Small Antique Tiered French Tea Table

Sweet friends, I apologize for being late with my furniture makeover this week. We had a power outage most of the day on Wednesday which meant no internet service. I planned on finishing a few details on this piece but there wasn't enough light in the basement workshop. Sadly, my days of painting outdoors are over. It's been a balmy +5°C the last couple of days - that's 41°F for those of you in the US. Time for winter coats, mittens, and blueberry tea to stay warm.

Mr. Frugalista a.k.a. my furniture buyer asked me if I would be interested in this adorable Antique French Tea Table and I immediately gave him the thumbs up. It was in really good condition and I planned on staining the top a dark walnut. Upon closer inspection, I saw that someone had reattached/reinforced the legs with screws...from the top!  So onto plan B, a painted top.

Petite French Antique Tea Table

Small Antique Tiered French Tea Table

Paint products are provided by Dixie Belle Paint Company. The project idea, choice of products, and all opinions are 100% of my own. This post also contains affiliate links so you can find some of the products used for this makeover.

This is what the table looked like before...

Antique French Tea Table Before

I got a little overzealous and taped it before taking a before picture. Can you see the screw holes on the top? Despite filling the holes with wood filler, they were still too obvious to apply a stain.

If you follow me on Instagram, last week I shared a photo of a fabulous delivery I received. I have a larger project reserved for these products but like a child on Christmas morning, I couldn't wait to start playing.

French Antique Tea Table Makeover

This table is mahogany and it's been my experience that you are guaranteed paint bleed from the tannins in the wood, especially when painting white. I've ALWAYS applied a stain blocker or shellac first but I decided to tempt fate and slap the paint on without any prep.

As you can see in the photo above, not only was there no paint bleed but I got complete coverage in two coats. Painting furniture with chalk paint is not new to me and over the last 3-4 years, I've used several different brands. Dixie Belle Paint had this ole gal doing the happy dance to the beat of the 70's rock blasting from my Bluetooth speaker!

Antique Tiered Tea Table

The legs and top were painted white in the color Fluff which has gray undertones. The bottom tier and the pretty scalloped edge along the top were painted gray in the color Driftwood, which is a soft gray. Another thing that surprised me about this paint is the quick drying time, bonus!

I love how these two colors combined are so soft and pretty but you know me, I couldn't leave well enough alone. I just had to inject more personality into this piece and with those lovely curves, it was begging for some French goodness.

French grain sack stencil for Antique Tea Table

Using the same driftwood gray paint color I combined the numbered stencil and my favorite grain sack stripe stencil pictured above to the top of the table. One coat of paint and light distressing after it dried using 220 grit sandpaper.

French Chalk Painted Tea Table

Here is a close-up...

Painted Old World Number on Antique Tea Table

The following morning I applied a coat of clear wax over the entire piece. Dixie Belle Paint Company calls their wax, "Best Dang Wax" and I can attest that not only is it the best Dang wax but it smells good too. It's also easy-peasy to buff, important when these old arms just ain't what they used to be.

Petite French Antique Tea Table

The lavender displayed in the white pitcher on the table is from my flower beds and I share some tips here in my How To Harvest And Dry Lavender post. You can see how I made the Sweater Pumpkin With Cabinet Knob Stem displayed on top of the stacked books too.

If you have any questions about this antique tea table makeover, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed this furniture makeover, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your upcycled furniture or small accent table board on Pinterest.

French Antique Tea Table Before and After



  1. Loved the table, so chic n classy, can you please let me know from where you bought the grain sack strip stencil?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello Seema, I'm so glad you like the table makeover! Thank you for pointing out that I forgot to share links to find the stencils. I've since added a link to find the grain sack stencil in the post.


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