French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Hi friends and welcome to Project #20 of my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 days series!  Today is a fun one because I am not only sharing a thrifty makeover of my own as part of March Madness, but at the bottom, there are 24 VERY TALENTED gals sharing these fun projects too:


But first things first…yesterday I shared my Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench and promised something pretty to go with it.

This is a table that my Mom painted a while ago and had stored in her attic:


She used to paint and sell furniture pieces like this like hotcakes back in the day! I dragged this out of her attic and put it in my booth, but unfortunately nobody appreciates the pretty lighthouse scene I guess.

I wanted to do something different with it that might appeal to more buyers, and I did not have the heart to paint over her beautiful work so…

I covered it with fabric! I’m including a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use. Read my full disclosure here.

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

That’s the headboard bench I shared yesterday in the background! I love them together.

I purchased this fabric at Hancock Fabrics from the bolted decorator fabric section.

I used Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper to transfer this Paris image. (Origin unknown, probably The Graphic’s Fairy)

Paris graphic transferred with Lesley Riley's Transfer Artist Paper

If you’ve been following me for a while, this isn’t the first time you’ve seen this graphic or this TAP used. You can see how I used it here also as well as how it works:

Mini Dropcloth Rosette Stool

Mini Drop Cloth Rosette Stool Makeover

Black graphics transfer best in my experience.

It gives this little table a whole new feel:
French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

I didn’t want to make the top too busy since part of it will probably be covered by décor pieces.

I also sanded the edges to bring out the pretty details.

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

I added a piece of cotton lace to the inside edge to add a little detail:

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

It also hides where the fabric didn’t come completely to the edge.

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

If you ever wanted a break from the French feel, just change the fabric or…

cover it up!

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

I don’t know about you, but I am loving the new feel of this sweet little table!

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

And I’m glad I could change it up without destroying what my Mom created. That will be a fun surprise for someone to uncover some day!

If you’re looking for more awesome DIY projects, these talented blogging friends…


… are sharing their own awesome projects at the links below:

If you missed any posts in this fun March Madness series, you can catch up here:

March Madness Week #1 of 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers!

1. Today is a Good Day

2. Fancy Chalkboards

3. Flea Market Swap: Fabric Covered Basket

4. Lamp to Memo Chalkboard

5. Sewing Cabinet Side Table

6. Stool Revived

7. Cigar Box Upcycle

March Madness Week #2 of 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers!

1. Headboard to Organizer

2. Weathered Grey Caddy

3. Faux-Drawer Tray

4. French Linen Server

5. Three French Trays

6. Rosette Picture Frame

7. Planter Box from a Thrift Store Throw-Away

Here are a couple of projects you might have missed this week:


Basket Upcycle



Paris, Table for Two



Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench

Tomorrow I’ll share what I did with the fabric I had left over from this table and these thrift store finds:

UPDATE: No need to wait, see it HERE now!



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  1. This is beautiful Christy. I don’t think I would have had the heart to paint over something my Mum did either, I like your compromise though, it haut looks stunning!

  2. Wow! You go girl! That is awesome. I love that fabric and pretty much everything about this table. That touch of was the perfect touch!

  3. Christy, I love your table. The fabric really adds a lovely texture to the table top. Beautifully done!!
    I’m loving all these amazing projects on #BestofDIY

  4. You should write the history on the bottom of the table. That would be another sweet surprise to discover. I’m not sure how to spell it, but don’t they call that provenance?

  5. How pretty your table is – what a great idea to cover but keep your Mom’s artwork. It’ll sell, if it hasn’t already.

    • Thank you, Miss Marie! I sat looking at this for a while because I didn’t want to paint over it, so this was a perfect solution. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  6. I am so glad that you didn’t cover you mom’s art work. Please tell her that she is so very talented! I love the new look you gave the piece and especially love how you edged the fabric in lace.

    • Thanks so much, Paula! I’m thinking the folks that are shopping my booth just weren’t looking for that style/theme. If only I could have snuck it into someone else’s booth with a similar style! It will be a nice surprise for someone to uncover one day. 🙂

  7. I love the painting on it and would have bought it if I lived closer!!!!! I am surprised no one else bought it.

  8. Debbie K. says

    Beautiful, so very elegant and you were able to save the artwork below. Love the little detail of lace!

  9. Oh my! You are pretty incredible Christy. Your French table looks amazing. I would have nevr thought about covering a table with fabric. You make it look so easy.
    Thanks for sharing at the BEST of DIY.
    Have a beautiful weekend.

  10. Beautiful, beautiful!!! I love your coffee table makeover! I have that transfer paper but have not used it yet. Gotta get it out and make something! You projects are always wonderful and inspiring!

  11. So beautiful! I like that you left your mom’s artwork – I couldn’t have painted over that either.

  12. You room looks so lovely! I’d like to invite you to share your post at my Friday Favorites party!

  13. Your mother is very talented! I see where you got your creativity and talent. I love all of your projects! I need to try TAP.

  14. Christy, this table turned out so beautiful and using the fabric to cover and not paint over your mom’s art was a great idea. LOVE it. have a great weekend, Lisa

  15. That is a beautiful makeover! I love it!

  16. Beautiful transformation and so easy to do…..Love it <3

  17. Beautiful beach scene your Mom painted Christy! I wouldn’t have been able to paint over that either. I love what you did do instead…it’s looks great! Very pretty and I’m sure will sell fast!

    • I felt so bad that it had sat there so long. I think people coming into my booth just weren’t on the lookout for a piece like that. Glad I was able to save it beneath the fabric!

  18. Christie, I couldn’t love a makeover more than this one! So pretty and so charming xo

  19. Marianne@Songbirdblog says

    What a wonderful makeover. Just perfection, love all the details.

  20. MUCH better now!!


  21. This is soooo pretty! I love the glass on top and how the fabric and trims looks underneath. Great project! Jeanette