If you remember, I had an issue with the original paint color (Benjamin Moore's "Old Navy") not being dark enough so over the weekend, I hit up Lowe's to see what I could find.
I ended up coming home with a $1 "oops" sample of Valspar's "Black Earth", a $2.65 sample of Valspar's "Indigo Streamer" (it was on sale), and a regularly priced $2.94 Valspar base sample that I had color-matched to Olympic's "Calvary" since it was the darkest and true-blue (not purple) navy I could find (or so I thought).
Here's what I was thinking: I was set on using Olympic's Calvary in the store but decided to buy Valspar's Indigo Streamer as a back up plan. It looked a little bluer than what I was looking for in the sample pot:
So I picked up the $1 Black Earth sample
Spoiler alert: Calvary didn't work out. I knew it wasn't going to from the second I finger painted a sample onto my console table (what? I couldn't find a brush!). So I skipped ahead to Plan C, and ended up painting the entire thing with two coats of the $1 sample, Black Earth since it looked better to me at the time than Indigo Streamer did.
Despite the name, the color is actually are really dark charcoal gray that I LOVED when I was applying it in the garage. But when I brought it in the house? Not so much...
It wasn't that the color was wrong (it wasn't) it was just that the table didn't "pop" like I wanted it to. I toyed with the idea of leaving it as-is but then I decided to give Indigo Streamer a shot, just for fun. I finger painted a sample onto the console table while it was sitting in my house, let it dry for 20 minutes or so and checked it out. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
The color doesn't look that much different than the original Old Navy color on-screen, but it's so much better in real life! Maybe a close up will help show the difference?
Left: Benjamin Moore's "Old Navy" // Right: Valspar's "Indigo Streamer"
See how more blue the paint looks now? Before it had a gray, almost purple tint to it but now it's blue, blue, blue :)
Wondering where the nailheads went? I sprayed them gold and tried re-applying them to the table:
But since I had already applied 6 coats of paint (1 coat of spray primer, 1 coat of Benjamin Moore's "Old Navy", 2 coats of Valspar's "Black Earth" and 2 coats of Valspar's "Indigo Streamer"), I could no longer find 95% of the original nailhead holes.
When I could find one, I used a rubber mallet to gently tap a nailhead back into its hole but 2 out of 3 times, the actual nail would pop through the top of the domed head and the whole thing ended up looking really bad.
I really liked how the random 15 I actually re-applied looked:
But I ended up removing them all and touching up the blue paint because I felt like it wasn't worth my time to measure them all out (since I couldn't find the original holes) when every other one kept breaking.
I thought about buying some thin gold ribbon to apply instead, or a long strip of the fake nailhead trim that you only have to nail in every 5 heads or so, but then I took a trip to Joann's and found this plastic pyramid stud trim:
Sold! Finding and buying the trim within 5 minutes was hands down the fastest decision I've ever made on a project before but I knew it was going to look amazing. And it does!
I love how the finished table ties in with my new $15 rug from HomeGoods (even though the rug isn't staying there):
Shiny studs :)
HomeGoods console table before:
HomeGoods console table after:
What do you think of the completed console? Do you like the updated, rockstar-esque trim or do you prefer the nailhead trim look?
I'm sharing this project on: DIY Showoff, Domestically Speaking, House of Hepworths, Home Stories A to Z, Miss Mustard Seed,Not JUST A Housewife, Our Fifth House, and Thrifty Decor Chick!