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Martha Leone Design. A furniture redesign company specializing in turning each piece of furniture into a sophisticated statement piece with the use of paint and design.

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Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

French Table at a Not-So-French Price

Martha Leone

french two-tiered table, side table, distressed

I'm not really into french furniture. But for $5 at a yard sale, I snagged this walnut Mersman two-tiered table. French or no french... the price sold me and I knew someone out there would love the table design.

french two-tiered table

This piece is an example of how easy it can be to transform furniture with paint. I hope this post inspires friends and readers to buy something old, cheap, and beat up—then follow the easy steps below.

If you're interested in reading about how to generate design ideas, rather than reading about paint techniques, check out my waterfall dresser. I walk you through the creative process that allows for exploration of innovative concepts.

Paint Process 1. Sand it lightly (not always necessary if you're going to use chalk paint). 2. Make homemade chalk paint* or buy Annie Sloan chalk paint. 3. Just slap it on and let it dry (it's almost that easy). 4. Distress it a bit with 100 grit sand paper if you like the distressed look. 5. Seal it with furniture wax or Minwax wipe-on poly. 6. Make a cup of Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee and smile at what you've done.

I've simplified the directions above in order to show you how easy it can be to dramatically alter something with a bit of paint. Feel free to comment with questions.

distressed table, french

french, distressed white, side table, two-tiered

French Table Before

This is available at my etsy shop

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