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October 20, 2013

The nests got a makeover (Update)

I originally shared this post in June 2013 but the nesting tables have since received an additional makeover that I wanted to share with you today.

Nesting tables with French ephemera
These beautiful nesting tables that we inherited several years ago have received a few incarnations over the decades...

Mr Frugalista inherited these from his Uncle and Aunt several years ago. I loved them the moment I set eyes on them but the tops of each table were warped and pretty scratched up. For years I've wanted to have them refinished but it seemed like an overwhelming and expensive process. Over the last two decades they have sat in various nooks and crannies around the house and I have to admit, I was always a little embarrassed when they were used for gatherings.
Our inherited nesting tables before
Mr Frugalista got brave one afternoon while I was out and spray painted them Pure White in a Gloss finish.
I give him an A for effort and they certainly were an improvement but not exactly the look I had envisioned. We lived with them for about a year before I discovered the amazing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.

Nesting table makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Old White.
Yeah that's what I'm talking about!

I gave them a couple of coats of Old White chalk paint and lightly distressed them around the edges with fine sandpaper. Next I applied a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax and Dark Wax, rubbing into the crevices and removing the excess. After a good buffing - Ta Da!

Lately, however, I've discovered the art of image transferring and I absolutely love it! Inspired by projects I'd come across on Pinterest and HomeTalk, I decided my little nesting tables might look great with a little French ephemera.

Mr. Frugalista and I popped on over to +The Graphics Fairy LLC and found the perfect sprinkling of fairy dust for our treasured nesting tables.
Nesting table makeover with chalk paint and a French Graphic.
I printed the image to the size I wanted on my laser printer and then placed a piece of carbon paper behind the sheet and traced over the graphic. I find this method works awesome as it gives a nice dark transfer and doesn't smudge. Then using watered down black acrylic craft paint and some fine art brushes, I carefully hand painted the image. It takes awhile but I find it so relaxing - it's like I go into a Zone!

Nesting table makeover with French graphic
They are such a beautiful addition to our living room now. No more being embarrassed at our next gathering!



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