French-Inspired Girl’s Table and Chair Set

Hello sweet Friends! I have the cutest little table and chair set to share with ya’ll today! But first do you mind if I share my heart a bit?  We had to say goodbye to our sweet kitty, Holly on Friday. You may have seen her in photos from time to time. Most recently I was photographing this table I shared last Thursday:

I didn’t include this photo in that post, but took a few pics of her after she made herself comfy in the shot. I’m so glad now that I did. I shot this a couple of weeks ago, but she took a turn for the worse last weekend and very rapidly declined. She was my sidekick and lap blanket for 20 1/2 years and will be deeply missed. RIP my baby girl.

Thank you for letting me share that, Friends. I try to keep things light and fun around here, but I felt like I owed her a little tribute.

Ok now onto what you came for…

I found a couple of child’s chairs a few months back for a whopping $5 for the pair at one of the Goodwill stores near me. Although they looked a little rough, I have come across lone tables before and knew I’d eventually find a table for them. Then what should I spy on the same thrifting day that I found this hutch not too long ago? The exact table that went with the chairs!

How lucky was that? It was in excellent condition.

Here is the whole set before:

Let’s just say the chairs had been very well-loved:

And after a bit of TLC:

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

So sweet!

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

I ended up using a razor blade to scrape all of the tape, stickers, and random paint smears off of the chairs. Then I sanded all three pieces lightly all over. I spray primed them with Rustoleum Spray Primer, then spray painted the chairs and table legs in Rustoleum Universal Satin White Spray Paint. (Spray paint is definitely the way to go on these little chairs!)

I never got a picture, but you can barely see them in my spray shelter behind the console table I shared on Thursday…

My HomeRight Spray Tent is perfect for spray painting on a windy day!

I added some color to this set by painting the seats and table top in Behr’s Taffy Twist, made into DIY chalk paint.

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

I adore this color! It is the same color I used for this mini vanity set I shared not too long ago.

The table top got this pretty Paris-Inspired Stencil:

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I found it on Etsy here, but it looks like the owner is either no longer selling stencils or is taking a break as of just last week. I used Loctite spray adhesive on the back of the stencil to hold it in place.

I love how this added a touch of sophistication to this set:

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I added a fleur de lis from this stencil to each seat to tie in with the table:

Add a sweet stencil to add personality to a painted piece.

 

Add a sweet stencil to add personality to a painted piece.

After stenciling, I sanded the surface of each lightly with 220 grit sandpaper to knock down any rough areas.

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

We don’t have any doll babies in our house for staging, but teddy seems to fit right in…

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

And of course Brennan had to give it a try too…

He gave it a thumbs up…er…sideways. 🙂

I sealed the seats and the table top with Polycrylic in satin using a brush made just for sealers. I like this one by Wooster. The brush makes all the difference! I gave them three coats, sanding very lightly in between each coat with 320 grit sandpaper.

You can see here the satin polycrylic has a nice subtle sheen:

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

 

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

I chose not to use wax to seal this because I wanted a durable finish fast since I planned to put this in my booth. Wax takes about three weeks to fully cure. (BTW I did use wax on my son’s play table and it has held up well. I just didn’t let him use it until it had time to fully cure.)

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

 

Girl's Table and chair set painted and stenciled with a french-inspired theme from Confessions fo a Serial DIYer

Give a child's table set a whole new look with paint! confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I hope you enjoyed this sweet makeover. I am so thrilled I was able to unite the chairs to the table.

I’ll be back on Thursday with my new Furniture Fixer Uppers group! I’ll be sharing what I did with this thrift store find:


And my friends will be sharing furniture makeovers too!

Now go give your fur babies a little extra lovin for me. 🙂

UPDATE: Check out how I updated this china cabinet HERE! (Although it may no longer be holding china!)

XO,

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  1. Mary Kaiser says:

    So sorry to hear about your kitty, so sad to loose a pet. I LOVE how your sweet little table and chairs turned out, so cute! I love everything you transform, works of art! Love it, and nobody is paying me to say that-LOL!

    • Thank you, Mary. She will be dearly missed for sure. And I’m so glad you like the table…you are the sweetest! I sure do appreciate your very kind words! XOXO

  2. Mary Kaiser says:

    Forgot to mention what a cute little model you have there, love his thumbs up!

  3. So sorry about Holly! 🙁 20 years though, wow… she definitely made it to a good age. It’s always hard to lose a member of the family, but at least you have lots of memories of her.
    You did a fabulous job on this set. It’s so cheery–I just love pink and white and this clean look. 🙂 Hmm, three coats of poly with sanding between… that definitely sounds durable! I’ll have to try that myself, my desk takes a lot of abuse.

