Chalk Paint Coffee Table

As you may know, I am always on the hunt for a good deal.  One day I came across a solid wood coffee table on a bid wars site!  But it was way too orange for my taste.  So I picked up this table for $7.00!  I remember I had a bunch of other pick ups that day, my car was jammed packed!  With my 1 year old in the car at the time too.  The lady probably thought I was crazy. NOTE: my daughter was safe while I transported all goods 😉

sofatable11I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this piece.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  I wanted to mimic the scheme I did on this sofa table.


First things first, I needed to sand off the layers of clear coats and stain on the top.  I started with a rough sand paper, a 60 grit.  This works really fast to break down the layers!  Then I took a 100 grit sand paper to smooth out some of the grooves caused by the rougher sandpaper.  You don’t want to use too light of a sand paper for the final sand because you want to keep the wood grain open to take the stain nicely. chalk-paint-coffee-table-makeover-1



I didn’t need to sand the base at all because I used Chalk Paint!  Which claims, no sanding.  In my opinion, they say no sanding or priming because chalk paint is meant to have an antique look.  Chips, cracks, distressing… so as the piece that you paint gets used and abused, it will add more chips and cracks!  It’s all meant to add to the antique look.

I just gave the base a really good clean with a de-greaser, because the best of paint won’t stick to grease!




From there, I stained the top with MinWax Wood Finish stain in Jacobean.  This is a beautiful colour as you will see.  It’s dark, but still warm.

Make sure you use gloves when applying any oil based stain, it is horrible to get out from under your nails!

I just used a rag with a wipe on wipe off method.  Works like a charm every time!


Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of the 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Chalked paint I applied.  But it was quite simple!  I used a soft bristle brush and applied two coats of Aged Grey.  Always wait the recommended time in between coats.  You want to make sure each coat of paint has the best time to cure properly!  That will make it tougher.


After that, I took a sanding block, 120 grit will work just fine for this project! All you want to do is take the sanding block to the corners and edges.  Remove some of the paint so the stain underneath shows through!  This gives the piece the beautiful antique look.


You always want to apply a coat of wax or clear coat so the furniture piece is protected.  I have two go to products,  either Minwax Furniture wax or Saman Dead Flat Varnish.  For this piece I used the Minwax wax for dark furniture.  It is a brown wax and just adds more character to the antique piece!  I used a rag and applied the wax in circular motions over the entire piece. You can use a brush if you’d like aswell.

VIOLA! From an orange stained coffee table to a rustic antique beauty!


I was super lucky with the hardware.  I picked up 24 of these beauties for $4.00 from one of the many bidding sites that I follow.

Don’t know what a bidding site is?  It’s a like a combination of Craigslist and Ebay, but locally! is one that I frequent quite often.  I also follow quite a few on Facebook!  If you want to try, just search your town, and bidding wars.  If there is one, it should pop up!


Oh I love this piece!  The piece sold within days of be posting it to Craigslist.  The new owner was so excited to bring this piece home!


Thanks again for checking in!  I hope you feel confident to tackle your own project!  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.


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