chandelier or this door). Also the top had been unpainted but was not in the greatest condition so I opted for a wash of Graphite. That way you can still see the grain in the wood but the damaged areas aren’t as obvious.

I love the fact that consoles are so versatile. This one has served as sofa table, a desk, a server, and once, even a dining table. If you are short on space for storage, consider using one as a base and stack with bookshelves, or a cabinet.

Country Sideboard

 

You can always use paint to unify different woods or styles in a married piece.

Stepback cupboard

If you are looking for inspiration for a console or entryway table, be sure to check out my posts, Console Table,  Gold and Grey,  and,  In the Mood.

8 Comments

Sue

With the console above in old violet, Paris gray and graphite – was your first coat old violet and second coat Paris gray? I am trying to get the same look on a mirror with either Napoleonic blue or Aubusson blue with Paris gray but I love this console. Did you use clear wax? Thanks!

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Sue,
I had already painted this console in ASCP blues so I was able to easily cover it in one coat of OV. Paris Grey was dry brushed on the raised areas and edges to accent the highlights. I almost always use clear wax to seal the finish except when something gets hard wear. I painted my kitchen table recently an sealed it with wax and it’s holding up beautifully.I use dark wax sparingly because I think it changes the overall color to more green. Thanks for asking,
Cheers,
Leslie

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Jackie

The console is beautiful. After you painted with OV what do you mean by accenting the highlights? Do you highlight and then dry brush?

Thanks

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Jackie,,
I use a dry brush technique with Paris Grey(on the console to add highlights to the raised edges,
Leslie xxoo

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Sue

Thanks! All your pieces are so beautiful and I think I’m hesitant in layering paint. I’m sure I can learn through trial and error. The first layer is fine but I’m never sure on how much to add for follow up of different colors. Like I said, trial and error. Thanks for posting your photos. I really enjoy seeing your work!

Sue

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Sue,
there is a lot of trial and error, but some of my favorite pieces started out as huge mistakes. At it isn’t as scary to try something, knowing you can just paint over it if you don’t like it. Send a photo when you finish your next project. I would love to see what you are working on. Thanks,
Cheers,
Leslie xxoo

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