Entryway Makeover: Dipped Furniture Legs DIY


Last week I was delighted to see that my console makeover made it onto Design*Sponge (thanks, Grace!) and today I’d like to share the detailed steps of how I achieved the new look. I was keen to inject some colour into my entryway console unit and did so by taking inspiration from my bag (seen in the finished shot). I matched the paint colours at my local DIY store and then worked them into the piece by painting the tips of the legs to create a dipped leg effect. You all know I’m totally hooked on hue, so of course I went the extra leg (no pun intended!) and painted the drawers, too. This is a super simple simple DIY – yes, it takes over your apartment for a few hours with random pieces of the console drying wherever there’s space, but it’s totally worth it. Start by sanding the areas you plan to paint and then wipe clean with a cloth. Next, turn the console body upside down, measure equal lengths from the base of the legs downwards and mark with a pencil. Carefully mask area to paint just above the pencil mark, keeping the tape as straight as you can as you go around; do the same along the inside of the drawers. Now you’re all set to paint. I did two coats using brushes, but you could also use spray paint. Peel the masking tape while the paint is still damp to avoid peeling and then assemble once fully dry. Finally, complete the look by accessorising with coordinating hardware. What do you think of my little DIY, friends? Have you ever done anything similar?

// Photography by Will Taylor


  • Reply Kathi March 28, 2013 at 1:15 am

    love this look, thanks for the DIY!

  • Reply Azu March 28, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Beautiful! I love the way it came out. The knobs are the perfect touch. The coral and blue looks perfect together <3

    xo Azu

  • Reply Stacey March 28, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Will, it looks amazing and that dipped look is going to be my next diy! I’ve been obsessing over this look for months! Great colour combo in your diy too! xx

  • Reply tim@designmaze March 28, 2013 at 3:23 am

    love the dipped leg look and the blue and coral color combo just makes me smile! Of course your styling is top notch and I love how you were inspired by the colors from your bag. So clever!

    that table lamp is fun!! where did you get it?

  • Reply Yvonne @ Yvestown March 28, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I LOVE IT WILL!! What a fun and simple idea to whip up. I must do something like this with some of my white furniture.

  • Reply Cristina March 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Like it!
    For a similar project I would use these marvellous hooks from Bloomingville:


  • Reply gudy herder March 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    The colors are really lovely, Will! I like a lot how the knobs match with the paint and the whole DIY guide is awesome (animated gif included:-).

  • Reply Katie O'Keefe March 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I would love to do this, but dipped in gold. How fun would that be?

  • Reply julie March 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Love it! The colors are fresh and not overdone. Fantastic job 🙂

  • Reply jo March 28, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Will Happy Easter. I loved this when I saw it on another site you linked to but the tutorial is brilliant. I might try this on an old Ikea table I have got.

    I have started adding all the fun stuff onto my blog now and just wondered how you made the buttons on your info pages, you know the square ones which tell you different aspects about you. Is there an easy way to do it on blogger?

    Kind regards,
    Jo xxx

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 28, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      @Jo – Thank you! It was a super fun project! I had a coder make that functionality so I’m afraid I don’t know how to do it in blogger but I’m sure if you Google it or contact a blogger coding specialist they would be able to help. Good luck!

  • Reply Hollie@MiaFleur March 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I love this idea! Having the drawers painted too definitely gives it that extra wow factor!

  • Reply Inge March 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Uhm…helloooo??? These colours are my favourites right now! I think I’ve bought about every top and t-shirts there are in these two colours, but I’m still waiting for spring to arrive. 🙂

    And what a cute idea to dip the legs – I am totally inspired by you! I’d love to do a sidetable with the legs dipped in the same color as the plinth or baseboard of that part of the wall. Would be cool, don’t you think? By the way, you are such a cool role model, couldn’t believe you’re way younger than me! 🙂

    Thanks for always leaving such sweet comments, I’m totally honoured by your visits. 🙂
    Hugs, Inge x

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      @Inge – Thank you so much for your kind words! I love your idea to dip the legs of a side table – I think that would look great as a bedside table. Always a pleasure to read your blog! x

  • Reply Anya March 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Will, OH I adore a DIY and this one is absolutely brilliant. Love the fact that you picked colours from your bag (great choice) and had them made. Such a fab way of updating your entryway. Happy Easter weekend my friend, hope you enjoy, and have plenty of Easter eggs,

  • Reply LESIMARIE March 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I love this look, it really brightens up an old piece, and its a great way to add color.


  • Reply Christine @ Little House On The Corner March 29, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Love your painted table! Such a fun and colourful project! Where did you get the console table? I’ve been looking for one just like it for ages!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      @Christine – Thank you so much! I bought it from a coastal interiors shop here in the UK a while ago now and I can’t find a website for them, sorry! x

  • Reply susan March 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I’m always amazed at what you accomplish in a weekend!

  • Reply Karen March 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    What a great pop of colour. Way to greet yourself and guests as a front entry way piece. Lovely idea. I would like to try this same idea but with my forever addiction: fabric.

  • Reply Natasha March 31, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Cool idea! looks great! love this combination of colors 🙂

  • Reply Tonia March 31, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I love the color combination! Always happy happy colors. I hope you’re having a fabulous weekend.

  • Reply ebichan April 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    What are the gorgeous paint hues?

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