Layers of Farmhouse White Ornate Vintage Coffee Table

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6 Hours

Farmhouse white is soo popular right now and I get it. It is a classic look that can go in any color scheme. This ornate vintage coffee table has been made over in shades of farmhouse white. Let's see how.

Scrub your project well

First step is to lightly power sand the top then scrub the entire solid wood coffee table inside and out using a good cleaner like simply green, warm water and a cloth after removing the hardware. This will allow the paint to stick well.

Brush on your first layer of paint

I used a shade of white milk paint called sand for the first layer brushing on two coats.

Paint other layers

Next I painted on a layer of oyster white milk paint, then Rustoleum linen white was dry brushed over the first 3 layers. There are videos to help with this and the waxing stages on my detailed blog tutorial.

Sand, distress and seal paint

Once all the paint layers are dry the entire coffee table was sanded smooth, lightly distressed on the edges and then the rustoluem clear protective coat brushed on.

Add black wax

To bring out the details black wax was brushed on in all the nooks and crannies then the hardware put back on after a good scrubbing to bring back the original shine.

And here is the completed look

And the vintage piece now has a complete new look for many years to come. Are you a fan?

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The coffee table is all fresh but still has the vintage vibe.

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  • Shelby 🐈 Shelby 🐈 on Mar 27, 2020

    Did you already own this coffee table?


    I love the transformation. It looks so good.

    Thanks for sharing this project.

  • Neva Dew Neva Dew on Apr 05, 2020

    Is this table solid wood throughout - even the carving on the doors? I have a similar one from the early 70's that has a lot of that molded plastic that looks like wood. Just curious.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Apr 14, 2020

    Hi was just looking at project and realized I have this coffee table in my house furinture it's was my parents .I was thinking about getting rid of it now have new ideas thank you

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  • Linda Moore Linda Moore on Mar 27, 2022

    Love it!!!

  • Kelly J. Tinney Kelly J. Tinney on Mar 27, 2022

    This is just my idea if I were redoing this table; I’d remove the 6 (3 on each side) smaller side spindles and add very small & low feet on the bottom to lift the table just a tiny bit. And I’d paint the knobs black simply because I think the gold is just a tad overpowering. That’s just me. I’m glad you redid the table and kept it. So many people would throw vintage pieces like this away. The white looks so clean and fresh and gives it a modern look.

    • Creative Moments Creative Moments on Mar 27, 2022

      I always try and save vintage and antique pieces and encourage others and love that we all have different ideas and tastes on design and decor :)