August 3, 2012

DIY HomeGoods Console Table Makeover

Last week I showed you my in-progress HomeGoods console table that looked a little something like this:

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 cause it was $1 thinking that if Calvary didn't work out and I did end up using my too-blue-not-navy-enough back up plan, Indigo Streamer, I could always tint it darker with the Black Earth paint.

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 :)

The trim may not be everyone's cup of tea but I think it adds a little unexpected element to the otherwise plain table and it was much easier to apply than 100+ individual nailheads :)

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!


  1. OMG! I love love love what you've done with the console - looks even better than when you originally bought it! Great job!!!

  2. What don't I love! I love the color (that Old Navy does look a tad purple) and it definitely pops more than the Black Earth. I love the trim that you put on it and the giraffe sitting on it! You did a great job dressing up this piece!

  3. Thanks Crystal! I think Old Navy could've been OK if I had applied a second or third coat but who knows haha I'm going to test it somewhere in my house so we'll see if it makes a comeback :)

  4. FABULOUS!!! The whole table and styling and everything!!! Off to pin :) Thanks for linking it up.

  5. Awesome! I love your version (and entire vignette) much more than the HomeGoods version! Beautiful job, Caitlin!

  6. Gorgeous! LOVE it! The nail head trim is beautiful!

  7. Wowwwzer! Sometimes failing first gives you the BEST results! Def true in this case. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this transformation. -Angela

  8. fabulous job simply awesome now

  9. Thanks Chelsea, Angela, and ARod! You guys are too sweet :)

  10. You and I probably couldn't have more different taste, but I love how this turned out. The color you decided on is perfect for the table and the little pyramids are so amazing, even better than nailhead. Great do over!

  11. You and I probably couldn't have more different taste, but I love how this turned out. The color you decided on is perfect for the table and the little pyramids are so amazing, even better than nailhead. Great do over!

  12. How creative! It's stunning and I'm jealous. Your newest follower :)

  13. Now that's a makeover. I just pinned it. Great job!

  14. This is awesome! You made that table work!!

  15. Gorgeous! I love the gold detail! Pinning! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  16. Looks great and your styling is perfection!!

  17. This is fab! I had been considering using Indigo steamer on a console table I have, now I'm sold. Heading to Lowes shortly; they have that colour of spray paint on sale this week, hopefully it's in stock.

  18. U just gave me an idea for a mirror frame that needs to be updated. I love the nail heads. Tomorrow a trip to Jo Anns may be in order & then to Lowe's. Great inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  19. love this! what did you use to adhere the gold trim to the table? what would ya recommend?

  20. this is beautiful! i've been wanting to add nailhead trim to a table but have yet to do so because i've been dreading hammering in individual nailheads. but this is SUCH an amazing idea and i think it looks way better than nailhead. thank you so much for sharing!!

  21. I love this! How did you attach the trim to the table? Glue gun?

  22. Where can you order the stud trim online?


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