Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover

Ahna Fulmer
by Ahna Fulmer
2 Days

From drab to fab, check out this before and after side table white chalk paint makeover with a whitewashed tabletop!

This post is sponsored by Dixie Belle Paint, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Watch the full transformation video below!

Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover


I bought this side table years ago when we lived in our second fixer upper, the Colonial Foreclsoure, and I was going to renovate it into a vanity.

I didn’t end up using it as a vanity, and it has been sitting in our hallway upstairs. You can see the mirror I refinished with glow in the dark spray paint that hangs above it HERE.

When I bought the table it was already refinished as you see, and I wanted to lighten and brighten it.

So I got the chance to use my new Dixie Belle Paint products!

My favorite part?!

The amazingly easy white washed look I got on the top with ONE product!

Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover

To Get This Look You Will Need:

Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover

#1. Sand down the top.

Use 100 or 220 grit sandpaper to sand down the top to the natural wood. Wipe off the residual dust from the entire piece with a tack cloth.

Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover

#2. Using the applicator pad, rub in the white wax to the bare top.

Rub the white wax into the exposed wood table top with the applicator pad working with the grain.

After setting for approximately 15 minutes, buff the waxed top with the clean side of the applicator pad.

Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover

#3. Remove the drawers, if able. Remove the hardware to refinish, if desired.

I used Rustoluem’s mirror effect spray to give the hardware a brighter look.

Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover

#4. Paint with 2 coats of Dixie Belle’s All In One Silk Paint.

I used the color “saltwater” for this project. Using the mini-angle brush I carefully painted along the sides of the whitewashed top.

The French Tip brush is perfect for projects like this that have a lot of wood decals with grooves.

I have officially fallen in love with this brush.

An important note about the Silk All In One paint. It is VERY thick and dries quickly. In order to give that fine smooth furniture finish I kept my paint brush slightly damp by spraying it with water using a continuous mis spray bottle.

Another way to do this is to thin the paint with water, but as I had never used this paint before I didn’t want to under or over estimate how much I would need and mix too much of the paint.

I loved how smoothly the paint finished as you can see in the video!

Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover

#5. Seal the piece with a clear, satin shellac if desired for a slight sheen, but this is not necessary.

The silk all in one paint dries with a matte finish.

For this piece, I sprayed it with a clear satin finishing spray. This also makes the furniture easier to wipe down and clean in the future.


Side Table White Chalk Paint Makeover

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  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on Dec 17, 2021

    I wonder what it would have looked like with all of the paint removed?

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  • 34354174 34354174 on Dec 18, 2021

    This looks so much better and thank you for not distressing.

    I believe there is beautiful wood under all that paint, but still love what you did.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Feb 11, 2022

    The 'all white' looks so much cleaner and fresher than the old finish, which looks dirty, and IMO, rather depressing,