The Nesting Tables Got A Makeover Again

If you've been following me, the nesting tables I'm sharing today may look familiar. Mr. Frugalista inherited them from a family member several years ago. I loved these French Provincial nesting tables the moment I set eyes on them but the tops were warped and had a lot of scratches. For years I've contemplated having them refinished but it seemed like an overwhelming and expensive task.

Over the last two decades, they have sat in various nooks and crannies around our house. I have to admit, I was always a little embarrassed when they were used for gatherings. One day when I was out a few months ago Mr. Frugalista took matters into his own hands and while they did look better, I wasn't 100% pleased with the results.

So, I finally took the plunge and the nesting tables got a makeover again and I must say, I'm thrilled with the results.

Vintage Nesting Tables Makeover

Nesting Tables Makeover - Again

Nesting Table Makeover with chalk paint and French Graphic

But before I go into the details of the latest makeover, I should show you what they looked like when we initially inherited them...

Vintage Nesting Tables Before Makeover

Here they are after Mr. Frugalista took a can of white gloss spray paint to them...

Vintage Nesting Tables spray painted high close white

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 like that for about a year before I discovered the amazing Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.

Nesting Table Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Old White

I gave them two coats of chalk paint in the color Old White and distressed them lightly around the edges with 220 grit sandpaper for a timeworn look. Next, I protected the tables with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™  Clear Wax buffed to a beautiful matte finish. Then I rubbed Dark Wax into the crevices and removed the excess with a clean rag. 

Dark Wax Application Tip

Cut the bristles of a small chip brush down to about 1/2-inch with scissors. Give it a good rub with your fingers to remove any stray bristles. It works like a charm for getting into all those hard to reach crevices with dark wax. Remember to always remove the excess wax with a clean lint free rag.

You can see the dark wax nestled in the crevices of the tables pictured below...

Nesting Table Makeover after clear and dark wax

While I was swooning over the chalk paint and wax finish the nesting tables felt like they needed just a little something more. Inspired by others I saw on Pinterest where graphics had been added to the tops, I took a browse over at The Graphics Fairy website. She has amazing graphics with French Ephemera and I found the perfect Vintage Wine graphic to use on my tables.

Nesting table makeover with French Ephemera

I printed the image to the size I wanted on my laser printer and then placed a piece of carbon paper behind the printed graphic and traced the details with a pen. I find this method gives a nice dark transfer. Using black acrylic craft paint and a script liner art brush, I carefully painted over the details of the transfer.

While this may not be the easiest image transfer technique, I find it very relaxing and go into the zone

Vintage French Provincial Nesting Tables Before and After
I'm so pleased with the results and now when we host gathers, I'm not in the least embarrassed to serve drinks and food on these pretty French Provincial Nesting Tables.

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