Milk Painted & Stained Antique Oval Coffee Table

9 Materials
4 Hours

Antique tables are so unique and deserve refinishing and new life don't you think?

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Step 1 - strip

Using a paint and finish stripper I removed the original glossy shellac finish. Dispose of old finish safely. Clean the entire piece with simple green cleaner and water to remove years of grime.

Step 2 - sand

Then sand the top smooth to bare wood ready to stain. Wipe well with a microfiber cloth.

Step 3 - stain

I chose layers of Fusion Mineral Paint's stain and finishing oil starting with cappuccino, then ebony then 3 coats of natural to give a durable gorgeous grained surface.

Step 4 - Paint

I chose Homestead House milk paint in limestone for the solid wood carved base. Two coats worked beautifully to cover it.

View more milk painted projects I have completed. It is a great paint to work with especially on antique pieces.

Step 5 - sand and wax

To keep the vintage antique vibe it was sanded smooth and distressed. Clear wax wax brushed on then dark wax added to bring out the details even more.


The solid brass feet were polished back to a pretty shine and this girl was ready for many more years.


Th is unique one of a kind table is perfect for a coffee table or entry way table or anywhere you need an added piece of charm and function.

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  • Teresa Teresa on Jun 12, 2021

    Beautiful transformation.

  • Shelby☮️ Shelby☮️ on Jun 13, 2021

    I love what you did to this piece. It looks so elegant.

    May I ask what you did to the trim of the table top? Is that paint or stain?

    Whatever it is, it makes the legs pop even more.

    Do whatever it takes to hang on to older pieces, even if it means making it to YOUR liking. Super job!!

    • Creative Moments Creative Moments on Jun 14, 2021

      thank you so much for your kind words, they mean allot

      the edge was painted the same as the base, it had a sweet rippled detailing that caught the dark wax well too.

      agreed, I love making old pieces "new" in hopes of keeping them around in this world and not tossed, burned or stuffed in an old building :)