Thursday, June 7, 2012

French Olive Side Table

This past spring, during the freak warm spell that gave us eighty degree weather in March, I found the cutest little side table at Collette's Vintage & Antique Mall's first Flea market.

It was so cute with it's little curved legs & it was just the right size to go any where. Perfect for a bedside table, or maybe next to the sofa or even in a guest bedroom.

I knew I had to have it the minute I seen it.  After alittle haggling I happily took it home with me.  Like I mentioned earlier, the weather was so warm for March.  We all had spring fever.  So I decided to paint this little cutie a nice spring green.

I took the last of my ASCP in "Olive" & added "Old White" to it & voila!  The perfect shade of spring green. Then I painted the rest in Old White. A funny thing about old furniture, you never know what is going to rise to the surface until your first coat dries.  This piece gave me fits, I kept getting a pinkish bleed leeching to the surface. I tried primer, then I tried Kilz (you know the "Stain blocking primer" NOT!).  Then I remembered reading somewhere that if you paint over the stain with flat varnish, let it dry, & paint again the varnish will seal in the bleed. Well, it totally works!!!  What a relieve.  That little problem was ruining the fun of painting. 
With that problem solved, I polished up the original hardware. Added a nice stencil I found at Hobby Lobby (love that place by the way). Did a couple of coats of clear wax & buffed to perfection.

Here is a close up of the top.

This little cutie is now available at Collette's Antique Mall in Burton, Mi.  Thanks for visiting, & have a great day!  Dee


  1. Sencillamente espectacular.

  2. Adorable table I love the colors and the stencil. It adds great detail. Saw you on MMS.


  3. That's a good tip to file away in the memory banks. Thanks! ~ Maureen

  4. So cute! And thanks for the tip on stain blocking. I am currently having the same problem and read that shellac can help. I just put some on my piece and am waiting to paint over it to see if it works. Hoping it does, but if not, I'll try your suggestion.

    1. Love this piece! Thanks for commenting over at my blog. I love all your work, you are truly talented! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Turned out fantastic!! I hope your enjoying it!! Where did you put it in your home?

  6. Love the custom green you did!! This will sell for sure!! :)

  7. I love the two-toned look of that! I have some left over Olive and a side table begging for a new look, I just may have to try this!

  8. Oh my gosh that's cute! What a great color combination!

  9. what a great piece! the color suits it and i love the style!

  10. Very unique, I've never seen a side table that shape and size before. Great job!

  11. This really came out so awesome. This was such a wonderful post. I would love it if you would share this at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join.


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