Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A little French Chocolate

I will admit it. I am ridiculously excited to share my latest project! It turned out just like the picture in my head--and that does NOT always happen!

I started out with this:

It was a very beat-up garage sale table, but I loved it the moment I set eyes on it. All the chains, screwdrivers, and hammers in the world can't recreate that perfectly "naturally distressed" look like this table had! And I loved the industrial feel of the iron base.

And here's what I turned it into!

I wanted the table to look like it had been made from an old shipping crate...and I think I succeeded pretty well.

Here's how I did it:

I started by looking at clipart from The Graphics Fairy. Once I found this French Chocolate ad, I didn't have to look any more! It was...the picture in my head.

I sanded the old finish off the table, but I didn't worry at all about smoothing out nicks, dings, or scratches. I wanted 'em all!

I printed off my clipart, and then took it to Office Max and had them copy it onto an overhead transparency sheet. That cost about $1. I had sent out a Facebook plea to see if anyone had an overhead projector, and one of my friends DID! I wasted no time in getting over to her house to borrow it. (And she may never get it back! Sorry, Marci!)

Then, after I got all my little kidlets to bed, I set up the overhead projector and the table on the floor of my kitchen!

Then for the next two hours, I looked like this:

and this:

and this!

(and yes, my back REALLY HURT by bedtime!)

But this was the result of my work:

I was so happy;
I made my husband get off the computer and come admire it with me!
(That didn't make him so happy.)

The next step was to sand and distress the letters down a bit more. Then I used a cheap chip brush to brush on a coat of Minwax Antique Walnut stain, wiping off the excess (I didn't want it to look too smooth and perfect). Finally, it got a couple of coats of Minwax hand-rubbed polyurethane, and then I played with a few accessories that didn't distract from my beautiful "antique" French chocolate table!

What do you think?
Does it give you a vintage/industrial/French vibe?
Are you craving chocolate now??

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Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a great job you did on the table! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. ;)

Em Wenckus said...

Love the table! I am definitely inspired to try this with the tables I have. Question. What are you using to paint and is it black acrylic paint?

Michele Forbes said...

I am so inspired...what a stunning job! I just picked up three old tables and am rarin' to go. Pleas etell me...what did you use to paint the image on the table. Was it paint with a small brush or a paint pen?

Thanks so much


monicacane5 said...

I just came across this while searching, How to refurbish a table.... I LOVE IT!

TNTD said...

But is there any chance it can be done without the over head projector?
Certainly I can't afford one . There just has to be another way?
Any one have any ideas?
Thanks your ideas and projects are really great!

Tinker Tailor said...

I have three questions about your to-die-for design which I hope you may still answer even though it's over a year now since your post..

1) What kind of paint (oil, acrylic or other) did you use for the label?
2)Did you use full bright black or a softer black/brown or black/gray color?
3)How long did you wait after painting before staining the table (so as to ensure your paint did not run)?

I've a gorgeous 3ftx3ft hardwood french country coffee table I salvaged which I've chemically stripped and sanded. ( I did a gel medium/laser print transfer of the same label adjusted in photoshop which was very crisp but had to strip it off as the medium did not come off in places and I could not stain the table that way...) Now thinking I must paint, but may use carbon paper to transfer the design outlines rather than a projector. I LOVVEE the way your table looks, have found a stain very much like yours and am excited to have a gorgeous table soon - just hoping to avoid any more mistakes. Appreciate it very much if you can help!

Meems said...

Hi! I love your table! May I ask what kind of ink or black paint you used for the lettering? Thank you so much!

Candy said...

Your table turned out Amazing!!!!! Way to go!! I feel inspired!

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