White Painted Coffee Table
Are you looking to update your living room without breaking the bank? A white painted coffee table with a weathered wood painted top might just do the trick. With a little creativity and some homemade chalk paint, you can transform an old, drab coffee table into a stylish centerpiece that complements your decor.
In this blog post, we’ll take you through our step-by-step process of how we gave our coffee table a much-needed facelift using chalk paint and a weathered wood effect on the top. We promise that by the end of this article, you’ll be inspired to start your own furniture makeover project. So, let’s get started!
This makeover is perfect for the DIY Farmhouse lover and the funny thing is that I didn’t even realize that I was sitting on that much of a gem for MONTHS! Ooops!
Here is what it looked like before.
You know, the usual.
Wrong wood color, knicks, dings, dents and scratches.
Unwanted and donated to a local thrift store.
I originally picked it up for its legs, or feet.
Whatever you want to call them.
I love love love how unique they are!
Of course, it had to pass the test of solid wood, working drawers, and a strong sturdy build too.
Supplies Used for Painted Coffee Table
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. I also may earn from other qualifying purchases with other companies or get free product to review and use. All opinions are my own.
- Krud Kutter
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- General Finishes Stain Blocking Primer
- Behr Latex Paint
- Behr Paint – Suede Gray
- Behr Paint – Black
- Behr Paint – Kindling
- Behr Paint – White
- Calcium Carbonate Powder
- Wagner Double Control
- Waterbased Polyurethane
- Dark Walnut Stain / Brown Glaze
- New Knobs
Check out our top 10 list of the Best Painting Furniture Supplies!
How to Paint a Wood Coffee Table
I started out by prepping it.
You know the drill. Chalk paint calls for “no prep,” but I beg to differ.
Especially when I’m selling these pieces and am looking for a long-lasting finish.
And even if I was keeping it for myself, I would want all of my hard work to last a long time right??
So I de-gunked it with Krud Kutter, wood filled the scratches, lightly sanded it to give the new finish something to hold on to, and then wiped and vacuumed all the dust away.
The usual and the very basics.
Get more details on prepping furniture for paint here!
Do You Have to prime furniture?
I had a sneaky suspicion that this one was going to bleed.
(You know those yellowish spots that won’t go away no matter how much paint you put on them?)
So I used a Stain Blocking Primer to prevent them.
Learn more about bleedthrough and why I always prime to prevent it.
Spraying Chalk Paint
After priming, I sprayed on multiple coats of my homemade chalk paint using Pure White by Behr using my favorite budget-friendly paint sprayer.
Check out the best White Chalk Paint for Furniture here.
Get more white painted furniture ideas here.
OF course, you hear me talking about it ALL THE TIME.
And I should stop, but I won’t.
Because I depend on this thing so much.
I’ve had it for 2 full years and it has been my constant companion.
Update: Read my full review (including how to use the dang thing) on my favorite Wagner paint sprayer here.
Check out the best Wagner paint sprayers for furniture here.
Only giving out on me a bit in the 100+ degree heat during the Arizona summer.
I thought it was done for.
Bought a new one, but held on to the old one just in case.
Well, I was in a pinch one day, pulled the old sprayer back out, and wham.
It still worked its magic. It just needed a rest from 100+ degrees.
Of course, you can brush on the paint with your favorite brush too!
Check out my list of the best paint brush for painting furniture here.
But I prefer the brush-free and faster way.
But once all of the coats of white paint were dry, I distressed it with 220 grit sandpaper to let the wood show through and really make those legs pop.
Learn more Distressing Furniture Techniques here.
Painted Weathered Wood Top
After the base was painted and distressed, I started working on the top.
I’ve used this method so many times and it’s always a showstopper.
Really, it’s a combination of multiple shades of gray (I used Kindling and Suede Grey from Home Depot), white and black all layered together and partially dry brushed but also mixed together at the same time.
You following me still?
Then I wipe on a dark walnut stain or brown glaze coat to blend all the crazy layers together.
And finally I add a layer of whitewash to make it a bit lighter.
Check out how to whitewash wood here.
It’s really a fun method and you can’t go wrong!
Just keep layering until you’re happy.
Here are a few other tutorials that used the same method for you to check out: how I created a weathered finish on chairs and a weathered wood gray finish on farmhouse tables.
After all the layers were done, I distressed the top here and there to let the white primer and layers of paint show through.
How to Seal Chalk Paint Without Wax
I honestly hate wax.
I’ve tried it a few times, and used different brands, but I’ve never been able to get the finish even.
Read more about the pros and cons of using Wax For Chalk Paint here.
Instead I poly everything.
Check out my list of the best polyurethane for furniture here.
I love to use my paint sprayer to spray on the poly because it gives me the perfect finish AND it’s super fast!
Plus poly really is more durable, and I haven’t had this poly yellow on me like most do.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
For the drawer hardware, I upgraded to these simple dark bronze knobs.
Simple but perfect!
Learn more on How to Change Hardware on a Dresser here.
The Shiplap Coffee Table with a Painted Weathered Wood Top
This shiplap coffee table needed this makeover. Here's how to paint your coffee table with a weathered top.
- Prep your furniture for painting by cleaning, filling in scratches, and scuff sanding.
- Apply primer to block bleed through stains.
- Make homemade chalk paint. Mix a few tablespoons of calcium carbonate powder with water, and then mix it into a cup of latex paint.
- Paint the coffee table with 2-3 coats of paint. Once dry, distress with 220 grit sandpaper.
- For the top, brush layers of black, white, and gray paint.
- Wipe on dark stain to blend the colors together.
- Add a layer of whitewash to make it a bit lighter. Keep layering until you're happy with the result.
- Seal everything with waterbased polyurethane.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
There is just something about the farmhouse feel that I still cannot get enough of!
More Coffee table Makeover Ideas
- Black Coffee Table Makeover Idea
- Printmaker’s Farmhouse Industrial Coffee Table
- Blue Chalk Paint Coffee Table
Follow us on YouTube to get more tips for painting furniture.
Or share your project with us on our Facebook Group and be part of our community. See you there!