go with the gray

Ever since posting this gray pedestal table, I’ve received a few requests to replicate the finish-most recently for this curvy console table.  It had been painted a number of times, but it’s made out of some weird synthetic material so stripping it was out of the question and sanding only revealed more cracked layers.  So, instead of fighting them, I embraced them-what a difference some gray paint and drybrushing can make!  Here is the table before:

After some light sanding, I brushed on a coat of Kilz latex-based primer and then two coats of Sherwin Williams Argos.  Next, I very lightly drybrushed some white paint, and then finally, two coats of wipe-on poly in a satin finish to protect it.  Here is was it looks like now-the drybrushing reallyhighlights the curves and edges of the table beautifully:

Happy Thursday!


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  1. lnda@Lime in the coconut on February 23, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Nice….very nice. Let's see the whole space…purty please!

  2. Kelly Stivers on February 23, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks, Linda! I refinished this piece in my entryway, but it's not mine πŸ™ I promise to post pics of my house very soon πŸ™‚

  3. Erin Lang on October 14, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Hello Kelly,

    I have spent the last 3 hours searching online for a console table exactly like this. Where did you buy it?? Thanks! I just stumbled upon your blog and love it!!

  4. Kelly Stivers on October 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    HI Erin! This table was a score from Marshall's a few years back, believe it or not! I painted it black and sold it to a friend, who then asked me to paint it gray and whitewash it as in this post. Ballard Designs has a dead ringer called the Benedetta Console that might work for you!

  5. Erin Lang on November 5, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Guess what??? After writing my original comment/question, I found the exact one in Homegoods and bought it for $129!!! I'm stalking the two stores like crazy for a second one. LOVE it!!!! Thank you for responding. I love the gray too. πŸ™‚

  6. Kelly Stivers on November 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Erin – SO glad to hear you found one! Best of luck finding another! So happy it worked out πŸ™‚

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