Beachy French Console Table Makeover

Thank y’all so much for all of the birthday love yesterday on Facebook and Instagram! Being 28 feels pretty good so far. I hope you had a beautiful Mother’s Day too.

Now that the weather is getting nice and toasty in our area, I am getting so excited for some upcoming beach trips. Ever since I was just a few weeks old, my family and I always took several trips to Myrtle Beach every year. I think last year’s beach trip was proof that Olivia will be as hooked on the ocean as I was growing up.

So maybe it was no accident that I subconsciously turned my latest furniture makeover into a beachy French finish.

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

And along with it being beach weather now, I’m so glad we’ve hit yard sale season too. I picked up this console table at a yard sale last weekend, and it was the perfect candidate for a simple coat of paint.

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

The previous owner apparently tried to refinish it herself and gave up. I still had plenty of Annie Sloan Duck Egg Chalk Paint leftover from several projects.

We used that one quart of paint on our coffee table, kitchen chairs, a wooden tray, a sewing table for my mom, and a wooden crate for our porch, and even after this console table, there is still some left. That paint’s price tag, that I once thought was a little steep, has proven to be well worth it. (This coming from a crazy penny pincher.)

No matter how many furniture makeovers I do, the power of paint always amazes me.

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

I used the exact same method I used on our kitchen chairs.

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

All it took was one coat of paint, a quick sanding to distress, and a layer of clear wax. It probably took 2 hours tops, and it turned out even better than I could have imagined.

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

I found these cute drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby for 50% off that ended up being perfect. They even already had a duck egg color on them.

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

I stole accessories from our hallway shelf and the window from our master bathroom to style it. I have to admit, I started devising ways I could keep this baby.

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

Robert was actually tempted too. But since there was absolutely nowhere to put it, we sold it instead. It was gone within hours!

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

Okay okay, I stole baskets from our pantry too. You can’t tell, but there are still paper plates and Ziploc bags in them in these pictures. Can’t trust anything on the internet these days, can you?

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

Beachy French Console Table Makeover | Bless'er House

I’m so glad this cute little table now has a new home. Since I didn’t have any coastal accessories lying around at our house, maybe it’ll get some beach styling in its new place.

Or maybe we’ll just have to hunt for some real coastal accessories on our own when we go shell hunting at Myrtle Beach next month.

What do you think of it? I’m ready to try out some new paint colors now that my Duck Egg has finally dwindled, but I think this one will still always be my favorite. Do you have any favorite chalk paint colors? I’d love to know!

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  1. Beautiful! I have a question, having never really used chalk paint. Is there a particular kind of wax you use on the top. I once painted a piece of furniture using a matte paint and used some paste wax on top and it didn’t do well, ended up looking yellow. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Ohh paste wax can sometimes yellow white paint especially. You’d probably have a better chance of using Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax or Fiddes & Sons clear wax. Fusion Mineral Paint makes a beeswax that’s really great too.

  2. I’m looking into refinishing some pieces to sell. How much did you ask for the finished piece?

    1. It really depends on how much I bought the piece for, what kind it is, and how much time it takes with the finish. On average, I spend $20-40 on a thrifted piece, factor in about $35 per hour of work, and about $30 in paint/wax/supplies. You can charge more or less depending on how quickly you want it to sell too and the average pricing in your area can be a factor too. I usually take a look at similar listings on Craigslist/Etsy to get an idea of how much I should charge.

  3. Beautiful. I’ve never heard of clear wax over chalk paint. Is this something you buy in the paint dept? Would like more information please.

    Thanks

    1. Thanks, Chon! You typically can buy wax anywhere that sells chalk paint. Lowe’s and Home Depot sell wax too. I’ve used Minwax clear Finishing Paste and Fiddes & Sons clear wax lately.

  4. Love this blue!! I’ve been using a lot of the cheaper chalk paints from local stores, like the Americana paint, and while I like it, I’m ready to go back to Annie Sloan. It’s just a smoother finish. I think this blue may be my next color. Oraybe provincial red….or yellow…..

    1. This is my favorite blue. πŸ™‚ I know exactly what you mean about the other brands. They’re nice but Annie Sloan is still the best in my book.

  5. What an awesome find and ready to paint! Love the Duck Egg Chalk paint. Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle. I love seeing all of your projects Lauren!

    1. Thanks, Valerie! This one was definitely a lucky find that doesn’t come along very often. πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting!

