Painted Console Table | Layered Grays


Katie, a new client, brought me this vintage dusty console table to paint.  It has great lines, but the finish is damaged and definitely dated.

Dark pieces like this always have the best before & after because paint shows off the details.

console table before

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Layered Grays

Katie requested the same finish as I had done on this desk at the beginning of last year.

elegant desk after

I also did the same technique with 3 different colors on these night stands.  So if you fancy something darker or lighter you can easily switch up the colors.

For these tables, I used Manatee Gray, Gravel Road and Fluff.

ethan allen night stand front view

Preventing Bleed-Through with BOSS

Now back to our cute console table that needs some love.  Obviously, I cleaned it first with White Lightning. 

While I was washing and rinsing it, there was a red color coming off on my paper towels.  That’s a great indication that you have a bleeder. 

If you’re seeing that happen, it’s always a good idea to use BOSS.  One use for BOSS is to stop bleed-through, so I painted 1 coat of it in the gray color.

By the way, if you want to see me doing this technique, you can check out the video here.

entry table top

Dry Brush Technique

For this dry brushing technique, I like to use a chip brush to add additional texture. 

Start with the darkest color, then do the lightest color and finish on the medium color.  I go through this full rotation at least twice, but you can do it as much as you want until you like the final look.

To start, I dip my brush in the paint and then dab most of it off on a paper towel.  Then I brush it on the piece lightly going up and down and side to side in a cross shape.  No circles or diagonals, just straight lines!

entry table front

You can see the color variation is subtle, but gives it more texture and interest.

Before sealing it with a flat sheen clear coat, I sanded slightly with a 400 grit sanding pad.

I really loved the original vintage pulls, but Katie picked out these flower knobs from Hobby Lobby.  They are cute too!

console table closeup

Here comes that before & after I was telling you about – it’s a good one!  Please Pin!

console table pin

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11 thoughts on “Painted Console Table | Layered Grays”

  1. Very pretty technique Shannon. Thank you for sharing it at Farmhouse Friday! Hope you link up again soon.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Cindy! I love your farmhouse style, so I’ll be there. xo, Shannon

  2. What a gorgeous table! Love the color choice and the technique. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Kathleen! It’s a favorite technique of mine too. xo, Shannon

  3. Pam says:

    Oh, I just love that so much. I have an antique round side table that is in need of a makeover, and this would be so perfect. What a lovely transformation.

  4. Those knobs are so pretty! I am still learning so much about these products by reading your posts. Can’t wait to try some of these out. Thanks for visiting each week and sharing the tips and your projects. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks for taking the time to visit my console table post and comment, Donna! xo, Shannon

  5. Shannon -what a gorgeous makeover!
    Thank you SO much for sharing your creativity at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.
    Can’t wait to feature you at this week’s party #496. 🙂

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks so much for featuring my console table! Love your party! xo, Shannon

  6. Rebecca Payne says:

    Simply Gorgeous!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thank you Rebecca! xo, Shannon

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