02 May 2011

My First Time

Hooray!  I've finally finished my French hall table!  This table was given to me by my stepdaughter's father-in-law (I know - I have a weird but wonderful family) who is an avid collector of antiques.  Good to have connections :)

After much indecision about what colour to apply, I chose a grey/blue that I had in my paint cupboard among a million others.  (My Mr T is certainly handy to have around having his own painting business and all!)

I used English Walnut for the top, but I'm not totally happy with it as it looks a bit like poo.  But this was my first time staining and I guess it's all trial and error isn't it.  It was also my first attempt at what the Americans refer to as "glazing".  After applying my undercoat and then two coats of the grey I used a small brush to apply the stain.  I then quickly wiped off with a clean rag.  Can I just say that I was so amazed at the outcome I kept calling out to Mr T to come and have a look at how beautiful it was!  Every time the poor bloke sat down I was calling out to him again.  He had worked so hard that day and just wanted to relax so in the end he just ignored me. 

I've never really been into the whole shabby chic/French thing.  Don't get me wrong, I like it but I'd never have chosen to have it in my home.  But after all the hard work and seeing the results I'm totally diggin' it!  The only thing I'm concerned about is that I went overboard with the distressing :(  But now I know for next time.

As it was:


I was going to paint the original hardware but I've decided to save them for something else.  The after...







Dontcha love the fabric?



Can you see where I've distressed it too much?  Especially on the legs.

I might keep this one and try again.  :)

Megs x

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63 comments:

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

absolutley beautiful... love the color

Restoration House said...

Lovely job Meg. I'm liking that color as well along with the woodstained top.
Kim:)

Make mine Mid-Century said...

I don't think you've distressed the legs too much! Maybe that's just your excuse to keep it! It's lovely.

Anel @ T.N.C. mom said...

Not over done at all. Don't be so hard on yourself, i think it's beautiful, you've done a great job

Beth said...

I love what you've done and I don't think you've distressed too much. In fact, I've just finished a little desk for my girl and looking at these shots I think I need to do a bit more distressing! Lovely colour too - makes a nice change from white.
x

Patti said...

Just stunning - you did a PERFECT job and I love the whole finished look of the area!

Nichole @ Barillafab4.blogspot.com said...

LOVE it..great job! You must be thrilled!

Screaming Meme said...

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Sam @ The Junk House said...

I think it turned out great! I love the fabric in the drawers! I don't think the distressing is too much either.

Allison@FabRehab said...

That is soooo pretty!! I don't see poo! Very good job for a first time glazer!!

Cherie said...

very pretty. Love the color and the fabric

Carmella said...

How beautiful!! And really, I don't think it has been too distressed at all...it's perfect and it looks great in it's new home!

creativecarmella.blogspot.com

Raine and Sage said...

Hooray alright! You've done an amazing job, and it looks gorgeous on your floor boards with that white door near it. I can see why you'd want to keep it! :) x

ShantyGirl said...

Your table is beautiful, I also love the pillows on the shelve.
Sherry

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

The table looks great! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

the cape on the corner said...

that looks great, especially styled and accessorized like you have it. i'm still stuck on step daughters father in law, but i think i got it, lol!

Inspired by you said...

what a great looking table. I love the finish.

jeanetteann said...

I absolutely love,love,love it,you have done a lovely job of it and not too stressed, just perfect. I have one similar but don't know if hubby will allow me to strip it. He likes polished wood, but maybe I could pursuade him. x

Judy said...

I absolutely love it and the fabric is awesome. I don't think it's distressed too much on the legs. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

Cindy said...

You did a great job! Love the color and the distressing!

white life© said...

It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link at Primitive & Proper. Of course I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

Take care
Tine

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful!!! i love the color and the hardare change!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Great looking piece, you did a totally gorgeous job! Congrats!
HUGS
FABBY

Marianne said...

You did a really great job on this piece. Love how you accessorized it!
Marianne :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Super job and I love your floor. Thanks for joining WUW.

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

I think it is a beautiful job.. I am a new follower

Stephanie said...

Great job - this turned out so awesome - love the color!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

You did a fab job! I love all the distressing!

Kathy said...

Wow so nice to meet you, I love your blog and this is a fantastic job..that fabric inside is to die for!@!

Melody said...

Oh Meg,
This is my first time linking with Wow Us Tues. and you certainly have matched the title! I love that table. It isn't distressed too much..it's perfect! Love the whole vignette you created with it too..all the sepia tones. It reminds me a furniture co. called Habersham Plantation back in the
80's here in the States. They did finishes like this in 'country' colors.WOW!

Melody said...

