Sunday, 23 September 2012

Shabby to Chic - Upcycled Vintage Telephone Table



My first instalment of 'Shabby to Chic' which featured a few pieces of upcycled furniture had a positive response with lots of you saying you'd love to see more, so I'm happy to show my latest transformation - an old telephone table. I'm drawn to anything vintage, so when I spotted this on eBay, I knew it would be the perfect hallway piece. After a tense few moments of last minute bidding, I became the proud owner of this telephone table for just £30. 

It was looking a bit worse for wear with worn green velvet fabric and a disintegrating seat, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Although I love upcycling second hand furniture, the one downside is the amount of prep. Washing with sugar soap and/or sanding the wood and then having to prime with an undercoat can take the enjoyment out of the transformation, so I was intrigued when I first heard about the delights of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. No prep required! With this paint, you can simply slap it on without all the fuss. 

After Matt had stripped the studs and old fabric, I gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Old White - a cool, soft white without any yellow or pink undertones - before handing it over to the capable hands of my mum for the rest of its transformation. I thought a neutral palette was best so it could adapt to whatever colour scheme our future hallways may have, so we picked out a cream baroque fabric for an opulent finish and adorned the edges with trim. The seat foam was replaced and for the final touch I used a thin layer of Annie Sloan Clear Wax to protect the paint and give a slight sheen finish to the wood. 

A vintage telephone table wouldn't be complete without a retro style phone, so I treated myself to a Mybelle Chic Deluxe Telephone and the makeover was complete. I love how much brighter and more elegant the telephone table now looks, it still amazes me what a coat of paint and some new fabric can do!

Let me know if you like these posts as I have a few other upcycling projects coming up and some past ones to show you!


43 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! Fantastic job!

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  2. It looks amazing, and so chic & expensive! x

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  3. It looks amazing!!! I got a gorgeous chair in the same style and I am planning to revamp it, so it goes with the rest of my bedroom furniture. xo

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  4. Looks amazing! I wish I could turn my new flat in a vintage chic palace xx

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  5. I love these posts! they always make me want to get my hands messy to create something like this! This looks amazing :) xx

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  6. this looks amazing! what do you search for in ebay to find your vintage pieces? x

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    1. Thank you :) For this one I just searched for telephone table and then filtered the results to show furniture within 20 miles of where I live! x

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  7. This looks stunning! I love it. I love the fabric you chose and I need to try that paint out! I'm running out of space for new pieces, but we've started saving for our next home and I'm already planning things like this. x

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  8. wow I love this ! it looks so expensive and classy now!

    Sarah
    http://takemyscars.blogspot.co.uk/
    x

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  9. This is amazing ! youd bever say that it looked like that before :) Great post

    Beautiful Dreams

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  10. I normally wouldn't even look twice at old brown furniture like this- now I know otherwise! Cannot believe the transformation, what a totally beautiful telephone table. xxx

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  11. Wow it looks so much prettier o:

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  12. I would LOVE to repaint some old furniture and give it a new lease of life but have always been put off by the thought of all the prep! Where can you buy AS paint?

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    1. If you look at the Annie Sloan website they have a list of stockists. There weren't any near me unfortunately so I bought mine off the Annie Sloan website which is pricey as P&P is around £8!

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    2. Hi
      I can't wait to try it. I recently bought a telephone table exactly the Same with pink seat. £55 + £25 postage. You got a bargain price! Thanks for posting. Looks beautiful and expensive.

      Fallon
      SE London

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  13. this is just amazing! well done you, so lovely! xx

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  14. You are an artist! I love it!!

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  15. This is such an amazing transformation,

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  16. Ooh wow, how beautiful. I'm feeling very inspired! X

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  17. Beautiful! I was waiting to see how you'd transform it :-) Do you know where the fabric is from? I spotted a telephone table in a local thrift store last week for £30 and would LOVE something like this, so I may have to go back and get it and attempt to up-do it haha. Looks lovely :-) xx

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    1. Thanks! I bought the fabric from Dunelm. Definitely snap up the telephone table in the charity shop, they often sell for a lot more on eBay, £30 is a bargain! x

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  18. wow, you made this look SO good! i quite love it :D

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  19. This is absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job transforming it, it's beautiful! Can't wait to move to a bigger house and start doing things like these too :) x

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  20. That telephone table is absolutely beautiful :) & i know i would like to see all the other furniture you have refurbished :) as i like to take little tips :)
    xxx

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  21. So gorgeous. I want your house xx

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  22. LOVE how you have transformed this!! Its amazing and looks so pretty now! x

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  23. IN LOVE with this! So beautiful!

    Love, Elise xx
    http://love-elise.com

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  24. Wow, what a transformation!! So impressed!!

    http://hiddentreasure21.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. Wow that looks amazing! I am dying to do that to a few pieces in my room, but I don't know anything about changing fabric

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  26. this is amazing!
    congrats on your work!
    i love it in white!!

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  27. wow! You did such a great job! You made the process seem so easy :) Please post more of your upcycling projects :)

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  28. Looks great! I had one of these in my old flat, no room in our hallway for one now though : ( x

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  29. Wow, I am in awe! How beautiful it looks!
    Would love more posts like this, your first was what attracted me to your blog in the first place.
    Such an inspiration!

    emilythelwell.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. This looks so adorable! I'd love to have a telephone table like this, definitely will have to look out for a similar one :) And I'd also love to see more of these posts, so so pretty ♥ x

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  31. Wow!! You guys did a great great job!! Very beautiful. Unfortunately in USA we don't have such a beautiful piece!

    Annie from NJ

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  32. Previous colour doesn’t suit your interior. You have done a great difference to the telephone table. It is really gorgeous and doesn’t seem like coated with paint.

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  33. OMG! What a transformation!!! I love this so much. You did a great job of turning an old piece of furniture into something stylish and chic! x

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  34. What an amazing find and such a beautiful restoration :) x

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  35. White is my favourite colour and I am looking ahead to whitewash my old furniture.

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  36. That is absolutely beautiful. You have done great job.

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  37. It looks great with the white colour. Nice simple makeover. You are so creative I guess. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Wow! I've never even heard or seen these before but it looks amazing, I now want one! Beautiful job, love the fabric.

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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