    • Thank you, Zovesta…she did have a good long happy life, and I do have many memories to cherish. Glad you like the set…I couldn’t resist a girly makeover! XO

  4. Christina in FL says:

    Dearest Christy and family, I am sorry for your physical loss of Holly! I know she will be around to keep you company from the non-physical realm. You’ll see. 🙂
    The table and chairs are wonderful! Perfect find with the table.
    Thank you always for the details. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Christina…I know she is still with us in spirit. Glad you enjoyed the makeover too! XOXO

  5. The table and chairs came out so sweet. I am sure some little girl will be very happy. I am so sorry for your loss. It is so heartbreaking when a beloved pet leaves us.

    • Thank you, Debra! And I appreciate that…they really do become part of the family, don’t they? XO

  6. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I don’t have any children but my husband and I have 5 fur babies, all strays we brought in and adopted. They are our world. My oldest is 12! I cant imagine life without any of them. I see your baby was a tortoise shell, we have 2 of them. They are our wildest! Sending love your way in your time of pain.

    • Thank you, Amanda…I know you treasure those fur babies! They really do become just like children. I hope you won’t have to experience loss for a long time. XO

  7. So sorry about your beautiful fur baby ~ 20.5 years is amazing.

    Love the table and chairs!

    • Thank you, Melissa…yes she lived a long happy life so I am very grateful for that! Glad you enjoyed the makeover too! XO

  8. So sorry to hear about your sidekick:*( It is so sad to lose a beloved pet; I know firsthand. I love what you did with the table! I needed a jumpstart! I have a table and a couple of chairs to redo as well. I have been staring at them for well over a few months wondering about what paint technic to use.Well low and behold along came your post right to my inbox!! I will have to give it a try, thanks for your inspiration!!

    • You are so welcome! This is a great way to get durable finishes on the table and chairs. Thanks for your condolences too…much appreciated! XO

  9. So so sorry for your loss. That’s a long time to have a furbaby. I know she will be missed.

    • Thank you, Vicke…yes I had her most of my adult life and she will be dearly missed, but I was blessed to have her so long! XO

  10. So, so sorry about your loss Christy. I know how hard it is. Our pets are such sweet members of our family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss of Holly. She was a beautiful kitty.
    The little table and chairs are beautiful and love the colors. Some lucky little girl will enjoy these for years. You are so talented. Can’t wait until Thursday.

    • Thank you, Janice…she was a pretty girl. <3 So glad you like how the table and chairs turned out...I can envision many tea parties there! XOXO

  12. Aw, I’m sorry you lost your kitty. It sounds like she had a long life filled with lots of love. It’s hard to lose our fur babies, isn’t it?

    The little chairs and table turned out so cute. I bet they will sell fast!

    • Thank you, Cecilia. She was with me a long time, so I am grateful for that for sure. And yes, it is so hard to say goodbye to them. So glad you like the table set too! XOXO

  13. Such a sweet little set – would love to see little girls having a tea party! i adore everything that you do! So sorry about your sweet kitty – she was beautiful – I’ve been through the pain of losing a pet. Thinking about you!

    • Thank you SO much, Patty! And thank you for the condolences…she will be missed for sure, but I was lucky to have her so long. XO

  14. So sorry to hear about your loss. Pets are such special little companions, we have two little fur buddies, I know Ill be very sad when their time comes. Sending you lots of hugs. ❌❌❌

  15. Kira Marie Sayler says:

    I’ve really enjoyed seeing your handiwork. I appreciate the time you put into your craft. You are blessing many people with beauty!

  16. Claudine says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your sweet kitty. My 17-year-old furry love went to wait for me in heaven in early January. No matter how busy I am, I still feel her absence. Aren’t we blessed to have kitty companions?
    This girl’s set is just adorable! Some child is going to be over the moon to get this! Beautiful job & I love the sheen of the finish you chose.

    • Aww thank you, Claudine…so sorry to hear about your kitty too. We were lucky to have them so long! And I’m glad you enjoyed the makeover of this cute set…I can picture two little girls playing at this for many years to come! 🙂

  17. Susan W. says:

    So sorry to hear about your kitty!

    I love your table and chairs makeover! The color is definitely sweet!
    I am in the process of painting a bench made from a twin bed and did not know I could use a polycrylic over chalk paint! I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you, Susan. Glad you like the table too…I do prefer a wax finish, but the polycrylic works too. Just be sure to use a brush just for sealers…it will make all the difference. 🙂

  18. Rose Arroyo says:

    Hi Christy,I love this little table set perfect for two little girls playing tea time.Thank you for all the great info and your recipe for chalk paint looks simple enough.

    • Hi Rose! Thank you! I can just imagine two little girls spending lots of time at this little table. And yes, this recipe is great! 🙂

  19. I love this little girl’s table/chairs set! I am so sorry to hear about your fur-baby. Cats are so loving.

  20. So very cute. Job well done.

  21. Hi Christie, I love this little set. I too am looking for a child’s table/chair set but have not been lucky enough to score one yet. I wanted to also say how sorry I am for your fur baby loss. We lost one of ours (Boots) not too long ago as well so I feel your pain. Rest in Peace Holly and Boots!!!

