French Linen Server (TV Stand)

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Guess what? It’s day #11 of March Madness! Can you believe how fast March is flying by? I’m just glad we’re finally seeing a little Spring weather around here!

How about a furniture makeover today?

At the same estate sale where I found this gorgeous dressing table for $40, I also picked up this unique piece for $35:


It was in the dining room  and the bottom drawer has dividers for flatware, and I believe it had wheels at one time. It’s a server of sorts.

I gave it a makeover in French Linen:

Server/TV Stand in French Linen


Server/TV Stand in French Linen
I thought it would make a fantastic TV/media stand, if you don’t have a ginormous TV.

Vintage server painted in Annie Sloan's French Linen from

I removed the pieces in the drawer that held flatware so it’s one large drawer now. I love this color. It’s French Linen chalk paint by Annie Sloan and the coverage is amazing!

This is one coat. You can see how great the coverage is in this photo:


I dry-brushed white over it to add depth and give it a bit of a wash feel. Then I sanded the raised areas. I love the look of it.

Vintage server painted in Annie Sloan's French Linen from

The pulls are original. I just gave them a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s Blossom White spray paint and then sanded them to age them.

Vintage server painted in Annie Sloan's French Linen from


Vintage server painted in Annie Sloan's French Linen from


This color is such a pretty, soft, and sophisticated neutral and I really love it. It already sold in my booth!

There were a few more pieces of furniture at that sale that I wish I’d  bought. I only had room to take this and the dressing table and I already had this mirror in the back of my SUV. Plus it was almost closing time. I need to convince my hubby I need a van. 🙂

I’ll see ya’ll tomorrow with another makeover…these thrift store trays:


Till then!

UPDATE: Check how I took the ho-hum out of these trays HERE now! 🙂



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  1. ColleenB. ~ Texas says

    I absolutely love that serving cart.
    Oh, my sterling silver tea/coffee service set would look perfect on that.

  2. I love seeing how you repurpose furniture pieces to make them new and fresh. I am enjoying your March Madness redo’s. Very creative! Thanks.

  3. Christina says

    Oh Christy, you knocked it out of the park… AGAIN!!! Honestly, I think I would have walked right past this piece but you saw its potential! Yay! The dry brushed white overtop was inspired. Thanks for taking the time to show how you created this silk purse out of a sow’s ear! :))

  4. That is an interesting piece and can’t beat the prices you’re getting at these estate sales! French Linen is such a pretty color and it looks great with the wash over it. No surprise it already sold. Like you said, it would be perfect for a tv console, with the arms extended it could fit a decent size one. I got van in October and wowsers you can fit a lot of crap in that thang (coming from someone who said they would never own a van)! You won’t regret it if you get one.

    • Wasn’t this a steal?? I walked into this estate sale in it’s final hour and they announced everything was 75% off! That’s why I was bummed I couldn’t fit more in my SUV. I am really thinking a van is in my future!!

  5. French Linen was a great choice for the server–I see why it has already sold! Like your other projects, it is very versatile and would appeal to many different tastes.

  6. Lovely work!

  7. Wow, what a gorgeous piece!

  8. Oh this is a beautiful piece, Christy! Love the sides that fold down! And the color and handles are perfect!!!

  9. I’m crazy in love with this piece! As usual, perfection:) You’re series ahas been so much fun to watch! Keep up the good work:)

  10. I think this piece is more beautiful now than in its original color. Really shows up in the colors you choose.

  11. Okay, this is beautiful, and the perfect amount of distressing for my taste. I’ll take it. 😉


  12. Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous! I have yet to try the chalk paint (I know, i know!) but I love this color so much I think it’s time! Really nice job!
    New to your blog but I just love it!

    • Thanks so much, Maria! Once you know what chalk paint can do, it’s very hard to un-know. You will see old furniture in a whole new way! Thanks for following along, my friend! XO

  13. Ok, that’s it. I have these two little bedside heats that I’ve been working on and they’re just not quite right. I’m going to bite the bullet and buy some French Linen and give it a shot. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Good Morning Christy~
    I have a piece of furniture just like this one. It goes with my dining room set. I was thinking of painting it along with the hutch and table & chairs, but I have never work with chalk paint. I’m a little nervous, but one question I have is – Does this paint remain looking nice or does it chip after time.
    This color is ~ French Linen ?
    I love the softness of the color,
    Thanks so much

    • Hi Rose, This color really is beautiful in person and it is called “French Linen” by Annie Sloan. I have never had a chalk-painted piece chip. The wax finish (also by Annie Sloan) combines with the paint for a long-lasting durable finish. To get comfortable with it, consider painting a smaller test piece first, but I think you will love it!

      • Thanks so much for your help Christy-
        All your pieces are beautiful.

        We are moving in a few months and I will finally have a garage again
        Thought I would take advantage of redoing a few pieces of furniture before I move them into the new home.
        Have a great day

  15. I have an almost exact dining set to yours and have been mulling over whereto begin with redoing it, thanks for the ideas and the hints on getting the varnish off so easily. Love your taste in decor!!!


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