Jackie Enos

How To White Wash A Table

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How To White Wash A Table


How to white wash a table


We have started on our living room makeover. See my Living Room Mood Board post. Part of that makeover is doing a major DIY on our current black entryway table. I decided to paint and white wash our table. Let me show you how to white wash a table. It’s actually fairly easy. DIY projects are something we love. But they do take time, elbow grease and patience. I struggle with that last one.

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Okay this was our existing black entryway table. We have had it since 2011. It still looks great and functions perfectly. Since we will be ordering so many new things for the living room I really wanted to save some money and repurpose this table.


Step 1: remove decor and empty drawers

Step 2: use 80, 150 and 220 grit sandpaper and a sander to remove all the black coating. It was a messier job than I anticipated!!!!

hand sander



After a couple of hours, and looking like a chimney sweep, the table was as sanded as I was going to get it.


Step 3: Prime the table. Since I plan to add stain and white wash the top of the table I decided not to prime or paint it. I used KILZ primer with stain blocker. I used two coats.

Step 4: Paint. I used the same paint as our trim color. One I wanted the table to be bright white and two we have a giant can of this paint so this way I didn’t have to buy new paint. That color is Sherwin Williams Pure White.  I did 2 coats.

Step 5: Stain the top of the table gray. I used this weathered gray stain. It kept pulling brown. So I ended up doing 4-5 coats. I at first used a rag to apply it. I didn’t like that so I used one of these brushes. The goal with the stain and when you get to the white washing is to go with the grain of the wood. I did let it dry between coats of gray. The color is up to you how light or dark you want it to go. Knowing I was going to white wash on top I wanted it be dark enough.

Step 6: Mix 2 parts paint and 1 part water. It was best to work in one long stride from end to end going with the grain. Paint on the white wash, use a cloth and remove some of it. I did the whole table. Then I went back and did it again for a second or third coat. Again it depends on the look you are going for.

Step 7: Once all of that is dry, I used a top coat. I ended up doing one coat on the whole table. But because I will put decor on top I ended up putting 3 coats on top. Hopefully this will help from scratching or peeling. This is the clear top coat.



Here is my reel showing the process on how to white wash a table.

What do you think? Will you try white washing?

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