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French Country $30 Yard Sale Table Get’s a Makeover

I am so excited to be writing about this project today! I have been waiting since November to post this 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.

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.)

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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!

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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.

Thus I transformed this table!

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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.

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I put this bench together with the amazing assistance from my sister. 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.

DIY Makeover : French Country Yard Sale Kitchen Table find! Only $30 and I made it over for FREE! Learn how I did it at www.artsandclassy.com

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After the bench was built, we moved onto the table.

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First, I disassembled the table.

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Second, I sanded 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.

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Third, I stained the table with 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.

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Fourth, I put the table back together again. I got out my pencil, tape measure, and painters tape.

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Fifth, I measured and taped out a border on the table top. I also taped out a small border on the sides of the table to be painted white.

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Sixth, I painted the table with my satin finish white paint. I did a couple coats to make sure it was covered evenly.

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Seventh, I measured 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.

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Eighth, I used my delicate surface painters tape, and Xacto knife, and a straight edge ruler to mask the “white” squares.

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Ninth, I took my chalkboard paint and my paint brushes and painted the table top.

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Tenth, 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.

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Eleventh, I used my Annie Sloan Unfolded dark wax and a rag to age the table a bit.

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Twelfth, I painted the chairs and the bench with the same white paint. After a couple of coats every part was covered evenly.

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Thirteenth, 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.

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Fourteenth and Last, 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!

DIY Makeover : French Country Yard Sale Kitchen Table find! Only $30 and I made it over for FREE! Learn how I did it at www.artsandclassy.comIf 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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4 Comments

  • You rocked this project, Meredith! I can see how you took such care to do this makeover and it will be my pleasure to feature you’re prodigal piece this coming Saturday. woot!! 🙂

  • Chay says:

    What a beautiful result -along with a wonderful tutorial! You did a fantastic job on both. Now, enjoy your cocktail – you deserve it!

    • Meredith says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Chay! I really love my new table and a glass of wine was the perfect way to celebrate! I appreciate your support!