Try this easy DIY painted coffee table project for under $100. Making this subtle, but gorgeous change can transform your space.
We purchased our coffee table from an antique store a few years ago. At the time, it was a beautiful distressed gray. It was really great and fit right in with our decor at the time. It’s nothing special, and definitely not my favorite furniture piece in our home. Three, kids and two dogs later, the coffee table had seen better days.
I’d love to buy a really heavy, chunky Pottery Barn style coffee table. I’ve eyed some gorgeous options, but spending $500 on a coffee table isn’t quite in the budget right now.
Repurposing furniture is kind of a part of what we do in our family. It’s such a creative and easy way to give new life to an old piece. Before having kids, this used to be a regular part of our lives. We enjoyed hunting for furniture and then spending hours working on bringing them back to life. We were quite familiar with chalk paint and the advantages it has when working to refinish furniture.
Now that all of our kids are out of baby stages, I was ready to dip my toes back in. I knew that using chalk paint on our coffee table would help make the process an easier one
Choosing the Best Color
Our home is a neutral blend of bohemian farmhouse. We have light neutral walls accented with natural wood elements and anchors of black. Throw in some fun pops of color here and there and that’s my vibe. Originally I thought I was going to go with the same white we painted our cabinets, Amy Howard One-Step Paint Bauhaus Buff.
I felt like it might be a bit too white for something life a coffee table that will get lots of action in our house. I decided to go with a little more off-white color.
I recommend choosing a neutral color that will compliment the colors of your home. Anything natural toned like woods or whites are honestly my favorite go to!
How to Refinish a Painted Coffee Table
For this project, I used Amy Howard One-Step paint. I love this paint because it does not require sanding, dries fast, doesn’t have a strong chemical odor, and allows for perfect distressing. You probably noticed I had an electric hand sander or a sanding block on the list of items to have on hand for the project. This is because I like to do a light sanding prior to painting. I used a heavy grit sandpaper (80 grit) that would work quickly on the coat of gray.
Since I had already started sanding the table, I went ahead and lightly sanded the legs. There was a lot of dust so I took the old wash rag I had and brushed everything down. Since I was in the garage I didn’t think to put something down to catch all the dust. Had I thought it out a little further I probably would have used a few trash bags or a tarp to keep the dust contained in one space.
It took me two weeks to finally get back into project mode and wrap this little project up. This time, I used two sawhorses to mount the table in the air so I could easily get to the feet.
Can you Distress a Painted Table?
Yes, you can distress a painted table! The paint dried quickly after the final touch ups and I was able to take to sanding and distressing areas of the table fairly quickly after painting.
Amy Howard at Home One-Step paint is a great product to use because it allows you to do some distressing easily. It makes it so easy to lightly sand and create a distressed look on any piece of furniture. You could even not distress if the whole farmhouse thing isn’t your style. I decided to lightly sand for a mildly distressed look.
There are lots of approaches and styles to doing this, but mine is easy and simple. I take my sanding block and lightly touch on corners, edges and parts that might stick out farther than others. My goal is to make the painted coffee table table appear to have been used in a space for several years. The corners and edges of things are usually what take the most wear and tear.
How to Seal Your Table
When you have painted something with any chalk, milk, or one step paint, it’s important to seal it to ensure it’s longevity. One advantage of using a chalk paint is that it is easy to distress. But once you have distressed the piece, it’s important to seal the paint. This will protect it from stains, spills, and other hazards that might be caused by small children or dogs.
It was important to me to get a strong and sturdy sealant that would not make the painted coffee table appear to look too shiny. I needed it to hold up well to our family’s daily use. I was leaning towards using a Polyurethane to seal it. But then I found out about the Amy Howard at Home product that seals projects with one step paint. I was a little hesitant that it wouldn’t be as strong to withstand the chaos of our home but I figured I would give it a try and see what happened.
The sealant did not change or tint the color at all. It covered really well and only took one coat to completely seal it. It probably took a total of 30 minutes to dry and was ready to bring into the house. Although, I probably could have brought it in sooner since there was no chemical odor.
Small Updates = Happy Home
I highly recommend making small subtle changes like this one to your spaces. It is the key to creating a home you love to come home to! These changes can be inexpensive and simple like a new coffee table tray or some new throw pillows. The best part is that these changes don’t really have rules. The changes you decide to make in your home are all about what feels good to you.