how to distress paint a coffee table

How to Distress Paint a Coffee Table

Distressing a coffee table is an easy way to give it a rustic and classic appearance. With some inexpensive supplies and a bit of patience, your old coffee table can be transformed into a designer piece!

Materials Needed

  • Paint (choose a color of your choice)
  • Paint Brush
  • Sand Paper or an Electric Sander
  • Cloths or an Old T-Shirt
  • Varnish or Polyurethane, for protection


  1. Start by preparing the surface of the coffee table. Clean and sand the table surface. Make sure to remove any dirt, dust, or debris.
  2. After sanding, wipe off the dust and use a cloth to make sure all the sanding dust is removed from the surface.
  3. Next, paint the coffee table. Apply a coat of your chosen color. Allow the paint to dry. You may need to apply multiple coats of paint, depending on the color of the original wood.
  4. Once the paint is dry, use sandpaper or an electric sander to distress the paint and create a shabby chic look. Make sure to have a variety of vigorously sanded areas and softer areas to create contrast. If desired, you can also cover the coffee table with wood stain.
  5. Finally, it’s time to seal the coffee table. Use a varnish or a polyurethane to protect the coffee table from scratches and damage. Allow the sealant to dry completely before using.

And that’s how to distress paint a coffee table! Following these steps, your old coffee table will look like new, with a shabby chic vibe!

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