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French Provincial End Table Makeover

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.
Time: 5 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
This is the original table, already sanded down by the previous owner. How lucky is that?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I wanted to cover the outside and inside of the drawer with a fabric, so I used Mod Podge to do that.
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.
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!
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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  • Wendy
    on Jan 17, 2018

    Wow, it looks gorgeous!

  • Heather
    Heather United Kingdom
    on Jan 29, 2018

    Looks lovely now. Really good save :)

  • Jknox1
    on Jan 29, 2018

    I love the table and the drawer lining is so pretty!! psst, glad you turned the top drawer handle in the before picture, funny, but the upside down handle caught my eye.

    • Marj
      Marj Canada
      on Feb 3, 2018

      Thank you, Carolyn! :)

  • Suzie
    Suzie United Kingdom
    on Jan 29, 2018

    It looks gorgeous - beautiful piece of restoration.

  • Pixiebabydoll
    on Jan 29, 2018

    Actually the original handle was placed that way for decorating purposes if you look close it was supposed to be that way.

    • Moonalisa Crabass
      Moonalisa Crabass Springfield, MO
      on Jan 29, 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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