Beach Inspired Console Table


Beach Inspired Console Table

Beach Inspired Console Table - Check out the before and after photos of my beach inspired console/sofa table.

Beach Inspired Console Table

I hope you had a great weekend! I organized my “workshop” area as working in an apartment can be challenging, and it’s easy to make a mess when you’re in such tight quarters. I’m happy to report that I am now more organized which makes working on projects a lot easier and a lot more fun.

Today I am sharing a beach inspired console table. I’m going to call it a console table rather than a sofa table simply based on the fact that I now have it against a wall, rather than behind the sofa :)  Does anyone know the real difference?

Here are some before photos:

Beach Inspired Console Table - Check out the before and after photos of my beach inspired console/sofa table.

Even though I used homemade chalk paint on this project, I did lightly sand the top because of the scratches that were on it. It also needed a little wood filler but since I was all out I just mixed a little bit of the sanding bits with some wood glue and made my own “wood filler”. After that I did a little more sanding.

I knew I wanted to create layers of paint on this piece so I started off with a quick coat of white chalk paint. I didn’t need it to look perfect because the purpose of the white paint was to peek through when I sanded through the layers of paint. The photo below shows one coat of white paint and then the other photo is after one coat of a custom blue paint I mixed.

Beach Inspired Console Table - Check out the before and after photos of my beach inspired console/sofa table.

I ended up painting on 2 layers of the custom blue paint, and sanded in between each coat of paint to give it that distressed look. Afterwards, it was still a little brighter than I wanted so I added a layer of whitewash paint {white paint mixed with water} and then wiped the piece down and did my last bit of sanding.

Here is my beach inspired table all finished.  I ended up moving my nautical vignette over to be displayed with the table {check out my post and beach sign tutorial here}. I plan on doing a lot more shifting of furniture over the next week or so to bring that summer feel more into our living room.

Beach Inspired Console Table - Check out the before and after photos of my beach inspired console/sofa table.

Beach Inspired Console Table - Check out the before and after photos of my beach inspired console/sofa table.

Please ignore the awful fake flowers, haha.

Beach Inspired Console Table - Check out the before and after photos of my beach inspired console/sofa table.

Beach Inspired Console Table - Check out the before and after photos of my beach inspired console/sofa table.

I just love the texture that the layers of paint and distressing gives the table. So what do you think?

  • This is SO pretty!!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    June 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm
  • It turned out so cute, I love the whole white washed beachy vignette!

    June 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm
  • I think you could take any piece of furniture and make it look awesome! I love what you did. I don’t have to look around at tag sales (that was my first thought). I have lots of furniture I could apply this same paint method to. Pinning. Following on social media. Linda

    Oh, please come and link to What to do Weekends Party also.

    June 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    • Linda, that is so sweet, thank you! I’m not gonna lie, I want to put these colors on all of our furniture now, haha. :) I would love to link up at your party.

      June 18, 2013 at 7:39 am
  • Oooo…..I love this color! Definitely beachy! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 4 Blogs!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    June 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    • All linked up! Thank you so much for stopping by Jenna, and for hosting the party :) Have a great day!

      June 18, 2013 at 7:40 am
  • Ashley

    Great piece! I love the color!!

    June 17, 2013 at 8:43 pm
    • Thanks Ashley – I wasn’t too sure about the color before the whitewash, but boy did that make a difference. I LOVE it now. Thanks for stopping by!

      June 18, 2013 at 7:41 am
  • Hey there! Looks like we are fellow Atlantans! Love all of your upcycled pieces! Your newest follower via bloglovin!

    June 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    • Hello fellow Atlantan! Thank you so much for checking out my blog and I look forward to checking out yours as well. :)

      June 18, 2013 at 7:43 am
  • Such a pretty blue! The table works so well with your other seaside type decor! Stopping by from Plucky’s =)

    June 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm
  • Gorgeous makeover as always! So pretty!

    June 17, 2013 at 10:32 pm
  • That is really cute. I love how pale the blue is on the console.

    -Brittany Ruth

    June 18, 2013 at 2:11 am
    • Hi Brittany! I’m not the type to like really curvy tables like this one, and had originally planned on selling it, but I just love the way it turned out so I now plan to keep it. It’s a bonus that my fiance likes it too :) Thanks for stopping by!

      June 18, 2013 at 7:46 am
  • The table turned out great! Such an improvement. Love the color!

    June 18, 2013 at 8:13 am
  • What a great transformation! It turned out beautiful :)


    June 18, 2013 at 8:27 am
  • Amazing! You have a great eye for decorating. ;o)

    June 18, 2013 at 9:07 am
  • Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    What a lovely transformation, Katie!! Everything came together to make a fun beachy coastal theme!!
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link Party!!
    Hope your week is Extraordinary!

