Before & After | vintage faux bamboo console

Faux bamboo furniture has been around for a long time – since the 18th century.  It’s definitely gained popularity over the past few years and  I think it’s a classic that won’t be going away anytime soon.  Faux bamboo chairs in particular are everywhere and always look elegant.


A few months ago, I found a set of faux bamboo consoles at an antique shop.  They were in great shape but the natural wood finish just wasn’t doing it for me.  They looked dated and just too dark for my taste.  But I knew that with a coat of paint, they could be really pretty.  Here is the before:


And here is the finished piece with a coat (or rather a few coats) of white paint.


What a difference white paint can make, huh?  It now looks modern and fresh.  We have it displaying some pillows and other accessories at the shop (its partner is living behind my desk holding my printer/bags/tissue paper), but it is available for purchase!  I think it would look so good in an entry way/foyer with a nice big mirror above, fresh flowers, lamp and tray for mail/keys.  For a while we had it set up as a bar and it worked really well for that too.  The faux bamboo creates a raised edge around the perimeter of the top which makes it feel like a tray – perfect for corralling all of your liquor & wine bottles!

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