French Console Table Makeover With Chatellerault Furniture Transfer

Is it a console table or a sofa table, what's the difference? Well, it could be either. Both console and sofa tables are shallow in depth and table or desk height. Console tables traditionally are placed against a wall and sofa tables behind a sofa. Sofa tables should be no taller than the back of a sofa and no wider than six inches on either end. So I'm calling mine a French Console Table because I've added Parisian flair with a pretty Chatellerault furniture transfer.

French Country Console Table Makeover

French Console Table Makeover With Chatellerault Furniture Transfer


The base of my oval console table has unique octagonal column double pedestal legs and empire style feet.

Octagonal Column Style French Console Table

It is Furniture Fixer Upper Day where six talented furniture painting friends come together once a month to breath new life into a piece of furniture. You can find links to the other makeovers at the bottom of this post. Last month I transformed a rather plain pine children's dresser into a Whitewashed Farmhouse Sideboard Buffet.

For my console table makeover this month, let's take a look at what it looked like before the makeover. The original honey or golden oak finish dated this piece and so I didn't feel guilty about painting it. If it were an antique I may have considered stripping and staining it a darker color.

French Console Table Before Makeover

And here it is now, after the makeover. Big difference, right?

Double Pedestal French Console Table

So pretty painted green. The color is called Upper Canada and couldn't be more appropriate considering this coming weekend we celebrate Canada Day.

But my favorite part of the console table makeover is the pretty French Prima Chatellerault furniture transfer on the top. Between it and the paint color, the console table has that lovely French Country charm.

Prima Furniture Transfer French Console Table

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The pretty Chatellerault transfer may look familiar because a few months ago I used part of it on a Duncan Phyfe Coffee Table Makeover. I've been itching to use the rest of the transfer on another piece and this pedestal console table was a perfect candidate.

Green French Console Table

I couldn't resist photographing the oval console table with fresh dogwood branches and pretty pink knock out roses from my garden. The scent of the roses filled the room and was heavenly while taking these photos.

Dark Waxed French Console Table

Here's how I did it...


Prep for paint

Prepping this piece for the makeover was quick and easy as it didn't need any repairs - such a welcomed treat because that doesn't happen too often.

First I wiped it down with warm water with a drop of Dawn dish soap and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. After it dried I scuffed the surface with 150-grit sandpaper to give the paint some bite and wiped it down with a damp rag, followed by a tack cloth to remove any fine dust particles.

Add the pretty with chalk paint

For this table, I used Fusion Mineral Paint in a pretty Upper Canada green. The color pairs beautifully with the light stain color underneath which will be peeking through the paint for a shabby chic finish. It only took two light coats of paint for full coverage. Once the paint dried I sanded it with 220-grit sandpaper for a smooth as a baby's bottom finish.

French Console Table Painted Green

A little shabby chic with sandpaper

With 150-grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding pad, I distressed the table along the edges for a timeworn look. I didn't apply a lot of pressure on the sanding pad and let the paint dictate where it removed easily.

Add some French flair with a furniture transfer

I love Prima ReDesign furniture transfers. They are so beautiful and add instant drama to painted furniture. I had two pieces left from the Chatellerault furniture transfer that I used on the coffee table mentioned above. This particular transfer comes in three sheets.

Console Table With French Chatellerault Furniture Transfer

The hardest part of using furniture transfers is waiting at least 48 hours before adding them onto a freshly painted surface. I used one complete transfer and just the rose from the other.

I taped the two pieces together just so I could line them up easier before transferring them onto the top of the table.

French Console Table Furniture Transfer Assembly

First I measured the length and width of the transfer to find the center and marked them with a sharpie onto the transfer paper. Next, I marked the center of the tabletop and marked it with chalk. This made lining up and centering the transfer much easier. Of course, I could have eyeballed it but the old eyes ain't what they used to be.

French Console Table Centering Furniture Transfer

Furniture transfers are so easy to work with and I share some helpful tips below.

Transfer application tips

  1. Lay the transfer with the backing paper where you want it on your furniture.
  2. Place painters tape on the top portion of the transfer to hold it in place. 
  3. Slide the backing paper underneath down about 1-2 inches and rub the transfer onto the furniture using the stick provided. 
  4. You can check by carefully lifting the transfer sheet to see where it may need to be rubbed more.
  5. Move the backing paper down another 1-2 inches and repeat the steps above until the entire transfer is lifted from the transfer sheet. 
  6. Use a lint-free cloth or your fingers to rub any sections that may not have fully transferred.

Prima ReDesigns has small transfers as well that can be used on signs or home decor. I used pretty vintage style floral transfers on my French Terracotta Coasters.

