A Table Transformation

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I wish they still made leather top tables, don't you? There's just something so sophisticated about them. Maybe they are still in production and I just don't know it...we'll have to do some research! 

Which leads us to the story of this beauty. When we picked up this table from our amazing friend and fellow vintage lover, Tammy, we knew it would be something special. With those gorgeous French legs and generous tabletop, how could it not be?

Although this table had great lines and solid structure, there were, unfortunately, large cigarette burn holes in the leather. So we knew without question that it would have to be removed. Sigh...such a waste. But we may or may not still have the leather tucked away somewhere in case inspiration strikes :)

french provincial table before leather top

Luckily for us, Kayla over at Confessions of a DIY-aholic had done an absolutely beautiful re-vamp of a similar table using none other than textured wallpaper! What a great idea! We knew it would be the perfect fit for this piece in need of a new top.

After much pulling and tugging, we removed the leather from the tabletop and sanded the whole piece down. Since the area needing to be covered was wider than the wallpaper, there was lots of measuring, applying, removing, re-measuring and re-applying to ensure the design was perfectly centered and straight. We used Mod Podge to decoupage the wallpaper onto the table.

Once the wallpaper was down, the legs got two coats of CeCe Caldwell's Vintage White, while the entire top, wallpaper included, was given several coats of stain. A few coats of clear wax and polycrylic later, we were done!

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french provincial table wallpaper decoupage paint stain white paint wood

french provincial table wallpaper decoupage white paint wood

Here's a tip: When staining the wallpaper, be prepared with some cheesecloth or paper towel to gently wipe some of the stain off of the raised areas of the wallpaper - this will highlight the design and create more contrast. 

french provincial table wallpaper decoupage painted stained wood

If we had to choose a favorite of our projects so far, this might just be it. This table got lots of interest, so we'd like to think other people liked it, too :) A few simple techniques, and this table was given a whole new life, and with a brand new home!

Questions? Feel free to contact us or leave a comment below!

french provincial table wallpaper decoupage painted stained white paint wood



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Abandoned Dresser Gets a Colorful Makeover

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This lovely dresser was the first real piece of furniture we picked up after starting Anastasia Vintage.

Antique Rockford Company Three Over Two Dresser and Mirror

I was browsing the garage sale section of Craigslist and saw that it would be at an upcoming sale just around the corner from our house. Score! I wasn't thrilled about the price though, so I went prepared to do some negotiating.

The lovely gentleman selling the dresser told me that he had found it in a foreclosed home he was working on. Many people had come by to look at it, but no one had yet pulled the plug. And when he told me the price, I was shocked to hear that he was asking less than half of what he had posted on CL. Score again!!

We couldn't believe our fortune with this one. With just a few spots of missing veneer, it was in a-ma-zing condition. After a bit of research, I learned that it was manufactured by the Rockford Chair & Furniture Company of Rockford, IL (I always find it so neat to think about the journey of a particular piece and how it ended up in our hands).

It sat in our hall for months - we really wanted to do it justice, and as a life-long perfectionist, I sometimes don't want to start things for fear of messing them up beyond repair. Sad, I know, but I can be real with you guys, right? This blog is officially a judgement-free zone :)

We eventually chose a gorgeous peachy-pink for the color, and added an aged finish with some glaze.

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It was a big project, but we were so pleased with how it turned out. And within a matter of days, it was off to the home of a family expecting their first new addition in November :)

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