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Refreshed Console {the power of paint}

We all have those pieces of furniture.  The ones that fit just right where they are.  Like they were made for that spot.


This piece fits just right in a small hall/entry way.  You walk in the front door and it’s the first thing you see.  The floors are a beautiful dark wood and the walls are the original pickled bead-board.  Nothing in this room was going to change, except the addition of a sisal rug.  The console just blended in.  It was brown, on top of brown, standing in front of brown.


All this brown made the room dark, as you can see in this photo, so dark that getting a good photo was difficult.


It’s easy to transform a room with paint especially with a paint made just for furniture.  

Like Maison Blanche Vintage furniture paint.

I painted this piece with Vanille.  I cleaned it well, removed the hardware and started painting.

I finished it with clear wax, applied one coat of wax to the body of the piece and 2 coats on the top.

I knew that that this piece would get plenty of action, being in the entry way.


That entry way looks so different now and all it took was a little paint.

Don’t fear the paint, love the paint.

Refresh a brown piece today!  You will be glad 🙂


  1. Debbie,
    You picked the perfect color to brighten up your space. The stained floor looks beautiful and the pickled bead board stands on its own with the vanilla entry cabinet. You did not even have to change the hardware for this update. Perfection!
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  2. I found your site concerning the finger knitting but when I scrolled down and saw this page about refinishing an old chest, I loved it. I have just such an old chest of drawers that belonged to my grandmother (and I’m a retired lady so you can imagine how it it must be). It’s an awful shade of dark espresso – almost black – and it sits now in my living room in “just the right spot” but the finish is hideous. I now must find some of that miracle paint you mention and see about giving it a facelift! Thank you!

  3. Hi

    Hi Debbie, do you sand the piece fitst or just paint it over the brown? I have several big pieces of furniture but just to think of sanding
    I give up before starting. Love your blog!

    • Hi Nora, I don’t sand. I use Maison Blanche vintage furniture paint. I do clean the piece really well, paint 2 coats and wax. Good luck with your makeovers!

  4. Debbie, the console is very pretty, and I do like it better painted, too. I’ve been struggling with a cedar chest trying to decide whether to paint it or not. Your makeovers are inspiring me. Thanks!

  5. I love your site and am wondering what I can do with two end tables that were my parents..condition is excellent except for scratches. I want to update them but don’t know what to do.

  6. So true! What a difference, Debbie!
    xo Heidi

  7. Thanks for refreshing this console, the before pic made my eyes burn! Looks great now.

  8. Hi! I absolutely LOVE what you did with this piece. What a difference a little paint can make. I am wondering if you sanded and primed it first? I am also wondering if your piece is solid wood or does it have some plastic (like the molded parts) or “fake” wood on it? Also, I’ve never heard of that paint before… is it chalk paint? Where can I find it? Always enjoy your posts. Thank you!!

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