how to distress a painted coffee table

How to Distress a Painted Coffee Table

Adding a distressed look to a piece of furniture, like a painted coffee table, can add texture and a rustic charm. Distressing a piece of furniture requires some skill, but with the right technique, supplies and patience, you can have a hand-distressed piece to proudly show off in your home.


  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Damp cloth
  • Dark, flat-finish paint
  • Clear sealer


  1. Clean and sand the table: Clean the existing paint off of the surface of the table. If the existing paint still looks good, you may want to skip this step. Sand any dirt or imperfections off the table, and wipe it clean with a damp cloth.
  2. Paint the table: Use a dark, flat-finish paint to give the distressed look. Dip the brush in the paint and apply it to the entire table. Make sure to use multiple coats of paint and to let it dry completely.
  3. Add the distressed look: Once the paint has dried, use sandpaper to lightly sand the edges and corners of the table to give it a distressed look. Don’t go too heavy, as you don’t want to take too much of the paint off.
  4. Apply a sealer: Once you’ve achieved the desired distressed look, apply a clear sealer to the entire table to protect it. This will help protect the paint from wear and tear and keep it looking great for years to come.

Distressing a painted coffee table is a great way to add character to any room. With the right supplies and a bit of patience, you can create a unique, hand-distressed piece of furniture that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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