Mid Century Console....From Drab to Fab

A few weeks before we moved from Connecticut to the Chicago area, I was driving, with the hubby, past my friend and sewing teacher's business, as I did every day.  On this particular day, I noticed a mid century console that I'd seen in her shop before, sitting on the side of the road with a large FREE sign on top.  I screamed at the top of my lungs, "OH my gosh...you have to stop!"  My hubby just about fainted from me yelling out of nowhere, but still managed to stop safely on the side of the road.    "You know we have to take this, right?"  He rolled his eyes and said, "There's no way that thing is fitting in the car."  I didn't care if it had to hang out the back of the SUV with me running behind the two miles to home....It was MINE!  After a few choice words, that I won't share here, the hubby finally relented and put the console in the back of our SUV.  As we were arguing about whether it would fit or not, this is how these things usually play out in our family, my friend Kate came out of her store.  She was moving locations and just couldn't take this piece with her.  I was more than happy to take it off her hands!  

Well, we moved this piece from Connecticut to Illinois and it sat in the garage while I figured out A. what I wanted to do to it and B. where I would put the console.  

One day I decided I was going to get started fixing this piece.  It needed a lot of work, but only on the top.  The top met a hot iron in Kate's store one day and had a few nasty scars as a result.  No worries, I had an idea to fix it and give it a new life.

 Here's the sad and scarred mid century modern console.  You can see one of its huge burn scars on the top there.  This piece is huge, solid and very heavy.  The thing I loved most about the console was the doors.  The doors open and roll inside.  It's a very beautiful piece of furniture that needed to be saved.

Here are the before pictures...sorry they're not the best quality as I took them with my iPhone.


Here's a close up of one of the nasty burn scars.  When I started to look closely at the burn, I realized the top wasn't solid wood, but rather it was veneer over a composite type material.  The rest of the piece was solid wood.

 Some more scars on the top.  The top was in rough shape as was the rest of the piece, but nothing that couldn't be fixed!



Here's a close up of those doors.  I just love them!


Once I sanded down the top of the piece and cleaned it up really well, I realized there were two options to fix the top, fix the veneer, which is a hard and tricky job or I could just paint the top.  I love the look of a good MCM piece that's painted high gloss white with the contrast of the wood.  Originally I had thought maybe I would paint everything but the legs and the doors, however after more thought I felt it was a better option paint just the top instead.

I started filling the holes and scars with wood filler.  I had to give the top a lot of layers of wood filler.  The filling and repairs took me a few days to complete with drying time and refilling. 

While I was letting the layers of wood fill dry, I decided to try something on the rest of the console.  One of my favorite products for bringing old, stained wood back to life is Restor-A-Finish by Howard, I buy mine at Home Depot.  It's well worth the $8.98!  This stuff really is amazing.   I applied the Restor-A-Finish to the entire console, including the inside and WOW the wood looked like new!!  I couldn't get over the difference.  All I had to do was wipe the product on and then wipe off the excess, it's that easy!  AND no I didn't get paid to say that, nor did I get any free product, although I wish I could be their spokesperson I love it that much!  The people at Howard don't know I exist so that's not happening anytime soon!  


After my wood filler had dried on top of the console, I sanded and sanded and then sanded some more until everything was smooth.  I cleaned off all the dust, then primed with some Zinsser stain block primer.  Once the primer was dried I applied three coats of Behr pure white paint in a semi-gloss finish.  I added some Floetrol to the paint to help limit brush strokes. I sanded in-between each coat or paint as well.  Once everything was dry I wiped on two coats of poly and I was done.  I stood back and was in awe of how gorgeous this piece looked!

Here it is all done and staged for some pretty pictures!


Here you can really see how nice the top looks now.  I like the contrast of the semi-gloss white with the walnut.


I still can't get over how well the Restor-A-Finish brought the wood back to life!




Would you just look at those doors?! Beautiful!




Since this piece is in the dining room, I thought it would be best used as a bar.  All our glass wear, shakers and liquor are stored in here.  Everything fits perfectly!




I couldn't be happier with how this piece turned out.  I think I extended it's life with the repairs to the top and restoring the finish.  I don't think I'll be parting with this one anytime soon....I'm kind of in love!

Do you ever stop on the side of the road to rescue a piece of furniture?  If so, I'd love to hear what you've rescued!


Thank you for reading!






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27 comments:

  1. Love it! By any chance do you like globes? J/K! LOL

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    1. HAHAHA MrsMajor! I really don't like globes at all ;-)

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  2. Oh...I love love love how this turned out! I'd love it if you linked it up at my weekly party...Mod Mix Monday at www.modvintagelife.com

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    1. Thank you Nita! I've linked up at your party this week. Thanks for the invitation :-)

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  3. This is an amazing transformation! It looks sooooo awesome. I love it!!!!

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    1. Thanks Emily!! I'm so happy how it turned out. It looks a lot better than when it was sitting in the garage waiting for the move, right? LOL

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  4. Oh, it looks so pretty! So glad you rescued it!

    Tania

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  5. Wow Melody!! I am so impressed. How long did the refinishing process take you?

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    1. Hi Dawn, thank you for the comment! The top took the longest time, mainly due to the layers of wood filler I needed to apply, let dry, then sand....repeat! The project took about a week. Thank you for stopping by

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  6. You really brought that piece back to life!!

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  7. What an incredible transformation! Love the lines of this piece and how you were able to bring it back! So gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Jenna!! I love the lines of this piece too. When is saw it in my friends store I was in love, so I was thrilled when I drove by and saw it out front with a FREE sign!! I'm happy with how it turned out. Thanks for the comment!!

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  8. that is so great looking, i love the way you painted the top white. we did something just like that to the piece that i got at a thrift store b/c the top was veneer. enjoy your find!
    b

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  9. Hi, this piece is beautiful. Love it. I just found you on Pinterest and started reading your older blogs. I have an old dark wood china hutch I couldn't decide to keep or give away. I like the look of the top of a buffet dark wood and the bottom white but, couldn't find a blog that explained what colors. I saw your blog on the dresser (back breaker), you explained what colors to use, everything I needed to get started. What an inspiration, I sent off for the Annie Sloan and while I wait for it, am working on the buffet top. Thank you

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    1. Beth, I'm SO happy you found me and were able to get the information you needed to get your project going. I'd love to see before and after pictures once you're done!!!

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  10. Wow, it's gorgeous. You made the right call in painting only the top!

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  11. Hi. I notice that you used restore-a-finish in walnut. I have a MC desk but am unsure of the wood or finish. And there are no woodworking type stores within 150 miles. Was wondering what you think of using the neutral shade? Thanks,
    Another Melody

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    1. Melody (great name BTW!) I would think you could try whatever shade on the back of the piece and get a good read from there. The nice thing about the Restor-A-Finish is it doesn't go on really strong. I would suggest testing a small inconspicuous area first.

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