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The sad truth behind my Oval Coffee Table

Back in the Spring of 2016, I shared my Summer Blueberries Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover. Shortly thereafter I took it to an outdoor market and had tons of interest but at the end of the day, it came back on the truck. I tried again at another market followed by listing it on a local buy & sell site. The sad truth behind my pedestal oval coffee table is that not a soul was interested in buying it. A hard pill to swallow, as any fellow furniture reimaginer can attest because most often we pour our heart and soul into our pieces.

And so it sat in our basement collecting dust in a back bedroom. Tired of it taking up valuable floor space I posted the table on my Facebook Page asking for feedback. I wanted to know what readers felt made the table unattractive to potential buyers.

One of the comments I heard most was that the blue painted base and the dark walnut stained top (picture further down in this post) did not work well together. The popular consensus was that the dark stained top would look better if the base was painted white. I have painted a few pieces in that combination including this Farmhouse Side Table, one of the most popular posts on the blog.

And so the second makeover began based on that popular opinion but mid makeover - ahem - something changed...

Oval Pedestal Coffee Table Makeover

I realize that heavily distressed furniture isn't for everyone. I also realize that white painted furniture sells - which was the whole point of giving the coffee table another makeover.

But dang, this new direction was getting my creative juices flowing and excited about this makeover again. So I went with it. Can you see the French poem on the top?


Before I get into the what the heck happened details, this is the photo I posted on Facebook of the FIRST makeover...

Summer Blueberries - Pedestal Oval Coffee Table

Oval Coffee Table Makeover Number Two


I'll start with the how-to of pedestal table makeover number two and share the pretty shots at the end of this post - so stay with me 😁

Repainting the table base

I'm not going to lie, it was very difficult covering the pretty blueberry paint color and I was feeling uninspired as I brushed the first coat of white. So uninspired that the table sat on the workbench for over a month.

Oval Coffee Table First Coat Of White Paint

When sanding smooth the first coat of white paint in preparation for the second, this happened...

Oval Coffee Table Base Distressed

...and I liked what I was seeing. If you read my previous post Kids' Rocking Chair With Vintage Farmhouse Charm you'll know about the lesson I learned in not underestimating the power of your gut instinct.

Onto the tabletop

Not wanting to paint over the stained top, I attempted to add a large floral stencil in white. Sorry I didn't take a photo because I washed the stencil off before the paint dried. Cute but not feeling it.

My second attempt was to add white wax to the dark stained top. Nope, wasn't liking that either and removed the wax with denatured mineral spirits.

I figured since I removed the blueberry color from the base, why not add it to the top? Yeah, I'm a little crazy like that.

Third times the charm because the blue provided the pop of color needed for what I planned on doing next.

Oval Coffee Table Top Painted Blue

A French poem

I think the wow factor is the French poem stencilled white on the top but then I'm a sucker for anything French.

Oval Coffee Table French Poem Top

To soften the stencilled top and the base, I applied white wax to the entire table. You can see in the photo below how it nestled into the grain of the wood.

Oval Coffee Table Top White Waxed

It softened the distressing on the base too.

Oval Coffee Table Pedestal Base White Waxed

This is certainly not the direction I had planned for this oval coffee table nor is it anywhere near the suggestions provided on my Facebook page. If I were to be totally honest, part of me wonders if I did the right thing but when I look at the photos I'm happy with the results.

Oval Coffee Table Makeover With Lavender

Oval Coffee Table Makeover Number Two

Oval Coffee Table With French Poem

What do you think, should I have played it safe and painted it white? I guess the proof will be in whether it sells.

If there is one important lesson from this post it is not to be afraid of picking up a paintbrush because you're worried you may ruin a piece of furniture. It's just paint and this table is proof that you can always change the plan if you're not happy with the results.
Oval Coffee Table Distressed With French Poem
Now I wait and keep my finger's crossed that the right buyer comes along soon...as in real soon because I don't relish the thought of giving this oval coffee table a makeover number three.

To find the products I used for this makeover, visit my Interior Frugalista Shop on Amazon. They are affiliate links which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you, which supports the costs of running this site. See my full disclosure policy.


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Talk Of The Town Party 119

I've been keeping myself very busy in the workshop this past week to forget about how dang miserable it is outside. I have four furniture makeovers on the go at the moment and so I'm going to keep my blabbering brief. Looking forward to seeing what you share with us this week!

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!

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First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!
  Last Week At Knick Of Time


Last Week at My Repurposed Life


Last Week At Hunt and Host

Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Sprinkles Birthday Cake Balls - Simple Sweet Recipes

DIY Spray Painted Silverware Wind Chime - Thrifty Rebel Vintage
Vintage Lace Lampshade - Lecultivateur
Green Apple Avocado Green Smoothie - Simply Blended Smoothies

Fudge Nut Bars Simply Stacie
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Kids' Rocking Chair With Lovely Vintage Farmhouse Charm

Have you had those moments when your head is saying one thing but your gut is screaming another?

