If you’ve ever wondered how to paint a table this is the post for you. Easy tips and ideas for this simple painting project.

Painting a table is a great way to transform a thrift store find.

how to paint a table

Yesterday when the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and I woke up my house without stepping in dog poop…..

….I woke up my table, too.

I walked into the front room, picked up an X-Box controller off of it and turned to fluff the pillows.

And I turned back again and stared at it.

It was pretty and simple and classic and minding its own business and a couple of fruit chew wrappers.

But what if I added a little red lipstick?

Or maybe blue. 🙂

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You can kind of catch a glimpse of it here when the room used to be yellow and gray and it was snowing outside.

And it wore a basket.




And now?

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I wish I could tell you I had a plan when I started painting.

I didn’t.

I had something even better.


Painted Table DIY

Yesterday I grabbed some blue acrylic paint and a paint brush….

….and turned on the season finale of Poldark on Masterpiece.

Have you seen it?

It’s amazing.

Poldark is a series set in England at the turn-of-the-century and it’s all about this incredibly handsome nobleman who is only trying to right all the wrongs of the country by opening up a copper mine and marrying his serving girl and raiding the dark, damp jail to rescue his friend who was caught for poaching and standing up for all that is good and right in this world.

All while looking super hot.

How to Paint Furniture

And as I watched the British soldiers come to his home after he just helped his friend escape in his boat from the cave in the rocks and he nonchalantly greeted them at the door and acted like he hadn’t done anything wrong….

….I picked up my paint brush and began to paint.

As he single-handedly saved England….

….I painted swirls.

How to Paint a Table

He saved the survivors from the ship wreck?

I painted vines.

He fed the village with the spoils on the beach?

I painted leaves.

DIY Painted Table

And before I knew it the episode and the season were over, leaving Poldark facing his challenges standing on a mountain top with his beautiful bride as the sea rushed below him….

….and I had finished painting the table.

And I now need another season of Masterpiece.

I hear there’s a new series on its way called Indian Summers and, of course, Downton Abbey is just around the corner.

Time for a little more lipstick. 🙂

How to Paint a Table Top With a Pattern


Materials and Tools:

Before diving into the painting process, gather the necessary materials and tools to make the job smoother. Here’s a basic list to get you started:

  1. Sandpaper (medium and fine grit)
  2. Wood filler (if needed)
  3. Tack cloth or damp cloth
  4. Primer
  5. High-quality paint (latex or chalk paint for furniture)
  6. Paintbrushes or foam rollers
  7. Painter’s tape
  8. Drop cloth or newspaper
  9. Polyurethane or clear sealer (optional for added protection)

Step 1: Preparation

Begin by preparing the table surface. If there are any nicks, scratches, or imperfections, use wood filler to fill in the gaps. Once the filler is dry, sand the table surface with medium-grit sandpaper to create a smooth and even base. Follow up with fine-grit sandpaper to achieve a polished finish. After sanding, wipe the table down with a tack cloth or a damp cloth to remove dust and debris.

Step 2: Prime the Surface

Priming is a crucial step in ensuring the paint adheres well and provides a durable finish. Apply a coat of high-quality primer to the entire table surface. Use a brush or foam roller to ensure even coverage. Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Choose the Right Paint

Selecting the right paint is essential for achieving the desired look and durability. Consider the style and theme of your space when choosing colors. Latex paint is a popular choice for furniture, but chalk paint offers a trendy matte finish with minimal prep work. Ensure the paint is suitable for the material of your table and that it provides the coverage you need.

Step 4: Apply the Paint

Once the primer is dry, it’s time to apply the paint. Use a high-quality brush or foam roller for an even and smooth finish. Apply thin, even coats, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. Multiple thin coats are preferable to one thick coat, as they prevent drips and ensure a more professional result. Be patient and let the paint cure according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Step 5: Add Details (Optional)

If you want to add decorative details or accents, consider using painter’s tape to create clean lines and geometric patterns. This step allows for customization and creativity, making your table a unique piece of furniture.

Step 6: Seal the Deal

For added protection and durability, consider applying a clear sealer or polyurethane finish once the paint has fully cured. This step is especially important for tables that will see heavy use or frequent spills.


