Before & After French Label End Table

Our small end table (Target circa 2005 ish) had seen better days! It was all nicked up and I about threw it in the garage sale pile several times. But then I thought I’d try to save it and give it a little makeover! I chose the color Catalina Mist from Krylon because it is dreamy and goes with the room and the hutch!

This is how it looked after I sprayed it…Still kinda plane jane.

So I picked a fab french looking scrapbook paper print and used Mod Podge to attach to the bottom part.

And then I discovered The Graphics Fairy! How fun is that site? I saw several examples of how to use her labels and I decided to use the pencil transfer method for this great french chocolate label.

First I sized and printed out the label. Then I colored the entire back of the paper with pencil and taped it to the table. I used a pen to trace over all the details and when you remove the paper the pencil remains. Then I carefully used a brown paint pen to fill in the pencil. It was time consuming but soooo worth it! I love the result!

I’m crazy for monograms so here is another fun way to incorporate it through a new drawer pull from Hobby Lobby! I also sanded the edges of the table and legs a tiny bit.

Here she is with my fav Goodwill gold box I painted white! ahhh much better, dontcha think?!



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42 thoughts on “Before & After French Label End Table

  1. Beautiful! I just love love love the color you chose for this table… sooo pretty! And thanks for sharing the pencil transfer method…it is very helpful. I'm going to try it out. And I loved your apothecary jar with the birdie lid, I have not seen such a lovely jar before. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous transformation with us. Have a lovely evening!~Poppy

  2. This little blue table is just so sweet and Frenchy! Good idea to tie in the background color of the hutch to the table. 🙂
    ~ Sue

  3. I LOVE it!! I keep saying that I'm going to make a french table, but haven't yet!!! Need to! I've actually had in my plans for years to use a french theme in my bathroom. Maybe I could do a cute vanity! 🙂

  4. I just LOVE this! It really caught my attention because I just finished a table and I wanted to add some type of 'French' design and was wondering how to do it other than spend 30.00 for a stencil! Off to Graphics Fairy I go! Can I ask what 'type' of paint pen you used and where you got it?

  5. Oh I just love that. What a great color and I like how you did the transfer.

    I love that you sanded the edges. It really makes it pop.

  6. I'm loving this! I have a little blog party every Thursday called Simply Creative over at I'd love it if you linked it up!


  7. The cutest table and you did great on the graphics. I seem to not even be able to paint inside a transferred line!!


  8. So pretty! thanks so much for sharing how you "transfered" the label….great job and it looks so great in your room too!

  9. Lina ~~~~ GREAT JOB! The Graphic Fairy is such a blessing to all of us crafty bloggers, isn't she??? Wow! Give yourself a big pat on the back, girl! It look beautiful! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  10. Thanks for showing how the pencil transfer works. I've read people saying they've done that, but wondered how well the pencil marks showed. I really like the end results of all your hard work!

  11. Wow, it looks great! I thought the words were Uppercase Living decals but I bet it looks even better in person since it's actually hand-painted. I'd never heard of transferring a design like that. Great job!
    (via TT&J)

  12. Very pretty! Love that gorgeous color you chose. Isn't the Graphics Fairy a neat site?? Visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Hope you'll stop by my blog to say hi. 🙂

  13. This little table came out so charming~ what a great piece you have now! Love the graphic on the top! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂

  14. Your end table looks lovely! Thanks for writing about pencil transfer; I've puzzled about how to do that and never dreamed it would be so simple!

  15. Just wanted to stop by and again and say "thank you" for linking up with me (and for linking back-I appreciate that!) A great project. 🙂

  16. Wow, your little table turned out fabulous! I love the color and it goes perfectly with your furniture. You painted the words on?

    Very pretty!

    Have a great day!

  17. Beautiful. LOVE IT SO MUCH. I deleted the extra entry. winks.

    I love that you have the same colors as me. light teal, brown, white, green, black. I am adding a bright cherry red too. I spray painted some chunky frames. Thanks for linking. winks-jen

  18. Thanks so much for linking up with my Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva Party! This table is fabulous, the pencil transfer method sounds neat….you did a great job but I think I'd be challenged, to say the least :)! Stop on by this Tuesday to link up again and to see my features from last week. (I should have the party up and running some time tomorrow ~ Monday ~ night.) Hope to see you there!


  19. What a great DIY project!! I actually bought a second hand table almost exactly like this one for my daughter's room. I had planned to mod podge some cute scrapbook paper on the shelf but I adore your stencil!!! Thanks so much for clearly explaining the pencil rub method. I now understand it and may try it myself. I'm so glad I found your blog and look forward to checking it out more!!

  20. GREAT JOB!

    I'd love if you come and share this at my link party starting tomorrow until Saturday…

    You can visit my blog today and see some of my favorite projects from last week.

    I hope to see you there!

  21. We just wanted to stop by and thank you for linking up to our first link party last week. We appreciate your support so much! We would love to have you stop by again this week and link up more of your great things at Strut Your Stuff Saturday!
    -The Six Sisters

  22. I just want to let you know that I am featuring your table tomorrow at The 36th Avenue.

    Thank you so much for sharing it!

  23. It turned out fabulous!! Just last week I tried my hand at this exact graphic, trying to make a sign, using the pencil method. It REALLY is hard work. Yours turned out great!! Mine is need of a redo. LOL

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