Friday, May 27, 2011

Featured! & A French Themed Table

First I want to thank Denise at the Pink Postcard for featuring my trash to treasure caned chair make-over on her Transformations and Treasures No.16  Thank you so much!

This is a table that we found at our neighborhood garage sale for $3.00!  It was a little rough, very wobbly, but cute with LOTS of potential. Mr. T was kind enough to take the whole thing apart so we could glue it all back together and make it nice and sturdy.  I took advantage of this and painted it BEFORE he put it back together.  Much easier!
I decided to go gray with this one!  I painted the entire piece in a gray miss mix from Lowes.  The edges of the table were painted white (hard to see in photo).
Then I added some distressing!

I decided to make this a "French" themed table.  I took advantage of the cute shield design and the sides of the table and added a french graphic.  I believe I found these at the Graphic Fairy, but I can't be for sure since I have had these saved to my computer for quite some time.  None-the-less Karen has some GREAT graphics.  Check her out!
I used the old fashioned method of transfer paper, a design and a pencil. 
I removed the paper and transfer paper to reveal the traced design.
Once I had transferred my design, I then hand painted it in with a charcoal gray (black and white acrylic mixed together) and highlighted in white.
From there I lightly sanded over the design to give it a more worn feel.
Then I sealed the whole thing in Minwax Clear and antiqued it with Minwax Special Dark.
I think it turned out really cute!


  1. Great work! Love that you added details on the sides as well.

  2. You did an incredible job with this transformation! You have a new follower, and kindred spirit. Come by for a visit when you get a chance.
    Rosemary :)

  3. Lovely lovely lovely!!!! The detailing is fabulous! :)

    xoxo laurie

  4. love this - fabulous transformation!

  5. Your table is so cute! I love the graphics. Thanks for sharing the how to. I am going to try this.

  6. this turned out fabulous!!! Loving that you did some great detail on the side- not just the top. Nice! thanks so much for the shout out and for linking up this week! :)

  7. What a great job you did on this table. I love anything with French writing and vintage labels. Thank you for this great tutorial. I want to try this, however I do see that you did a great job with the leaves. I am NOT an artist and might have problems with highlights and low lights. This will certainly be on my list of great tutorials!!


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