Vintage French Farmhouse Clock Table

May 20, 2019

french farmhouse DIY clock table plants cloche

Join me today as I share my DIY shabby chic vintage French farmhouse clock table and prove that with a little bit of paint and some stencils you can easily breathe new life into old furniture.

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side table French farmhouse three legs two tier

A few years ago I attended one of the best flea markets in the country -- the Kane County Flea Market in St. Charles, Illinois -- with birthday money burning a hole in my pocket. I came home with two vintage French farmhouse side tables -- in pastel blue. It was a weird color choice for me, but I loved the pretty lines of both tables and the obvious distressing which gave them even more of a vintage feel. The larger one was round, and the top had pretty fluted edges. I've used it as a bedside table, even though the blue never went well with our neutral-toned bedroom. 

blue painted table leg with distressing

Although the carving details are undeniably lovely.

painted wooden table distressed gold spindles fluted edges

And the distressing revealed what looks like gold leaf underneath the blue paint. Score!

blue painted table

This picture shows just how "blue" this table really was.

laser cut French farmhouse clock stencil fleur de lis

Fast forward to my being asked to review some stencils made by Stencil Revolution. After reviewing their website and stencil choices, I knew there was at least one stencil I just had to have: their Clock stencil. Coincidentally, the stencil was the perfect size to fit on top of my vintage round French farmhouse table. The stencils I ordered were expertly packaged and arrived in perfect condition. All of Stencil Revolution's Mylar plastic stencils are laser cut. There's such a big selection that they have something for everyone. They even sell wall stencils. (I found it hard to choose!)

Here's what you'll need to get started: 

Materials List

1. stencil of your choice
2. something to stencil on (furniture, canvas, basket, etc.)
3. chalk paint for the table
4. acrylic paint for the stenciling
5. paint brushes for your main piece
6.paint brushes for stenciling  (or actual pouncers)
7. sanding pad or sanding sponge  
8. cheese cloth (optional) wipes  (to clean paint off of stencil)

How To Stencil A Clock Face Onto A Vintage French Farmhouse Table

white two tiered table French farmhouse fluted edges three legs

1. I started by painting the entire table white. I've always said that you can fix just about anything with a coat (or two) of white paint. And in this case I was right. 

Can of Rust-oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White

The paint I used was Rust-oleum Chalked ultra matte paint in Linen White. They claim one coat coverage for most things but I actually needed three coats. I think that's due to the fact that I'm known to be shy when it comes to applying paint and my individual coats are sometimes too thin.

sanded distressed white paint farmhouse side table

2. Once the table was painted and completely dry I got to work with my 3M SandBlaster sanding pad 180 grit (fine). The Rust-oleum Chalked paint distresses beautifully so I got a great result.

carved table legs

Even after painting it white the detail work on the legs looked great. 

100% cheese cloth package

3. After distressing the table I used a piece of cheese cloth to wipe off most of the dust. I finished it off by using a clean, dry paint brush in all the nooks and crannies. If you don't have cheese cloth it's okay to just use the paint brush. A small shop vac might come in handy as well.   

roman numeral clock stencil table

4. Since the stencil is square -- but the table is round with fluted edges -- the stencil couldn't lay flat on the table. You can see where the stencil extends over the edges of the table in the above photo.

clock stencil round French farmhouse table

Therefore, I took the liberty of cutting off the square corners of the stencil so that it could lay flat. It's important that your stencil is as flat against the surface as possible before you begin filling in the stencil with your paint. You can see in the above photo that after I cut the corners off the stencil it laid perfectly flat.

French clock stencil

5. The next step is to secure the stencil to the surface with painter's tape. You need to make sure the stencil won't move around while you're painting.    

painted French clock stencil

5. Once secured, I began filling in the stencil using a small paint brush and my black acrylic paint. You are perfectly welcome to use "pouncers" (as opposed to paint brushes) which are made specifically for stenciling, however, I stopped using pouncers a long time ago since I actually prefer using a paint brush. Technique-wise you'll need to make sure not to put too much paint on your brush to ensure that the paint won't bleed underneath the stencil. You also have to be careful of bleeding even if you opt to use the pouncers.    

NOTE: Once you're done filling in the stencil, but before lifting it up, your project might not look as pretty as you had hoped. Don't panic! It will ALWAYS look better once you lift the stencil and uncover your final work.  (Also.the stencil cleaned up nicely afterward with just a few baby wipes.) 

table plants basket plant holder fiddle leaf fig tree

Here it is in my French farmhouse living room sitting in my only east facing window on the first floor. My plants really seem to like it there.  (I know, the fiddle leaf fig tree looks sad there, but I watered it afterwards and it's all good!)

myrtle topiary

potted plants green cloche tin planter

ironstone boxwood topiary stenciled plant basket

I was thrilled to be able to display some of my ironstone collection on the bottom shelf. 

boxwood topiary

Here's my large, boxwood topiary ball that I picked up at an estate sale.

No. 5 stenciled basket

And here's my DIY painted basket that I turned into a planter for my fiddle leaf fig tree.

plants clock table

The table looks great with nothing on it, but I also think it looks great with the plants on it.

plants topiary cloche clock table

I don't see this baby going back into the bedroom any time soon. I'm loving it too much in the living room where I can see it all day long.

It's definitely one of those projects that makes me smile every time I see it. Thank you to Stencil Revolution for hooking me up with some of their awesome stencils. 

Well, that's it for today, friends! I
hope you enjoyed reading about my 
Vintage French Farmhouse Clock Table 
and that I've inspired you in some way.

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Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a wonderful transformation!! Love the clock on the top of the table!! So charming!! Thanks for sharing!!

My thrift store addiction said...

What a great stencil! Love how this turned out!

cloches and lavender said...

Kathleen this was a great project. I enjoy duck egg blue for some pieces but that was a weird color. The clock stencil looks great and I think bits peaking out from the plants is nice.

I love your ironstone collection on there too. I have been stenciling for 20 years and never thought about baby wipes to clean them Thanks for the tip. Baby wipes seem to work on just about everything.

Enjoy your day


Junkchiccottage said...

Love this Kathleen. It looks fabulous. Great job. I cannot wait to see more from you. It is great we are finally starting to see summer coming hopefully soon.
Have a great week.

Kathy said...

Awesome. I wouldn't have believed that it would come out so well! Almost gives me courage to try stenciling again! Will be on the lookout for small tables to try a stencil on!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Such a fabulous makeover Kathleen. That stencil was a perfect fit for your tabletop.
Thank you for sharing this project at our Create, Bake, Grow & Gather party this week. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tonight's party and pinning too.

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