Painting a table is a rewarding DIY project that can instantly update the look of your furniture and space. With careful preparation, the right materials, and a steady hand, you can transform a plain table into a personalized and stylish focal point for your home. So, roll up your sleeves, unleash your creativity, and enjoy the process of turning an ordinary table into a work of art.

Painted Table Design

PS  Here’s a fun graphic my friend, Allison Kate Designs put together for the project.

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  1. Image for Terri Terri

    The Poldark Series ranked right up there with "Downton" in my humble opinion!! Loved it ... and yes .... Poldark is hot!!!! lolol..... and ummmm..... table is gorgeous!!! That blue is so ... so beautiful!! Can't wait to see what shade of "Lipstick" is next!! :)

  2. Image for Ann Hightower Ann Hightower

    I am interested in the blue & white drapery fabric. Can you provide the pattern name & manufacturer? Thank you. Ann

    1. Image for Stephanie Ray Brown Stephanie Ray Brown

      Love the table as well as blue curtains! As you know bleed blue for UK! But so Glad blue coming back! Love cobalt blue items and blue willow too!! Great job on your beautiful table and room.

    2. Image for Kellie Kellie

      I have the same question - I LOVE the blue and white drapes. Would you share the manufacturer and name of that fabric?

  3. Image for Mary Mary

    OMG! YOU PAINTED THAT ????? Freehand??? No pattern!! You ROCK! Never would I have the courage to do that!!! Another hidden talent we didn't know you had. It's so beautiful - and so YOU!

  4. Image for Michelle Mortensen Michelle Mortensen

    You are as brave as the nobleman in Poldark! I can't imagine painting a design on a table by myself. It looks fantastic with the drapes. You ROCK! Hugs, Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

  5. Image for Mimi Mimi

    You woman of many talents! You always have the most beautiful, creative projects AND you know about the best books to read and programs to watch. You have it goin' on, girlfriend! I quickly pinned the table on my "Blue & White" Pinterest board and googled Poldark--nope, I'd never heard of it before. Now I can have something to watch as I continue to clean out drawers in my craft room! I justified my marathon run of both seasons of "When Calls the Heart" by cleaning my entire bedroom--closets, drawers, etc. Let's just say watching Mountie Jack made a grueling task much more enjoyable. :-)

  6. Image for Christina Christina

    Painting and Poldark- right up my alley- This is gorgeous! At first glance I didn't realize it was hand painted- your room is perfection with the classic blue and white accents- will be pinning :) I'm completely infatuated with the Poldark series! We don't get the season finale until tomorrow! Can't wait!

  7. Image for Sandra Vigil Sandra Vigil

    Good afternoon, I had not heard of Poldark, but thanks for the info! When my 20-year old daughter was 6 years old, I bought a small wooden table, painted it white and stenciled a blue teapot and cup on the top and on the front of the wooden chairs. Your post brought back such fond memories, so thank you for that.

  8. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Oh My Heavens!! Just think what you could accomplish if you were concentrating!! You could conquer the world or at the very least the Northern Hemisphere! You are a Michelleangelina, a Piccasa, a. . . a. . . well you are . . . even better!! And a day that begins without stepping in dog poop has got to be a fantastic day. You, my friend, are a genius. All you do is let your inner artist go and then WOW!! I humbly bow to you. Big Hugs and have a Great Weekend!!

  9. Image for carol carroll carol carroll

    Wow weeeeee!! You never cease to amaze, I am ready to change mine. Love those drapes, where did they come from, may I ask?

  10. Image for Sue B. Sue B.

    To have you paint such a pretty design "freehand" on your table and to not have used your "known-for red lipstick" is really going outside the box. Just two more reasons to love your blog!

  11. Image for Marijean Marijean

    Ooooooh, I love it ! I have a little round table next to the bed that I want to paint. I think I will give it a shot. Thanks for the inspiration ! Have a lovely day, Marijean

  12. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    That looks really cool. Lots of swirls for sure and leaves. I think it looks great in your room. Oh by the way,,,I love that show as well. On to the next one for sure.

  13. Image for Leona Leona

    OK, for sure I thought you were going to spray that basket blue ! I am so in love with BLUE. This year I am hooked on cobalt blue. You call it lipstick, I call it a little eyeshadow and liner. But for me, once I do one thing, I look for others. Artistic people love change , especially the ones who love to decorate. Problem for me is I would probably never let my kids do anything on it. I would expect nothing less from you.

