How to Chalk Paint a Coffee Table

6 Materials
6 Hours

Transform an old coffee table into a beautiful new piece of furniture.

Supplies Needed

Chalk Paint (Annie Sloan is a great chalk paint but you can certainly use other brands)

Chalk Paint Brush

Soft Wax

Wax Brush


Sand Paper

Prep your piece of furniture

First, wipe down your piece with a damp cloth. Make sure it is free from dust and debris.

The great thing about Chalk Paint is that is very forgiving and covers up scratches and dents. So you do not need to sand your furniture before you chalk paint (that will come later).

Add the first coat of paint

Dip just a small amount of paint on your chalk paint brush.

Once Dry Add the Second Coat of Paint

The first coat of paint does not have to be perfect and you can use brush strokes in different directions.

Cover your entire piece of furniture in one coat of paint. Let dry completely.

Then, add the second layer of chalk paint. Again, the brush strokes do not need to go in a particular direction. The paint dries evenly.

Add a layer of Wax

Once your table is completely dry (best to wait one full day), you can add a thin layer of wax to the table. Dip your wax brush in a little bit of wax and brush on to the table. You will notice that a little bit goes a long way!

Add some distressing

Now this step is entirely optional. But if you are looking to give your table a little bit a of a distressed look, you will want to do some sanding.

Use a piece of sanding paper and gently sand corners and different spots on the furniture. Start small and add as much distressing as you would like!

After the sanding process, you are all done! It takes several weeks for the wax to "cure" so be mindful when you put anything on the table. It is best to wait a few weeks!

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  • Jaclyn Musselman
    5 days ago

    If you have sticky gunk you might want to use Goo Gone but the Annie Sloan website does just recommend warm soap and water.

  • Nancy

    This is the idea I needed to update my 90’s bookshelf and coffee table! Love this look.

    • Jaclyn Musselman
      Just now

      Yay good luck!! It is amazing what you can do with some paint. A lot cheaper than buying a new piece of furniture.

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