    • Thanks, Regina! I try to grab these any time I see one because they sell great! Thank you for the sweet condolences too…our very first kitty was named Boots. RIP babies! XO

  22. That is so cute Christy! Pink and white and French, great combo! (and sorry again about your sweet kitty 🙁 )xoxo

  23. Marcie Lovett says:

    Magnifique! I thought it was just a random table and chairs, but they really are the exact match. What a great find and fabulous transformation. Someone is going to be very happy to find that set.

    You and Holly had a long time together, and it’s always sad when a pet dies. Enjoy your memories of that furry lap warmer.

    • Ha ha nope…they totally match! What are the chances I would find the pieces to this set in separate places?? Very lucky…so glad you like how it turned out! And yes Holly was with me a long time…most of my adult life. That does make it a bit easier though…she had a great long life. <3 <3 <3

  24. Dear Christy;
    So very sorry to hear about your kitty. Last year we lost our beloved Bailey to lymphoma and it has left a hole in my heart. So I totally understand the pain of loss of a loved pet. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him, and I am sure you will feel the same. Also want to tell you that I love getting your emails and look forward to reading them. You are a very talented lady. Keep up the great ideas…you are an inspiration.

    • Aww thank you, Sandy. SO sorry to hear of your loss too…I know that must have been a hard way to lose Bailey. They really tug at your heartstrings don’t they? Thank you for your very sweet words…I truly appreciate them! XOXO

  25. So sorry to hear about your loss. It’s always difficult when families lose their pets. 🙁

    The set is beautiful! I always love your stencil choices. Can’t wait to see the cabinet.

    • Thanks, Julie…yes so sad for us, but we were lucky to have her so long. So glad you like the table and chairs…I forgot I had this stencil! XO

  26. Karen Moore says:

    Sweet little table and chairs. Sorry about your fur baby.

  27. I love all your projects! I’m so sorry about your fur baby……

  28. Lois Keffer says:

    Dear Christy, I’m so sorry you lost your long-time friend. We had to put down our 17-year-old fluff ball of a terrier mix in November. We also have a larger dog, but he’s not so cuddly having been rescued from a terrible situation. We decided to wait for two months to see how we would do with just one pet. In January we visited a shelter and came home with a pair of brother “teenage” kittens. I’m so glad we did. Please take care. Sending love and hugs.

    • Thank you, Lois…so sorry to hear about your pup. I’m glad you opted for kitties this time…they can be sweet! Some day I’ll get another kitty too. I like the idea of finding one that isn’t a kitten. 🙂

  29. I’m so sorry about Holly. It’s a major loss. I had to put Hope down just over two years ago and cried every day for four months. So I understand completely. Of course the table and chairs are adorable (goes without saying). And Brennan is a cutie pie!

    • Thank you, Cyndi…yes sounds like you know exactly how I feel. They really become such a special part of your life. Glad you enjoyed the makeover and thank you…he’s a keeper! 🙂

  30. This sweet table set is so well done. I love the pink and the stencils. This will make some precious little girl very happy. I am so, so sorry that you lost your darling kitty. My daughter’s cat has been ill lately and it makes me so sad. They are definitely part of our families. Thanks for sharing both in your post.

    • Thank you so much, Patti! And thank you for the condolences. They really do become such a big part of our families. <3 XO

  31. So sorry to hear about your kitty…she lived a very long life and I am sure she knew how loved she was. It breaks our hearts when they leave us.

  32. You always do such great work and do it professionally. I have seen some furniture redone and not very well. I am sure that little set will be enjoyed for many years and maybe a few generations. I hope you sign each piece somewhere on it,

  33. What are the chances of finding the matching table to your chairs – nice score. What a darling makeover and you are going to make one little girl VERY happy. I bet it’s snapped up in a jiffy if it hasn’t already.

    • I know, right?? I couldn’t believe it when I saw the table! Now they are a family again ha ha. Thanks, Marie! XOXO

  34. Annie (Canada) says:

    Sorry for you loss of your fur baby Holly :'( You had 20-1/2 years with her and that is incredible! On a lighter note I love the makeover <3

    • Thank you, Annie…yes I was SO blessed to have her with me so long! Glad you enjoyed the makeover! XOXO

  35. I am so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. You were lucky to have her for such a long time.

  36. Christy, I am so, so sorry to hear about your kitty. Our pets are just like our kids. Just yesterday it was one year since we lost our sweet boxer Abby, and I looked through all her photos and cried my eyes out all over again. You will be in my thoughts. xo

    • Thank you, Jen. She has been with me most of my adult life and I really miss her, especially when everyone is at school/work and I’m here by myself, but I was very blessed to have her as long as I did. So sorry to hear about your Abby too. They love so unconditionally and truly become one of the family. XOXO

  37. I’m so sorry that you lost your kitty. I know it must be very hard. I love the table and chair set. It is really adorable.

    • Thank you, Bonnie…we had her a long time. It does help to know she is not suffering anymore. So glad you like the table and chair set. 🙂

  38. Catherine says:

    Rest in Peace sweet kitty. Oh, they leave such huge paw prints on our hearts.