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French Typography Nest of Tables Makeover

Hello, I thought that I would jump online and write a quick post to share my latest project that I am very excited about.

A few months back my husband and I attended a deceased estate garage sale, we arrive there pretty late and of course there was AMAZING furniture there, but 99% was already sold. I seriously resisted the urge to burst into tears and began to distract myself by sifting through the remaining pile of odds and ends for sale. Long story short, I came across a set of dark brown old nest of tables, my husband said they were hideous and he didn’t want me to take them. I on the other hand thought that for their probable age they looked pretty good, so I grabbed them.

They came home and sat in my shed while I waited for inspiration on how to give them a new life and transform them from ugly to lovely. This process took a while as I swiftly moved on to some other projects I had on the go. During the months that they sat in my shed collecting dust I got in a shipment of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which made me go over my collection of furniture to see which lucky piece(s) would be the subject of my attention. During this moment of reflection I remembered the poor ugly little nest of tables. So I grabbed them out, brought them into the warmth of the house and decided to coat them in Country Grey and Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint alternating (middle one duck egg, others country grey).

They already looked miles better but still I wanted to make them sensational not just nice (plus I wanted to prove to my husband that they were not junk). This is where I remembered a fantastic website that I had come across called ‘The Graphics Fairy’ that has available for download a fabulous range of vintage and french typography graphics. So I went straight to the website and found three french typography graphics that I thought would look great on my project.

Nest of Tables

So I printed them off, made a DIY carbon copy of the images (by shading the back with pencil) and transferred the graphics imprints to the tops of the tables. My hand seriously hurt at this point but my excitement was distraction enough, even just the faint pencil outline looked great.


Now came the hard part, using a tiny brush and graphite paint, I painted over the faint outline and then let it dry fully. Once I had painted all 3 graphics on the respective table tops, I then lightly sanded them and distressed the pieces. A coat of wax later and voila, they were done. I really can’t explain how in love with this set I am.

Nest of Tables Chalk Paint French Typography   Nest of Tables Chalk Paint French Typography


As much as I wish I could keep all the pieces I restore, due to a lack of space factor in my home (already full of pieces) I decided to part with them, otherwise soon I will be sleeping in the kennel with Izy (my dog – the stinkiest dog in the world haha).
I think they will make a fantastic and unique addition to someones home!

Here are a couple more pics, closeups of the tops.


Nest of Tables Chalk Paint French Typography Nest of Tables Chalk Paint French Typography


Nest of Tables Chalk Paint French Typography


I hope you like them

Adriana 🙂

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  1. Reblogged this on Rustic Boutique and commented:

    This sweet little set of nest tables was transformed with paint and some hand painted french typography .. They turned out so sweet, still love them!! If you want to learn more on these then follow this link for the full low down 😀

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