French Provincial End Table Makeover

5 Materials
$50
5 Hours
Easy

I found this lovely end table online that needed some TLC as it was stripped and bare of much character. I knew that it had potential and it was in good shape, so I was very excited about hubby and I picking it up, even though it was -40 (C or F!) with the windchill that day! I know ... we're crazy!
Have a look at how I transformed this into a charming table that will make someone very happy, I'm sure.
french provincial end table makeover
This is the original table, already sanded down by the previous owner. How lucky is that?
french provincial end table makeover
french provincial end table makeover
Those legs. Aaaahhh, those sexy table legs that I have a very hard time saying 'no' to! I couldn't wait to get started in highlighting those details.
french provincial end table makeover
This is often a scary step, where I 'splotch' a base colour here and there, knowing that when I distress at the end, it will appear and be highlighted to bring character to the piece. I chose to paint a black chalk paint first.
french provincial end table makeover
french provincial end table makeover
I then covered the whole table and drawer with Fusion Mineral paint, in Lamp White, which is a very pale grey. This is after the first coat.
french provincial end table makeover
See how the details of the leg work is starting to be defined? I ended up painting three coats of FMP in Lamp White for a uniform finish, distressed along the edges, where natural wear and tear might occur, and then gave it a coat of beeswax that I buffed.
french provincial end table makeover
I wanted to cover the outside and inside of the drawer with a fabric, so I used Mod Podge to do that.
french provincial end table makeover
This is the first time I tried this technique, where you apply Mod Podge (a decoupage medium), let it dry, then apply the fabric with a low heat iron. I then covered the fabric with two coats of Mod Podge, with a light sanding in between to soften things.
french provincial end table makeover
There she is, completely transformed! It was a relatively easy project to do and I was very motivated as I just love this piece. Give a piece of furniture new life with some paint, some character and a whole new look!
french provincial end table makeover
I kept the original hardware, giving it a good cleaning and a coat of varnish. I think the added peek of fabric on the side is pretty cool.
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  • Chr5327159
    on Jan 29, 2018

    You mentioned this was the first time using an iron for applying the fabric. What do you think of using this method?

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  • Great save! Know someone with similar tables. Love what you did with this piece, the fabric makes it pop! 💕

  • Pwz52757
    on Feb 14, 2018

    I have a table just like this. I've also looked at several others, for a matching pair. None of them have an inverted handle like the "before" of this one...

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