Gray Chalk Painted End Tables

These poor end tables were beaten and bruised when we came across them. The finish was scratched and completely missing in some areas. Now check out this gray chalk painted end tables makeover.

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Thankfully we were able to fix them up quickly with a little bit of Country Chic Paint’s Chalk Paint.

photo of wooden oval tables with a shelf before paint
top of tables with water damage and scratches

Supplies Used for these gray chalk painted end tables

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Because the old finish was really chippy, I grabbed some 220 grit sandpaper and sanded the tops and shelves of each of the tables to smooth out the uneven finish.

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I just wanted to erase and blend the edges of the chippy finish so we would get a smooth finish.

side view of chalk painted gray end tables

Once everything was wiped down with a damp rag and prepared for paint, I painted on this beautiful warm gray paint from Country Chic Paint known as Rocky Mountain. It only took two light coats to get complete coverage!

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**Side note: I did this makeover way back before I knew how important priming is to prevent bleedthrough and to help the paint stick better!

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So even though I skipped the primer in this makeover, I would highly recommend priming these before painting!

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Especially because these end tables are made of Mahogany which is known to cause bleedthrough issues!

gray painted end table with country chic paint

Gray Chalk Painted End Tables

pair of gray painted round end tables

Update any beaten and bruised old furniture with these simple steps. Here's how to recreate these gray chalk painted end tables.


  1. Sand the tops and shelves of the tables to smooth out the uneven finish.
  2. Wipe them down with a damp rag to remove the dust.
  3. Apply 2 coats of paint.
  4. Lightly distress the edges with sandpaper.
  5. Topcoat with waterbased polyurethane.

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gray nightstand makeover with chalk paint

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The edges all received a light distressing with some more 220-grit sandpaper. To give the end tables a little bit more of a sheen, as well as added durability, I sealed them with a poly topcoat.

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The transformation was so quick and painless! It’s amazing what a small amount of paint can do!

before and after of the chalk painted nightstands

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