We all must start somewhere, so today I wanted to share about my first upcycled piece of furniture. This pedestal table, that had been living in my mother-in-law’s basement for who knows how long, was destined for the dump when I got a hold of it. The moment I saw it, I knew I wanted to give it a French country look and used black and ivory chalk paint to breathe life into it.
I was so excited to get started on this piece and my DIY project weekend couldn’t come soon enough. Although this table is smaller than a lot of pieces I’ve been doing lately, sanding took me a little longer to accomplish as it was my first piece, but I was so proud when I was finished! My experience with chalk paint also wasn’t up to par, and I ended up having to apply about many layers to get the look I wanted. It was worth it though!
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When I had finished painting the ivory top and black base, I felt like something was still missing. I decided to stencil a bee to the top as it’s a classic French decoration. It instantly added to the design I was seeking for the table, but my new piece was still lacking something. After hitting the internet for inspiration and ideas, I found a Pin that conveyed the look I was going for. A quick trip to the arts and crafts shop later, and I was stenciling numbers to form a clock face on that darling pedestal.
The two-tone table, complete with its country French décor, was now finished, and I couldn’t wait to place it in the living room at home. It became an instant hit and even though I’ve done dozens of furniture upcycle projects, this pedestal will forever hold a place in my heart.
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