Thrifty Makeover with French Fabric Decoupage

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This thrifty table got a brand new look with French fabric decoupage!

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint #fabricdecoupage #chalkpaintedfurniture

Happy Trash to Treasure Tuesday Friends!

Love, love, love this day every month. If you are new here, a few of my friends and I get together once a month to share our trash to treasure transformations.
It can be anything from furniture to decor, repurposing, or whatever!

Today I’m sharing a little fabric decoupage on a thrift store find.
French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

Actually, I believe I found this one at Habitat ReStore.

If you follow along on Instagram, you probably saw my post about this one when I got it!
I always post things over there when I find them and as I’m giving them makeovers, etc.

This pretty little table was $7 and in pretty good shape, just a little dirty.

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

My original vision for this table came from some pretty wrapping paper I have that is pink and green.
I thought I’d decoupage each flat surface with the paper and paint the rest green.

After painting about half of it I decided green was not working for me.

So I painted the whole thing pink. Ha, yep!!
And guess what?
That wasn’t working for me either. Bummer.

That’s when you want to just throw in the towel for a bit.
But I couldn’t because did I mention that this was Sunday night at about 11pm?
Ha, yes, it was. I had been so busy around here that I totally forgot about my girls and our fun trash to treasure Tuesday coming up.
So I couldn’t throw in the towel! I had to figure this thing out asap.

I went up to my office/craft room and looked through my stash.
I came across some of the fabric I used on these chairs and thought it’d be perfect!
So I grabbed it and ran back downstairs and got back to work.

I decided on Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint for the trim since it matched some of the print in the fabric perfectly.
And I just love pink and blue together.

Want to know about 26 other chalk paint style paints? I’ve got the low down for you right here! >>> 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint For Furniture

I cut the fabric about 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger than I needed all the way around.
And I found this in my stash for the fabric decoupage…

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

…and decided to use it.
I think it maybe came from one of the blogger conferences I went to.



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I slathered the decoupage fabric glue onto the top and then stuck my piece of material to it.

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

I smoothed it out to make sure there were no lumps or air bubbles.
You can see above and below the excess material.

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

And the Duck Egg Blue paint, of course! ;) Love that color.

Are you new to chalk painting?? This post might be helpful to you >>> “How To Chalk Paint Furniture & More (tips & tricks I’ve learned!)

Once this was dry, I used a Xacto knife to cut the excess off.

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

Not perfect but it worked okay.

Next, I used this sealer to seal it up and give it some protection.

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

I did two coats, drying fully in between.
I also used the same sealer on the Duck Egg Blue paint.

Curious about chalk paint?? I wrote an entire post devoted to all the pros and cons of using it, here >>> “Pros and Cons of Chalk Paint For Furniture

I came with the pretty brass knobs on top but I thought it looked a bit plain on the rest.
So I decided to add more gold.
I used this metallic paint for the added gold accents. (pay NO mind to the name of this one, it is indeed GOLD)

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

I’m kind of thinking I needed to paint the upper little twirl gold too.
As in keeping with the rest of the design, I probably should have.
I had already taken the photos when I decided on this. (and I’m working in a frenzy to get this post done!)
So, I’ll have to go back later and do that. What do you think? Paint it or let it go?

As I mentioned before, the knobs are brass but they were stained and I couldn’t get them all the way clean.
They were also more “brassy” than the paint….so I painted them to match!
SO glad I did, they look so much better.

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

Paint that lower twirl or no? (I can not come up with any other word for it at the moment)

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

I love these artificial flowers. They are so pretty to me, fake or not.

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint

And love these treasures….my very old books. (the top one is from the 1700s, the bottom one, 1800s)

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint #fabricdecoupage #chalkpaintedfurniture

And of course my favorite antique blue bottles…..

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint


Pink and blue …two colors I just love together.
I’m so happy with how this little project turned out! Especially considering its beginnings!

PIN this fabric decoupage project to save it for later!

French Fabric Decoupage with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint #fabricdecoupage #chalkpaintedfurniture

Love this French fabric decoupage project?? (this time, drawer fronts!)

You might also love this one below!!

And don’t forget to visit my friends trash to treasure transformations this month too, below!

  1. Girl in the Garage – Chest Makeover
  2. Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer – Night Table Redo
  3. Prodigal Pieces – Farmhouse Style Chest
  4. Bless’er House – Patio Table Revive

Want to see even more Trash to Treasure Transformations? Click here to see more in this series.

Love shiplap? I’ll see ya back here on Thursday with a simple, and inexpensive, tutorial! 

UPDATE!! See it how, here!



  1. I love these colours, in fact, I love everything about this piece. The gold really looks good and lifts the whole thing our of ordinary and into awesome!

      1. Love this table. The colors are beautiful. I followed the link for the gold paint. It takes me to Amazon. There is more than one gold color option. Would you please tell me which gold you used.

        1. Hi Colette,
          Don’t look in the drop down it should be the main one listed at the top of the description. It’s called Warm Silver. :)

  2. Hi Nancy
    I love the little $7.00 table.
    You did such a great job.
    I keep telling myself to go out and find a thrift store near me and find something I can redo.
    Maybe in the early fall.
    Have a great day.

