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by Christiane Lemieux 



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Drab To Fab: Console Table

Part of being an interior designer is always being on the lookout for great finds, whether new or with great potential of becoming something wonderful. On a recent trip to one of my favorite places in the city to spot treasures —and after a couple of rounds through the flea market— I encountered this Country French-inspired console table in need of some love. Of course, I couldn't resist and ended up buying it since I already knew the perfect place in my apartment where to put it.

THE MAKEOVER: I needed to change the finish to a give it a more contemporary feel and make it fit with the rest of my decor. Since I wanted to put the console against the black module in my living room, I thought it would be neat to paint it the same color to make it look like it was part of it. Mission accomplished! Since the table was missing the marble top, I resorted to having a black piece of plexiglass custom-cut to achieve a slicker and modern look.

But wait, I'm not done yet. To finalize the project and give the whole set up a touch of whimsy, I took another treasure I found during a trip to upstate New York (for Thanksgiving weekend) and revamped it. Again, paint being my ally, it took a few brush strokes of bubble gum pink to make this adorable milking stool more fun. What do you think?

THE WAY THINGS WERE: I don't know if you remember, but this is how it used to look before the French invasion. As you can see, I'm all for making little changes at home. I believe mixing things up will instantly refresh your decor and give you a new look with just a little imagination and, of course, the magic of paint.

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Reader Comments (5)

What a transformation... Beautiful!
Mar 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTera
Ohh I like it... better than before!
Mar 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMonica
This is really cool ! I like.
Mar 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwoman
Excellent!! And I also love the sculptures.
Mar 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMig
LOVE IT!!! The bubble gum pink is a great new touch ... looking forward to make it yourself and learning how to make so small changes that can make a room completely different
Mar 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

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