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Furniture Refresh- Hall Console (re-do)

Hello lovelies! It's a new month and we're back for another Furniture Refresh! Please welcome another member of our group, her name is Michelle from Michelle James Designs, you will love her work. Plus her name is Michelle too, except with two "L"s. How fun is that? (She is the sweetie on the bottom right hand corner.) We're so excited to have her join us! Don't forget to look at all of the other projects at the end of the post, okay? They are AMAZING! I have been so looking forward to this day to share with you...  

So, this month I chose this piece of furniture that came with our house when we bought it 12 years ago. I didn't love it at first, and didn't know what to do with it. Then one day I had this epiphany of where it could go, and wouldn't you know, it was just perfect for the space.
 I had tried other pieces of furniture in this space at the top of the stairs before, but none of them worked. It is right outside the girls' bedroom, so I didn't want whatever was there to block coming in and out of the room. 
When we got this piece, it was a different finish and had the hardware on it. I painted it with a knock-off duck egg blue, homemade chalk paint, then "glazed" over the top of it. It's sat like this for around two years.
Yikes! 
Really?! 
I can't believe it's been that long. In our hallway where everyone can see it from the bottom of the stairs. It's amazing what I'll put up with when I don't know what to do with something. Needless to say, it was a failed project. So as you can see, it was the perfect candidate for this furniture refresh. Since it was already a chalk paint finish, there was no need to sand or prime it. It was pretty porous already. So I had a sample color mixed in Behr satin latex and repainted the entire thing.

The hardware looked like this. I put a coat of black on it, then sprayed it with some looking glass spray paint. I loved a lamp I did this way, so I thought I would try it on the hardware. Not so fond of how this turned out, but it's not too bad.
Will do until I think of what else I want to do with it.
Meanwhile, I love how the Hall Console turned out.
This furniture piece really lends itself to all sorts of options.

I'm really loving the new finish. I think it looks a whole lot better in the hall.

I plan on re-doing the flooring soon, but am not settled yet on what exactly I want to do, so....it stays until I'm ready. Though the color of what we have isn't ideal, it's a great quality carpet, so I don't want to get something not-so-nice. Know what I mean?

About the items on the table, I bought this lamp at TJ Maxx a month or so ago. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Even while it was in my cart, people kept commenting on it, even the lady at the checkout. Don't you love a find like that?!
The leaf bowl is from a local decor store. I don't usually buy things at places like that, but I couldn't resist. It holds little wax leaves that have a sweet fragrance. The mirrored picture frame is one of my favorites. I put an "X" & "O" in there as a message to my children each time they pass by it. It will stay that way until I find a picture I want to put in it to replace them.
So what do you think? Shall we take another look? Here it is again:
And...
Now you've got to see all the rest of the group's projects! 
Click on the links below to see more before and afters.
Love,


You might also enjoy some of my other furniture refresh challenges:

Girl's Desk

4 comments:

  1. Michele, I just love this! The color is so pretty & it looks perfect in your home! Thanks for organizing this fun challenge. I look so forward to it each month!

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  2. This is spectacular Michelle!!! I love the dark color and can't believe this beautiful piece actually came with the house. Well done my friend.

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  3. I really love the darker color it makes it stand out much better. You did an amazing job on the paint too. Sometimes we do put up with things and eventually we don't even see it anymore. I do that a lot then wonder....what do others think when they see this? It is funny. Glad you worked on it and got it done. It looks great!

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  4. This update is gorgeous!! The darker color makes it look so classy, and the distressing is the perfect touch. I also love how you've styled it! Beautiful makeover!

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Can't wait to hear what you have to say, your comments always make my day!