Oh Meg,
This is my first time linking with Wow Us Tues. and you certainly have matched the title! I love that table. It isn't distressed too much..it's perfect! Love the whole vignette you created with it too..all the sepia tones. It reminds me a furniture co. called Habersham Plantation back in the
80's here in the States. They did finishes like this in 'country' colors.WOW!

Bonnie Bee said...

It is just PERFECT ...as is!!!! Great job!

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a beautiful job, Meg! I am not all that great with glazes...just learning. I just love this and also love your gorgeous clock!

XO,
Janie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Megs! And, I love the top! I think you did just fine. I would have no idea what I'm doing with distressing so it's probably a good thing I just try the glaze bit on occasion and don't try sanding anything after painting! : )

NYCLQ said...

OMG! THAT looks GORGEOUS!! Bravo!
I'm luvin' it! And your clock rocks! xo

:D Lynda

Sacha said...

Looks Fantastic!!

Judi said...

Hi there
GREAT job on the table. I love the colours you chose and you know I think that it looks great with the amount ot distressing you did. It really looks good.
I have a piece I want to do too....maybe I'll give my first one a try too.
Judi

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

It looks gorgeous! Linking this up with us made the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop better and more special. Thank you!

Aroura said...

I don't think it's too distressed - I love it!!!

Restyled Vintage said...

Meg that is beautiful and I don't think it is too distressed, but if you think it is, maybe you could try dry-brushing over the too-sanded areas to tone it down a bit? I love glazing certain pieces, it definitely adds something to the frenchy styled pieces.

xx Karen

Johnnie said...

Oh my gosh, great color! I love how this turned out. Thanks for the inspiration, and for linking to Thrifty Thursday. Blessings...

Johnnie
Saved By Love Creations

Carri @ Redefining C said...

This turned out awesome! Great job!!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Wow! That is just beautiful and the way you accessorized it looks like an ad in Pottery Barn! Thanks so much for linking to Thrifty Thursday! :)

Saving Grace said...

So pretty!!! Great job!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

It looks fabulous! Love it!
Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party! I'll be featuring this Friday. :)

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Annette said...

Dear Meg, first time I've seen your blog, and I really love the hall table! I think it turned out absolutely beautiful! Love love the color and the distressing. All perfect!!

At The Picket Fence said...

LOL! I don't think the top looks like poo at all but you are hilarious! I just love it and agree with the others that the distressing looks just right and the paper liner in the drawers is a delightful surprise. :-) Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

Creative Raisins said...

This turned out Beautifully

Jennifer said...

Love this table :)

Linda said...

Wow! I love that table. I should be so lucky to find one just like that.
I loved that fabric in the drawers. Where is it from? I sew and could make use of it. I'm a new follower.

Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

Beautiful and I think the distressing is just perfect! I love the lined drawers, too!! I found you at Diamond in the Stuff's party!

Come visit me!

Hugs ~~ Suz

inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

Chrissie said...

Your table just takes my breath away! It is gorgeous, I love the new hardware and fabric. Beautiful work!

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

love this! beautiful!!!!!!

gail said...

I imagine you're even loving this piece more now that you see how much your readers are diggin' it. :)
I love the color, with the stained top. Absolutely beautiful! I don't see a problem with the distressing. Anyone would love to have this in their home! great job!
gail

Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff said...

I just wanted to let you know that I featured your table today! Please take a look and grab a button while your over there!

http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/05/time-to-shine-features-no-17.html

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

It looks lovely; love the lined drawers! I don't often like walnut stain on pine furniture as I think it looks dull (not sure if your table is pine). If I use a coat of English Chestnut before the walnut color, though, it seems to liven it up a bit.

Green Willow Pond said...

I love it! The color is beautiful and you table top display is perfect. That clock is fabulous!

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Hey! I just found your blog and I'm following! Awesome job on the table. Your first time? Well, you look like a seasoned pro!

The Exchange said...

Hi Megan!

I featured your gorgeous table on Furniture Feature Friday on The Exchange at www.thecreativityexchange.blogspot.com
Great job!
Cheers!
Cyndy

Megan Brooke said...

Hi Megan!

I stumbled upon your blog from Better After. Love all your before and after posts. I especially love all the pieces of furniture that you have painted and distressed.

I'm working on a blog series featuring things people have taken that were old and made them look new. I would love to feature one of your pieces that you've done. Do you have a favorite piece?

I saw this French hall table and also saw the buffet you did and love how those look. Either one of those would be great to feature!

In addition to featuring your before and after pictures, would you be interested in doing a tutorial on how you created the distressed look?

Let me know if you would like to participate!

P.S. I love your name :)

Deidre said...

WOW!! Youve done a fantastic job:)Thanks so much,Deidre~http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So darling- thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)