Antiquing kitchen table is easy. Here’s a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to transform a basic yard sale table into something amazing.
In other news here at the farm…..
….my mother has discovered emojis.
You know. All the little smiley faces and winking smiley faces and dancing turkeys and grinning pumpkins that you add to your text or e-mail.
And I love my mother.
She raised me.
And just in case you were wondering–she’s always right.
But Nana, it’s time to calm down and remember….
….a little emoji goes a long way.
Today is all about emojis and a simple distressed paint tutorial for furniture.
A long time ago in a land far away back when sponge painting was king I had a faux finish business called “How Great Thou Art.” It was a brief moment of Venetian plaster layered with glaze glory. We painted walls and rooms and kitchen cabinets and added distressed paint to furniture.
Back then people actually remembered that garage sales were not retail spaces in disguise and they would sell things like tables and chairs and picture frames for almost nothing.
I would buy tables for $5.00 and transform them into pieces that looked like a million dollars.
Kitchen tables were my specialty.
Here are my best antiquing kitchen table tips and how to make wood look distressed with paint.
Antiquing Kitchen Table: Distressed Paint Tutorial
Step 1: Start with a table
Thanks, Captain Obvious (insert a winking smiley emoji here).
The thing is—the table totally can make or break the finish. You don’t want a boring table. Look for one with curves and legs that are interesting and edges that you can sand.
A table that could work a runway.
It makes the whole distressing thing so much easier.
Here’s how to create that amazing table. Here’s how to make wood look distressed with paint.
Antiquing Kitchen table tips: Step 2 Prime the table
DO NOT skip this step.
I repeat. Do not think you are clever and a time-saver don’t really need antiquing kitchen table tips and skip this step.
You don’t know what they put on the table before. You don’t know what finish you are starting with.
You want to make sure your paint has a surface it can adhere to. I use brand primer in latex. You can get it at any home improvement store.
Follow the directions and paint a coat on your table.
Step 3: Paint the table
Here’s the table with a layer of SW Mindful Gray.
Nice. Pretty. Simple (insert an emoji heart here).
A little boring. How to make new wood look old the next chapter. Been there seen that.
No worries. We are just getting started.
Antiquing Kitchen Table Tips: Step 4 Drybrush table with white acrylic craft paint
This step is easy, but it takes a little practice.
Pour a little white craft paint into a tray and take a dry brush and lightly dip the edges into the paint. Then blot the excess paint on a paper towel.
Before you paint you want your brush to look just like this.
Kind of dry without a lot of paint.
Then take the brush and lightly drag it across the tabletop in the SAME DIRECTION.
Don’t go all wild and start brushing all over the tabletop in different directions.
That won’t look distressed.
It will just look messy (insert a sad emoji face here).
Drag the dry brush across the edges and on the legs until it looks a little like distressed paint.
You will need to re-dip it in paint and blot it again several times.
No need for perfection.
If you paint too much white you can always go back and dry brush a little gray to even it out.
Step 5: Dry brush burnt umber craft paint
Put a little (and I mean a little…you won’t need much for this step) onto a plate and dip the brush and blot as in step 4.
Then lightly dry brush the burnt umber craft paint.
In the picture above you can see the streaks of burnt umber on the tabletop.
Go lightly with this step.
You are trying to lightly age it…not apply thick foundation as if you were a television star.
Again….if you brush too much burnt umber, just add a layer of gray paint with a dry brush.
You are almost done. This is the last of the antiquing kitchen table tips (insert emoji of hand clapping).
To truly get the look of distressed paint, you want to sand it. Take a piece of 60 grit sandpaper and lightly sand the edges of the piece. Sand anywhere there is a raised edge.
Then take a tack cloth and remove any excess wood dust and seal the entire piece with a coat of acrylic sealer, like Polycrylic.
Just follow the directions on the can and let dry.
Your table is ready for prime time.
PS I just posted a video with another fun paint technique you can see here.