Upcycled Oak Console Table – DIY Chalk Paint
This lovely hall console table was tired and urgently needed a makeover.
Planning and Preparation After my initial preparation and planning, I did some research to get inspiration and loved the examples I found of pieces where the wooden top had been left natural and waxed. This look, combined with a vintage, creamy white finish, would give the table the country look I wanted.
The table was in good condition and just needed a thorough clean. The drawer furniture had a long soak in vinegar and brown sauce, which cleaned them perfectly.
I first removed the varnish from the top with paint stripper and then lots of sanding. That bought it back to its natural, oak finish. It was then time to make up the paint. I made my own ‘Vintage White’, chalk finish paint an alternative to ‘Annie Sloan’s Old Batch Chalk Paint’.
I then applied the first coat. I like applying two coats of paint for what I describe as a ‘solid finish’, rather than a wash.
Once both coats were dry, I sanded the piece to create a smooth finish; doing the edges, around the corners, drawers and recesses to age and distress it.
I used Autentico Anthracite (Dark Grey) and White Chalk Wax to enhance and age the all over the table. Once the wax had dried, it was buffed to give a good finish and also for protection.
This table was supposed to be sold in my shop but we loved it so much, it was re-homed in our own lobby 🙂 We found a perfect mirror to place above it and I think it really does add that country charm.