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Thursday, June 20, 2013

French Sewing Table

Good morning friends...  It has been a while since I posted but,  as most of you are experiencing the same thing....  School is out and that makes for busy Moms and Grandmas...  So, blogging is always put on the back burner to our little (and big) ones needs....  Today I have a project that I have been wanting to try for quite a while but, had much trepidation about it....

Vintage, Paint and more... thrifted table painted with diy chalk paint, stenciling on furniture

A French calligraphy table.  I have wanted to do one of these for months now but, was afraid to try to do the lettering.  Then I read about a very simple method on The Graphics Fairy blog about  you can read about here  It was so simple - I got so excited about it and had to try it right away.  So, I decided to use this table...

Vintage, Paint and more... thrifted table

I picked this table up at a yard sale for $5.  Yep - $5.  The top was warped and it was looking pretty awfulas you can see here.  But, we thought it had 4 great looking legs if we couldn't fix it.  Well, it sat in our garage with some weights on it thought the hot summer last year and lo and behold the top flattened out.  How cool is that??  I had set it in the house and thought it would make a great sewing table.  But....what to do with it was the question.  Because, as you can see, it was quite ugly.

Vintage, Paint and more.. white painted table, painting with DIY chalk paint, upcycling a thrifted table

First I painted it white with some homemade chalk paint.  But, it was still pretty plain looking and a French label would look so cool on it.  So I searched the Graphics Fairy for one and found this little number....

I changed it from a gif file to a jpeg file with my I-pad then down loaded it to  Then I just followed the instructions as written on the Graphics Fairy Link and wallah.  So simple to make a stencil to use this way.  I then traced it onto the table with artist's graphite paper.  Then I used a Sharpie to trace and fill in the lettering.

Vintage, Paint and more... stenciled French style table, painting furniture white, stenciling

Easy, peasy....

Vintage, Paint and more... how to stencil furniture, stenciling and painting furniture to resemble French style

I then decided I wanted it to have a little more dimension than it had.  So, I went over it with a wash.  I used some clear paint glaze mixed with a dab of brown latex paint.  Clear paint glaze is translucent and can be mixed with any paint color to make a simple but beautiful wash.  It's very easy to use ... just brush on and wipe off with a soft clean cloth.  It doesn't dry exceedingly fast so you have a little time to play with it. I have been using it for years on  furniture, walls, whatever I'm working on at the time and whatever look I am trying to achieve.  I love glaze.  (Now, I must tell you - I had read that several bloggers were using Sharpies to do their stenciling and thought I would also.  However, when I glazed it I did get a little bleed from the color but, with this particular table it turned out fine.  I would not use a Sharpie again for this.  I would definitely use a paint pen to forgo any real problems with bleeding and having to redo an entire project.)

Vintage, Paint and more... stenciled table, French style furniture, painting furniture to resemble French style

I am in love with this table now and think it is going to make the perfect sewing table.  What do you think?My next projects are......

A small sewing box, a bentwood chair, and a picture frame.  Be sure to come back to see what I do with these. 

                                   Have a great day and get out there and create something.....


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  1. I love this as a sewing table Cathy. Thank you for linking to the great site that shows how to enlarge scipt. Blessings to you, Patti

  2. Thank you for stopping by and glad to share the link.....

  3. Love your French Sewing Table! Would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays!
    New Follower!

    Take Care,

  4. Thank you and thank you so much for following....

  5. hi Cathy, firstly that is such a great shape for a sewing table. I currently have to use our dining room table to sew on. But i love how you have painted it and the stencil. I'm going to have to check out Karen's (graphic Fairy) instructions on that. thanks so much for linking up to Paint parade.

  6. That looks fantastic! Such a cute little table and I love how well it came out. I've been wanting to try this method!! Hmm...think I will head down to the basement today to see what I have to paint :)

  7. This is a great transformation...I love the look!

  8. Thanks for sharing this at Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too CCC Party last week. I will be featuring it tomorrow when the new party goes live! Make sure you come grab an "I've been featured" button! Thanks and I hope you'll link up again this week!