Some pieces are irresistible and just need to be bought. At least that's what I tell my husband!! Even though I wasn't really needing to buy any furniture to paint last week (
as I have about 10 pieces needing refinishing already) I couldn't pass up on this one, especially as I managed to buy it for a couple of hundred dollars less than I would have expected to pay for such a gorgeous piece.
I love the shape but the timber on the base was a different colour to the timber on the top for some reason and it was a little too shiny and Italianate for my liking - but i knew that paint could make a big difference.
I have had my nephew working for me, teaching him to paint and refinish furniture. He starts uni in a few weeks but was at a bit of a loose end these holidays and so it's been wonderful to give him some paid work and focus. He is fantastic to teach - careful, diligent and soaks up information then carefully applies the knowledge. I couldn't want for a better apprentice. I've also appreciated not having to do every thing myself. Together we lightly sanded this piece and painted two coats of ASCP Paris Grey, making sure we didn't get paint into all the nooks and crannies as we wanted to keep the deepest parts of the crevices dark.
We then decided to completely remove the timber top that was braced and screwed on so that we got a very neat division between the grey and Graphite we painted the top. It's a pain to remove the top and then refit it but I'd prefer to do this than get paint where I don't want it. Once the paint was all dry, we waxed the base with Annie Sloan Clear wax, distressed very lightly around the details and edges and then finally buffed. For the Graphite table top, we did two coats of a polyurethane, sanding in between with extremely high grit sandpaper and then waxed and buffed. This will give it extra durability and makes for a more even sheen.
I really love how elegant the console looks now. I wish I didn't need to store stuff in my hall way cupboard or I would be keeping this piece.