Shabby Paris apartment style ~ bistro table and chairs

This is the ‘how I did it’ for the bistro table and chairs shown in the previous post for our space at the antique mall.  Michael ‘scrounged’ these two patio chairs. 

About fifteen years ago I LOVED hunter green!  ACK!!!  The chairs are very sturdy, just an outdated color and a few rusty spots.

We cleaned them up real good and gave them a coat of flat black paint.  I ‘could have’ sanded down the rust spots and used Rustoleum paint to prevent them from rusting again, but I wanted them to retain that worn texture.  I don’t have a very good picture of them after I painted them.   Wasn’t thinking that a picture taken in the booth would not show them off very well because they are so ‘see through’.  My bad!

For the table I started with this old rusty Mediteranean style bar stool base.  Very heavy!  I just cleaned it up and sprayed it iwth a clear coat to keep the rust from ‘shedding’.

Michael attached a scrounged plywood top to the base. I painted it robin’s egg blue; then stamped on a Fleur de lis pattern using a foam stamp and acrylic craft paint.

I wanted the pattern to look a little worn in spots, so I did FOUR impressions per paint loading of the stamp.  That way I’d have less sanding to do afterwards!  (I’m LAZY!!!)

I flipped the stamp upside down for every other row.

PERFECT!  I love the ‘wallpaper’ effect of this stamp!  I’ve used it a few other times as on the backing of shelves (stamped white on a pastel background).    HERE and HERE   Just enough pattern to add interest, but not be distracting.

Then I gave it a couple of coats of a water based water proof matte acrylic varnish. 

Here it is in our booth at the antique mall.

And here’s one of the chairs that you can barely see.



~ primitives ~ trash to treasure ~ shabby chic ~ cottage ~ Paris apartment ~ repurposed home goods ~ repaired ~ restyled home decor ~ reused ~ recycled art ~ handcrafted gifts ~ one of a kind ~ artist originals ~ second hand style ~ junk market style ~ flea market style ~ beautiful junk ~ beach cottage décor ~ unique home décor ~ vintage home décor ~ unique gifts ~ custom made gifts ~ custom made home décor ~ personalized signs ~ Sophie’s Cottage ~ grubby candles ~ how to craft books ~

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. AJ, Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas! You get me so inspired, while I’m sitting here lazily drinking my morning coffee and considering what I’m going to do today that is fun, instead of going out and rototilling my garden LOL. Karen

  2. Thank you for the,”behind the scenes,” look! I would have never guessed that the base was once a barstool! Hope you’re having a great day!

  3. Had to laugh at the “lazy” comment aj – you are the LAST person I would call lazy! Everything looks great, as always.

  4. wow!! thanks so much for sharing your ideas!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: