Trash to Treasure Console Table

After a few months off, we are back with our Thrift Store Challenge blog hop!  I have been participating in these monthly Thrift Store Challenges with a group of bloggers for over a year, but thanks to COVID we had to take some time off.  Anyway, we are BACK!

If you are new here, the rules for the challenge are as follows – purchase something from a thrift shop, garage sale, etc. OR revamp/upcycle a piece(s) we already own that no longer works in our home, OR that we found at the curb waiting for the garbage trucks.  This month I worked on something found on the curb. You can check out all my other trash to treasure projects here or my other thrift store makeovers here.

Usually it is my husband that finds me goodies waiting for the garbage trucks, but this month my dear friend Trish found me something. She spotted this console table in her neighborhood out waiting for trash. She snapped a pic of it, and texted the words “any interest?”, to me. Ummm, duh, ya! Of course. I replied! I’ll take it! She was so kind to grab it for me.

Anyway… it is….This piece was nice, but was also pretty scratched up, outdated, and beat up! You know what they say…”One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Here is what I did to make this Trash into a Treasure.

Trash to Treasure Console Table
Trash to Treasure Console Table – Before

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Materials Used for this Project…
paint stripper I used Citristrip
Klean Strip after wash
paintbrush cleaner
hand sander with different paper grits
Minwax Water Based Polycrylic
safety glasses

Step 1 – Strip the Paint

Using some Citristrip that I had in my garage from other projects, I applied a layer to the top of the table and then put plastic wrap on top of it. After letting it soak in about 1/2 hour, I removed the plastic and started scrapping off the paint. Then I used my hand sander to remove the rest.

Step 2 – Paint or Stain the Top…

Sometimes when I work on a piece of furniture I have an idea in my head and then things change as I start to get into it. After I stripped the paint off the top of this piece, I planned to re-stain it. However, it wasn’t coming out as I expected. The top had a lot of scratches and the stain wasn’t covering them up, and just didn’t look good at all.

Trash to Treasure Console Table

After trying out a couple of stains, I ended up painting the top Basswood by Behr, which I had left over from another project. If I planned to paint the top in the first place I would have saved myself some time and not stripped the piece to begin with. Oh well.

Trash to Treasure Console Table

Step 3, Paint the legs…

Using left over paint from my garage, I painted the legs white. I did not use furniture paint or chalk paint. This is just regular wall paint, but I planned to use several coats of polyurethane on the piece to protect the finish. Lastly, using a dry brush, I added some white paint to the top, to give it that antiqued look.

Trash to Treasure Console Table
Legs getting painted white.

Step 4, Clean up the Handles…

I took the handles off and scrubbed them with some tarnish remover, then put them back on. They are not perfect, but definitely look better!

Trash to Treasure Console Table
Cleaning up the handles
Trash to Treasure Console Table
Handles – After. Not perfect but look better.

Step 4, Polycrylic…

I used 2 coats of MinWax water based polycyrlic to the entire piece to protect it from scratches.

And, here is the final piece!

Trash to Treasure Console Table
Trash to Treasure Console Table
Trash to Treasure Console Table
Trash to Treasure Console Table

And one more Before/After


Trash to Treasure Console Table Pin

Please check out all the other fabulous projects…

Tara at Stilettos and Shiplap

Emily at LeCultivateur

Jessica from Jessica B Simmons

Cindy from Cloches and Lavender

Danya – A Vintage Flare Farmhouse

Laura from Harper Home Design

Susan at Color Joy Interiors


  • Reply Laura Pursley August 31, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I love how it turned out – quite the transformation! Great job!

  • Reply Susan Young August 31, 2020 at 7:50 am

    I loved hearing about your process with the table. What a great friend you have to look out for this piece! I tried stripping a table this summer and it was quite a process. I’m leaning more toward paint next time! 😉 You did an amazing job and your cute kitten approves!

    • Reply Jodi House August 31, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Thank you! I have several friends that look out for ‘treasures’ for me. Lucky me! Bring ’em on!

  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap August 31, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Jodi this table is so pretty now! I love the shape of it, especially the legs. What a wonderful job you did with it and I really love the tones of the top so I think it all worked out for the best!

    • Reply Jodi House August 31, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Thank you!!! It does look a lot better.

  • Reply Cindy August 31, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Jodi this is beautiful, I love the top. I’ve been there when you have plan in your head that doesn’t work.

    I’m loving that it didn’t work.


    • Reply Jodi House August 31, 2020 at 11:04 am

      Thank you! Ya, it happens. We’ll call it a happy accident. 🙂

  • Reply Terrie - Decorate and More with Tip August 31, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    What an amazing piece you found. Love what you done with the table. It will be a great piece to have in any room.

    • Reply Jodi House August 31, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you, Terrie! I appreciate that.

  • Reply Danya August 31, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    I love how this piece turned out Jodi! What a great find and redo.

    • Reply Jodi House August 31, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it.

  • Reply Jessica Simmons August 31, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    This is a beautiful transformation!! Free finds are the BEST finds!

  • Reply Liz Nix October 28, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Good job on the console. If you’re still unhappy with the hardware, try some Rub and Buff metallic wax. (Also, I love the artwork above the console! Is it your work? If so will you please feature it in a later blog?)

    • Reply Jodi House October 28, 2020 at 10:36 am

      Hi Liz,
      Thanks for your comment. I am glad you like the way it came out. I already sold this piece but will definitely use Rub and Buff for future projects. And yes this artwork is mine and I actually wrote a blog post all about it a few years ago. Check it out….

  • Reply Antonetta October 28, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Act with a great taste!

  • Reply Renee November 1, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    You worked hard on it it shows. Absolutely lovely great color choice!

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