Until recently, Grahm and I have had a pretty sad entry way. I purchased one of those storage cubes from Target when we were in the apartment because a) we were poor and b) we needed more storage space. Cubby holders, anyone? I would have taken a picture but was too embarrassed by the heinousness. Foul chicken, my friends. Needless to say, it wasn't warm or welcoming...two things every entry way should be, according to yours truly.
The past few months I've been on the hunt for the perfect console table to renovate. Entry way tables are tricky, especially when I'm an extra picky Craigslister/everyone selling wants a zillion dollars for their "antique" crap. I needed a table that wasn't wider than 20 inches so it wouldn't block the walkway and not higher than 26 inches so it wouldn't go past our chair rail. Easier said than done.
For this DIY, you'll need:
Table to Beautify
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
I bought this little guy on Craigslist for $40. It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but it had the perfect dimensions. I love the detail on the legs, even if this lady ruined them by slapping on some streaky poop-colored paint.
The first step was to strip the top. Early on, we decided that we wanted the table to be two-tone similar to the desk I painted. Instead of paint, however, we wanted a nice wood finish. Grahm took the orbital sander and went to town. (Go ahead and judge our ridiculous garage now, but just know that I have organizational panic attacks every time I go into Grahm's domain.)
I then painted the bottom with two coats of Annie Sloan Old White. Every time I use her paint, I fall more in love with it. No prep work is like music to my ears. We didn't sand or strip the bottom at all; I just painted and called it groovy.
Once the paint dried, we added some Minwax Prestain to condition the wood. This allows the grain to open up, so you won't have a streaky, blotchy stain. We let that dry for two hours before applying the actual stain.
Using some shop towels (heavy-duty paper towels), Grahm applied the stain to the table top. We used the small Minwax Special Walnut (with tons left over!) because we didn't have a big surface area. You'll want to be sure to be as even and thorough as possible during your application, going with the grain of the wood.
After the stain dried, we topped it with some polyurethane for a protective finish. And voila!