Thursday, June 7, 2012

Aged French Nesting Tables

If you've ever run into a piece that was already painted...but painted badly and you thought "Ugh. I'd have to strip that I'm not buying it", keep reading.

I ran into these nesting tables at a sale of a woman who used to have an occasional shop. Her prices were great and so was her loot. I was there for 2+ hours.


They have skinny little french legs and they slide under one another so that you can pick up the largest one and the other 2 are attached. Swoon! But...someone had taken a paintbrush to these. There were brush strokes all over the legs. Gold paint peeling from underneath the white. But I refinished them without stripping.

First, I dry brushed white over it all until I couldn't see brush strokes. Then I distressed a bit to have touches of gold peeking through. And then I used my magical Fiddes wax in Jacobean all over to make them look really aged out.




Top table (with leather inlay)

Middle table

And smallest table detail...crusty goodness


And a close up of my roses because they don't last very long!


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Cassie Bustamante said...

you really worked some magic on those! :) sounds like they were not the most fun set to work on, but you made it easy... and they were worth it!

Decor & Harmony said...

I love how you say" I ran into these tables"'re the best picker I know!! Don't tell Cassie LOL! Another super duper restyle....gray is your color!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I love the color you used, made them look so fresh! I am now following your blog! Penny

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful tables, Allison! The tops and legs are a gorgeous shape; I can see why you were taken with them.

visiting from Feathered Nest Friday : )

Christine said...

Allison!!! The tables are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I sooo want them! PLEASE??

I really hope you come over to The DIY Dreamer and share this at From Dream To Reality!

Brenda Pruitt said...

They're so feminine and elegant, and the backdrop of red roses is perfection!

Anonymous said...

So great looking! An added plus are the beautiful roses....I can just smell their fragrance hanging in the air.

Julie Chen said...

Your nesting tables look amazing! I'm a new follower. I'd love you to drop by my blog too! x Julie

Pam said...

They look great...nice job.

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

They really do look amazing Allison. Great project!!

I'd love it if you'd consider sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday ~

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

really great tables! I like the technique you used on them.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a beautiful trio!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday.

littlekbopeep said...

Soooo, can you help me out??? I bought some wax because I keep seeing people blogging about using it....but Im not seeing the point of using it. Am I doing something wrong?? Is there a secret about the wax? I read somewhere that if you use a brillo pad after you spread it on, that it really helps but honestly, I saw NO difference in my piece :( Im using Minwax Paste Finishing Wax...I saw either you or someone else blog specifically about that brand (just mentioned that that's the product that was used.) Am I using the wrong brand? It's all that Home depot had. HELP Pleeeeease!! And THANK YOU! You are SUCH an inspiration! YOUR blog inspired me to jump out there and go for my dream. You are SOO talented! THANK YOU!!

Allison@FabRehab said...

I tried to email you but it's a no reply address, so I'm hoping you check back here.

I have only tried Minwax Paste wax twice and I haven't had a great experience with it. First, you are not noticing a difference because it's's only a protective coat. The wax I used on this table set is tinted dark. Try Fiddes wax in rugger's not quite as dark as the one I used but still has a nice tone. It's also much softer than the Minwax, so it's easier to work with.

littlekbopeep said...

I THINK I fixed it to where you can reply but I'm not positive. lol. I'm SO new at this! Cant wait to get my blog up and running so you can see it though! I REALLY do appreciate you taking the time to answer and to share all of your projects! Today I'm setting out to find the wax. Oh I PRAY I can find it! I'm going to be devastated if I have to order it! I havent been having the best of luck...last night while painting my first big piece of furniture, I spilled my quart of paint! :-( Please oh please God let me find Fiddes wax today! Lol!
Oh and in case I didnt fix the email problem, hit me up at But of course I WILL be stalking, I mean reading your blog! 0;->

Ivy and Elephants said...

Allison these are amazing. The tables really look so elegant. Fabulous job. This is such an inspirational post. Thanks so much for sharing! I would love it if you would link this to our WIW blog party. Hope you can join us!