This week’s blast from the past is my French 1 Franc Table and Black Chairs.
Here is the before …
After painting the table white and distressing the edges and top to give an aged and worn look, I decided to add a French graphic from “The Graphics Fairy” website. She is the only go to website for the most amazing vintage graphics. I loved this one as it was round to match the table. I also loved it because it was rather simple to use the trace method of transfer.
So I uploaded the graphic to the “Block Posters” website to enlarge it. I love this website because it is so easy to use, and its free!
So after enlarging and printing if off on numerous A4 sheets of paper, I pieced and taped it together.
I then found the centre of the table with my tape measure and placed a pin in it. Then I tied a piece of string to a pencil and the pin, and tried to evenly draw a circle around the outside of the table. I wanted to make sure I had the centre as accurate as possible and I also wanted to add a plain border to the graphic. Then I folded my picture in half both ways to find the centre. Then I pinned the pin to the centre of the paper, then the centre of the table.
Using a pen I traced the graphic, apply pressure and retracing as I went. This left an impression on the table. In natural daylight I could see the impression clearly and then traced it with a lead pencil. I filled it in with grey paint and then sanded to give a distressed effect to the image.
To finish off the top of the table I applied 2 coats of clear furniture wax to seal and protect.
Next I tackled the chairs. I decided to use only 2 of the 3 chairs. Both were sanded and then given 2 coats of gloss black spray paint.
The perfect setting for breakfast or coffee.