  14. Image for Patricia Patricia

    Let's see what you can do when "Sherlock" returns next winter to PBS. I'm expecting a masterpiece! Me, I'll be hunched over the TV set eating popcorn...

  15. Image for Emily Emily

    Just gorgeous. This could be really cute in a thrift store child's table and chair set. Even maybe the back of the chair. Now off to find Poldark. I was spelling it wrong!

  16. Image for Melanie Melanie

    Beautiful painting! I saw in earlier comments readers asking about your curtains. can you tell us about those? Thanks!

  17. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    Hi KarriAnne! I would not leave my husband for anyone, but Poldark is soooooo tempting. Oh MY!!!! The series is great, but like all PBS series... too short!!!! LOVE your table it looks just like you. Pretty and happy and whimsical.

  18. Image for Anne B Anne B

    i love it, but i have to be honest..the yellow and grey made my heart sing...where is that beautiful couch now?

  19. Image for Ann weisman Ann weisman

    You have been hiding your talent as a beautiful artist or just not letting us know. What a lovely job you did and what a fun time you had. Don't you just love those impulsive moments of creativity. Thanks for sharing. Your pen pal

  20. Image for Jane Jane

    I have the perfect table for this---YES!! I may watch a Housewives show while I do it. I'm a bit curious about the other half--in modern times, of course. Jane x

  21. Image for Dale D. Dale D.

    Had to wait till this evening to open your latest posting since we have our soon to be 3 yr. Old granddaughter over for a sleepover. Have had a full day of reading books, playing with dolls, pink tutu and ballerina dancing and a afternoon hanging out at our community pool and now displaying a very distinct pattern of sunburn on my shoulders (thought i had done good coverage of sun block but obviously NOT!). With the little one tucked in bed finally, with ice tea at hand, all the windows opened to the night sounds, crickets droning and deer and other critters out wandering about, a bit of quiet time to at last read your blog. I have had a blue n white love affair since childhood so you can imagine my reaction to your very creative design on your table. I don't think I could be so bold to cover an entire table top. Bravo!! As for the hottie, and the series, will have to check it out. Your room is lovely, cozy and yet totally can imagine it with food wrappers and cereal bowls left behind by the kids. So familiar with the morning pick up of last evening's snack attacks, smile. Your home is filled with your heart, with each beautiful photo that is posted, as you generously share your projects and bits of your life, you bring joy...thanks Karianne ♡

  22. Image for Cassie Cassie

    Your title hooked me! I was thinking, "no way she'd give up her red lipstick!". Beautiful makeover, and thank you for sharing your friends link, I just loved visiting her shop!

  23. Image for Susan Susan

    Now, that is just about the sweetest little table I ever did see...I love how it looks against the backdrop of those drop-dead gorgeous drapes, too! You did this all free-hand??? I really don't think it's fair that you were gifted with sooooooooo much talent, KariAnne...how come I didn't get a piece of that pie, huh??? :) I don't watch TV anymore, but this "Poldark" sounds very interesting to me. How hot did you say he was exactly? I may just have to resubscribe to satellite...hehe!

  24. Image for Terry Ellen Terry Ellen

    How in the world did you paint that table freehand? I was sure it was a stencil!!! You're an inspiration, I'm off the find my paint brush,,, that finale of Poldark is worth re-watching! (LOVE the characters, Ross is soooo handsome, and what an amazing transformation of his sweet wife from the first episode, she is so gorgeous,,, even poor Elizabeth has to bow to such beauty!).

  25. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    I have just sadly finished a couple of British series on Netflix. I did not know about Poldark, so now I have a new one to look forward to. Love the painted table and the blue drapes.

  26. Image for Patty Soriano Patty Soriano

    How can you paint a whole table while watching Poldark ? I can't take my eyes off of him! He's the best looking thing since.... well, since my hubby 30 years ago. It must be the long hair because all the hunks have long hair and the actors don't. I mean, Aiden just isn't NEAR as cute !! oh! and the table looks really great, too ! :-)

  27. Image for Erlene Erlene

    Okay, that's totally amazing and I love the new look of the table. Would love if you came and shared this on the Merry Monday Link part tonight at 6pm PST.

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