French Flea Market Coffee Table Makeover

French coffee table front

I’m calling today’s look French flea market because it has a European feel with that aged character I love.  I started with a standard glass top coffee table and tried to reimagine it into something unique that makes a statement. 

French coffee table before

If you’d like to see how I actually did this makeover, you can check out the Facebook Live video here.

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Adding the Burlap

First, I had to find an idea to make over the glass.  There are a million things you could do, including paint it, patina it to look like metal, replace it with rustic wood, add other fabrics or decorative papers, add appliques, and so on.  But I found this simple idea on Pinterest to add burlap.

I was able to source this cute burlap at WalMart for less than $7.  It had that pretty lace detail down the center built right in.  Since it wasn’t wide enough for the table, I sewed 3 inch strips on either side.  Actually, I asked my mom to do that part.  Great mom, right?!

French coffee table top

Before applying the fabric, I painted the rim of the table where the glass sits and let it dry.  Doing this first means you don’t have to work around the fabric later.  Then I stapled the burlap around the wood edge of the table underneath.  You could probably use hot glue instead if you don’t have a staple gun.

Then add the glass, and voila – cute French tabletop!

French coffee table right angle

Using Sea Spray for Texture with Vintage Duck Egg & Sea Glass

As always, I cleaned the piece well with White Lightning, rinsed with clear water and dried it.  For the sea spray mixture, it is best to add a little at a time to your paint until you get the texture and consistency you want.  You don’t want to add too much because it will dry out your paint and be so much harder to work with. 

I put my paint in a plastic cup and mixed in the Sea Spray a little at a time until it was like a thin batter.  I made one cup with Vintage Duck Egg and another cup with a smaller batch of Sea Glass.  I chose a chip brush to apply it to the table because I think it’s best not to use your expensive brushes with this technique.

French coffee table detail

Then I pounced the colors on randomly, going back and forth between them.  I didn’t want any pattern, but just an aged worn look.  I also let the wood peek through here and there on the fluting.

Aging with Colored Waxes

After the paint was dry, I sanded it down a bit.  Then I waxed in some spots with gray wax.  The Sea Spray texture gives the surface peaks and valleys for the wax to land. 

French coffee table leg detail

For even more depth and dimension, I added brown wax in some spots as well. I applied the waxes with a shop towel and wiped them back right away.  This kept the paint from looking too fresh and new.

French coffee table angle

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10 thoughts on “French Flea Market Coffee Table Makeover”

  1. I think this is one of my favorites yet! I absolutely love the table and what you did to it. I’ve wanted to try something similar to the sea spray texture additive. I think you’ve convinced me! Thanks for the great tutorial and thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen


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