French Provincial Style Two-Tiered End Table

French Provincial style two-tiered end table.

This one turned out so pretty even if I do say so myself. But honestly a piece like this is hard to mess up because it was lovely to start with.

Mersman two tiered end table.

The top had some surface damage. But nothing a little paint couldn't fix.

This thrift store end table had wear and tear to the original finish.

The bottom is stamped with the Mersman label. Mersman furniture was know for its quality products, and I try to buy them whenever I find them in a thrift store.

Mersman manufacturer's stamp underneath the end table.

The two shelves made it awkward to paint the top portion of the spindles neatly. Since I did not plan to paint underneath the table top, I taped off around the area that wouldn't be painted.

I used painter's tape on the areas I didn't plan to paint.

I used my vintage effects brush for this project. For the spindles I used the side of the brush to move the paint around the spindle. First I painted it while the table was upside down, and later with the table right side up.

I used the flat side of my brush to quickly paint the spindles.

Painting the bottom shelf was a little tight, but my brush had a short handle, so it wasn't too difficult.

The right tools make the job easier. For this project I used a short handled paint brush.

The first coat always looks a bit splotchy. I applied a fairly light coat and waited to see if I would end up with bleed through which can occur especially with lighter paint colors. Thankfully that didn't happen, but if it does then applying a coat or two of clear shellac will correct the problem. I ended up adding a full second coat plus some touch ups.

The first coat of paint always looks blotchy. The second coat will even it out.

I thought it looked pretty good after painting, but I wanted to add some distressing to the paint to accentuate the details. Here it is prior to distressing:

Painted finish in Old White prior to sanding.

I took it outside to dry sand the paint. I went a little overboard on one of the spindles, but it's easy to add a quick touch up if you want.

Touch ups are easy.

Speaking of sanding, the dry sanding method is messy and needs to be done outdoors. But clean up is relatively easy. After sanding I use a wide soft bristle paint brush to gently sweep up most of the sanding dust. Then I wipe it down with a tack cloth. The glove isn't necessary with the tack cloth, but I use it because I don't like the sticky feeling on my hand. Another method is to wax the chalk paint first and then sand (it's much less messy), but I like the control I get from dry sanding.

Easy clean up of sanding dust.


And here is the final piece painted in Old White with light distressing.

French Provincial style Mersman end table painted in Old White Chalk Paint.

The distressed paint is subtle from a distance.

The distressed paint is subtle from a distance.

The distressing I applied was to accentuate the details, so I wanted to be careful to not go overboard and to keep it elegant.

Light distressing accentuates the details while still keeping an elegant tone.

I was careful sanding the S-curve legs to avoid giving it a "skinned-knee" effect. Not sure if that makes sense or not, but that's the best way I can describe it.

Carefully sand the S-curve legs to avoid a "skinned knee" effect.

I love how the Old White looks paired with my favorite pink peonies. The nightstand I painted for my bedroom is also painted in Old White. The vase and flowers shown here are stored on my nightstand when not being used for photography. You can see that project HERE in case you missed it.

End table painted in Old White with a vase of pink peonies.

The paint covered the worn finish beautifully. Is it perfect? No, but I think it's beautiful all the same.

Painted end table in Old White chalk paint.

Here's a closer look at the finished top.
Painted top in Old White chalk paint with light distressing.

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Before and after painted Mersman end table in Old White chalk paint.

Side by side comparison of chalk paint with and without sanding.

End table before and after. Painted in Old White Chalk Paint.

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Thrift store end table painted in Old White.


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