One Room Challenge Week 2–The Console Makeover

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If you missed my first post on the One Room Challenge, it is HERE.

This week went fast, I think this series is going to be a whirlwind!  Essentially, I am attempting a complete room makeover in 6 weeks along with all the other participants in the “challenge”– this is excellent motivation! Here is installment number 2 in my endeavor to create and office/workspace in the sitting room in our master bedroom by early November.

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This is the inspiration board I created for my office makeover. I chose this campaign dresser {on the bottom right} to represent this console that I have been hard at work on for my new office space.


New Office

I purchased this campaign-style console at a local estate sale a few weeks ago. I have been looking for a large storage piece for my office, something to hold paper, files, office supplies and the like.  In my last office {See it HERE} I had the large Billy bookcases but those are being used for another project so I needed some new storage. While I like the look of the open shelves, I thought it would be a nice change to have something where I can hide everything inside, have some drawers, and still have a flat surface on the top.  When I spied this Drexel console for sale with its mid-century looking hardware, I snatched it up!




After spraying it with a white gloss paint–something that was a breeze with my HomeRight FinishMax Pro–and refreshing the hardware with some Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold Spray Paint
and Rub ‘n Buff on the corner pieces, it now has a new life.


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I will be back to share all about the inside storage and the desktop accessories but for now, I am enjoying it in its new finished splendor.  I love the gold, and I really love the white gloss finish. It’s hard to roll gloss paint on and not get brush strokes, so the sprayer was the key to this coming out with a smooth surface. I still may add a coat of polyurethane, though I am afraid of yellowing the white, so we’ll see about that.




This piece has not yet been moved into its final spot in my office space. I photographed it in my family room as I probably will have the office painted in the next few weeks so there isn’t any sense in moving it yet. I purchased several large pieces at the Estate Sale {you have seen them on Facebook or Instagram if you follow us there} so we’re going to have to bite the bullet and pay some strong movers to get the new furniture up the stairs. This was definitely something I didn’t consider when purchasing three large new-to-me pieces of furniture, but with a new house to fill, I still saved money over buying new and I love the retro charm of finding estate pieces.




I decorated it with some of the accessories I already have for the new office space. I just can’t get away from the gold trend, and I figured why fight it when it goes so nicely with the existing hardware on the console?








I will touch more on the accessories in my next One Room Challenge update. Yes, I spray painted my stapler gold {Heather and I have been thinking alike!}, while I did in fact purchase a gold one when they first came out in Target, I had one of those “what am I thinking?” moments and returned it–$15 for a gold stapler? A little spray paint did essentially the same thing for pennies and I won’t feel guilty retiring it when the gold trend is history 🙂




As far as the rest of the room makeover, the sticking point is evidently going to be the drapes. It would seem that the drapes I picked in my inspiration photo are not to be found anywhere, despite my best efforts. I have selected a “plan B” and am waiting for those to come back in stock, hopefully I will hear more next week.  Since the windows in this space are the windows for my bedroom, I need something that will darken the room and with six large windows (three across each wall) that can get to be an expensive proposition. I am crossing my fingers that the new ones come back in stock. We currently have paper blinds on the windows–cringe–so this is a much needed and long overdue improvement.

I still have to work on the shelving for the room but I have a plan in mind for those so with this major piece of furniture done I feel like I am on track thus far. Be sure to see what everyone else is up to with their challenge rooms over at Calling it Home.




Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back next Thursday for the week 3 “office challenge” update!




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  1. Love your console and it looks fabulous painted white. Great find.

  2. Holy mother of all that’s good and holy in console land…that is STUNNING! I’m seriously quite jelly over that beautiful piece of furniture- gorgeous, gorgeous! And I love all your gold accessories too!

    • Christine,

      Favorite. Comment. Ever.

      Read it to my husband, you’re awesome 🙂 and THANKS!!!

      Have a great weekend. XO, Amy

    • I’m SO jelly with You Christine!! I just read your comment – Hilarious ♥ Bested + busted. And Drexel to boot… I think my DNA did a back flip when I saw this beauty.

  3. Love it! Your gold touches are awesome too. This piece is truly a winner! Can’t wait to see more ~


  4. Amy, I’m DYING! AMAZING!!!!! I wish I could find something that beautiful! BRAVO!

  5. After I seen your post about buying the one from Target I too went to get one but once I seen the price I was like CRINGE and thought surely I could spray paint mine. But being the chicken that I am when it comes to “thinking outside the box” I wasn’t able to bring myself to do it. So PLEASE give me the details for painting your stapler (brand, finish, etc.).

    • Hi Tina! The stapler I painted is inexpensive and plastic–so it wasn’t much of a concern if I “failed” but I just used painters tape on the metal part that holds the staples and sprayed everything else with Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint. It took several light coats, but it actually came out amazingly well! Good luck 🙂 Let us know how it turns out! XO, Amy

  6. I would be so happy to have that piece in my office. First, I need an office. Love the makeover. Gorg!!

  7. Ditto to Christine’s comment – that is seriously the most glorious mother of all consoles. Definitely my favorite piece in the ORC so far! I’m showing my husband the before and after so we can eliminate any discussion of how cool it COULD be in case we ever see an unpainted one in the wild!

  8. Holy shit! That console is the jam. Excellent job!!

  9. Wow! This is an amazing transformation! Great job. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

  10. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! That console is to die for. Seriously. Wow!

  11. Great job! The console is amazing!

  12. Oooh Myyy GOOOSH!!! {inside voice YELLING!}
    I adooore this piece. No seriously, I think i’d have to tackle someone over this if i found it at an estate sale — STEP AWAY FROM THE CONSOLE and nobody will get hurt —
    It’s exactly my style. Thank you – Bello Bello ♥
    Sold + subscribed 🙂

  13. Hey, I recognize those wall shelves! They’re Swedish Commonsense, painted gold 🙂

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