Friday, April 12, 2013

Thrift Store Table from Drab to Fab with Parisian Flair

Isn't it great when you're walking along, minding your own business, when you hear someone something call out your name?  That's exactly what happened to me last summer.
This little "beauty" stood right outside a tiny thrift shop, waiting to be rescued!  It was in good condition, just a little dreary-looking.  All it needed was a new home and some TLC...
and my
First, I sanded the table.
furniture transformation

Then painted it with "oops" paint
I found at my local Home Depot for fifty cents. 

It needed three coats.

While the paint dried, I looked for a French transfer printable
to add some flair to the table top.
I knew exactly where to find a great selection:
I chose this beautiful graphic
from a pastry shop advertisement
dating back to the 1880's!

The transfer method was easy:
Print the graphic onto freezer paper in a reverse image.
Transfer the image onto the table
by rubbing the freezer paper
with the back of a spoon.

I also decided to add a smaller graphic to the bottom of the table,
then finished the table stand with two coats of paste finishing wax.

The table looks right at home in our guest bath,
which is decorated with a vintage Parisian theme.
 Parisian furniture

the graphics fairy parisian images

painted furniture

This was such a fun and inexpensive project.
One of my aspirations this year is to transform several pieces of furniture.
I've got a magazine rack just waiting in the wings.
[Well, it's actually waiting in the garage!]

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[Note:  This post first appeared in January as part of my Crafty Contributor Series on The Ivy Cottage Blog, which is no longer available.]


  1. Amei conhecer o seu blog e achei tudo lindo, maravilhoso. Me visite:
    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!


    Beijos Marie.

  2. Hi Doreen,
    Okay, you printed your reverse art onto freezer paper . . . Did you print it onto the shiny side?
    Then after you rubbed it on to the wood, you sealed it with wax or varnish?
    I have not tried this method, but I've tried some other methods, but I've yet to have nice results.
    Your table turned out wonderful :)
    While I'm here, I would like to invite you over to be a mutual follower with me . . . I'm not sure what the proper protocol is, but I'm inviting. I have been a follower for sometime. I do not always leave a comment, but I truly enjoy your lovely blog and your wonderful talent.
    Have a great day:)
    Your blogging sister, Connie

  3. This is sooo pretty! I love it! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie @

  4. Really pretty. Looking forward to admiring it next time we visit. Your sister (not blogging, LOL) -in-law, Connie

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Your table came out great. love your blog lots of great ideas you are very talented. Your newest follower.

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

  6. Great redo! I want to try that transfer method.
    This might be just my inspiration.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love the idea of recycling and transforming an old piece of furniture to bring it new life, great tutorial!

  8. Oh my , Doreen, TOTALLY in love with this piece!!! pinned !

  9. for some reason my pinning icon is not working:( will try again)

  10. Very cute! I've done this transfer method and it turned out nice. I did slip slide on the first attempt but wiped it up and did it right the second time.

  11. Beautiful job! I definitely will try this printing technique! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Never printed on freezer paper to transfer ... will try that. Thanks for the inspiration. You made it look beautiful.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures


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