after picture of a shabby chic cream colored table with a Victorian transfer
Cottage Crafts

Antique & Chic Table

Hey lovelies! Check out this beautiful antique shabby chic table transformation! What an absolute blast this DIY project was. Below is a before and after picture, and I share some of the details of the process I went through to create this masterpiece.

The Before: A Chippy Table

I got this antique table in Facebook Marketplace. As soon as I picked it up, I knew that I wanted to shabby-chic it. The table had a few pieces of wood that were broken off, and the top layer of veneer was peeling off. The legs were very wobbly. It needed work, and I was very excited to transform it.

The Process: A Little TLC

Wow, what an absolute process this piece was! From the very start of cleaning the dirt and grease off of this antique, to finally rubbing on that transfer design. I must say, it was definitely worth the time and effort I put into it. Here are the steps I took to turn this chippy old piece of furniture into an antique & chic table:

  • Cleaned off the dirt and grease.
  • Tightened the legs.
  • Peeled off the top layers of veneer (there were 2 or 3 layers!).
  • Sanded the top down.
  • Filled in the missing wood pieces with Bondo (with help from my dad, thanks dad!).
  • Sanded the table top and legs.
  • Applied 3 coats of cream chalk paint.
  • Rubbed on the transfer.
  • Sealed it with a wax finish

The Result: Antique, Elegant, & Chic

I absolutely love the way this antique and chic transformation turned out. The cream colored chalk paint goes perfectly with the style of the table. I learned a lot by transforming this unique piece. I plan to do more antique furniture transformations, so stay tuned and visit my page often! Thanks 🙂

Grace Sattelmaier

Grace Elizabeth is my name. I am a 20 year old girl, living in an old country farmhouse where, outside of my lavender walls, chickens roam, horses run, and tall oak trees wave in the wind. I live and love the cottage/shabby-chic lifestyle, enjoying each day one at a time. Some of my favorite things are flowers, animals, music, books, baking, and crafting. On my blog, I hope to inspire you to take pleasure in simple life and create your own path in a unique way. God created you to be creative! So, I encourage you to use your skills that your creator gave you, and use them to make the world a better place. Life is short, make it sweet.


  1. This table is gorgeous!!! Great transformation!

    1. Thank you so much!

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