Vintage Blue Table Reveal

My daughter, Madison, needed a table in her new apartment, but it had to be small.  I looked and looked and looked.  FINALLY, found a really cute table with 4 chairs at a thrift store.  The chairs had rusch in them.  Only 1 of the chairs was in “sitting” shape.   The others were falling apart.  The seats had definitely seen better days.  The table was in beautiful shape and came with 2 leaves.  I couldn’t resist and paid $150 for it.  Probably a little on the high side, but it was perfect and I was running out of time.  Madison wanted me to paint it and distress it in her favorite color, vintage blue, so I knew I’d better get a move on!  (I also found her an amazing headboard and foot board…more on that one later).

Here is one of the chairs.  This is the one that was in good shape.

Cutting the rusch out with a Fat Boy knife.  Love these things!

Ready to be painted!

I got one picture of the table and now I can’t find the darn thing in my iphoto!!! Ugh.  The table looks just like the chairs.  That type of wood, same color.  Can you picture it????

I painted the chairs and table with Annie Sloan‘s Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint.  I distressed it and then added Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax.  I would have loved to have used the dark wax on this, but it tends to turn the Duck Egg Blue a greenish color.  Very pretty, but not what Madison wanted.

I DID NOT wax the top of the table.  Instead, I put Minwax Polycrylic on it (be sure to use the water based kind so it won’t yellow).

I wanted it to be tough and resilient to whatever those college kids do on it….I’m not going to think about this….

Next, I cut a template out of cardboard that would fit the top of the chair and then my hubby used the template to cut the seats out of 1/2″ ply wood.

I covered them with a piece of 1 1/2″ foam, 3 pieces of cotton batting and then with a paisley print fabric that Madison had picked out.

Ready to see how it turned out???


What do you think???? Madison loves it and I’m pleased as punch!

Mia and Tux like it too.  Tux looks a bit irritated doesn’t he?

Love the curves….

and the legs…

hey, are we still talkin’ about a table here????

and the top…

After the “photo shoot” (I feel like I can say that since I got my new camera) my hubby and I sat down at the table and had a glass of wine.  Very nice.

I’ve got some other projects I’m working on…Madison’s head and foot board, chairs….the list goes on.  I need more hours in the day!

Can’t wait to show you my thrift store finds!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. The table is absolutely beautiful. I know you daughter will love it for years to come. I think duck egg blue is my favorite color! Beautiful.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  2. Love this! That color is so yummy. I just tried chalk paint for the first time and love the results, but needed some dark wax. I’m sure your daughter will get years of enjoyment and compliments from this pretty set.

  3. It came out beautiful!!!! The pictures don’t even do it justice, it really is amazing! Great Job!!

  4. Oh wow – Please tell me you are in North Carolina because I would love to sit and share a glass of wine at this beautiful table! I will bring the wine 🙂
    How gorgeous it isl and your daughter is one lucky girl!
    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my Cane Chair!
    By the way – it showed you as a no reply email. so I couldn’t reply to your email directly. But I am your newest follower now so I won’t miss out on any of your creativeness and posts 🙂

    • Oh, Mimi how I wish I could say I’m in North Carolina. I’m a California girl….but so ready to be OUT OF CALIFORNIA. If it weren’t for my grandchildren and my children I would be gone in a FLASH. Thank you for your comment….I’m a messymimi fan. Love your blogspot!

  5. Gorgeous! You did a fabulous job on this set and I just adore the new look. New follower from Boost My Blog Friday. Hope you’ll stop by!

  6. Wow! This is just gorgeous! You inspire me Miss Mandy! Oh and I don’t think you need me to photograph anymore 🙂

  7. Seriously, really and completely, love it. I’m about to do a coffee table for my sunroom in a similar distressing and I’m so nervous that I’m going to mess it up. Yours is just the right amount of distressing. I’m a new follower! love your blog.

    • Maury – just remember “it’s just paint!” You can do it….if you can do that stenciled bathroom…you can do anything!!!!

  8. Mom, wow! You did an amazing job, no wonder Maddi loves it. You know, my table could use some lovin’ too. Trip down to L.A. soon? 🙂 You’re a talented woman! The pictures are gorgeous too. Jer just said “wow, those look really, really good”. Proud of you.

