Monday, January 30, 2012

A Pair of French Grainsack End Tables

I picked up two french style end tables at a yardsale for $5 each.  This one looked like it had slight water damage on top.  The finish was rough and it had a couple cracks were the wood had split. I filled the cracks with wood putty then sanded the top smooth.  I also removed the shell cutout on the front of each table.  Other than that they are solid construction and the draweres have dovetail joints.  They are built very well.

It was too cold to spray them outside and I didn't want to have to sand them.  I decided to try the chalk paint recipe I've seen around blogland.  I mixed 1 cup of flat latex paint and 1 tbsp white nonsanded grout and started painting.  They turned out great and love how easy the chalkpaint is to work with.  It adhered very well to the unsanded finish. Then I stenciled the tops to look like a vintage grainsack and sprayed the handles oil rubbed bronze. Love how they turned out.

Not bad for $5 each.


  1. they look Fabulous~! take a bow you deserve to

  2. Not bad at all!! You're amazing! They turned out so good :)

  3. These are gorgeous. Wow. what a great transformation. I love the grainsack look!
    Eileen @ Cottage Beach House

  4. I am seriously SO curious about your chalk paint recipe that you used! I want to paint this mid-century modern bedroom set that I scored from Craigslist. I thought I'd have to sand off the glossy finish on it, and I was able to tackle the two nightstands, but it took hours to finish sanding the glossy finish off of them. Because of this, I never tackled the armoire and long dresser because I couldn't bear to spend all that time sanding. Does this chalk paint adhere right to glossy surfaces without sanding?!?!?! I'd be a life saver!!!!!!!! And it's just a cup of latex paint combined with 1 tbsp of nonsanded grout?? I wanted to use a semi-gloss latex paint. Would it still work?

    Thanks a million!!

    1. I noticed you had a question about homemade chalkpaint... I've used the same recipe several times and have used both flat and semi-gloss paint. They both come out the same - the grout seems to turn the semi-gloss flat! Go for it!!

  5. These look awesome!!! Great transformation.
    Visiting from Primp.

  6. What fabulous tables! I'm adding this to my to-do list!

  7. Such a neatidea! Love the stencils! andrea@townandprairie

  8. The more square side table looks exactly like an end table I have. Did the top of it have a shiny finish? Debating about painting mine. Dying to try the homemade chalk paint though.

    These turned out great! Pinning it!

  9. These turned out so great! Love them! I would love if you would link up to my party:

    Hope to see you there!

  10. hi stopping by again lol, i would love it if you could link up this project at
    thanks aimee xxxx