french coastal decor: a table makeover


“Do you like this,” I asked my daughter as I ran my hand across the kitchen table.

“Yeah, I do,” she answered.

“Does it look like beachy, weathered wood to you,” I wanted to know.

“No. To me, it looks like old, french furniture.”

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On the inside my heart was smiling so big, wondering how she knows what old, french furniture looks like. On the outside, I kept a straight face as I replied, “Oh, it does? Thank you!”

Whatever the look: driftwood, weathered wood, french, french coastal, I just knew that I wanted to lighten up the table.

So, while the cans were open and the paint brushes were out from painting the armoire a couple of months ago, (maybe that’s where my daughter got her idea of what french furniture looks like) I also painted the table…

Running inside to give it a coat of French Linen Chalk Paint®.

Distressing with a damp rag.

Dry brushing with Old White.

And again with French Linen.

Then, distressing with a damp rag again to show some of the wood.

And finally sealing it with two coats of wax tinted with Coco.

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I still need to finish the table apron…it’s not quite right. 

That’s the thing about painting furniture.  I make it up as I go along, taking a step back after each coat and deciding what to do next based on how I envision the finished piece.

I’m very happy with how the new, lighter color looks with the black chairs; everything stands out, much like a coloring page outlined in black. That was the goal.

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The next step in the breakfast room makeover is painting the walls.

I’m also trying to decide if I should move the black bookcase into the breakfast room, just around the corner from where it is now. The only way to know for sure is to just do it, and see how I like it.

But the breakfast room is well on its way to becoming the cheerful, sunny spot that it’s meant to be. And I’m latching on to that French Coastal Decor idea for inspiration. 

See you in class,

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