4 Steps to a Refurbished Console Table

I found this console table on the side of the road. Actually, it was technically in someone's yard sitting next to their trashcans, but my mom spotted it when we were driving and I'm so glad she did! It was in rough condition when we came upon it --wobbly legs, chipped paint, missing glass on the table top-- but I loved the shape of it and knew I could do something neat with it. This redo probably took me about an hour and a half of solid work time and in the end I got an awesome console table that gives just the right amount of punch to my front entry area.

Here's how I did it:


Salvaged console table


Formby's Furniture Refinisher

Steel Wool

Protective gloves

One can of Ford Automotive Spray Paint (Cayman Blue Metallic)

Sheet of 1/4" plexiglass (cut to shape)

STEP ONE: Preparing the Surface This table had about 9 million layers of paint when I started. After thoroughly cleaning the table with a damp cloth, I put on protective gloves and started stripping some of the paint with a Liquid Paint Remover (I used Formby's Furniture Refinisher but any Liquid Paint Remover or Refinisher should work). I just applied this by pouring directly from the can, onto a cloth rag and then rubbing that all over the table. Then I did the same thing, but with steel wool instead of a rag, focusing mostly on the metal legs of the table.

STEP TWO: Sanding After removing a bit of the paint, I then took a medium grit sandpaper and evened out any remaining chipped paint and scuffed up the metal legs of the table so the new paint would adhere better. After that I went over the top of the table (the wooden part) again, this time with a fine grit sandpaper. I made sure to remove all the sanding dust before moving onto the next step.

STEP THREE: Painting Now that both the wood and metal surfaces of my table were clean, dry, and dull, I moved onto the painting. I wanted to draw attention to the curvy lines of the table and make it a statement piece for my apartment. I decided Teal would do the trick, so I shopped around for spray paint, making sure to read the instructions on the labels before settling on Automotive paint from AutoZone. I thought this type of paint would be the most durable and it also was the only product I could find that had the exact right shade of Teal- Ford Cayman Blue. Making sure to shake the can thoroughly, I applied several thin coats of paint to the table, holding the spray can about 6-8 inches away from the surface of the table and waiting about 10 minutes between thin coats. (That was about the time it took me to cover the whole table, nooks and crannies in all anyway, so by the time I finished the first coat, the area I started at was ready for a second). It's important not to put on too much paint at one time, because that's how drips start to form. Wait 12-24 hours after you are done the first set of thin coats before deciding if it needs a second coat or not.

STEP FOUR: Replacing the Top I used clear plexiglass to replace the missing top piece instead of normal glass--not only is it cheaper, it is also safer to work with. A friend of my dad's did the cutting to size, although if you take a template or measurements to Lowe's or Home Depot, I know they will cut plexiglass for a small fee. Once the table had completely dried (I waited 24 hours after the last coat), I pushed the new plexiglass into place and voila! My console table redo was complete!!