DIY Makeover : French Country Yard Sale Kitchen Table find! Only $30 and I made it over for FREE! You won’t believe this garage sale furniture flip.
I am so excited to be writing about this project today! I have been waiting since November to post this French country DIY Tutorial. I was inspired to tackle my kitchen for the April #30DayFlip Challenge that I am co-hosting with the lovely Jeanette at Snazzy Little Things.
The BEFORE Pictures
My awesome step-dad was what we call, “yard sailing.” Well I am glad he went “sailing” that day because he scored this amazing wooden small square table!! AND he got it for $30! SCORE!!! I thought this table had great bones and I insisted that he get it… when he was sending me photos (upon arriving the yard sale.)
It took me a little time to figure out what I wanted to do to this table. I surfed Pinterest and found an amazing French Country coffee table that jogged the inspiration in my brain. (BTW this table was selling for $1,100.00.) This is when emoticons would come in handy. I would want to use the shocked face at THAT hefty price tag!
I decided this is the look I wanted for the table top, but I wanted a different look for the legs. I decided I wanted to stain the rest of the table in a weathered gray wood stain.
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Thus I transformed this table!
When I figured out my plan of attack I decided to dedicate a few days to making this table magical and also add a small bench to it to it for additional seating. Even in my tiny little kitchen. I found a great bench tutorial at Engineer Your Space that is really easy to build.
Since I work in the art department in the film and television industry I usually get art supplies and lumber donated to me at the end of the show instead of throwing it away! Can you believe it? I managed to acquire some lumber and had my construction coordinator cut it down to the dimensions I measured.
My amazing sister helped put this bench together. I love it when she likes to play DIY with me. She is a great helper with my projects.
I would defer to Engineer Your Space for the specific construction and supplies you will need.
After the bench was built, we moved onto the table.
French Country $30 Yard Sale Table Makeover
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Supplies I Used:
- Paint can opener
- Weathered Gray Wood Stain
- White Acrylic Latex Paint – Satin finish
- Annie Sloan Dark Furniture Wax
- Angled sash paint brush
- Smaller artist paint brush
- Tape measure
- Painters tape
- Sand Paper (various roughness)
- Chalkboard Paint
- Screwdriver – Phillips head
- Stain Sponges
- Paint Roller Frame
- Paint Roller Refills
- Xacto knife and blades
- Straight edge ruler
Tutorial: French Country Makeover
1 – Disassembled the table.
2 – Sand all the parts down a bit.
It didn’t need much sanding, but with wood stain you never know how the stain will take to the wood.
DIY TIP – make sure to moisten your furniture piece with a damp washcloth or towel to make the wood absorb the stain easier.
3 – Stain the table.
I used weathered gray wood stain that I got at Home Depot. It was about $8.50. I also purchased some stain sponges to make the application process easier. I let this stain cure over night after I added a couple layers.
TIP – When working with wood stains… don’t wear nice clothes. It is next to impossible to get stain out of clothing once it has touched the fabric. It can be messy.
4 – Put the table back together again.
I got out my pencil, tape measure, and painters tape.
5 – Measure and tape out a border on the table top.
I also taped out a small border on the sides of the table to be painted white.
6 – Paint the table with satin finish white paint.
I did a couple coats to make sure it was covered evenly.
7 – Measure out my checkerboard table top!!
I didn’t want to confuse myself in this process, so I lettered “B” for black square and “W” for white square around the entire perimeter of the table top.
8 -Mask the white squares.
I used my delicate surface painters tape, and Xacto knife, and a straight edge ruler to mask the “white” squares.
9 – Black Paint.
I took my chalkboard paint and my paint brushes and painted the table top.
10 – Let dry.
I let about 2 coats dry and peeled back the painters tape. There were some tiny imperfections that occurred when peeling back the tape. Some paint lifted with the tape. I ended up liking this table so much more.
11 – Wax.
I used my Annie Sloan Unfolded dark wax and a rag to age the table a bit.
12 – Chairs and Bench.
I painted the chairs and the bench with the same white paint. After a couple of coats every part was covered evenly.
I decided to to paint a portion of the chairs with the chalkboard paint to match the table. I had a little fun with this part.
Finally, I had a nice big cocktail when I was finished with this part of the project! I added some pillows to decorate the bench a little. This is a temporary fix until I upholster both the chair seats and the bench seat and back. This will be a whole different tutorial!
If you made it all the way to this point, THANK YOU so much! I know this was a long one.
But, I hope you all enjoyed this project! I really did and I can’t wait for my fabric to arrive so I can tackle the cushion portion of this project. If you did enjoy this project, please let me know in the comments below.
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