Upcycling an old console table

We love working on upcycling vintage items into unique lighting, and it can really set our creative juices flowing when coming up with new ideas. But for a while we (or rather myself - Johnny) had wanted to try our hand at upcycling old furniture.

It all started when we wanted a specific type of console table for the hallway of our new home. We knew we wanted solid wood with 2 drawers and a shelf to store Benji's (the Labrador) stuff. You know - his lead, collar, poop bags - all that kind of stuff. The table also had to be small enough so that it didn't stick out too far into the narrow hallway resulting in people bumping into it. Nothing too fancy, perhaps a soft industrial feel to it, and it had to be a darker colour to fit in with our vintage/heritage style decor. But above all it had to be solid and of a high quality.

So after weeks of trawling furniture stores and the internet, we found very little that ticked all the boxes. Most were either too big, too fancy, flimsy quality, or the wrong colour. Eventually we did find the perfect console table but it was a brown varnished wood with black iron drawer handles, and looked really dated.

Then the light-bulb moment - we're pretty skilled at painting and re-coating non-furniture vintage items, so surely we can utilise our creativity and talent to do the same with a piece of furniture. The paint we decided to use was Railings No.31 in Estate Eggshell from Farrow & Ball. We had seen lots of colours we liked from other brands of paint, but I'd seen excellent reviews from other people using Farrow & Ball. Sure its more expensive than some other paints, but I'd heard that the quality of the finish was really good, and the colours are excellent due to the rich pigment they use. I'd also heard that Farrow & Ball paint doesn't fade after a while like others do, and I love that their paints are eco-friendly water based rather than oil. Anyway, we thought we'd give it a try.

So we went ahead and purchased the second hand console table along with all of the paint and tools that we needed and set to work.

The Process