how to distress a coffee table

How to Distress a Coffee Table

Distressing furniture can be an effective way to give an aged and weathered look. This can give your furniture an antique, vintage charm and rescue tired furniture from the dumps.Distressing a coffee table is a simple, yet rewarding project and all you will need is some basic tools and a little time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sandpaper
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Earplugs


  • Sand the coffee table – Start by sanding the entire surface and edges of your coffee table. Do this with aggressive sandpaper and focus especially on areas that naturally see the most wear and tear. Additionally, you can sand down any existing paint or varnish to give your coffee table an authentic vintage look.
  • Painting – Using the white paint, cover over the distressed areas of the coffee table. Apply the paint in thin even layers and allow to dry thoroughly before applying subsequent coats. Smooth down with a dry brush if necessary.
  • Sand it again – Once the paint is dry, use the coarse-grit sandpaper to distress the coffee table. Rub against the edges and corners, as well as any other areas you’d like to give that aged effect. Do this until you have the desired look.
  • Wax it – Use a wax to seal in the distressed look of your coffee table. Use a lint free cloth to apply the wax and rub in small circles until a thin, even layer has been achieved.

Distressing a coffee table is a fun, easy and rewarding project – with just a few common tools, a little bit of time and some patience. You will be able to transform your coffee table from a scuffed and scratched piece of furniture into an elegant, vintage item.

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