We’re sharing a French Country Table Makeover today!
Several months ago, when we were knee-deep trying to finish the guest bedroom makeover, I was totally shocked when we were on the hunt for a desk and couldn’t find a single one anywhere.
I literally had my mom and two of my aunts looking in their tri-county areas while I was looking in mine.
After several weeks without any luck, I finally decided to use the desk I’d been using in The Crowned Goat Cottage in the guest bedroom.
Thankfully, it worked out better than expected and, in the process, took the pressure off having to find a desk I loved instead of settling for a desk I simply liked.
One weekend my bestie S and I had just finished brunch when we decided to pop into a new to us hole in the wall antique store, and on our way out the owner asked if we had shopped the barn yet.
We didn’t even know she had a barn.
She kindly ushered us to a tiny outdoor building that was FULL of goodies, and it was there I spotted a French Country style table I knew would work.
Despite being painted black, I immediately fell in love with the curved lines and carved accents.
The owner of the antique store gave us a fabulous deal on the table, and I hauled it home excited to have finally found a desk for The Crowned Goat Cottage.
I knew the black would be too stark in my office, so I decided to give the French Country table a little makeover.
Here’s a look at how all the details came together…
French Country Table Makeover Supplies:
- Valspar in Faint Maple
- Folk Art One Décor Paint in Metropolitan
- Fine Grit Sandpaper (we used 120-grit)
- Dark Furniture Paste Wax
- Wax Brush or Lint Free Cloth
French Country Table Makeover Steps:
Gather your supplies and lay a tarp down to protect your work surface.
If you’re new to painting furniture, it can be somewhat difficult to transition from a dark paint color to a light one without having to use a stain blocker or multiple layers of paint.
You can find our Furniture Painting 101 Guide here for more tips and tricks!
I knew I wanted this French Country table makeover to have a European Oak style finish, especially on the top.
So, my first step was to paint the entire table in Faint Maple.
Once the Faint Maple was dry, I painted the base of the table in Metropolitan using Folk Art One Décor Paint which was a new to me paint.
Metropolitan is a pretty shade of gray that tends toward a blue-gray more than a beige gray just a heads up if you ever decide to try it too.
It’s definitely one of those chameleon colors that change depending on the light.
After the paint was completely dry, I used a piece of 120-grit sandpaper to distress the carved accent pieces a bit.
Then I used a wax brush to apply dark furniture paste wax to the top of the French Country table.
I let the wax cure for a few days before hauling the table out to The Crowned Goat Cottage.
Current Color Quandry…To Keep or Repaint…
Truthfully, the table almost reads a pale blue as opposed to a pale gray in my office so I’m not 100% I’m going to keep the table painted this color.
I’ve learned over the years though, to let things sit for a bit before making any drastic decisions.
The curved lines and French Country style are perfect out there and while the table is a tad bit smaller than the desk I was originally using, it’s been really easy to move around on the days we’re crafting new projects, shooting fresh content, and practicing videos too.
On a side note, our crepe myrtle tree recently started blooming and they smell amazing!
I know their delicate blooms won’t last long in this hot Florida sun so I’ve been trying to clip a few fresh stems every day to enjoy them inside.
Let me know if you think I should keep the current paint color on the French Country table makeover or find a different shade of gray!
Other French Country Posts to Enjoy:
- French Country Dresser Makeover
- French Country Painted Planter
- DIY French Country Mantel Art
- DIY French Country Bookends
- French Country Headboard Makeover