Free as a Bird

TGIM! Said no one ever…except Eric Thomas. And me! I’m seriously so excited it’s Monday because even though I loved every second of The Home Girls Giveaway last week, I’ve been anxiously waiting to share some more projects with you!

However, before we get into that, I want to take a second to tell you about a friend of mine who just started a blog with three other ladies. It’s called Wirl Mamas. Wirl standing for What It’s Really Like (to be a mama). They’re here to dish about the honest truths behind being a mom and talk about the stories that no one ever tells you. They take a refreshing point of view on motherhood and aren’t afraid to talk about their hardships. Even though I’m not a mama yet, I’m excited to follow along with them and hopefully learn some things before bringing a little one into this world. I’m super excited for them, so go check them out and see what it’s really like 😉

Ok, now onto the goods! I bought this little table at my go-to local antique store for $15 and knew it was perfect. I love doing small tables like this because I’m SUPER impatient and they usually don’t take as long to complete as a dresser or larger piece.


final7 I had a small sample pot of Annie Sloan’s Old White, which I’ve never used before but was super excited because I know it’s one of her best sellers. Before I tackled this guy with paint though, I needed to address the top. There was some wood veneer that was starting to peel off which I originally thought I would just glue back down. The longer I investigated it, the more eager I was to just rip it off. I got my putty knife and started peeling as much of it off as I could. It seemed to be going somewhat easily, minus a few bloody knuckles, but I came to a point when I just couldn’t get anymore off. After doing a few google searches I came across a great technique that worked wonders for me.

remove_veneerAfter you’ve gotten as much of it off as you can with a putty knife, it’s time to bring in the big guns. AKA: an iron. So here’s what you do:

Step 1 :: Dampen your table top with some water. I simply used a cup and just dumped it on.
Step 2 :: Soak a towel in water and place it over your table.
Step 3 :: Place the hot iron on sections of the veneer and let it sit there for about 30 seconds. (repeat as necessary)
Step 4 :: Use your putty knife to remove the loosened veneer.

What happens is the water on the wood and towel soaks into the veneer and loosens the glue underneath it. If you have some stubborn veneer (which I did), just keep repeating these steps until it finally loosens. It might take a couple tries, but it comes off SO easily.

Once that was taken care of, I sanded the top to smooth everything out. Apparently I was getting a bit aggressive with the knife because I had quite a few dings and scratches on my table. I actually really liked the way the stain soaked into them and added an aged look, so I left it as is.

I applied 3 coats of Old White, distressed and then used a custom blend of clear and dark wax I got from a friend. I love how it still deepens the white and really brings out the details, but isn’t as harsh as the dark wax can be when you use it alone.


I wanted to do something fun for the drawer but wasn’t quite sure what that was going to be. I thought about using fabric, but couldn’t find any that I really liked for this piece. Then I thought about burlap. Perfect. I found this gorgeous burlap at Hobby Lobby that had a lace overlay on it. Super pumped I covered the drawer using a staple gun, only to find that since it was so thick, the drawer wouldn’t slide all the way in 😦 womp womp. Maybe I should just stain it? Paint it? I REALLY liked the way the burlap looked with this table and was determined to find a way to use it. I simply turned it over (lace side down) and since it was pre-cut there were none of those annoying loose threads that you get when you cut burlap. I stapled it in place and voila! I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!

Now can we please talk about that amazing little birdie? Hobby Lobby has upped their game folks. They have some incredible new hardware that I was drooling over for a good 30 minutes before picking out this little guy. SO cute.


With some fresh lilacs and a bird for a handle, it only felt appropriate to photograph this table outside 🙂




This lovely little bird table is for sale, so please contact me for more deets if you’re interested!

Are there any places you recommend to find some good drawer pulls? Let me know! I probably need to branch out from Hobby Lobby, but I just can’t resist! Have an amazing week everyone!



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55 thoughts on “Free as a Bird

  1. This is SO cute!!! LOVE that little handle and the burlap overlay! And thanks for sharing how to remove stubborn veneer … I know I’ll be putting that to work for me soon!

  2. OH MY GOSH I love that little bird!!! Super cute! Love the little bit of burlap too! Perfect addition!
    And you are SO lucky to have somewhere to buy furniture for $15!!! There are no thrift shops or antique stores that cheap near me!

    • Isn’t it the cutest?! I love finding unique hardware like that 🙂 I guess I should be grateful for where I live, most antique stores have reasonably priced stuff. Although I know that wasn’t the case when I lived in DC!

  3. Love your table makeover! Using an iron is genius!! I never would have thought of that! I’d love for you to share this at my Motivational Monday Link Party that I just started today! Feel free to share other old or new posts that fit the theme as well!


  4. This table is stunning! Great tutorial on removing the veneer!! Never knew it was that easy!! I love the added elements of burlap and the bird handle. Truly unique and gorgeous! You have such a fun site. Great makeover projects.. great style! I will keep checking it out to keep up to date! Found you today on DIY dreamer!! Have a great day!

    • Aww you are so sweet! Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂 I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog! Just spent a little time on your blog, you have some amazing projects! I’m looking forward to following along. Have a great night!

  5. I am in love with your table, color, burlap on drawer and of course the star of the table, birdie. That was such a great idea putting that on there over the burlap.
    When I put burlap on something I sew edges with a zig zag stitch then that stuff that stops raveling. Can’t think of name of it darn it. Really helps to do both to avoid thread raveling on edges. I use burlap quite often so had to find way to stop that problem.
    I have couple of older end tables out in shed I bought last year to redo. Been waiting til lightning bolt hit me with ideas. Think your table has helped me immensely to decide. The tips on getting veneer off were exceptionally helpful. Thanks for sharing that. Found your post on Hit me with your best shot party. Happy days

    • Aw this just made my morning! I’m so glad you found my post both helpful and inspiring! And thank you for sharing your tips on stopping the raveling with burlap. Great idea.
      I would love to see what you end up doing with your old end tables. Be sure to share when they are finished!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day 🙂

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  9. Great makeover! I love the power of paint, and elbow grease when it comes to removing that veneer. Great tutorial. Thanks for linking up to the Be. YOU. tiful link party. I am going to be featuring you as my fav this week. Come on back this week and Wow us with more! Pinning 🙂

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  11. What did you use over the paint?? Dark wax or light wax?? If so what brand and type. Ie: dark or light wax or a finishing paste. And how did you apply it. Thank you. I love what you have done to the table. I need all the help I can get, I’ve never done this before

    • Hi Mimi! Over the paint I used Annie Sloan’s wax. I used a mixture of both her clear and dark waxes (about half and half). I applied it with one of her wax brushes, wiping it off with a cloth as you go. There are many waxes out there similar to hers, which are cheaper and will have the same affect.

      Let me know if you have any other questions! ❤

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