$5 Thrifty French Script Table

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A $5 thrifty French script table? That doesn’t even sound possible…but it is! ;)

Hello Friends!

Are you ready for Trash to Treasure Tuesday?
We’ve got some fun transformations for y’all today and I’m sharing a $5 French Script Table Makeover.
It surely went from “trash” to “treasure”! Wait til you see. :)
I can’t wait to see what my friends turned into treasures too.
I’ll have there transformations linked up at the bottom of the page here.

But first, let me share with you what I found this week….

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

….this little FIVE dollar lovely.
Isn’t that just crazy? This table is SOLID….but in sad, sad shape.

But not anymore….take a look at my brand new thrifty French script table…

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

Amazing what a few products will do. I just love that.
I’ll be sharing a few affiliate links to the items I used below.

I originally planned a heaving sanding on this awful top….

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

Yucko. It’s not been loved well, has it?
Poor thing.

But I’m going to make up for all that abuse.

 
I used my fave, Citristrip instead of sanding and it looked like night and day afterwards.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

I did have to fill a few deep gouges with some stain-able wood putty though.
I didn’t bother sanding (just a light sand with fine sand paper to smooth things out) since it looked pretty good and I sort of wanted it a bit “rustic” looking.

I applied pre stain wood conditioner first. Then I mixed up two of my favorite stains, Java and Antique Walnut.  (about half & half of each)
I rubbed that in and wiped away the excess…..and gorgeousness!
So easy too.

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After that cured for a bit, I gave it one coat of poly, let that dry well and started on the stencil.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

I gave it a coat of poly first for a few reasons.
I was using white and didn’t want the stain to bleed into the white script.
I also wanted to be able to easily remove the script if I decided I hated how it looked.
Which was entirely possible since things don’t always look in person like they do in my head! ;)
For that same reason, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the stencil (in the color “Pure White”) since I was sure I would be able to remove it before sealing.

Using a spray adhesive for stencils is the way to go for a project like this.
I didn’t bother with it but it would have made the job easier.

Here it is just after I painted it in.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

A bit bright and I wanted it a bit more subtle so I gave it a light sanding to soften it.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

And 2 more coats of poly, drying well in between.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

For the base of the table, I used Dixie Belle Paint in the color “Fluff”, which I just loved.
The color and the paint. The folks over at Dixie Belle were kind enough to send me a few of their products to try out.
I have more I’ll be sharing at a later date.
I can tell you this, the paint applied like a dream. Great coverage for a white too!

Before I share that, let me tell what I did to “prep” the wood beforehand.
I just knew this table was going to be a problem “bleeder” so I gave it a spray of Shellac before painting.
The paint does not require much prep but for something like this, it is pretty much desired.
You don’t want to go to all of that trouble painting and then have the dreaded pink stain showing through.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

As you saw in the “before” photo above, this poor table was in sad shape.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

So refinishing the entire thing was not really something I wanted to do. (just the top, of course)

And below with about a coat and a half of paint.
I painted one coat on and then came back and brushed areas that looked like it may not have covered as well. (which weren’t many)
I’m highly impressed with the coverage of this product, especially in this color.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

And although it is not necessary with this paint at all, I gave it a finish coat with my fave top coat. (linked in the materials list above)

I gave the edges of the base a little distressing.
Just a bit though.

And I also gave the inside of the drawer a little “drawer flair”. ;)

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

I had planned to use different hardware but decided this one looked perfect with the french script.
I did put it on right side up this time though. ;)
I wonder if the previous owners used the table forever with the hardware upside down…or changed it at some point, for some reason?
And in case you were wondering, I could tell it was upside down because the handle portion has a front and back.
The back has little nodules that stick out to make it lay properly against the rest of the metal hardware piece.
Well, that was on the top/front and showing!  Turned it over and voila, no longer showing. ;)

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

Aren’t those faux hydrangeas so realistic looking? I got them at Michael’s before Christmas.
I just love them.
OH! And do you like my “wall”?
My sweet hubby built that for me yesterday to take pictures of my pretties in front of it.
I still have some painting and weathering to do to it though. :)
I’m so excited!

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

What a difference, right?

Oh, and I don’t think I’ve shared with you all that I moved my DIY Coordinates Sign over here.
We had discussed either moving the whole artwork/shutters down or maybe putting something in that spot below to anchor the new couch.
Well, I am loving this here for now and I think it did the trick.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

I’m really loving the contrast of the dark wood and white.

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

And I’m really loving it here in this space too!

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

But my cute little DIY Tiled Framed Criss Cross Tables still have my heart…and this space in this room. ;)

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

This was a pretty simple makeover. It all comes down to “tools” (products, etc).
With the right tools, you can do just about anything.
The tools for this were simple, Citristrip, paint and poly.
I could have simply been done and left the stencil portion off.
Such an elegant, beautiful, well made, solid wood table….for FIVE bucks!
Can’t beat that!

PIN this for later so you can give a little French script table a makeover too! :)

$5 Thrifty French Script Table Makeover! This look was so EASY to achieve! #frenchscript #frenchcountry artsychicksrule.com

 

And now, more treasures below…. 

  1. Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
  2. Prodigal Pieces
  3. Girl in the Garage

Lauren from Bless’er House had to bow out this month, but she’ll be back next month!

I’ll be back on Thursday with a brand new, simple DIY Spring wreath. (as they are now calling for snow showers the next few days…yuck!)
Winter has settled back in for a bit, I guess. At least the days are longer. ;)

Stay tuned for my latest furniture makeover, this sad little chest….

UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!

 

See you then!

xoxo

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31 Comments

  1. Not only is that a sweet score, but an absolutely beautiful makeover, Nancy. The script is one of my favorite things to do and gives is such a soft feel. Love it!

    1. Hi Karen! :) Thank you! Yes, it was a steal for $5 and that pretty stencil you gave me was perfect for it! :) xoxo

      1. I wondered if that was the stencil you used! It looked great on the table! But it would have also been beautiful without any stencil! xoxo

  2. Oh Nancy, I just love what you did with this table! The stain color on the top is beautifully paired with the white paint (don’t you just love Dixie Belle – their paint is amazing). I’m swooning over the white script on the top! Pinning ☺

  3. Love the remake of your table – especially the dark top on a white “body.” I adore french script even though I can’t read it! You did a fabulous job on this table.

  4. How exactly did you do the poly? I brushed some on my first project and got horrible lap over brush strokes. Did you wipe, brush, or spray it?

    1. Hi Annette,
      What kind of paint did you use for the lettering? If you used Chalk Paint, it can tend to bleed a bit (if that’s what you are referring to on the “lap over brush strokes”). So when applying with a brush you want to use as little strokes as possible. Just go over it lightly the first time, then after that you are okay. OR you can use a spray sealer. Either will work but I prefer the brush on poly. :)

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