Friday, February 11, 2011

Table transformation: turning a cheap table into a cool accent piece

Years ago I needed a table to set beside the chair and ottoman in my living room. It needed to be small, just big enough to hold a drink or a magazine. Nothing special. This $24.99 TJMaxx special filled the bill:



Not a bad little table, really, but over time the purplish-brown color got to me. And the speckled finish. See the speckles?



I grew weary of the speckles. Still, the table was just the right size, and I liked its graceful lines. And I didn't want to spend any money to buy another table.

Meanwhile, on my 25th anniversary trip to Paris last year, I found this pretty little cushion cover.


It's a lovely little tapestry that I found at one of my favorite places in all of Paris: Sainte Chapelle. I like the pop of the French blue, and I like having an item I use everyday remind me of that special trip. So I decided to take a cue from my pillow and turn my little table into something that looked as if it had come from Grandmere's attic. If I had a Grandmere.

First the table got a coat of blue spray paint. A little garish--okay, a LOT garish--but headed in the right direction.


Then I sanded the edges for a distressed look. . . and stencilled a fleur de lis pattern on the top. . .then sanded some more. . . and finally added a coating of Valspar Mocha glaze to tone down the color and to add a bit more patina.

And now my humble little table has gone from this:



to this:



And here it is in its place in my living room. Now that I've seen this photo, I think I need to do a bit more glazing on the legs. That'll be easy, though.


Up close and personal so you can see it with its inspiration pillow:



What do you think? Would you want to curl up beside my fire and set your drink on my little blue table?

This transformation was especially fun because I spent $0 on it. I had a can of blue spray paint, the fleur de lis stencil, gold craft paint, and the glaze all in my stash. So I spent a little time but no money.


I'm joining some fun parties with my table. Check these out for more inspiration!

23 comments:

Kirby said...

Love the blue! You did an awesome job!

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

O.K., that is a perfect little table! I think the glaze was just the right touch. Love it!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

That is an awesome match for your pillow! I was a little worried when I saw the first blue picture because that is a really bright blue...but you did a great job distressing it! I love the fleur de lis detail too!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I love what you did with this table. That pillow was great inspiration and it all comes together perfectly!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Richella, it is perfect!! I love that blue and I am jealous that you got to go to Paris. I hope you will join my Wow us Wednesdays party some time.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your little table turned out stunning. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is perfect...I love the final shade of blue...I am not that familiar with glazing yet. What a great transformation!

XO,
Jane

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

So cute! I love that shade of blue!

Linda said...

Hi Richella...I like your little table re-do...it looks good.

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Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Wow! I love it! It goes perfectly with the pillow. You're so smart! ;)

Dianne said...

I love it! I have a little table I was just thinking of doing something like this to...What kind of glaze did you use?

Life in the Big Grey Victorian On The Corner said...

oh! ahhhh! That is really well done! Great job!

Paula said...

I love the pop of blue against your chair with the coordinating blue pillow. You did a great job transforming this piece!

Marian said...

Yes, yes I would like to curl up beside your fire and set my drink on that table! It's beautiful. I do so love that Paris blue. : )

Marian said...

Oops! I was signed in under a different google account on that last comment. You know it's me, Scooper. : )

Mindy said...

Very pretty! It looks great with that pillow. I love the fleur de lis stencil.

Deneen said...

Love how the blue just popped in the room! Great Job!
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HeathahLee said...

Honey, I'd want to come sit by your fire if you lived in a van down by the river! : ) But I do love the little bleu table! Or should that be table de bleu? : )

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

Cute, colorful, convenient!
<3

Susan said...

Sainte Chapelle is a hidden secret of Paris--not that many people know about it, but it is the most beautiful place! I love what you did with the table--i'm not sure I have that kind of talent!

Dear Lillie said...

Beautiful job!

Dawn said...

i love it! you are so good at the painting and the distressing! and what an inspiration!!! glad you are still savoring that trip :)

New Every Morning said...

Wow! Richella, you are so talented! I love how the blue matches the pillow cover. Beautiful job! I love using items from special travels to fill my home with memories. :)

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