Did you choose to go with your head but soon learned you should've listened to your gut?

Yeah, that's the story behind today's furniture makeover.

My head said being a kids' rocking chair I should paint it a clean and fresh pastel color and stencil a cute butterfly, and that's where I was heading.

Until this happened...

Kids Rocking Chair With Lovely Vintage Farmhouse Charm

Kids' Rocking Chair With Vintage Farmhouse Charm


I started the makeover with one coat of Pistachio Mint chalk paint, leftover from the MCM Dining Hutch I painted for a client. Mint is a very popular color these days for a gender neutral nursery. Happy with my color choice, I was even happier with the dark wood showing through the paint.

But let's backtrack a minute before I go further. This is what the vintage rocking chair looked like before. I've been saving it for my grandson for a few years.

Kids' Rocking Chair Before

My gut was screaming to stop at the first coat and give this children's rocking chair some farmhouse charm. But I'm a stubborn old mule and my head already had a plan. Besides, on my workbench was that adorable butterfly stencil just waiting to happen.

So I added the second coat of mint chalk paint and called it a day.

The next morning I went downstairs...ahem...with sandpaper in hand and the paint wasn't coming off easily. Way too much work for this old gal, I grabbed a pail of warm water and an old rag and went crazy with the wet distress method.

Kids Rocking Chair Wet Distressed

And I liked it...I liked it a lot!

I could have saved myself a ton of work had I listened to my gut in the first place.

Next, I started to apply white wax when my gut said nope. Listening this time, I grabbed a jar of Daddy Van's Van Dyke Brown dark wax and it looked much better. In the photo below you can see the difference between no wax on the right and dark wax on the left. It gives the paint a lovely aged appearance, suitable for a vintage piece.

Kids Rocking Chair Unwaxed versus Dark Waxed

Love how the dark wax nestled into the nooks and crannies.

Kids Rocking Chair Distressed Back

Kids Rocking Chair Distressed Rails and Spindles

Kids Rocking Chair Distressed Base

Kids Rocking Chair Distressed Seat

The lesson from this makeover - don't underestimate the power of your own instinct.

Kids Rocking Chair With Farmhouse Charm

What do you think? I know chippy furniture isn't for everyone.

Should I have kept going with what my head was telling me or did I do the right thing by listening to my gut? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Even better, I'd love to hear your stories about when you didn't listen to your gut when working on a project and regretted it later.

Here's another similar but adult size rocking chair that I gave a Rock'n Green Makeover for my grandson's nursery. If you're a fan of the popular farmhouse trend, here is some more Farmhouse Inspiration that you may enjoy.

If you liked the chippy farmhouse look of this kids' vintage rocking chair I'd be so grateful if you shared it with a friend and/or saved it on Pinterest.
Kids Rocking Chair With Vintage Farmhouse Charm

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Talk Of The Town Party 118

It is with a heavy heart that I co-host the party this week. Here in the Canadian Prairies, we were hit with such tragic news over the weekend. On Friday a team bus carrying young hockey players from the Humboldt Broncos were hit by a semi-truck on the way to a game. Tragically 15 people lost their lives including the team captain, head coach, team announcer and the bus driver. Over a dozen players remain in hospital, some in critical condition. Canada is in mourning and our hearts bleed for their families.

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!


Talk of the Town Link Party Every Tuesday at 6 Central, join Knick of Time, Hunt & Host, My Repurposed Life and Interior Frugalista and show off your upcycled DIY projects and yummy recipes!

First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!Talk of the Town Link Party Every Tuesday at 6 Central, join Knick of Time, Hunt & Host, My Repurposed Life and Interior Frugalista and show off your upcycled DIY projects and yummy recipes! Repurposed Headboard Farmhouse Flower Planter
Here's what we're talking about from last week's party! Talk of the Town Link Party Every Tuesday at 6 Central, join Knick of Time, Hunt & Host, My Repurposed Life and Interior Frugalista and show off your upcycled DIY projects and yummy recipes! Succulent Table by Artsy VaVa Strawberry Lemon Tart by That Skinny Chic Can Bake Talk of the Town Link Party Every Tuesday at 6 Central, join Knick of Time, Hunt & Host, My Repurposed Life and Interior Frugalista and show off your upcycled DIY projects and yummy recipes! Bud Vase with Farmhouse Stencil by Homeroad Slow Cooker Maple Roast by Mommy Hates Cooking Talk of the Town Link Party Every Tuesday at 6 Central, join Knick of Time, Hunt & Host, My Repurposed Life and Interior Frugalista and show off your upcycled DIY projects and yummy recipes! Mother's Day Craft Thumbprint Planter by 5 Minutes for Mom Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes by Cincy Shopper Talk of the Town Link Party Every Tuesday at 6 Central, join Knick of Time, Hunt & Host, My Repurposed Life and Interior Frugalista and show off your upcycled DIY projects and yummy recipes! DIY Personalized Doormat by Anika's DIY Life
Caramel Frosted Carrot Cake by Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
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