I was forced to face my fears with this painted media console makeover. It’s not too often that I have to completely deconstruct a piece prior to working on it. And thank goodness, because it can be a bit scary. As I slowly take everything apart I secretly pray that I will be able to put it back together again the right way. I meticulously keep each and every piece separate from one another and label them accordingly. Somehow this still isn’t always enough. Much to my surprise, I also didn’t realize that this would be the case for this media console until after it arrived.
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Painted Media Console with French Image Transfer
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Just a little Media Console Info
First things first. This modern media console, originally made by Ethan Allen is much heavier than it looks. That’s where helpful husbands come in. Once brought into the shop, the heavier than it appears piece was propped up onto my furniture dollies so I could easily scoot it around to work on it.
I should also mention that this makeover is the last of three for one customer. She also had her Painted Pineapple Pedestal Table and Painted Bench with French Stencil finished. Should you check those out, you will get a better feel for the customer and the look that she is hoping for by making her dark furniture lighter. Moving on.
Taking Apart the Media Console to Paint
Thankfully, the back of the media console had removable panels which were the first to come off. This allows me a little bit easier access inside the storage area of the piece.
The glass in the doors was held in by rubber strips that peeled out easily. Once all of the rubber strips were removed the glass inserts came right out as well.
The next part was a bit scary. Removing the doors! I’m often terrified that they will never go back in the same way and open and close smoothly. I made sure to take a few extra photos of how they were installed to use as a reference if needed later on. They are almost always needed.
Labeling and Sorting
To make sure not to screw things up I also kept the hinge hardware separate and labeled the bowls so I know which hinge goes where when it’s time to put them back. Screws hold the shelves inside the media console in place. It helps to make a note of which shelf came from which side when removing them from the piece. I bet it seems like I’ve thought of everything and covered my tracks right? Nope.
I even taped off the power strip that was affixed inside the back of the storage area of the media console to protect it.
Painting the Media Console Prior to Image Transfer
The entire piece was fully prepped and taped off. See my entire process on how I Prep Painted Furniture. We plan to leave the dark metal legs alone so those were taped to keep them clean and the top was taped as well. The top of the media console along with the shelves for inside were painted in a Vintage Lace, a creamy off white by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint.
The body of the media console was hand painted both inside and out in ByGone Blue.
One thing I have never claimed is to be a neat painter. 🙂 Sometimes I don’t even know how this happens. I get paint on my legs, and I swear I’m wearing pants. How paint manages to make its way all over my body is something I will never know.
Adding a French Image Transfer
Before applying the image transfer, I like to seal the top of the painted media console first with Clear Matte Protective sealer. This image transfer is actually left over from another project. The great thing about these image transfers is that you can use a portion and save the rest for something else, which is exactly what happened here. I first used this particular image on the Image Transfer on Painted Toy Box. In that project, I only used a section of the transfer itself and was able to use the rest for this project. The toy box post includes a video tutorial as well if you’d like to check that out. You can also see that video tutorial here:
With the rest of the image transfer, I trimmed the part that I plan to use and set it aside. I then measured and marked with chalk where the center of the media console is. You can’t go wrong with chalk because it wipes right off when done.
Once I had my center marked, I placed my French image transfer down for proper placement on the media console. Now that I have my placement I can go ahead and transfer the image. I confess, that I did do a video while applying the image transfer, but I was so tired while doing it that I sounded drunk and couldn’t bring myself to share it.
After the image was thoroughly transferred to the media console I added another coat of clear sealer, lightly sanded again and sealed again.
Putting Everything Back Together
Remember I thought I covered all of my bases while taking this apart? Well, the back panels were put back on, no problem there. The magnetic door close pieces that were also removed were screwed back in, they were easy to just line back up to the old holes. The doors were reattached with the fancy hinges. That step was surprisingly easier than I had expected.
And the shelves were placed back inside and screwed into place.
Wait a second! They are uneven! The center shelf and the side shelves are not lined up properly. Of course, it wasn’t until they were all screwed back in place that I noticed that the side shelves were flush to the front and the center shelf was back about an inch.
Can you feel my pain? I then went back and removed the side shelves because those were, in fact, the ones installed incorrectly, and I flipped them around and reinstalled them the right way. Back together at last.
The entire painted media console was distressed along the edges and sealed for protection. The old hardware was removed and replaced with a pair of dark knobs. The dark knobs seem to suit the piece much better and tie together the dark words from the image transfer and the dark leg base creating a perfect balance. These dark knobs were removed from a vintage buffet that was also transformed with an image transfer.
The Result – Painted Media Console with French Image Transfer
All that deconstructing and reconstructing paid off. This painted media console is ready to head home.
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