  3. Great find and such a great price
    What a darling table and such a beautiful finished piece. Perfect as is; except for one thing; it isn’t sitting in my house. :}

    1. Thanks Debra! I’m just loving the colors on this one too! So soft and sweet!! Thanks for pinning! xoxo

  4. I love how the piece turned out! It is a beautiful makeover. The gold adds the extra pop.
    I appreciate that you admit to having failures. I was beginning to think I was the only one to experience the fun of failure.

    1. Thank you Mary! I’m so, so glad I added the gold! I agree, it gives it a little something…pop, like you say! And oh my, yes, failures lead to fabulous many times! Plus, I truly believe “failures” are just part of that creative process. You are not alone, my friend! xoxo

    1. Thanks Marcie! I think you are right, I’ve pretty much decided it doesn’t need anymore gold, too ! :)

  5. Wow. Just wow! That is one beautiful piece. It’s perfect….the blue and gold are stunning. Yes, I’d paint the ring around the bottom leg part. It would finish it off perfectly. The fabric, the colors, the style of the piece…. Five stars!

    1. Thanks Robin! :) Hmm, I’m torn on painting it! Lots said, no more paint but it does sort of seem like that tiny ring should be painted (in keeping with the rest of the gold accents that I painted). I may paint it and see what I think. It’s only paint, right! Can always repaint! (I do a lot of that anyway ;) ) Thanks again!! xo

  6. I love this piece now! What a fantastic find! If we’d have seen that while we were thrifting, I might have fought ya for it LOL! XOXO

  7. I think your little table is adorable. I love the gold accents that you added are the finishing touch. I love pink and blue together also :)

  8. This is so pretty, Nancy! What a difference. I just love the fabric you used to line the shelves, especially paired with Duck Egg Blue. I think the swirly is just fine painted blue. Pinned

  9. I LOVE thrift store hunting but never did it occur to me to use decoupage paper, let alone fabric. This is ADORABLE, and I agree – it doesn’t need any more gold. Just right as is. Love your blog! So many great ideas and tips. Thanks for sharing! — Carolyn

    1. Hi Carolyn, thank you so much! Yes, it’s fun to play with different papers (even tissue paper) and fabrics! :) xoxo

  10. It looks great, but I do think you should paint the lower twirl so it’s in harmony with the rest. Other than that, it looks great.

  11. Typically, I’m not a fan of painting great old pieces like this – but this one really is a cute one. I love the color scheme.

  12. I want to update my China cabinet but I don’t think I want to make as permanent a commitment as decoupage. So what I’m thinking is covering cardboard or foam core with a fabric and loop hook tape to hold them in place on the backs of the shelves. I could change or remove as docor changes like reupholstering my dining chairs.

  13. I have this exact table! It was handed down to me. I’ve used it in so many ways over the years. It has gotten boring and less attractive from all of the use. I came across your post and am excited about my “hand me down “ again! I can’t wait to bring it back to life. Thank you for posting a piece that is different. Those are the pieces I have and love the most. You are my new go to inspiration!

    1. Hi Mary! Yay, I am so glad to hear that! It can be so much fun, and budget-friendly, to recreate and reinvent the things we already own and love. One of my favorite things to do! I’m so glad you have been inspired by this piece! :) Have fun!! xoxo

  14. Love the blue you used on this table. It’s nice and timeless. It’s one of those colors you won’t tire of. I’m in the small group that thinks you should paint the bottom ring gold to match the rest. It’s not very much so it shouldn’t overwhelm. But it will match the rest. I would like to know where you found the artificial flowers. They are very pretty.

    1. Thanks, Tonya! I agree, the blue is my favorite! Hmm, I really don’t know as I’ve had those for forever. BUT…I get most of my flowers from Michael’s, so that’d be my best bet! :)

      1. Thanks Nancy. I have been planning a trip to Michael’s, so I’ll check to see what they have. I have to confess, I’m generally opposed to refinishing wood furniture with paint. You just changed my thinking. I checked out your link to the 26 types of chalk paint. Thank you so much. This reference cut down a lot of research time.

  15. I fell in love with that stand 2 years ago and I’m still in love with it.
    I have been looking for a stand similar to that but so far, no such luck but not giving up in looking. Just something about the style that I really liked. That would also make for a nice plant stand.

    1. Aw, that’s so great! It’s one of the favorites of mine that I’ve done. :) Yes, I’ve never come across another like it…yet! xo

  16. Wonderfully creative; and~ I now find that duck egg blue is my favorite color… thank you , all blessings to you

  17. Sometimes things don’t go according to the initial plan and they turn out even better, huh? The table was okay before, but now it’s marvelous, Nancy! I have a sad table with ruined shelves that I’ve spent way too much time on, never even though about decoupage. What a great save for bad veneer. I’m going to do it!

    The blue paint is always a winner and the metallic adds just a bit of glam. Now that you’re not in a rush to finish, paint the ring!

    1. Exactly, Marcie!! So true! And yay, that’s awesome!! It really is a great way to hide bad features but add beauty at the same time. :) xoxo

  18. You’ve inspired me Nancy! Was thinking about decoupaging a bookcase I “picked up” (off someone’s curb of course!)….going to take the plunge. I truly enjoy your website and style.,.,,. thank you for all that you share.

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