    June 18, 2013 at 10:53 am
    • Hi Diane! Thank you for stopping by and I’m so glad you like it! Have a great night!

      June 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm
  • Love the table! Following you on bloglovin’ now :)

    June 18, 2013 at 10:00 am
  • Fabulous table and the new finish look perfect. I love it. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    June 18, 2013 at 10:29 am
  • Leslie

    Thanks for sharing. Saw your project on one of the link up parties and had to pin your idea!

    June 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm
  • very beautiful! I love the color; really beachy! beautiful work you did! :-)
    with this table you will definitely bring a summer feel to your living room!

    June 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm
    • Hi Ingrid! this table is just the beginning, our living room is getting turned upside down while I give it a summer makeover. Luckily, my fiance is used to it… and patient. Haha.

      June 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm
  • Wow…that is one super transformation! You did an amazing job! I think that I am pretty crafty, but I don’t think I would’ve had the vision on this one! It really is dreamy! Ps- My cats eat my flowers too! Naughty kitties!

    June 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm
    • Hi Kim! Nice to know my cats aren’t the only rebels out there, lol, and they are always so sneaky about it. Thank you for stopping by!

      June 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm
  • The table turned out great!

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    We’d love it if you would link back to BeBetsy at the bottom of your post.

    Have a great week~xo
    Sharon and Denise!

    June 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm
  • Love it, the table is beautiful, the color perfect! Saw your link at Ivy and Elephants, thanks for sharing.


    June 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm
  • That would be perfect behind my sofa in my living room. Now I have to hunt for a table so I can so I can copy your beautiful makeover! Love it!

    June 19, 2013 at 9:18 am
    • So happy you like it! I actually want to find a “straighter” console table and do the same thing to it, and I’m redoing our coffee table to match :) I’d love to see your makeover when you’re done :)

      June 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm
  • Oh so pretty Katie!! I just love the table and the vignette :)


    June 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm
  • I love anything beachy and don’t worry about the fake flowers. We all have some of those that have seen better days, although I think yours don’t look bad in the photo. An amazing transformation!

    June 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm
  • Such a great curvy table and the color sets it off perfectly. Are the colors you used for your custom outcome a secret recipe? My problem is I tend to mix colors and rarely know what I used or how much. Would love to hear what you mixed together if you don’t mind sharing!

    June 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm
    • Hi Liz! Nope, no secret but I don’t have an exact recipe either. I actually just mixed a turquoise oops paint with some grey oops paint and then added some mint acrylic paint :) I made a decent amount of the color in a small paint can, and then used it to make a small batch of chalk paint in a separate jar. That way I can make more chalk paint from the same color later if I need to. After that I added some white oops paint to some water {half paint/half water} for the whitewash. It seems like every time I head to Home Depot or Lowes I leave with at least one can of oops paint. I think I may have a problem, lol. Hope this helps!

      June 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm
  • Your table is amazing- the entire dressing of it, too – I love it.

    Well done!!

    Now if only I had a tiny lake cottage somewhere………………….

    June 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm
  • I love how calming this blue is!!
    I am having a Paint Party on my Blog and I would love you to come link up
    Hope to see you soon


    June 19, 2013 at 10:59 pm
  • Kelsey

    I love it! Such a pretty color and I’m so jealous of ll your cute coastal/beachy decor. So cute!


    June 20, 2013 at 12:05 am
  • Beautiful! I stained our kitchen table and it was so much work I almost quit! Good work!

    June 20, 2013 at 11:24 am
    • Yeah, staining can definitely be A LOT of work, and unfortunately not the best project to work on in an apartment, haha. Thanks for stopping by!

      June 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  • hi Katie, thanks for linking up to Paint Parade. your table is so pretty now. that soft shade of blue is just lovely. cheers Fiona

    June 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm
  • I just found your blog through French Country Cottage and I am your newest follower, following on bloglovin. I love your beachy console table. Lately I am loving the whole beachy look. I think I need to go to the beach, right now. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

    June 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm
    • Thanks Patty! I am getting mildly obsessed with beachy stuff too and am so happy you like my table. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to checking out your blog and following you on bloglovin’ :)

      June 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm
  • I think your table looks great and that is a lovely and soft colour.

    June 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm
  • The table looks great. It makes me want to go make something. Hope you have a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

    June 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    • Thank you so much Heidi and I can’t wait to see what you make!

      June 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm
  • I so love this beachy look, and I wouldn’t think to put it on a console table like that, but it is perfect!

    June 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    • Thanks Karen! I now want this look on everything, haha. Of course my mom said the first thing she noticed is that this table is smirking and now that’s all I see!

