Updating furniture to work in your space: Amanda’s Console Table

Let me tell you a little about my house. It’s been a work in progress since I moved in February of 2018. BUT I decided 2020 was going to be the year I turned my house into a home. I made a list of all the projects I wanted to work on, all the furniture I wanted to buy or replace, a vague idea of what decor I’d bring in to make my space more… me.

The first place was my kitchen. It felt like the easiest to tackle because of the approximately 234,567,231 kitchen clean and declutter videos on YouTube. I started the year with this wall (which is across from my kitchen but let’s count it anyway).

This wall had nothing on it so I bought some shelves to add decor that I could swap out seasonally. I’m usually terrified of commitment or the feeling of permanence (this will be critical as you get to know me better), but this seemed like the best possible option. One thing I didn’t think of was how wild it would drive me that the shelves and trim are white, but the console table is cream/off-white.

I originally bought the console table in 2018 from Target and it really serves as a “junk table” more than anything else (can you tell? The grocery bags, work purse, gym bag, package should be a clue). I foolishly thought it was white when I bought it, but it’s actually an off-white/cream color, which drove me wild.

After 3 months of looking at white console tables looking for one I liked that was also inexpensive, my boyfriend looked at me and said “Amanda, why don’t you just paint the one you have?” Because, Jeremy, that’s WAY TOO LOGICAL.

Anyway, he was right – the perfect solution was to paint the table I had (costing a whole $10 at Home Depot). HOWEVER, I learned some lessons to share with y’all along the way.

Step 1: Take off any drawers/knobs and cover places that probably shouldn’t be painted.

Step 2: Set up a space in a WELL VENTILATED AREA (Erica can tell you why*) to paint – I used a glossy white spray paint.

Step 3: Lightly/quickly sand the areas that will be painted – this doesn’t need to be a full sanding job (especially if you’re painting something that’s made of MDF or other not-wood materials) since you’re just trying to rough up the surface for paint to stick to.

Step 4: Spray in light/long strokes to evenly coat your item (or generally follow the instructions for the type of paint you’re using)

Step 5: Let dry according to manufacturer recommendations – in my case it was 24 hours before moving it back to where it belonged.

Step 6: Marvel in how much better your item looks now that it matches your space better (or at least mine did).

*(A brief note from Erica): DEFINITELY make sure you’re in a well ventilated area when you’re spray painting, and if that’s not an option (like you can’t move what you’re painting) use a safety mask. I frosted the window in our master bathroom and thought the bathroom’s ventilator fan would be enough. It wasn’t, and I ended up with an allergic reaction that knocked me out for the rest of the weekend.

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