  6. You did another amazing job, Lauren! Love that color too… and the drawer pulls are perfect!

  7. Absolutely Beautiful!! Do you have a store? What would you charge for a console table like this if you could find something like it?

    1. Thank you! I don’t have a store, though I’ve thought about opening an Etsy shop one day in the future. I sold this one for $200 on my local buy/sell/trade Facebook group.

    1. Thanks, Michelle! Duck Egg is my favorite too. I’ve done so many pieces in that color. The pulls were my favorite part of this one. πŸ™‚

  8. I simply LOVE this side table! It has anythink I love in a piece of reclaimed furniture!
    So many lovely details, and the color is allso one of my favorits. When I started painting with chalk paint, I allso startet with Duck egg blue. I cant remember how many pieces I painted with that color. Now, all of those painted pieces got sold (we allso have a problem with enough space, unfortunately).
    But I think that this color will allso always be one of my favourits:)

    1. Thank you! I’m sure this will always be my favorite color as well. It’s a great subtle color to bring into a neutral room and not overdo it. πŸ™‚

  9. I love the new look on the console. Duck egg is one of my favorite colors. My sister just painted a dresser that color and I want it sooo bad! But, no room for it so I guess I will have to let her sell it.
    I also love the prints in the window frame. Where did you find them and are they still available? They look perfect with the table.

    1. Thanks, Karen! I know that dilemma very well. Too much furniture, not enough space! But that’s a good problem to have I guess. πŸ™‚ I actually found those prints in an old Audubon field guide book. I just ripped out those 6 pages because the book was falling apart. I’m sure you could find similar field guides on eBay or Amazon and have plenty of prints to choose from.

  10. Ahh. I love it all. I must be teary. I remember being 28. Americana had just come out. Slate blue. Navy. A barn red. Or a pink was it dusty rose? And a green with a rust. I loved the navy. My friend had the slate blue like this Duck Egg blue. And I never got a navy couch. No one painted furniture. It was old fashioned to have painted cabinets so I painted mine using several shades of brown to make them appear more in style. I used an oak stain glaze type stuff and drug it over off white paint and everyone thought I had new oak cabinets. And at age 28 I got a new home with the latest of everything which soon went out and we put hardwood flooring in!!! It’s how the cycles go. But what all of you younger bloggers do is encourage not just young people but even me to step out there. Don’t be stuck in the mud!!! Do have fun!!! So thank you for more than just words today!!! I think I’ll put some wax on that PB tall candlestick I chalk painted that I’m using as a place for my mug of coffee when in my ( finally!!!) perfect red I’ve always wanted and found this year in a new PB leather tufted rolled arm chair and a half❀️

    1. Certainly! I should go back and add it in. I used Minwax Clear Finishing Paste on this piece. It’s lasted me over a year, and I do probably 2-3 furniture makeovers a month, so it’s gone a long way. It’s not even half used up.

  11. Lauren – this console table is beautiful! We know how hard it is to part with pieces like this. Each time we do a custom piece for a client or a piece for our booth we scheme ways to keep it for ourselves
    lol. Our new fave color is Napoleonic Blue. We are using it on a clients credenza right now. It’s like cobalt blue and if we dark wax it it looks like aged denim.

    1. Ooh! Thanks! I’ll have to look into that one. Any shade of blue is usually a winner in my book. I’ll have to check it out on your blog. πŸ™‚

    1. I know, big bummer. But I wasn’t willing to part with my current foyer table (that still hasn’t been refinished a year after buying it on Craigslist). I have big plans for it, so it’ll be fabulous too when I get around to it. πŸ™‚

  12. That Dick Egg never disappoints! Love the drawer pulls you put on this piece too! Shame you didn’t keep it, I would have cried real tears when it left .

    1. I’m sure you mean Duck Egg. Haha! (Why? Autocorrect why?) I was so excited to find those drawer pulls. It was a bummer to let it go, but I have big plans for my current foyer table that hasn’t gotten any refinishing love yet. πŸ™‚

  13. Hey Lauren,
    I love the way the console table turned out and I have to say, I can’t believe you sold it!?! It would have looked great in your home and in several different places! But I guess we have to do what we have to do, right!? πŸ™‚ Hope you had a nice Mother’s Day and a nice birthday!
    Blessings,
    Lanita

    1. I know! I wasn’t willing to part with my current current table since the size of this one was much smaller than what would work in our foyer. We almost put it behind our couch, but I wanted something in a different color / wood tone for there. We have Duck Egg furniture EVERYWHERE now. Haha Thanks so much! Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day too!

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