      June 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm
  • Awesome looking makeover you have here…thanks for sharing it.


    June 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm
  • What a gorgeous makeover! Love the new look!

    June 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm
  • WOW…beautifully done!!! Totally in love with the color of blue you created! I just won the bid on a similar piece at an auction last week that I plan on using as a console table in our condo rehab project! You have given me a wonderful inspiration piece! Thank you!!! Hopped over from Redoux Interiors and I’m happy to be your newest follower EVERYWHERE!!! :) Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

    June 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm
    • Thank you so much Judy and I am now following you as well :) Can’t wait to see your console table makeover! Have a great weekend!

      June 21, 2013 at 10:56 am
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this. What a pretty color choice!
    Sharing on FB this coming week and pinning now.
    Thanks so much for linking up to support Habitat. Good luck and hope to see you again next week!

    June 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm
    • Thank you so much Jocie! Have a great weekend and I will definitely be partying with ya next week :)

      June 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm
  • Michele

    Love your nautical look. Pinned:) Stop on by at

    June 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm
  • Love the table and love how you decorated it.

    June 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm
  • beautiful! love the layers of paint and that whitewash finish at the end. nice work. happy to find your blog!

    June 22, 2013 at 9:38 am
  • Completely fantastic! I love the layered colors (one of my favorite things to do, too) and the distressing. Perfect update for a dated table. :)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

    June 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    • Thanks Angela! I LOVE layers and can’t seem to paint anything without distressing it, haha.

      June 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm
  • Vicki

    Did you finish it with wax or poly?

    June 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm
    • Hi Vicki! I actually ran out of wax and need to order some online {I want to try out something other than what they carry at home depot or lowes}, so I ended up using polycrylic :) Hope you’re having a great weekend!

      June 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm
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  • This looks amazing! I love the color and nautical vignette! I’m going to have to try this whitewash, I have a tendency of picking out colors that are a little too bright :). And I didn’t even notice the fake flowers until you mentioned them, there are so many beautiful aspects to the photo that draw your eye first.

    June 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    • Thank you so much Lusine! Yeah, the whitewash will definitely help tone down any bright colors, I just love it :)

      June 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm
  • I adore your table…just perfect!
    I am inspired!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    June 24, 2013 at 9:51 am
  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    What a beautiful table – love the finish! And your whole vignette is lovely!

    June 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

    You’ve been FEATURED at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop Party No. 10. CONGRATS TO YOU!

    Grab a featured button here then tell all your friends and family – they will be impressed!

    Our next party starts at midnight tonight so let’s go BRAG ABOUT IT-

    The very best to you,

    Sharon and Denise

    June 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    • Yay!!! Thank you so much and I can’t wait to link up this week and check out all the new projects :)

      June 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm
  • This is so pretty! I wanted to let you know that I featured you on this week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ pinned!

    Have a lovely week, Mary Beth

    June 24, 2013 at 7:30 pm
  • CONGRATS!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it! :)

    June 25, 2013 at 5:50 am
  • Wow, you sure made her cute!

    June 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm
  • So pretty!

    June 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm
  • This console is absolutely gorgeous. I will be featuring this week on our blog.

    Ivy and Elephants

    June 26, 2013 at 9:54 am
  • This console is absolutely gorgeous. I will be featuring this week on our blog. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Ivy and Elephants

    June 26, 2013 at 10:10 am
    • That’s awesome, thank you Paula and I look forward to linking up :)

      June 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm
  • LOOOOVE how this turned out!! This is soo cute! Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday linky party and share this post with us.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:23 am
  • That is really nice! Would you consider linking this up with me? Thanks!

    June 26, 2013 at 11:03 am
    • Absolutely! Thanks for popping over to check out my blog :)

      June 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm
  • Thank you so much for linking-up at Pin It Monday Hop#14. We appreciate for taking the time to share your post with us. If you have extra time, please stop by and check what other Bloggers are sharing. See you

    Pursuit Of Functional Home

    June 27, 2013 at 5:17 am
  • I love the colour you chose and the whole vignette you created. Great transformation!

    Thanks so much for sharing your project at the Say G’day Saturday linky party. I will featuring you at this week’s party.

    Best wishes and hope to see you again this weekend!
    Natasha in Oz

    June 27, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  • so incredibly gorgeous!!!! I so love it and this is going to inspire the vintage desk i will be creating soon! thank you so much!!!! : ) hugs…

    June 28, 2013 at 6:08 am
    • Thank you so much Andrea and I can’t wait to see your desk makeover!

      June 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm
  • Lisa

    Love, love your table! I just bought a house by the beach and have been looking for a table myself for a project like yours. Thanks for the inspiration :)

    August 28, 2014 at 8:25 am

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