French Provincial End Table Update {Painted with Paint Sprayer}

Mmmmm…French Provincial. I just love the lines of these pretty pieces. Hey there, Friends. I have a simple makeover for ya’ll today.

I picked up this pretty end table for $20 about six months ago and have been waiting for inspiration to strike. I finally decided I just needed to get it out of the garage. I’ve said before that sometimes you just need to start, even if you don’t know where you’re headed. Isn’t that true for SO many things in life??

My Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday girls and I had an Instagram giveaway a few months back for a Homeright Paint sprayer, and the generous people at Homeright were awesome enough to give each of us hosts one as well. I decided this table was the prefect opportunity to try it out. (This is NOT a sponsored post, just sharing my experience with the sprayer!)

Here is how this pretty end table started out:


I already had purchased a Homeright Spray Shelter a few months back, mostly for spray painting on hot or windy days. I heart that thang!

You may remember I used it when I spray painted my outdoor glider bench :

Homeright Spray Tent

It has had a lot of use since then! You can see how big it is too. I painted several things when I painted this end table:

Homeright Spray Shelter

While I had the sprayer at the ready, I grabbed every miscellaneous board I could find that might make a good sign to put in my booth. This was a super easy way to knock those out!

Here is the table after the first coat with the sprayer:

Trying out the Homeright Paint Sprayer

The coverage is pretty good, and so much faster than hand-painting. I used a fresh batch of DIY chalk paint here, and it did great.

And here it is all done:

French Provincial End Table Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

So how did I like the sprayer?

Well… I kinda missed the brush strokes. I think they are what give a piece an authentic hand-painted finish. That being said, it would be awesome for things like chairs that are a huge pain to paint by hand. And it was really awesome for painting the inside…


That too would have been a big pain to paint by hand.

French Provincial End Table Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The sprayer gives it a bit of a rough feeling finish, but since chalk paint requires a quick sanding after painting, it smoothed right out.

I waxed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax like normal.

French Provincial End Table Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

In the end, a simple makeover was all this table needed. This is a mix of Cottage White by Behr and Pure White DIY Chalk Paint.

I dragged these accent chairs in here and I think they make for a pretty set up. I made these covers out of drop cloth a couple of years ago. They were pretty simple to do. I shared a tutorial for them HERE.

Armless accent chair from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


French Provincial End Table Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I usually spray paint the hardware, but decided to leave these as is…


Love those pretty details.

French Provincial End Table Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


French Provincial End Table Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer




French Provincial End Table Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Thrift Store find painted uisng Homeright Paint Sprayer

I really love this piece for the storage it adds. Too bad I don’t have the space for it. Off to my booth it goes!

I’m not ditching my paintbrushes just yet, but it is nice to know there’s an easier option for those hard-to-paint pieces!

I’ll be back later this week sharing a fun round-up of ten of my own headboard upcycles.

10 Upcycled Headboards from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

See ya then!

UPDATE: Check out ten of my very own Upcycled Headboard Projects HERE now!



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  1. It is lovely! I am in love with the windows behind it!!!!!

  2. Looks great, Christy. I like the brush strokes that hand painting gives but the sprayer sure is nice to quickly complete a project.

  3. What a pretty piece! Love it with the slipper chairs. Perfect addition!

  4. It looks so pretty with that white paint, great job!
    I have a question when you use the 2 colors”cottage white and pure white” do you mix equal parts of paint to mix up your recipe for chalk paint?

  5. Great job! I have been wanting one of these spray tents forever! I think I’m going to have to just go for it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Tammy! I love that thing! We purchased a new car recently and I do most of my spraying in the driveway. This protects my car from overspray as well! 🙂

  6. I think the cabinet looks awesome, and I’m not a fan of covering wood with paint. Kudos!

  7. Marcie Lovett says:

    Beautiful, Christy! I’m sure it’s just as lovely in person, with that rubbed-off, chippy finish. I wonder if you can drag a brush over the wet paint, like you can after using a roller, to get the look of the brush strokes.