  9. It looks absolutely amazing in these pictures and I can just imagine how beautiful it looks in person! And tux does look irritated lol

  10. The table and chairs are absolutely FAB! The outdoor location makes it even more inviting. I just wish I was there sitting at the table enjoying the company of a fellow project queen!

  11. It looks like something out of a fairy tale! Enjoying my visit via Very Merry Vintage Style.

  12. love that color! that set is sucha great size for a little cottage nook. love it!

  13. Oh my, I love this – I love turquoise. You refinished it perfectly!

  14. What a great piece of furniture, it was well worth the money. You gave this piece a wonderful new lease in life. And I am sure your niece is as happy as a clam.

  15. I absolutely LOVE it! Your pictures made me wish I could come join you at that table. The color is wonderful too! This is my first visit to your blog, but not the last. I found you over at Very Merry Vintage Style’s, “Share the Love Wednesday”. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife says:

    I love this! I’d love for you to link this up with my blog recreation party!

    Hope to see you at my place soon!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

  17. Wow! It looks so great. I love the color; I agree about the poly on top… better safe than sorry. Beautiful makeover. I love that you replaced the seats. I have 6 chairs in my basement with broken woven weaving and I just may go this route with them! Thanks for linking up to the Share the Love link party!

  18. Wow! I love the color and vintage look. I’ve been wanting to paint my dining sets but no budget yet. I love yours. Great job!

    I am now your follower. Hope you can visit my blog / follow back. Thanks!

  19. ooooh! i love, love, LOVE it! aren’t those annie sloan blues amazin’? you hooked me so i’m your newest follower!


  20. I have got to get some of that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I have a sofa table that is begging to be painted duck egg blue! You did a beautiful job!

  21. I love your darling table and chairs! The color is so perfect!! The duck egg blue is wonderful!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime! 🙂

  22. I love your darling table and chairs! The color is so perfect!! Love The duck egg blue!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime! 🙂

  23. Of COURSE Madison loves it…it’s FABULOUS!!

  24. How absolutely darling! The lines on that chair are fantastic and it looks just gorgeous in its new color. What a great mom you are! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  25. How beautiful!!! Love the color! I’m sure your daughter will love it in her apartment. Found you via At The Picket Fence. Toodles, Kathryn

  26. LOVE this. Thanks for linking up. I’ll be featuring it next week, and just shared it to my twitter, pinterest, and facebook accounts. Amazing work, Mandy. I wish you could come over and redo some of my furniture!

  27. Gorgeous! This is the happiest table I’ve ever seen. I adore the color!

    Thanks for linking up Potpourri Friday. You are a real asset to the success of this party and I appreciate you! I will look forward to seeing what you create for next week!

  28. Hi there- Just stopping back by to say thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday and to let you know I shared this on my facebook page! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  29. Love this it turned out great! I just love the color.

  30. Fabulous…lucky girl..Sweet Mom & Dad!

  31. jill carbajal says:

    LOve, love, love this! I have a can of duck egg blue and have recently purchased a 70s table with 4 chairs (only $75 so I couldn’t pass it up!). You have inspired me to tackle this project. Could you tell me how much paint you went through? I’m wondering if I need to order another can before I get started. Thanks so much….you are VERY inspiring!

  32. Love it Mandy!! Great job as always!! I am just asking myself when will I get to my projects!! I’ve been hitting the thrift stores regularly. Looking for some chairs I can refinish, to go with my table. Thanks for the inspiration to keep looking!

  33. OMGosh it is gorgeous…I am so jealous because I would LOVE to own that table and chairs…Now I am impatient to get my chairs painted like hubby keeps promising me lol.

    Look forward to seeing the rest of her furniture.

    Blessings Kelsie

  34. Great color choice, my favorite recently.
    A visit from 2805

  35. Wow!! Don’t you just love ASCP? I can’t get enough of it.
    Your table and chairs are stunning. Great job!

  36. Hi Mandy, You did a lovely job on that table and chairs it looks fab. Annie Sloan paint can become rather obsessive don’t you think. Once you start you can see painting opportunities everywhere. I am curious to know how the water based acrylic goes on to this paint. I have been commissioned to paint some bedroom furniture for a guesthouse and am concerned that the tops with just the wax may not be up to the job although AS would argue that it is. What do you think? Bon Courage with your other projects.

