DIY Milk Painted Coffee Table

You know how some of the best restaurants are found in a “hole in the wall?” I think that’s true for a lot of things; even thrift stores. I had been “dying” to try some milk paint, so when I stumbled upon a great furniture piece recently, I knew what my new project would be; creating a DIY Milk painted coffee table.

Milk Painted Coffee Table

It all started when I was on my way to pick my son up from school. I passed this little “hole in the wall” thrift store that I had been eyeing for quite a while now, so  I finally decided it was time to stop.

So glad I did, because I found a great coffee table I could turn from trash to treasure.

I have a rule for myself when I’m thrifting; if I find a piece of furniture i’m interested in it needs to be a solid piece of furniture, no cheap junk. So when I found this piece, which looked terrible on the outside, I knew it had potential because it was so sturdy and heavy.

I immediately ran up to it, looking it all over for a price tag. Nothing. I asked the sales lady very calmly, “do you know how much this is?” she responded, “you know honey, it just came in yesterday. I t looks like it was used as a saw horse because someone has clearly made cut marks. I will give it to you for 5$”

Ahhhh, my insides were screaming with excitement. I said, “sure, I’ll take it.”  I paid, packed her up in the mini, and off we went with my new find.

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These small cut marks are what the sales lady was talking about when she referred to the table as a “saw horse.” Nothing a little wood filler couldn’t fix.

After I cleaner it up,  I lightly sanded the entire piece because it looked like someone had painted and then repainted and repainted. Then I filled in the “holes” as well as I could with wood filler. Then I sanded again…

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This table has really been more of an experiment because I had only planned on doing a little sanding, then a few coats of MILK PAINT and then distressing. But the more I worked, the more ideas I had, and the more work it became.

After I sanded it, I painted it with General Finishes Milk paint old White.

I still wanted to add a little more color.

I added some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Grey to the top and the legs. I decided a “two toned” look might be nice.

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I still wasn’t happy with it and thought I wanted more than just grey, so maybe a faux wood top?

Off to Lowe’s for a thin strip of wood to stain.

I decided to buy BIRCHWOOD because it was very thin, cheap, and Lowe’s was able to cut it to the size I needed to fit the top of the table.

After staining the birchwood, I used wood glue to attach it to the table.

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Then I decided the legs need to match the top.

I used Annie Sloan Dark Wax for the legs so they would match the top better.

After completing all four legs I STILL wasn’t happy because the legs STILL looked different than the top, so off to paint the top with more Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Grey. I then sanded the top to give it a more “distressed” look to match the legs, then completed it with the dark wax.

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Sometimes it takes a little creativity and an open mind, but you really can find great steals at thrift stores.

Lindsey***

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