I’m a Sucker for Leggy French Girls.

You know what I want?  I REALLY want Rachel Ashwell or Annie Brahler (or both) to be browsing around the internet and stumble across me and think “This girl seems cool.  I think I’ll ask her if she needs any help in decorating her bedroom.  Then maybe I’ll decorate it for her and put it in one of my books.  And I’ll just do that because I’m awesome”.

What, you don’t think that could happen?  It could happen!  And Jon Bon Jovi COULD have seen me in my tiny black miniskirt while he was flying over my head in 1980-something and decided to marry me.  But since NONE of these things really DID happen, I guess I’ll have to decorate my bedroom myself.

But the problem is, I don’t have the cash.  This is the same pesky problem that always rears it’s ugly head!  I don’t have a lot of dough, but man, I have GREAT taste.  It’s a curse.  But it can also be really FUN.  Because it makes you get creative.  I was scouring my local Salvation Army recently and I about passed out when I spied a pair of these leggy girls.

The turnings and fluting on their legs seemed tre’ French to me.  They’re super well-made, sturdy LANE tables with dovetailing and all the other stuff my husband always tells me makes good furniture (but after “dovetailing” I usually just hear Womp-wah-wah like the adults in the Peanuts cartoons).  I knew with a little elbow grease, I could make them special.  They were marked $50 each.  That’s kinda pricey for me.  Especially for the thrift store.  But I know my thrift stores, and I know if something’s been there a certain amount of time, they have rules that they will mark it down.  Sometimes on really cool pieces, they “forget” to mark them down because they know they are worth the higher price.  They had been in the store over 3 weeks, which shocked me.  So I asked, and I got them discounted to $37.50 each.  Still pricey for a thrifted table, but not really for what they were, so I snapped them up (and remember, these would cost probably triple that or more from the furniture store).

I didn’t have a lot of time to mess around with these tables, so I took a chance and SPRAY PAINTED THEM!  Yes I did!  Then I went over them with an antiquing glaze from the paint section at Lowes.  It was FAST, EASY, and look how awesome it turned out!  I’ve only done one, I still have to do the other.  These will be my nightstands in my future awesome ecclectic French chic bedrrom.  I’m showing it here in my living room because my bedroom looks like a sad college dorm right now.  I am working on it.  When it’s all done, I’ll have a big reveal.  But for now, you get to see it here, next to the sofa.

I LOVE a good before and after.  If you have one, please leave a link to your blog post about it in the comments section!  I want to see it.  Everyone wants to see it!  Maybe I will try to figure out those linky-party things and we can have a show and tell day or something.  If you know how to do that, maybe you can explain it to me!  (Please excuse my iphone photos for this post.  And if you want, come follow me on Instagram.  I’m HollyDoodle3).

10 Responses to I’m a Sucker for Leggy French Girls.

  1. LOVE,LOVE ,LOVE Your leggy table! Your house always looks perfectly gorgeous!

    • Holly says:

      Thank you, Angelina! I move all the messy crap out of the way before I snap the photo. Behind the scenes, it’s total chaos.

  2. Heather A. says:

    Seriously gorgeous!! LOVE it!

  3. Nan says:

    Can I be you when I grow up? I LOVE everything you do, Holly! YOu’ve just got a special touch and YOU can decorate MY bedroom anytime you want! Great find!!!

  4. Kay Heath says:

    Holly! I just LOVE everything about your new Squeeze the Lemons!! Your projects – (that chair is to die for!) – the “mini-views”, just ALL of it!! What a great idea, and I’ve always loved seeing what you’re up to, it’s always something fun, creative, and wonderful!

    • Holly says:

      Thank you so much, Kay! So glad you like it. I hope it will be fun and inspiring and refreshing for all of us!

  5. Michelle says:

    Such a lovely makeover! I love that your spray painted it! Your lamps is so pretty, too, and I’m drooling over that fabulous soft blue frame on the wall there!! Is that one that your husband made you?

    • Holly says:

      Hi Michelle, thank you. Yes, my husband made that awesome frame! I owed him big time. He hates working with that old wonky wood, but he did it anyway. That’s love, I tell ya!

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