Give your timber console a Moroccan makeover

Revive your tired timber console by giving it a Moroccan inspired makeover.

Shabby timber console

Remove the handles

Take out the drawer and remove the handles. Check that other screws in the console are tight, such as those around the joint.

Person remove the old hooks

Fill and smooth

Smooth over dents and deep scratches with timber filler, and leave to dry. Use the 120-grit sandpaper and sanding block to remove chipped paint or flaking varnish, dirt and scratches, then repeat with the 180-grit for a silky finish. Wipe surfaces with a clean, slightly damp cloth to remove dust and ensure paint adheres evenly.

person applying timber filler

Prime and paint

Brush three-in-one primer over all surfaces of the old timber console that need to be painted – don’t forget the inside of the drawer. Leave to dry. Give the paint a good stir to distribute heavy particles, then pour into tray. Use the mini roller with micro fibre covers to apply the first coat of paint to the console, leave to dry, then repeat.

Between coats, load roller with paint and cover with plastic wrap, ensuring it’s well sealed. Pour excess paint back into can and leave tray to dry. When ready to re-use, simply pull off the film of dry paint. Stir paint for at least one minuet before refilling tray.

The table with the undercoat applied

Prepare the adhesive

Before you remove the backing of the adhesive film, match up the printed pattern and centre the join in the middle of the table. Make a small snip at the side to make where you’ll need to cut.

Follow grid marks on the backing paper to cut each piece for your console – how many pieces you will need will of course depend on the size of the piece. Mark the orientation on the back of the adhesive film so you know exactly where to position each piece you’ve cut. To cover the drawer face, position the piece so it folds into the drawer at the front and wraps around either side of the drawer by at least 25mm.

Person cutting adhesvie to size

Cover the tabletop

To cover the tabletop, take the adhesive film and pull the backing away by about 50mm from the front edge of the table top, checking it’s straight on both sides. Gradually pull the backing paper from underneath the film while pushing from the top with a plastic scraper. Use the scraper to tuck film under the tabletop and trim away excess with a utility knife.

For the drawer, tuck the underneath edge into the joint to ensure the drawer opens smoothly. Fold corners in the same way you’d wrap a gift, pushing one side flat then folding the top section over adhesive side down.

person applying adhesive using spatulat

Apply the varnish

Wipe over the film to remove any dust. Shake the can of varnish. Hold it about 250mm away from the console, then apply a light, even coat. Let it dry before you apply a second coat. Varnish helps to seal the join and protect against moisture damage.

Pro tip: Used on furniture, adhesive film is here for a good time, not a long time. Fit a glass top if the table will see heavy traffic. Touch up corners with glue to help it last.

Person spray adhesive spray

Attach the handles

To attach the handles, measure halfway down the drawer front and 150mm form either side, then use the drill with the 4.5mm bit to make the holes. Mark the screw length, snap to size, then attach the handles, tightening with a screwdriver.

Person wrapping the adhevise around the corners of the table

Tools and materials

Safety equipment 
Small screwdriver
Uni-Pro Cork Sanding Block
Uni-Pro 50mm Sash Cutter paintbrush
Uni-Pro 100mm Micro-Fibre Kit 
General-purpose scissors
Pure-Line 75mm Wall Scraper
Utility knife
Craftright multi-grip pliers 
Craftright combination pliers
Drill with 4.5mm drill bit 
Polyfilla timber filler
Sandpaper in 120- and 180-grit sheets
Rags In Bags white cloths
Zinsser 1L Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Undercoat Primer-Sealer
Dulux 500ml Design Pearl Effect Paint
Two rolls of Boyle Self Adhesive Film in Vintage Blue Tiles 
Bondall 300g Monocel Clear Wood Varnish in Satin
Two Prestige 32mm round flat knobs in Brushed Copper
 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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