See this amazing before and after furniture makeover using only paint! Keep reading to see how to easily transform any piece of furniture.
Hey friends! If you checked out my Console Table Styling post, you know I was preparing an amazing before and after makeover for our console table in our family room.
I’ve been eyeing the rattan drawer front console table by Studio McGee for quite some time. While I love the modern yet traditional feel of the piece, I couldn’t justify replacing our perfectly good console table that we already owned.
The one thing that bothered me for quite some time about our console is the color. It’s the perfect size for the wall, has storage which is always a plus, and was a great price, however, the grayish tone always seemed to melt right into the walls.
For this project, I didn’t want to sand down the piece or even move it outdoors to use a paint sprayer. I went on the hunt for an easy to use furniture paint that required little to no prep work.
I discovered Velvet Finishes by Kellie Smith after seeing a few before and after photos on Instagram. I was not paid or sponsored for this project and my opinions expressed here are 100% my own. With that said, I can’t say how much I loved working with this product.
There was absolutely no sanding involved… just a simple clean and then paint. I used the luxurious finish which is beautiful in person and looks amazing with the brass handles. I haven’t applied a protective finish just yet, but I plan to use their protect product soon.
How to Prep Furniture Before Painting
While this is a no sand paint, it is very important to prep your furniture by cleaning it first. I simply used diluted soap and water to remove any dust from the surface, followed by Velvet Finishes Ready solution. And that was it!
If I were using a chalk paint, however, I would have lightly sanded this piece before started. Because it’s not solid wood (which I learned how poorly constructed it was once I started painting) I would only gently sand the console. If it were solid wood, I would advise to sand first.
Before adding the caning to the drawer fronts, I applied two coats of paint including the drawer fronts. In an ideal world, I would have removed the drawers from the table prior to painting, which would allow me to get into every nook. For this console table, the drawers are affixed to the table which made painting very difficult.
How to Prepare Cane Webbing Before Use
Before applying your caning, it is very important to soak it in warm water for 30 minutes. This helps the caning to loosen up a bit but it will shrink once it’s dried. I purchased my cane webbing from Amazon, which you can find here.
How to Apply Cane Webbing to Drawer Fronts
Initially I wanted to wrap the caning around the drawer fronts without the additional molding. But, since my drawers weren’t budging from my console I had to move to plan b.
I cut the caning to the size of my drawer fronts and used my staple gun to attach it. Be sure to put them as close to the edge of the fronts as possible so you’ll have enough room to cover with molding.
To cover the edges and staples, I used decorative molding I already had at home. Using my miter box, I cut each molding piece to size.
Next, I used Gorilla Glue and a little painters tape to hold the molding in place until it dried.
Once it dried, I needed to fill in the gaps along the edges of the drawer fronts. I used a thin layer of wood filler and lightly sanded smooth with a 220 grit sand block when it dried.
Lastly, my drawers were ready for paint! This was easily the most tedious part of the entire process. I’m not going to lie, painting the caning was a pain so I used a tiny art brush to get into the smaller crevices of the caning.
The cane webbing will loosen just a bit because of the wet paint, but don’t worry! It will tighten back into place once it dries.
How to Easily Apply Hardware to Drawers and Cabinet Doors
After all the paint was completely dry, I used a cabinet hardware template to make sure all of my handles were lined up perfectly. HOWEVER, if I didn’t mention just how janky my console is before, I’m saying it again! Even with the perfect tool, the hardware hangs a bit weird but all in all I think it still looks great!
There are a few things I wish I would have done a bit differently with this project. Initially I attempted to use a paint roller but the Velvet Finishes works best with a brush. I highly recommend using the brush they recommend.
Secondly, in a perfect world, I would have removed the drawers which would have allowed me to paint the openings for a better finish. And lastly, I would definitely apply a protective coating right away. As this paint has fully cured, its held up well with the daily touch, but over time with two very rough boys, I know I will need an extra layer of protection.
I’m so happy with how this project turned out! It truly looks even better in pictures. I also decided to go with another gallery wall in this area but wanted to warm things up with the wood frames. I’ll be sure to share in the next few weeks more updates on this area as I add photos and get the styling just right!
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So what do you think? Let me know in the comments if you think you’d give this easy painted furniture makeover a try!
Until next time,