Coastal Cottage Style Table Coastal Cottage Style Table

Here’s a super simple DIY project… haha… I notice that as I’m getting older and older, my DIY projects are getting easier and easier. This was a fun re-do of a vintage kitchen table to add coastal cottage charm. Here’s what I did:

First, I found this gorgeous heavy single sheet gift wrap at a fun little gift shop out in Maine last year. It is titled ‘Merveilles de la mer’, which I understand is French for ‘wonders of the sea’. It was so beautiful, and only $5 or $6 dollars for a large, poster size sheet. Expensive for wrapping paper, but maybe not so much to transform an entire piece of furniture with! Merveilles de la mer

The table was a Craigslist purchase, and though nice and solid, it had a grungy dirty coat of flat white paint on it.

After a coat of primer/paint on it, (HERE is my all time favorite bonding primer that will stick to just about anything and assure you the paint will stay on!) legs in sea green color and the top in a cream color. I selected a color for the top that really, really closely matched the background color of the sea life paper. That way when I cut out the sea life I could leave the little numbers next to each one that I liked and the paper background wouldn’t be so noticeable. star center

In fact, the paper edges in the background color are nearly invisible with the layers of Mod Podge on it. table and chairs

So once the paint was totally dry, like a day later, and after I made a final decision with the placement of the sea life illustrations, I painted a layer of Mod Podge on the table top, section by section, adding a paper cut out on the wet Mod Podge, and then painting a layer of Mod Podge over the paper cut out.

Here’s a tip I’ve learned from Mark Montano since re-doing these stools: Lightly mist the graphic, front and back, with water before setting it on the Mod Podge to prevent air bubbles. paint marker detail

Then I added the skinny black line outline on the table top and side of the table apron. I’m not very good at painting a thin line free hand, so I cheated and used a paint marker. Love those things! (Here you can see how I used that same paint marker treatment on my bird table.) skinny black line not perfect

As you can see, even with a paint marker, my lines aren’t perfect, but I just mark it up to a ‘hand painted’ look and don’t fret about it.

Once the first layer of Mod Podge was totally dry, another layer completely covering the whole table top was added, covering over the now dry black line as well. I did do at least 3 or 4 layers of Mod Podge, to be sure the top is durable to just wipe up with a damp cloth. Coastal Cottage Style Table

That’s it!

With an addition of some wicker chairs, (another Craigslist purchase) it’s a fun coastal cottage style table set.

Now this once ugly table is a happy little spot to drop packages or do a puzzle or have a snack on. And I didn’t have to be an artist to get a unique detailed look.


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  1. Oh My Heartsie Girl Linky Party says

    This was a great project, my grandmother used to have a table like that, I wish I had it now.
    I would love to have you stop by this week and share on my Linky Party in progress!!
    I am now following you on Pinterest and Liked on FB

    Hope you have a great week!

  2. paperworx4seniors2 says

    I see so many of those adorable little drop leaf tables. Had one in KY but left it out on front porch, got all warped, dadgumit. I was used to living in dry climate in MT. Want one again, since we don’t have area to put kitchen table/chairs (we have single wide mfg. home) this would be perfect size to use in our living room for quick supper or for company. Love how you dolled your little table up, it’s so perfect. I’ve got to save this so I can refer back if/when do finally find one, (I can afford). Grand Junction is kind of expensive place, people seem to be greedy, want the earth for anything and since I am on SS budget, disposable income is not plentiful, lol. So wish me luck finding an adorable little drop leaf table please.

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  3. Must Love Home says

    Thank you for joining the party at Friday Favorites! You are so creative! Please come back and share your latest with us!. The party starts Thursday at 7PM at Hope to see you there:) Hugs-Christine

  4. Donnamae says

    The table and chairs make a darling place to sit! Perfection is overrated…love your black outlines! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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