Sunday, July 24

Side Table Redo

 I'm pretty happy about this week's project. It turned out just as I'd hoped, which is almost unheard of for me. This little side table used to look like this:
 Lovely bones, but a bit on the... homely side. She just needed a little makeover. Tutorial after the jump!


So The Graphics Fairy has this really cool bit of French ephemera:
I don't know what "ephemera" means, but it sounds fancy! Anyway, as an amateur furniture refinisher and professional eater of chocolate, I knew it would be perfect for what I had in mind.

But first, I had to do something about the outdated hunter green legs and the honey-colored varnish. So I sanded the living crap out of the table top and painted the legs gloss black.


 Better already! I printed the graphic in sections to get the size I wanted and used carbon tracing paper to outline it onto the table.
 Then I painted it over with a paint marker. I love these. They are my favorite thing.

 Anyway, when it was dry, I sanded it over to age it a bit and then I stained it with Minwax Woodsheen in Colonial Pine.
 Ahhhh, almost there. After a coat of clear varnish, she was all done!!
 I can't believe the difference!! Her beautiful, curvy legs can really be appreciated now that they're a sexy black, and that top is unrecognizable. Tres magnifique! (I'm pretty sure that's French for "chocolate is delicious and I wish I had some")
The cool thing about a project like this is that this kind of furniture is easy to come by, inexpensive, and (usually) solid wood. This sort of Country Kitchen Style was really popular in the 90s and lends itself well to refinishing. I am now on the prowl for more furniture like this...


35 comments:

  1. Looks so cute... I can't wait to do a graphics table. : )

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  2. I love the table!! So cute!

    Mandy
    http://a37s42.blogspot.com/

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  3. Thanks ladies!! I'm really excited about how easy it was, and how well it turned out.

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  4. Love it, Melody! I've got the transfer paper AND a paint marker itching to be used. I definitely have to get going on trying this.

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  5. I love how it turned out! great job!

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  6. I also used this graphic on a table this week - love how yours turned out!!

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  7. @Patti: I saw yours and it's AWESOME. If I could only find tables like that...

    @Karen: I get my paint markers at Walmart in the craft section, and you can also get them on Amazon but it ends up costing more after shipping. They come in different colors and you can get them in fine, medium or large tips. I prefer fine tip for everything, since the paint is bound to spread a bit anyway. Medium and large tip are so wide in my opinion that you may as well use a brush.

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  8. It looks great! You did a nice job. Enjoy.

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  9. I am visiting via Today's Creative Blog.

    This is a fantastic project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Tuesday!

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  10. Hey!! Love the project! FYI Ephemera is a collectible that was once an everyday or trivial item, such as old letters, books, postcards, papers, etc; generally paper. The most popular ephemera is last century's adverts or JUNK MAIL!!! Ha!

    Rough Translation of your table:

    "Ready for your lunch
    Payraud (possibly brand name?) Cocoa
    in sheets/leaves Product without Rival"

    Not quite sure what a cocoa sheet is or if it'd be good for lunch.....unless, this is a sign for a coca plant....i.e. you used to chew the leaves of the plant cocaine is made from as a digestive aid....unfortunatley judging from the aparent age of the original add, the latter is probably the case.....!!!

    Now Following!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  11. Cute! I need to do my sad sad side table like this!

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  12. @Mikey, I am now 300% smarter than I was before I read your comment! I love it!!

    BTW, I've been following Shabby French Cottage for AGES. I recommend it highly, everyone!!

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  13. I love it!
    Amy@
    SassyScarlett.blogspot.com

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  14. Perfecto! I love learning from other's comments ... that was really fun! You sure brought sexy to that table... I bet it is giving you a big thank you! {or Merci!} jules

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  15. WOW! This is amazing. I love the revamp. I'm your newest follower and I'd love if you would join us over at Sew Woodsy and link this project up!

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  16. Looks great! I love the "ephemera" you chose! Can't go wrong with chocolate!

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  17. Love this!
    I think I have the coffee table version of your side table.
    It could use a makeover, too. :-)
    Kimberly

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  18. Incredibly beautiful transformation! Great job on this sweet table! Where would we be without our Graphics Fairy....?? lol!

    xoxo laurie

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  19. You are too funny! This little makeover is terrific. You choose the perfect colors and the perfect graphic. Now just fill a bowl with chocolates to set on top and it will be perfect. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party. I would love to see your creativity linked each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  20. Wow great piece. I think I need to get some carbon paper to copy some of the great graphics that are everywhere.

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  21. Lovely redo! It looks great! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Thrifty Thursday!!

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  22. Thank you so much for being a part of Tales from Bloggeritaville’s Thrifty Thursday! I just LOVED your project and am featuring it in my Friday Flashback!
    I sincerely appreciate you linking up. It’s not a party without guest! Thank you!
    I hope you will accept and display the Tales from Bloggeritaville feature button on your blog. YOu can find it on the Friday Flashback Post. It’s my way of saying “Thank YOU!”

    Live*Love*Laugh,
    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  23. Looks great! I'm visiting from New Nostalgia! I'd love for you to share this with my {re}create into something new blog party too at http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/07/recreate-into-something-new-3.html Your post is exactly what my party is all about:)

    Hope to see you at my place soon!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  24. it looks great... :)
    http://do-vina.blogspot.com/

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  25. Thanks for linking up to my party!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife
    http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com

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  26. This is absolutely fantastic! I would love it if you would link this up to my linky party Tutorial Tuesday I know my readers will love it as well!

    Kari
    Newlyweds on a Budget

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  27. Oh I love you, love you love you!! Your AWSOME post, I found on Fireflies and jelly beans, just saved me 400.00! I have the horrid green kitchen stools and I am SOOO over the green! I was going to buy some red stools to match my kitchen, but... I CAN SO THE EXACT SAME THING YOU DID WITH THE ONES I HAVE! OH WOW! I'M LOVING THIS! Question is.. how so you sand all of the grooves on the legs. What did you use to paint the legs, does it come in red? Thank you ssi much!!

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  28. @Michele, I didn't sand this, just painted over the legs, but on a project like stools that's more subject to daily wear & tear, I would use a liquid sander instead of sanding all those grooves. Home Depot sells it but I've never seen it at Lowe's. For the red, I'd suggest a few coats of Krylon in your preferred shade of red. Krylon in my opinion is the toughtest and most durable, and I like their colors.

    Post pics of your finished stools!

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  29. Very cute! You're very talented!

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