  37. Your daughter is so lucky that you do this kind of thing for her. I love design, and I love what you did with this set. The phrase that comes to my mind is reclaimed chic. Want to make me something? Haha 🙂

  38. Hello Mandy,

    I love what you did with this table. It turned out beautiful. I’m getting ready to use Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Old White on some kitchen chairs and the base of my table. I thought I would paint a heavy coat of Paris Grey and then a thinner coat of Old White over the top and use the clear wax and maybe a little of the dark to highlight areas. This looks like it is really nice paint and I am anxious to use it.

    I found your blog through Annie Sloan Facebook page and thought I would add you to my blog list and just added my name to your list of followers. Stop by for a visit sometime.


  39. So so so nice! I love that you used plywood to change up the seats! I would never have thought to do that! How did you (or your hubby) attach them?

    • I used 3 in. wood screws that went through the “bars” of the chair that the seat sits on. The screw went through the bar and into the chair. They are very secure, but easy to get on and off.

  40. This turned out absolutely beautiful! I love the color. So glad you linked this beauty up!

  41. This is just wonderful. I love the color and the fabric used on the chairs also. Looking forward to seeing the next project.

  42. PS. Now following.

  43. So pretty! I love it.

  44. Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife says:

    This is so great! I love it! Thanks for sharing it with {Re}creation Into Something New Wednesdays at Not So Simple Housewife! Hope to see more from you this upcoming Wednesday!

    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

  45. Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!!

  46. I LOVE your table and chairs! The style and color are so beautiful. Your pictures captured it perfectly.

  47. Oh WOW! I love that color ! Great job!

  48. I love love love the way the table and chairs look. They are so beautiful. Congrats on such a fantastic redo.

  49. wow this is beautiful thank you for sharing! I pinned this too. thank you so much for linking up to my party Show and Share! hope to see you again this week!

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  50. LOVE how this turned out! Thanks so much for linking it to Thrifty Thursday!

  51. HI Mandy-

    Thanks for leaving me the nice comment. Glad you did as I hopped on over here and just can’t leave!! I am loving all of your posts and this table is just beautiful. After reading about you – I have found we have much in common 🙂 Although I am a teensy bit older by a few years. I love the name Mandy and named my youngest that. She is 21 now and no one ever calls her Amanda – she is Mandy. I have a basement full of reject furniture that I plan to redo for when my oldest moves into an apartment next summer. She would love what you did to this table.
    I hope you can get some cooler temps and crisp air to remind you of fall soon – I will send you a box full of colorful fallen leaves that you can scatter around your lawn if it would help. 🙂 I will have more than my share come October.
    My best- Diane

  52. Love this!! I’m going to feature it this week on Thrifty Thursday!

  53. Another great looking peice Mandy!
    I love the color!
    I need to get a watermark on my photos. If you get a minute, let me know how you do yours. I haven’t found an easy solution…

  54. Fabulous work and what an eye for style! The adorable dog’s expression says it all! Thanks for sharing, you certainly should be proud! <3

  55. So cute, love that color! 😀 ♥

  56. Wow! I would have NEVER thought to cut out the rush seats. That is a fantastic Redoux! Thank you so much for linking up.

  57. Mandy, what a gorgeous transformation. I absolutely love that Duck Egg color. I MUST try some of that Annie Sloan paint! Your daughter is so lucky to have such a lovely set. It seems destined to become a family heirloom!

    Thank you for linking-up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17!


  58. Wow, looks great Iove that shade of blue !

  59. Mandy, this is by far my favorite transformation that you have done. I love it!!! It looks so pretty in your back yard, I bet it was hard to part with it!

  60. Stunning!!! I absolutely love it and I”m definitely adding this to my to-do list! Thank you so much for sharing!

  61. What a sweet project! Please consider sharing with my readers at

    Christmas blessings!

  62. LOVELY transformation!!! Thanks so much for sharing… I’m sure your daughter loved it 🙂

  63. Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!

  64. You know how much I love this table! I am featuring this tomorrow at my party. Thanks so much for linking up and thank you for all your words of encouragement!

  65. I just found your blog today and read the post about this gorgeous table ~ love!!! I am sure your daughter is enjoying her furniture and you have inspired me to try the Annie Sloan paint. Thanks and beautiful work!

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