Dressing Up The Console {with Mythic Paint}

Dressing Up The Console {with Mythic Paint}

Do you ever paint something then turn around and want to re-paint it every time you walk by it? {Feeling it’s just not the right color you thought would work for the space}
In the past four months this poor console has been sanded and painted three times.

The last coat was white; {posted here} which I cowardly decided on after being scared of adding a little color to my otherwise ‘safe’ neutral world.
I did add some distressing which I really liked but still, it just was not doing it for my style. {important lesson I need to be reminded of occasionally – just because it may work somewhere else, does not mean it will work for your space} Every time I walked by this piece I just knew it needed a change though I was still unsure what to do with it. {Enter Mythic Paint}
I recently had a chance to browse through a color palette book from Mythic Paint and fell in love with their large selection of neutral stylish colors. I was drawn to a color called Washed Clay {158-5 ~ eggshell }, with original intentions of using it for a linen closet. I considered it to be khaki grey and the moment I opened up the can knew it was the color for the console.

Mythic® paint is a non-toxic, ultra low odor paint that provides the durability and coverage you expect from a premium paint without the off-gassing VOC’s and cancer-causing toxins that emit years after drying. It’s stronger, safer, smarter paint®, that I feel comfortable using in my home especially around my little guy.

So just what are VOC’s? {Something I personally have heard of but never really knew about}
Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs are organic chemical compounds that have high enough vapor pressures under normal conditions to significantly vaporize and enter the atmosphere. Some VOCs are greenhouse gases and therefore contribute to global warming and others are just plain bad for your health. While a few VOCs occur naturally from cows and trees, many come from manufactured products such as paint thinners, paints and varnishes and dry cleaning solvents. These VOCs can contribute to human illnesses and have been determined to be a cause of ‘sick building syndrome’. The EPA has found concentrations of VOCs in indoor air to be 2 to 5 times greater than in outdoor air due to paint and other products. {yep, something I never really thought about with the gallons upon gallons of paint I have used over the years}

The paint has a nice thick consistency with premium coverage. I simply applied with a foam roller and did not prime. I used two coats; with the second coat mainly going over any spots that I may have missed.

To elevate the dresser while painting, I used a set of Bench Cookies from Rockler. Can I just tell you, I have no idea how I have even attempted to paint anything else without these nifty little things. They are mainly using for wood working but because they elevate your project they are the perfect accessory for painting; allowing for easy edge finishing. Both sides are coated with a grippy pad material that keeps your project in place. No more waiting for your paint to dry to touch up the bottom.

Another nifty must have….Painter’s Pyramids also from Rockler; perfect for painting the door. They are sold in packs of ten and can be used for just about any project. The slightly rounded tip prevents pricks marks on your freahly painted surface and the added elevation makes painting the sides of a project a breeze.

Once the final coat of paint was dry, I thought I would take advantage of a little detailing on the console. Using a fine brush and White Wash Americana Acrylic paint by DecoArt, I carefully filled in the existing groove that surrounded the door and front. It doesn’t get much easier than that. The acrylic paint also made for a quick and easy clean up when my hand was not so steady; just a wet towel wiped any mishaps right away.

I pondered about filling in some more of the detailing but decided the outlines were just enough.

Even though finishing furniture is one of my least favorite things, I am very happy with how this piece turned out.
It truly is amazing what just a little paint can do. Enjoy!


  1. “Beautiful”, I Have the PERFECT place to put it!!!
    Thank you for sharing,

  2. Gorgeous. When can I take delivery? lol

  3. Fantastic! It really looks perfect now! Great job!

  4. Beautiful! I have been wondering about Mystic paints… VOC’s make me very ill!! In fact I can’t use bathroom sprays for that very reason. (our boys’ solution right now is to use a tiny little spritz and to turn on the vent fan for a while so that I can tolerate the spray..) I have a kitchen island I want to paint but it can not be moved… So now I may have an answer!! Thanks!!!

  5. Just gorgeous. And I know EXACTLY what you meant with your comment about painting something and then re-painting it in your mind everytime you walk by it… it’s a painful experience. 🙂


    P.S. Thanks for the Bench Cookies idea. I usually use canned goods placed strategically to elevate the furniture/objects I work on.

  6. Stephanie Lynn, that is BEAUTIFUL!! I loved the before, but the after is even better. Good for you for stepping out of your “safe” zone : ). Love it.
    Lots of love,

  7. I think it is gorgeous. And, what a beautiful job you did even though it took more than one try at it. I think that is what it is all about. We often just have to follow our instinct until we get it right. I like to call it tenaciousness! Fabulous result. Take Care.

  8. I agree. More interesting but would still blend in those neutral worlds. Nicely done.

  9. It is absolutely gorgeous!!!

    And I’m with you…we have switched to NO-VOC as well!

  10. It looks great! I love the white details!

  11. Gorgeous!!!! 😀

  12. love that, it looks great! i really like that you kept the white piping, too!

  13. I can’t believe the difference that made. I love white furniture, but this color combination is just what this piece needed. Well done!!

  14. Pretty spiffy!

  15. Just lovely and it looks more like your house now than it did when it was white.

  16. Love it!
    I’d love to have you stop by and enter my giveaway. I don’t have these often, and get very few sign ups. But you have a good chance! It’s for kids! A nice book. Thanks!

  17. That is gorgeous Steohanie.


  18. This piece looks beautiful. It really turned out great. I loved seeing it in the original state, then white and finally the new color. Love & blessings from NC!

  19. That looks wonderful! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing about Mythic Paints too…I’m working on a hutch I bought months ago this weekend. I will have to look into their paint!

  20. I love love love it! What a fantastic piece to start with, but the mythic color really works with it. Where do you purchase Mythic paints? You probably said, I’ll have to go back & read it again 🙂 Thanks!

  21. What a gorgeous transformation! I love the white detailing. Lovely.

  22. That is beautiful. Gray is the color for it. I know the feeling I have done a piece that I felt like that. It is so much work to keep changing the color. This is beautiful though good choice. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Oh yes! I just covered some chairs at the beginning of summer and I’ve been wanting to redo it ever since. You did a beautiful job! I’d be terrible at those fine lines, I am impressed with your steady hand. Lisa~

  24. Wow – that is gorgeous Stephanie Lynn! Love the color and the finish. Beautiful!


  25. That’s a gorgeous color, Stephanie Lynn!

  26. It does look great, terrific color!

  27. Love it!! love the white

  28. wowsa, what a beauty!

  29. Oh this is furniture perfection~ well done!

  30. I love it. You wrote “The last coat was white, which I cowardly decided on after being scared of adding a little color to my otherwise ‘safe’ neutral world.” That is so me, my house and everything I own is neutral because I am afraid if I use a color it won’t match, it won’t look good. But this is neutral color..beautiful.

  31. Stunning..just stunning.

  32. Stephanie you just inspired me to re-do a similar dresser I have of my Grandmother’s — did you use a lighter gray for the top or is the entire piece in the same shade of gray?

  33. Beautiful job! We’re currently searching for an old console that we can bring life back into…and obviously looking at tutorials on how to do so! Thank you for sharing this – it has given us some extra inspiration!!


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