Paris Is Always a Good Idea

I’ve never been to Paris, France but it’s definitely at the top of my bucket list of places to visit, right after England!  You know what they say, Paris is always a good idea! Today I’m sharing a project for Bella Crafts Publishing and they are have been hosting a Paris theme all month long.  I decided to upcycle this dumpster rescue table and give it a Parisian look.

Paris upcycled table for Bella Crafts Publishing created by Carmen Whitehead Designs

When I say “dumpster rescue” I’m not kidding!  I went to take the trash out and there she was waiting for me to rescue her!  She was a little wobbly but, otherwise in great shape.

Paris is always a good idea! created for Bella Crafts Publishing by Upcycled side table


  • DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint Lace and Carbon
  • DecoArt Americana Decor Creme Wax
  • DecoArt Americana Decor Golden Brown Wax
  • Americana Decor Stencils Vintage Keys and Parisian Street


  • Waxing brush
  • Stenciling brush
  • 2″ flat brush
  • painters tape
  • clean, lint free cloth
  1. After wiping the table clean I applied 3 coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Lace.
  2. I then secured the Parisian Street stencil with some painters tape to the table.  I wanted to leave room for the Vintage Keys stencil just below the words.  I used Chalky Finish in Carbon Black with a stenciling brush.  This chalky finish paint dries quickly so this process was easy and brief.

Upcycled Paris Table by Carmen Whitehead Designs for Bella Crafts Publishing

3.  I then applied to the entire painted surface some Americana Decor Creme Wax with the waxing brush.  The paint just soaked this wax right up, but a little goes a long way, so you don’t have to apply a thick coat.  Now you could easily stop here and you would have a wonderful upcycled small table for a living or bedroom.  But, I wanted to give it a more weathered look.

Paris table 3

4.  I applied the Americana Decor Golden Brown wax lightly with the waxing brush.  I worked in sections and then   rubbed any excess wax off with a damp, clean, lint free cloth.  It’s a matter of wax on, wax off (no pun intended!) for this process to get the look you want.

Upcycled Paris Table by Carmen Whitehead Designs for Bella Crafts Publishing

5.  As a final layer, I applied the creme wax to seal the table and protect it.  If you’re going to use a piece outside, I would recommend using a varnish as the final layer.

6.  The Carbon chalky finish paint worked perfectly on the little brass handle.  I also sealed it with the creme wax.

Upcycled Paris Table by Carmen Whitehead Designs for Bella Crafts Publishing

I think it’s the perfect addition to my vintage styled bedroom and is a convenient side table.

Upcycled Paris Table by Carmen Whitehead Designs for Bella Crafts Publishing

The small altered bottle is a project I did a few months ago and you can check it out here.

So, what do you think of my “dumpster” find? The next time you come across an ugly and little bit tattered table or piece of furniture, think of the possibilities and give it another chance.

Thank you friends for visiting with me today and remember to come back soon for more inspirational art and home decor.



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3 thoughts on “Paris Is Always a Good Idea

  1. Keri says:

    Love the makeover you did on this table!! Stencils are the best; I like how a little detail can make something stand out and look even more beautiful!! Great job!!

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