Clear coat protection on the tabletop

So the paint on this table was protected in two steps. The first being sealing the furniture transfer on the tabletop.

Once the transfer was firmly in place, I applied two thin coats of water-repellant clear coat to the TOP ONLY.  Not only will it seal the furniture transfer but will protect the painted top from water rings after it is fully cured.

Give the paint some depth with wax

The Upper Canada color looks gorgeous when paired with dark wax. In the photo below you can see the difference between the unwaxed and dark waxed columns on the pedestal table. See how it deepened the color?

French Console Table Unwaxed and Dark Waxed Comparison

Some dark waxes recommend you apply clear wax first to avoid staining the paint. This allows the dark wax to be more workable for blending and removing the excess. But on this table, I cheated to speed things up by blending clear wax and dark wax together.

French Console Table Makeover Wax Blend

I put some clear wax onto a paper plate and added a few dollops of dark wax (a little goes a long way) and blended them together with a painter's palette knife. I applied the wax in sections with a wax brush, letting it nestle into the grain of the oak and wiping the excess with a lint-free rag. I also waxed the tabletop and went right over the furniture transfer with the wax which gave it an aged appearance. Next, I buffed the wax with cheesecloth but a lint-free rag or old t-shirt works just as well.

I went back in with more dark wax along the edges of the table base and top, blending the wax towards the center. For this step, you do not buff the wax. The wax fully cures in 30 days but you can gently use the table within 48 hours.

So what do you think? Have you ever tried Prima furniture transfers? If not, I hope my table has inspired you to give them a try. If a furniture transfer seems a little daunting, try a smaller transfer on a DIY sign, flower pot, or serving tray. I promise once you do you'll be hooked!

French Console Sofa Table Makeover

If you have any questions about this makeover, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!


French Console Table

French Country Console Table Before And After

Please join me to take a look at how my talented friend's transformed these furniture pieces. Press the links below to see the after photos and tutorials.

Furniture Fixer Uppers Group June 2019 Furniture Pieces Before
  1. Girl In The Garage
  2. Confessions Of A Serial DIYer
  3. Petticoat Junktion
  4. Just The Woods
  5. Salvaged Inspirations
  6. The Interior Frugalista (that's me)

I share my projects at these inspiring link parties.



21 comments

  1. Beautiful makeover, Marie! That green is so yummy!! XOXO

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    1. Thank you sweet friend! xoxo I think this one just might be a keeper (if I can convince Mr. Frugalista) 😉

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  2. Marie! I LOVE this table! So feminine and gorgeous. When I heard you say Upper Canada I knew I recognized that color but for whatever reason I was thinking Homestead Milk Paint. (Same company but different brand... so I guess I was close..lol) Anyway, you probably know I'm a huge fan of greens and omgosh...that floral. Icing on the cake my friend. Enjoy your Canada Day long weekend! XO

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    1. I know, right! That's why I was gravitated to the color because I've used the Homestead milk paint Upper Canada color and loved it, especially paired with dark wax. Happy Canada Day long weekend to you too my friend! xoxo

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  3. Ooh, la, la! Marie, this was a boring table, but you totally took it to a new level Bravo!

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    1. Thank you very much, Larissa! It's not often I paint furniture green because it's a hard sell but because this one might be a permanent fixture in our living room, I decided to go for it.

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  4. What a great job! That transfer is a "miracle worker"! What a great save, the table looks great. Keep up the good work girl!

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Mary, it means a lot to me 🤗 Yes, those furniture transfers ARE miracle workers and I just love how they instantly add wow factor! Have plans for another one soon.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tania! Sadly, I think the color has been discontinued 😢but thankfully it's still available in milk paint.

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  6. Hi Marie,
    Another beautiful re love. Just gorgeous.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  7. Love how it turned out Marie, that transfer is STUNNING!!!!

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    1. Thank you Michelle! I can't get enough of those furniture transfers. They add instant wow factor!

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  8. Wow! What an amazing transformation this is! The difference is quite striking!

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    1. Thank you so much Maya! I can't get enough of these gorgeous furniture transfers that add instant wow factor.

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  9. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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  10. I really love the color of this console table. It makes me wonder why I don't have more green in my house.

    I hadn't realized there was such a thing as furniture transfers, but it's gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Vanessa, I don't paint furniture green often but had such a draw for the color on this one. So glad I did because it looks wonderful in our living room! Furniture transfers are absolutely gorgeous and add instant wow factor. They have lovely smaller decor transfers too. Once you try them you get hooked! LOL

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  11. Marie, that table looks a hundred times better than when you started! Beautiful job!!

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    1. Thank you, Jen 😊 I definitely agree, so much so that I decided to keep it! LOL

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