How To Paint A Coffee Table To Look Vintage – 8 Amazing And Successful Steps

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If you’re looking for a new coffee table, but don’t want to spend the money, why not try painting it? This is an affordable way of getting a new look without having to buy anything. This blog will give you some tips on how to paint a coffee table to look vintage!

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Materials to paint your coffee table to look vintage

Do you want to make your coffee table look vintage? Here are some materials that will do just the trick. The easiest way is with paint, but you can also use a stencil or fabric for another great effect!

  • A coffee table
  • Paint: Pick one of our favorite colors and give it an uneven coat on all four sides of the tabletop
  • Stencils: There’s nothing simpler than placing them in different patterns around the edge of your surface than painting over the top
  • Fabric Paint: Slightly messy, this idea could easily be applied by tracing shapes onto paper first before dipping into pots full of color
  • Clean rag
  • Sandpaper
  • Brown shoe polish

How to paint a coffee table to look vintage?

A vintage coffee table is a great way to add decoration and nostalgia to any interior space. You can give an existing or new one the look of a vintage antique for less than half the price, with just some sandpaper and paint!

Step 1: Remove any hardware from your wooden coffee table using a screwdriver. If your table has drawers, remove them and place the screws in an envelope for safekeeping.

Step 2: Cleaning the coffee table is a very important household chore. You might want to use some mineral spirits for all of your daily cleaning tasks because it’s so safe for your family and pets! A clean living space can increase productivity, make you more presentable in front of the company, or help get rid of unwanted odors.

Step 3: It can be a pain to sand the surface of your coffee table ahead of time. You have two options: either use an electric palm sander or do it by hand with 150-grit sandpaper. Sanding beforehand will allow you to paint or stain without any issues down the line!

Step 4: Distress your coffee table by creating dings, dents, and scratches to give it a more aged appearance. Give the wood an older look by hitting it with a bag filled with screws or using small hammer blows. If you have any drawers in your piece of furniture make sure to include them as well!

Step 5: Apply your wood stain to the coffee table top using a clean rag. As you rub, it will collect in any dings and dents for an attractive accentuation of detail. Use a dry cloth to wipe off the wet stain or apply more for darker coloration desired

Step 6: Enhancing your coffee table with a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to make it look like you just bought the set. Painting all four legs, the skirt, and drawer fronts white will give them that new furniture shine!

Step 7: Rub brown shoe polish randomly over the white-painted legs, drawer fronts, and apron; especially in the crevices and around the edges and corners of all items.

Step 8: Apply a clear polyurethane coating to protect your coffee table surfaces. Apply it using either a large or small paintbrush depending on the area you want to be covered and how much time is needed for that specific section.


How do you distress a coffee table?

Allow your fully-painted table to dry. You can leave your table on the patio to dry overnight. Once your paint is completely dry, using a steel wool pad and/or sandpaper, rub briskly at surfaces you want distressed. I went for corners in particular because, in a natural distressed piece, corners usually get nicked the most.

What kind of paint do I use to paint a coffee table?

For furniture, it’s best to use a satin or semigloss finish in either a latex or an oil-based paint. Never leave primer unpainted. If you choose latex paint, a latex primer is an excellent choice for most uses. It goes on easily and blocks most stains, but it doesn’t have the odor of an oil-based primer.


Those are 8 steps to paint your coffee table to look vintage. Creativity should be a priority when making something unique for yourself or someone else as a gift.

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