    I dream about getting a sprayer sometimes. It certainly would have been handy for your kitchen cabinet redo!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Marcie! That’s an idea…someone else suggested doing the final coat with a brush which I like too! And yes, this would have saved a ton of time in my kitchen! XO

  8. It came out beautiful. I didn’t realize you could spray paint with chalk paint – good to know. I suppose you could spray a light coat and then use your brush for another layer, especially if you have several things to paint. It could save time.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Carole! I love the idea of doing the final coat with a brush. You are so smart! I made a fresh batch of chalk paint so it would be nice and thin and it worked great! XO

  9. Tracy Smith says:

    Love the table! Like you said, it provides great storage, too. I’m new to the blog and hadn’t seen the spray shelter before. How clever is that!? I’m going to check it out along with the sprayer. A little bummed I don’t live in the same area as you….I’d love to check out your booth!
    Enjoy your day!
    Tracy Smith

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Tracy! I love that shelter and the sprayer saved a ton of time. Wish you lived closer too! Thanks for following along! XO

  10. Suzanne says:

    Another winner! I love every one of your pieces. Thanks so much for sharing your techniques, ideas, and time savers.

  11. Your end table came out GREAT!!!! From ugh to smug!!!…….but……..
    THOSE HYDRANGEAS !!!!!!! That beautiful blue color!!!!! Those are truly AMAZING!!!
    Could you show us a pic of the plant outside?
    God Bless~

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Addie!! I have five hydrangea bushes! I took a few pictures of the three on the side of our house a couple of weeks ago and I’ll share in my next post. They’re huge! 🙂

  12. Hi! I’m thrilled to have found your site and have learned so, so much from you–thank you! I’m anxious to get started but have some paint color questions. In your chalk paint recipe it says Behr’s cottage white isn’t available so now you use the red and white can of ultra pure white. So I thought most of your pieces were in that color. I later read another tutorial saying you mixed cottage white with ultra pure white. Is that because ultra pure white is more gray-white vs a creamy white? I want a warm white but not creamy/yellowish white (does that make sense)? In your kitchen cabinets tutorial, you used cottage white latex and I thought it looked great. So I’m confused about the color I should use to do some small pieces like a stool and small book shelf. Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks a bunch!

    • Christy says:

      Hi Selene and thank you! The Cottage White is still available, just the base that it is mixed with has changed, at least the can looks different. I love Cottage White and it does have a creamy tint to it, but without looking yellow. Lately I have mixed it 50/50 with the pure white for a lighter shade, but it still has a creamy tint to it. The pure white is pretty on its own too. It just depends if you want a pure white or more ivory. Good luck! 🙂

  13. Jennie Eilerts says:

    Love this little guy, Christy! I got a Homeright sprayer for Mother’s Day, but haven’t used it yet. I’m worried about overspray. I may just have to invest in one of those tents! Are you going to post the signs you’ve been making?

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Jennie! That spray tent is awesome, and it’s huge! I tend to make the same signs over and over for my shop since they continue to sell, but I did take a before shot of the scrap boards I used, so it might be fun to see the after side-by-side. I still have two more to finish, so we’ll see. 😊

  14. Each week I tell myself I am going to set up my Homeright Spray Booth and start spraying. I never make it, you have given me inspiration.

    • Christy says:

      Yes Debra! Bust that thing out! Have all your pieces you want to tackle lined up and ready and spray away. I love how fast the sprayer paints things!

  15. Michelle Roberts says:

    I just love French Provincial furniture and this end table is no exception.

  16. Your French Provincial table looks great! I don’t know what I’d do without my HomeRight paint sprayer. I definitely NEED one of those tents. Have a great weekend.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks, Marie! I love how fast the sprayer is!! Yes, you need a tent. I use it for regular spray painting as well. 🙂

  17. Lovely, Christy! And I agree, the hardware is fine as is. It goes well with the piece. What a nice job the sprayer did. And after seeing you painted the inside also, I can see the sprayer would be a huge help. I’ve painted inside pieces before and am aware of how much of a pain it is. Thank you so much for sharing and showing all the potential some pieces have that is not evident at first! Awesome!

  18. I love this table! The wood version looks so hopeless and dated, and then your perfect paint job… and all that is completely changed. Beautiful!

  19. I have a couple of questions about using the sprayer and shelter. Is the shelter easy to take in and out and do you take drawers out and paint them separately? If you leave the drawers in when you paint does the paint make the drawers stick? Thanks!

    • Hi Teresa! The shelter takes less than 10 minutes to set up and is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. It is very large and that is why understandably it takes a minute to figure out which end is up, etc. I usually only paint the drawer fronts when I use a brush, but I have painted the insides and sides of drawers with the sprayer. I took the drawers out completely to spray, and had no issues with sticking. Hope this answers your questions!

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