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Shabby to Chic tables that needed such loving care. My friend, Sue excitedly sent me a text. I could feel the excitement coming through the phone. She was at her neighbor’s garage sale and found two little French looking tables. I sent a text back to say buy them.
So the other weekend I decided I would work on the tables because Shoppe No. 5 needs small shabby to chic tables. I always start projects by scrubbing the piece down. This was no exception as both tables had cobwebs underneath. These poor little tables, were certainly shabby. I don’t think they were well loved. The legs were taken off and one had damage to the top. I got out my go to Elmer’s Probond Professional Strength Wood Filler and set about to beef up the top of the leg. A couple legs had the nut imbedded in the wood so I left them alone and used Elmer’s Wood Glue and my brad nailer to secure them to the top.
Once the preliminary work was done I started painting. The recipe for the DIY chalk paint is very simple, 1 part DAP Plaster of Paris mixed with water to a crepe to pancake like consistency. Then mix in 3 parts of paint. I chose Mysterious Mauve by Sherwin Williams and made my DIY chalk paint for the first coat.
The name of the color is a bit misleading. It is a gray with lavender undertone. It is a beautiful color and I use it a lot. As I painted I wondered what story the tables could tell. They looked so abused in a bad way. All the more reason to give them a new life in a chic home.
The final coat of DIY chalk paint is a creamy white. I love how white freshens up a piece. And these poor shabby to chic tables really needed to be freshened up. I sanded them down to give the shabby tables a distressed but chic look. Once the tables were waxed with Minwax Clear Wax and buffed they didn’t look shabby any more but very chic. Wouldn’t you say ooh la la?
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