I bought an old desk with a single ink-stained drawer at an auction several years ago. It has been used as my kitchen table ever since and surrounded by six Spanish leather chairs. The top of the table was in poor condition with a couple of missing knots of wood and bad repairs with wood fillers. I decided I was going to whitewash the table.
I found GraphicFairy's wonderful blog with several images of French ephemera, advertising labels and signs. Since I love the art of floristry, I chose a design of a French florist, Mademoiselle Boileve from an antique invoice. So off I set on updating a neglected table.
To get the sign design off the computer, resized to the size I wanted, I placed my flat screen monitor in my lap and traced the design onto paper. I wanted the word Paris in the design. Châtellerault is not Paris (lol), but I added the word Paris anyways from another graphic at GraphicsFairy. Whatever works!
To distress and age, I sanded off the edges and stained. This was done before the tabletop was sealed.