My dad was a woodworker that appreciated quality woods- hardwoods.  Oak was king and almost everything he made was crafted out of solid red or white oak.  The pieces he crafted were so solid they could multitask as a piece of furniture and a bomb or tornado shelter combo.  Take your pick.

With that kind of education all my life, I can spot a piece of quality hardwood furniture from across a junk shop or thrift store.  And garage sales?  Oh, man.  I’ve almost wrecked out trying to get to the sale and the car parked.   Before I know what I’m doing, I’m underneath the piece of furniture, looking at it this way, looking at it that way as I inspect the piece to ensure that I know what type of restoration job I’m getting myself into.  This was the case with this solid oak pedestal table…


Gorgeous…but there were some cosmetic problems with the table.  You could actually read the print from a newspaper that had somehow become permanently transferred to the table top.

In another spot on the table top, a permanent sticker still showed its red, white and blue colors.

Antique Pedestal Table Problems

Antique Oak Table Top

It also had what looked like rings created from a cup or glass, but it was also mysteriously burned and indented into the table surface.  Any guesses?  Who really knows except for the table, itself…

Antique Pedestal Table Top

Yes, this table did have its problems.  Don’t we all?  Sometimes I wake up and peer sleepily into the bathroom mirror and yank my head back because I seemed to have acquired a full luggage set of bags under my eyes.

So, ahem, anyway…I decided to look past the cosmetic blemishes and focus on the gorgeous grain of the wood and the well built design of the piece.  My plan was to accentuate the good while covering up the bad.  This table was a real treasure and I felt like I could bring it back to being beautiful…in a different kind of way.

Antique Pedestal Table Details

I bought this table with a giddy sense of, “I know something you don’t know…” like everyone else had overlooked this table because of its diamond in the rough disguise as it sat in the back of an unassuming thrift shop.  I clapped my hands together when I purchased it, did a little dance when it was loaded into Mr. Old House Chic’s truck and I whooped out a Woo Hoo! when we unloaded it into my workspace- which happened to be the living room at that time…and I got to work.

I used a white chalk paint that I mixed myself (more on that in another post).  I chose chalk paint because I needed a good amount of coverage to be able to conceal the blemishes.

On the other hand, I didn’t want to cover up all of the fantastic character that this gorgeous quarter sawn oak table had in spades.

I was going for a weathered finish- which seems to be my go to style when painting furniture.  A weathered finish can strategically cover a blemish with a thick coat of paint while a wash can accentuate the grain and figuring of the wood.  The final look- the worn and weathered appearance of old barn wood.

As an inspired after thought, I decided to use a grayish black chalk paint that I custom blended for an aged, faded, worn away look and painted a romantic French script on the table top.

Here’s how it turned out…

Weathered French Table_ Weathered French TableFrench Script Table TopWeathered French Typography Table TopBernadette


  1. Lisa @ Lisas Creative Designs
    August 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Very pretty! I love the script on the top!

    • bernadette
      August 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you! The script idea and painting it on the table top came to me in the middle of the night and had me sitting upright in bed! I was ready to run to my work space and get started on it right then! It was a lot of fun to do, to say the least!

  2. Lora
    September 6, 2014 at 3:23 am

    Love the big pics!! Especially since most of the time I read blogs on my phone lately. Your table looks just like my old dining table; love the script! Love your junky humor-I can relate to your eagle eye for a treasure in the rough:)

    • bernadette
      October 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Lora- Thanks so much! I’ve been working with a lot of typography lately and I’m trying not to over use it- I just wanted to put it on everything! I love your term for my humor- Junky Humor- I love it!

  3. Megan Walsh
    Megan WalshReply
    October 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Beautiful work, I found your site via Miss Mustard Seed. I am curious….on your French script, is that free hand or is it transferred first? Thanks

    • bernadette
      October 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks so much! I am a typography freak and if I’m not careful, it will be on every single thing I paint. As for my typography, I don’t want to give away too many trade secrets, but I do a little bit of both. Thanks for your interest, fellow junker!

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