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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  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 11, 2020

    Is that a Mahogany table?

    • Creative Moments Creative Moments on Jun 12, 2020

      I do not know for sure. What are the distinct signs?

    • Leslie Leslie on Jun 12, 2020

      It appear to be a Duncan Phyfe but I could be wrong. You should check underneath for any Makers Mark or papers still adhering to the wood. Also I think you should Google how to tell if it is Mahogany or not and research Duncan Phyfe, his furniture has the brass claw foot. It looks to be Mahogany but, I am not sure. Many beautiful antiques are lost to the "paint over everything" trend that is going on now and I would just like people to research their pieces before doing anything with them. I do understand if the piece is beyond help and needs to be fixed and I have seen beautiful outcomes on Hometalk, but these pieces that have nothing wrong with them I wish were not touched if undamaged. I am not trying to start an argument here. You have every right to do what you want with your piece I am just hoping that people will be a bit more careful before painting older pieces.

    • Debra Debra on Jun 12, 2021

      I was looking to see if the piece and the finish was in bad shape, but it did not seem to be. I love painted furniture, but I, too, would carefully choose what pieces I was painting.

    • N. G. Londonderry N. G. Londonderry on Jun 15, 2021

      The original finish looks like it could be cherry, which is a bit lighter colored than mahogany.


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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 :)