…console before & after

I am officially back in the swing of things – and so are you all! Spring and Fall are usually the busiest times for me for refinishing. I think these are the times in the year that we all want a fresh look in our homes and if we’ve been dragging our feet through the cold winter the first warm day starts to light a fire under us. Yes? I know I have the urge to move things around, paint, tear up carpet, and buy new curtains.

This piece brought to me by a first-time client is an example of how you can take a basic dresser or console and turn it into something weathered & unique. Here is what it looked like before.



I encouraged her to keep the hardware as it because I thought it added interest to the piece. Here it is in process. Yes, I do take out the drawers, but as I work I like to put them back in to make sure everything is cohesive.


Here is the after.




I added the Duck Egg interior for a little surprise inside.



I like to leave the interior a bit more rough.


Got refinishing needs? My spring schedule is filling up quickly, but if interested email me a picture and I will give you an estimate. cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com


  1. Lori Vaterlaus says:

    Beautiful! Did you wax the inside? Why or why not?

  2. Looks good!

  3. Please do another tutorial. They are so interesting and helpful.

  4. Hi!
    Did you have trouble with any bleed through with the knotty pine? If so, how did you deal with it?

  5. Lizzie Beere says:

    Welcome back! Yes love your YouTube tutes! So super helpful down here in New Zealand. Product been available here for anout 18mnths. Really getting into the Restyling and am looking at holding some workshops next Spring/Summer, once I have a few more sold pieces under my belt! Also want to start marketing myself to folks who would like me to help mad restyle their pieces. Could you point me in the direction on a few “marketing/putting-myself-out-there”? I think Creative folks are sometimes not that good at that….. Warmest Kristen. I do enjoy your work and philosophy. Do tryst you are feeling super well now. Lizzie Beere (hunter. gatherer. designer.) X

  6. Martha K says:

    Gorgeous! love your color choices, EVERY TIME!
    Did you use French Linen on the outside?

  7. I am glad you are back in the swing of things! I look to your blog a lot for inspiration, and I have been linking to your site a lot and telling others how amazing you are. Thanks again for all your great info.

  8. Love it! Doesn’t it feel good to be able to go out and work on a project. Ahh, spring. 🙂

  9. Betty in Arlington says:

    So glad you are better. May The Lord continue your healing to bring out your creativity!

  10. What a transformation. You’ve turned it into an interesting piece. Looks like French Linen or Paris Gray. Both are favorite colors of mine.

  11. Looks very very nice! Good job like always!

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