Chalk Paint

Vintage Bedside Table Transformation & Rustic French Country Coffee Table

Good Morning šŸ™‚

I hope that you have all had a great weekend!!Ā  This morning I thought that I would post a before and after post on the transformation of my bedside tables. These are actually one of the first pieces that I ever painted and I love them sooooo much that I don’t think I could ever bare to part with them.

The discovery of these bedside tables has to be among one of my greatestĀ finds as I just love them. It all came about quite early on in my painting life (approx. 6 months ago) when I was browsing through gumtree looking for some bedroom furniture as at that point I didn’t own any apart from my bed and base. It was during that browsing session that I stumbled across an add for a rather dark old pair of bedside tables and a large solid wood coffee table all being sold together. As soon as I looked at the photos of the pieces I knew that they were a great find!! Surprisingly it didn’t take much toĀ convinced my husband that we should make an 3 hour round trip to purchase the pieces.

When we finally arrived at the collection point I could see the bedside tables sitting outside waiting for us. My face lit up with joy and my husbands face was, well, not impressed haha. Despite their ugly veneer they were beautifully crafted withĀ gorgeous vintageĀ handles and some lovely carved detailing and legs. The coffee table on the other hand was in great condition and had a fantastic provincial shape to it!

When I got the pieces home I new I couldn’t wait to start painting them. Here is one of the ‘hideous brown bedside tables’ as my husbandĀ put itĀ šŸ˜›

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It didn’t take me long to find inspiration for these pieces. At this point Annie Sloan paint wasn’t available in Australia so I made up a batch of DIY chalk style paint. I painted the entire piece in a base coat of limed white, then I decided that I wanted the drawers to stand out so I chose an golden beigeĀ colour for the drawer fronts. I dry brushed over the carved detailing at the bottom in the limed white. The pieces were painted and dry in no time and so I grabbedĀ a blockĀ of sand paper and started distressing. The dark brown veneer underneath made the distressing very effective and at this point I could tell that both my husband and myself were already in love with the look of these tables.

Vintage Shabby Chic Bedside Table Chalk Paint Restoration Ā DSC_1777

All that was left to do was to wax them and secure the handles … and VOILA!! I could tell that by the sheepish smirk on my hubbys face that he approved and more than that … HE LOVED THEM!!! I did too and so it didn’t take us long to rush them inside for some glamour shots!!

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Ā And because I love the way they came up here is another shot of the piece outside in natural light šŸ™‚

Vintage Bedside Table

Aren’t the handles and carved detailing just divine??

Now we can move onto the French provincial / country coffee table transformation. Still riding on theĀ adrenaline from how perfect the bedside tables turned out, my next spare afternoon was allocated to painting the solid coffee table. I knew that I wanted to stick with the same colours that I had used on my bedside tables so I gave the piece a base coat of limed white …. and then realised I hadn’t taken a before shot :S … so this is a during shot!!

Before Provincal Coffee Table

I had to apply a sealer to the base coat to prevent the stain from bleeding through. After the entire piece had been painted solidly in limed white, I then gave the panels and the drawer front a coat in the same golden beige that I had used for the bedside tables. I knew that I wanted this piece to be rustic and more heavily distressed and after some serious elbow busting on the beige panels and some lighter sanding around the entire border of the piece, it was ready for some wax!!

This is the finished product after its final wax coat

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And because I am a fast learner, I decided to take some shots outside in natural light

TravelerĀ  Vintage French Country Coffee Table Upycling Furniture Restoration Chalk Paint

I love the way this piece came up, and am thrilled that it found a new home in no time!!


7 replies »

  1. Your incredible makeover puts my toiling in the garage to shame.

    I began trying to change my antique furniture into a French Country style some time ago and although there was an amount of success I discovered very quickly that mahogany wood leaks and was very confused as to why my much loved dresser was turning a horrible patch brown color.

    I learned very quickly that there is more to restoring old furniture than just sanding and painting.

    You have the gift and I commend that and understand the joy you must feel when you take something like this and give it a whole new lease of life.

    Fabulous works. You should feel very proud.

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