Building & Renovating

3 Easy Steps To Revive An Old Console

You don't need to have extraordinary DIY skills to accomplish this

Photography: Allen Oblena

Do you have old furniture lying around that you want to discard? Think twice before doing so. What if you can give it a new life? "Sometimes, the only thing an old furniture needs is a fresh coat of paint," says architect Allen Oblena. In this DIY project, he shares how to revive an old console table with these steps:

1. Sand down the table to make the surface smooth and to remove the old paint.  

2. Apply paint primer to prep the surface for new paint. 

3. To create a rustic look, lightly dip the paint brush into the paint, then drag the brush on the surface of the furniture. This will result in a rough finish, where the wood still shows through. This technique is called the dry brush technique.  

Once it's dry, spruce it up with a vase of flowers and framed photographs. Place it by the foyer or in the living area.

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