How to Add French Flair to a Table

I have seen so many beautiful French inspired pieces with beautiful gilding.

Painted pieces embellished with beautiful trim and carving that has been gilded.

I have a table that I just recently painted white and distressed it.

How to add French flair to a table?

Gild it with Rub ‘n Buff!

Painted and Gilded table-dining room-Housepitality Designs

I had mentioned that I have seen some great inspiration for gilding,

the latest one was Kim’s makeover of her curio cabinet.  It’s a beauty!

I loved the way my pie crust table turned out when I painted it,

but I felt it just needed something.

Table Makeover-Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

I started with the top of the table.

I have  previously used Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold in other projects.

This time I used the Rub ‘n Buff in Gold Leaf.

Painted Table Makeover-Housepitality Designs

I could not stop at just gilding the top of the table.

I had to gild all the carved design areas and more.

Painted table makeover-Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

I am thinking by seeing the side of this table,

that maybe I need to add the gilding to the outer edge of the table too.

Painted Table Makeover-Dining Room-Housepitality Designs

Did you notice something new on the table?

I was strolling through HomeGoods the other day,

searching for some Spring outdoor pillows

and I spotted this small blue and white  Ralph Lauren lamp.

I did not find any pillows, but the lamp came home with me.

Blue and White Lauren Lamp-Housepitality Designs

Painted/Gilded Table-Dining Room-Blue and White-Housepitality Designs

I am still working on my 3rd day of 98 items to “Let Go.”

I must say that so far, it really has been easy,

as I have accumulated so much stuff throughout the years.

I have done another Rub ‘n Buff project and I will present that

along with my 98 things I am letting go in an upcoming post very soon.

I am doing a lot of purging as there is another reason why I am doing this

other than “letting go” …. we want to downsize!!!

Talk about letting go!

We have had this golf course lot for 12 years and it is time to build our

downsized home on it!


It is going to be a slow process, taking our time,

gathering ideas to come up with a great house plan that utilizes every square foot

to its fullest advantage. Looking forward to the journey!

The weather has been glorious here…everything is blooming and beautiful.

And on that note, wishing you a most beautiful day!!!

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  1. The added gilding really brings out the details of the table. Watch out Rub’n Buff is quite addictive. Thanks for the shout out and can’t wait till your building process begins!
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  2. Congratulations, I know your new home will be magnificent – just like your present home. This will be fun journey for you and your husband. Love the table and lamp. Have a great weekend.

  3. The table looks beautiful! I am so looking forward to following you on your downsizing journey!
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  4. Ps, I have almost the same RL lamp and got it from HG also, a few years ago!
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  5. Oh I love that Shirley! I love rub ‘n buff but I’ve primarily used it to touch things up when needed. I like the areas you chose to accent- perfect! How exciting to build a new home!
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  6. I love how the rub ‘n buff brought out the details of the table.
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  7. I often see that Ralph Lauren lamp at Home Goods in different colors. I really like it. I’ve had a table for years that needs painting – I’ve never used Rub N’ Buff – I think it’s time. 🙂 I’d love to see you go through the process of building your new house!! Enjoy your day!

  8. love the piecrust table, Shirley!! Congrats on building a new home!!

  9. Love the little painted table!!! Congratulations on building a new home….I can’t wait to see it!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  10. Congrats on your new endeavor. Look forward to your downsizing ideas to come!

  11. Don’t you love Rub N Buff? The table looks great and the gilding adds so much character. Super topiary too. When we downsized we 20 years worth of stuff to decide to keep, donate and giveaway. Took me 3 times but worth it and now only what I love comes home


  12. Congrats on getting ready to build a new house. I know it will be wonderful and look forward to seeing how you decorate it. Love you design ideas!

  13. Your table looks great, Shirley. We now have a new Homegoods store and I am so excited as they have such great things like your lamp. It will be so much fun designing and building a new home, which you all will be great at!

  14. Susan Smith says

    Good job on the table. How exciting to be building you downsized dream home! I look forward to reading about it.

  15. The table looks good with the building. Beautiful classic lamp find! Can’t wait to see your new home build! Have A Great Weekend with this warm NC weather….

  16. Oops..guilding

  17. Oh Shirley, the table looks amazing, I love it. Like your lot where you are going to build your new home. How fun to design and get everything you want. It’s time for all of us to down size. I could just use a kitchen, bedroom, bath and living room with a patio would be fine with me.

    Have a great weekend.


  18. Well then…hurry up and purge more! You’ve got a great reason! Looking forward to your new adventure…I can build vicariously through you…lol! Enjoy your weekend! 😉

  19. Your table is beautiful with her gold rub and buffed details Shirley…I could see how it would be addicting! Have fun with your planning and purging 🙂
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  20. This is a gorgeous creation Shirley! I love to use gilding and have trouble not getting too carried away! I can’t wait to watch your downsize progress and experience the new house build with you! So exciting! We are wrestling with what to do now, our Birmingham house is 5000 square feet which is way too big for us now, but we still love it and share it with my son and grandsons. We are spending more and more time at the beach in our 2000 square foot house, which is a little smallish for me, not enough storage for stuff! Anyway I will be hoping to learn and get inspirations from you as you tackle this exciting challenge!

  21. carol smith says

    Hi Shirley, I love your blog and your decorating style. We are “downsizing” at the moment too, as we also bought a golf course lot a year ago in Lincolnton NC. We have finished bricking and ready for the electrical and plumbing rough in inspection. My husband is the general contractor. It has been a joyful experience so far and I can’t wait to get it complete so these two 70 yr old seniors can get down to playing instead of working. Can’t wait to see your new place.

  22. Shirley, I love this gold gilding project. I have been using rub ‘n buff for years, isn’t it great for adding detail?!! The lamp looks perfect on your table. I am excited for you that you will be building and downsizing…can’t wait to follow your journey, my friend!
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  23. Loved the french look…
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  24. I love the gold accents on the table and I am so excited to follow along on your homebuilding project! Congratulations!!
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  25. Your table looks great,Shirley.
    I am excited for you to build a new house and learn from you how to downsize. I’m having trouble purging old magazines! I need help!
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