February 18, 2011

DIY Console Makeover

The story behind the console makeover
I did this project ages ago, but figured late is better than never!  It all started when I realized that my new place away at college had an empty wall.  Naturally, I scrambled to find something to cover that bare wall.  Even more naturally, I decided to look through my parents belongings and find something that they no longer needed (or that I could steal borrow from them).  I found an oak china hutch cabinet in the basement that was no longer being used. 

DIY Instructions
I immediately hauled it out to the garage, asked my dad for his sander, received a short tutorial in using the sander and so the fun began.  I sanded the entire piece to remove the glossy layer.  If you don't have a sander, you can use sand paper to roughen it up.  Using a brush, I hand painted the piece black.  Once the paint had thoroughly dried, I used some sand paper on the edges to give it a more rustic look and let the wood peek through.  If you lightly rub the sand paper along the edges of drawers, doors, top and sides it will give the appearance that the piece was not just freshly painted.  For an even more rustic antique look, you can use a paint scraper tool to remove large chunks of paint.  Don't be afraid to play around with the sanding until you've achieved the look you want.
One more thing
Eek! I forgot one major detail - to take a "before" photo (gasp!)  I suppose it was my lack of  experience in DIY projects or the fact that I only had a few days to transform this beaut.  Sooo when I decided to do this "before & after" post, I immediately hit up google and began searching for an "oak china hutch cabinet with two drawers."  It was hard to find the same piece, but you will just have to take my word for it when I tell ya that this is pretty much what it looked like before (minus the fern sitting on top).  Oh, and the knobs.  I kept the original knobs on, which you will notice are not the same as the knobs in the before picture.  Learn from my mistake and take a "before" photo.  You never know when it may come in handy!

 What do you think?

"Before" photo from here.


  1. Did that clock come from Ikea!? I love it & have one on my nightstand!

  2. It sure did! Gotta love cute & inexpensive.

  3. Looks amazing Kelley!! You're so fab girl :) xo

  4. Thats awesome! I want to do some DIY project like this but haven't yet!

  5. Great job Kelley! You are the best!

  6. Kell, I L-O-V-E this! I had no idea what the before looked like! You did an amazing job. Thanks for inspiring me, and reminding me to take "before" pictures as well. That is the hardest part for me to remember!

  7. love the inexpensive transformation idea; mine would be painted white. :)