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Ottoman to Side Table Transformation!

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Remember this?

After much work, it now looks like this:


Pretty cool, right?!  I know!

Here is what I did:

I wanted a little table that looked old and antique, like it had been created by some poor French farmer’s wife who wanted to having something nice.  She found a bunch of old signs lying around and used them to build this table.  That’s the story that I like to pretend is behind this table.

First I painted the whole thing white.  Then I designed a bunch of “French’ signs to cut out on my Silhouette.  I really wanted to do one of those cool bicycles (the old fashioned ones with a giant front wheel and a tiny back wheel) but it was a mess to cut out, haha!  So I made it pretty simple.  I cut the stencils out on contact paper, stuck them on the sides and painted the negative space.

After the stencils were done, I sanded and distressed the whole thing.  It already looked in distress because it’s cheap wood that had warped slightly on the bottom.

The stencil wraps around the entire table “La Maison Chocolat” and I have no clue if that’s proper French or not, despite having taken French for four years in grade school.

The top looks super distressed and old.  It says “Cafe” and “10 c La Tasse avec Petit Verre” which I think is a Glass with a Little cup or something.  After I finished sanding, I put on the legs that I bought at Lowe’s and spray painted white.  Okay, my husband did that part.

For the front side, I knew I was going to be glazing it and wanted something to pop out and really make the glaze look cool, so I bought this little wood design thingy and glued it on with Liquid Nails.

It’s my favorite part.  The front says “Vins de Bordeaux” which means “Wine from Bordeau.”

For the glazing, I purchased Valspar Antiquing Glaze at Lowe’s and just brushed it on and wiped it off.  Simple as that…glazing is a SUPER easy thing to do.  It turned out a bit darker than I would have liked, but there wasn’t much I could do since the wood was so visually un-detailed and flat.  So there you have it.

I still have to seal it but lucky me, the spray can of sealer I bought stopped working about two seconds after I started using it so it’s off to Lowe’s I go.  I’m taking a break now though.  I’m ready to move on to the next thing!

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  1. Looks great, you are really getting somewhere with your living room! And thanks for the tip on how the connect the pices for piping, that was the missing piece of infromation for my slipcover sewing (3 out of 6 pillows done and than the main cover…)

  2. Wow, it looks fantastic!! I love the glaze treatment. I need to find something in my house to glaze ASAP! 🙂

  3. I love it! it is absoultely stunning! You have some mad skillz! Also, did you go to Cascade? I can’t remember, although I think we took the same French class 🙂

  4. It looks really cool. I can’t believe you managed to create that out of the old ottoman. Way to go.

  5. Holy Cow Heidi!! I am soooo impressed! You wouldn’t even know it was the same ottoman! You are so fabulous! (and so is your new ottoman!!)

  6. Wow! That turned out so cool! I remember when you first showed the ottoman and I thought man what good could come out of this? But you blew me away! Amazing!
    Great job!

  7. That looks amazing Heidi. What an incredible transformation. You should link it to my party next Wednesday. I’d love to have you join. How are you? I miss talking with you.

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Hi Leanne! I miss you too! You have to email me your number so we can catch up when I’m in Utah next. I will definitely link up!

  8. Wow.wow.wow.love it. I.m excited to see your “new” living space after the couch cover is finished.

  9. AHHH-MAZING!! I LOVE it! I wish I were creative enough to come up with something like that. Great job!

  10. I love this little table. It looks perfect next to that chair. Your story about the French farmwife is too cute.


  11. Wow, that looks absolutely fantastic!!! You did a great job and kudos to your creativity. Thanks for sharing.

  12. This is gorgeous. I love how old and authentic it looks.

  13. This is gorgeous!!! You did such a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Gorgeous! I can’t believe how this started out as a box, lol. Beautiful job.

  15. OH-MY-GOSH…picking my jaws up off the floor in Nova Scotia! This is absolutely positively FABULOUS!!!!! WOW!!!!!

  16. Inspired. How did you ever think to do that? I’m truly impressed and then you did an amazing job of designing the new vintage chic look. Nicely done.
    Pam @ BeColorful

  17. What a wonderful and really creative transformation! This is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing at Pink Flamingo Toes. I am bookmarking this to try one day.

  18. ummmm I love love love it!!!!! You are amazing!! Seriously soo cool!

  19. Beautiful! Love anything french-ified! And the story is perfect 🙂

  20. You truly set out what you accomplished to do! I love it! Genious adding the feet, too! Thanks for sharing, *Becca* (newest follower)

  21. Thanks for the comment.. love your blog & thanks for your tips on glazing.. your project turned out soo cute!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks so much! I am definitely keeping your project in mind for something else coming up!

  22. Beautiful! Great idea for me any my ugly box. I primed the thing 6 months ago and it has been in my garage ever since. I love it!

  23. this is such a great idea! I love it! this would be a fabulous addition to my weekly blog party “from trash to treasure” I’d love it if you joined!

  24. Ooohhh, i love this! I’m not sure how I actually came across your blog but I’m so glad I did! I am totally in love with your blog design as well. Can’t wait to look around some more. Pinning this!

  25. I absolutely love your little table! Lettering gets me every time…and that glaze is perfect! I wouldn’t change a thing.

  26. Love your ottoman found you on pinterest

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Thanks Jen! I love Pinterest!

  27. Just out of curiosity…what color paint did you use the for the words? Thanks!

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      I’m pretty sure it was just a black and gray craft paint.

  28. Love these! The piece has an old world yet cottage-chic feel. If you want to go more shabby-vintage try Minwax Special Walnut. Another option for a coffee table is to try original wine crates. They add a warm and bright accent to neutral color interior décor.

    If your looking for original wine boxes or crates for future projects visit Winepine.

  29. Hello. I’m a little old French farm wife and I want my table back. Kidding! Love it.
    My question is did you use regular contact paper bs the vinyl silhouette paper? Just got a cricut and am having a learning curve. Thanks.

    1. Heidi @ Honeybear Lane says:

      Hmm, I don’t remember since this was a long time ago. I probably used vinyl since I rarely used contact paper. Vinyl is just so much easier to work with.

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