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I LOVE how cute this DIY Faux Drawer Console Table turned out! I was looking for a way to create a cute and functional entry table that didn’t break the bank. This one is super easy to build, and the supplies cost me under $100!

We get asked about how we paint our furniture ALL the time. Really, it’s the finishing of a piece that takes it to the next level. We like to say it makes it look like we didn’t make it in our garage ūüėČ

We teamed up with Ace Hardware to show you guys just how easy finishing your pieces can be! Ash and I both agreed, this is the thickest paint we have used. We were shocked at the coverage we achieved on raw wood in the first coat.

I’ll walk you through the process here, and be sure to check out our video tutorial by clicking the button below!

Our first step, sometimes the hardest, was picking a paint color. Why so many choices?! Ace also has a really cool interactive site called The Paint Studio that makes picking out your colors easier and fun!

We also had the help of Clark and Kensington’s paint deck and chose one of the prettiest blue colors called Lucky One.

So many options!

We ran to our local Ace Hardware to pick up our supplies. We had so much help in the paint section from one of the Ace employees. You can find an Ace Hardware location near you by checking out their store locator HERE!

Paint Section at Ace Paint
Clark and Kensington Paint
Lucky One by Clark and Kensington
This is the paint we were recommended to use!

While he mixed our paint for us, we picked up the other supplies within a few minutes.

Paint Brushes
Paint Pans
Drop cloths

One of our favorite products we picked up were Ace’s sanding sponges. They literally took all the guesswork out of picking your sanding pads.

Sanding Sponges

Now for the fun part! Let’s get to work!

Here is our console after we finished building it. I will add a link to the free plans at the bottom of this post if you missed them!

Here she is ready for paint!

We always start by placing our pieces on a drop cloth. We like to buy the big inexpensive plastic ones and just toss them after we finish each piece. We set the piece on our drop cloth.

Place the piece on a drop cloth.

One of our favorite tips is to use some scrap boards on top of the drop cloth and under the piece of furniture. This gets the piece off of the actual floor and makes painting the lowest part lots easier. It also keeps your piece from sticking to the drop cloth when you get all finished.

Use scrap wood to get the piece off of the ground.

Now it’s time for the sanding. We like to use a 3 step sanding process to get the smoothest finish possible. We start with coarse grit, then medium and then fine. This creates a super smooth finish, and if you are staining it also helps you achieve the best color.

Coarse Grit Sanding Sponge
Medium Grit Sanding Sponge
Fine Grit Sanding Sponge

After sanding is finished, it’s important to wipe away all of the dust so that it doesn’t get mixed into your paint. You can use tack cloth for this, or any kind of wipe. We just used some shop towels.

Wipe away extra dust.

Time for paint! We like to use the inexpensive plastic paint trays and toss them as well once the excess paint drys up after our project.

Pouring paint into the tray… So satisfying ūüėČ

We each took a paint brush and got to work. We like to use the smaller angle brushes to get into the smaller spaces like in between the drawer faces. The straight brushes are great for covering a wide area.

Inexpensive plastic paint tray

Then, it’s just a matter of making your way around the piece. This is our first coat. Like I mentioned, we were shocked by the coverage we achieved with 1 coat. This paint is the thickest we have used, and went on so well. And, the price was GREAT!

First Coat

We waited several minutes for the first coat to dry. We like it to be dry to touch before starting on the second coat. We then added the second. Sometimes you may feel that you have achieved a good finish with the first coat, but we always suggest adding a second. Not only does it help give an even color overall, it also helps give an even sheen overall.

Waiting for the paint to dry!

We decided to add just a bit of distressing to our piece. We love the look it adds, especially on this specific table. We used the coarse grit sanding sponge to sand away our edges and corners and reveal the raw wood under the paint. We like to start with minimal sanding and then decide if we want more. It adds so much character to your piece!

Sanding edges and corners of the table

And, when it was all finished, we added the “jewelry” of the piece! How cute are these ring pulls??

Want to see her all finished up?! Us too!

DIY Faux Drawer Console Table
Faux Drawer Console by Shanty2Chic
Ring Pulls on Drawer Faces

We LOVE how cute this table turned out. And, it really was the paint and finish that took it from a table we built in the garage to a showstopper! Thanks so much to Ace Paint for working with us on this table. We had a blast visiting your store and we were blown away by the quality of your paint and products, and by the helpfulness of your staff! That is 100% our opinion, and these words and experience are entirely ours.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Send us pictures of your next piece and share on social media by using #shanty2chic

5 Comments

  1. Gigi on June 28, 2019 at 10:51 am

    I absolutely love this design. Color, knobs and all is fantastic. I’m headed to Ace now.

  2. Karla Johnson Burford on June 28, 2019 at 6:52 am

    What finish paint did you use?..Satin, eggshell? And why not put a coat of poly on it?

    • KJ on July 3, 2019 at 6:51 am

      I have the same question. Hoping they will reply!!

    • JO on July 21, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      Where is the link to for the free plans to make this piece please?

  3. Jill on June 27, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Hey! Love your blog – you guys are the reason why I bought a Kreg Jig! A quick question for you: why don’t you re-use your paint drop sheet + paint trays? With all the worry about disposable plastic, I would love to see you guys be more environmentally friendly with your supplies!

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