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How to paint a vintage style wooden table

Natalia Kolomiets

Published on September 04 2023

painting wooden table in vintage style


Have you ever admired those vintage style wooden tables that look rustic and full of charm? If you're looking forward to giving your old wooden table an elegant and antique touch, you've come to the right place. In this article, I will guide you through the steps to paint a wooden table in vintage style, transforming your piece of furniture into a unique piece full of character.

Painting a wooden table: step-by-step instructions

Before you begin, make sure you have the following materials on hand:

  • Medium and fine grit sandpaper.
  • Chalk paint in pastel shades or worn colors.
  • Brushes of different sizes.
  • Wax or transparent varnish.
  • Soft cloth.
  • Paper to protect the work area.

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Step by step: Transforming your wood table

Step 1: Preparation

The first step is to make sure your table surface is clean and free of imperfections. Gently sand the wood to remove any old varnish or irregularities.

Step 2: Apply the chalk paint

Select chalk paint in the vintage shades you like best. Apply an even coat of paint over the surface of the table. Don't worry if it doesn't cover completely on the first coat; the weathered look is part of the vintage charm.

Step 3: Create a weathered effect

Once the paint is dry, use fine grit sandpaper to lightly smooth areas where it would normally wear off over time, such as edges and corners. This will give your table that desired aged look.

Step 4: Apply wax or varnish

To protect the paint and give it a durable finish, apply a coat of wax or clear varnish. This will also enhance the colors and add a subtle sheen to your table.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Can I use other types of paint?

Yes, although chalk paint is the most recommended to achieve the vintage style, you can experiment with other types of paint as long as they have a matte finish.

Do I need to be a DIY expert to do this?

Not at all! This process is perfect for beginners. Follow the steps carefully and you will see how easy it is to achieve an amazing result.

Can I paint on an already painted table?

Just be sure to lightly sand the existing surface before applying the new coat of paint.


Paint solid wood tables vintage style is a creative and fun way to give new life to your furniture. With a few simple steps and the right materials, you can transform your table into a unique and charming piece, so don't hesitate to get to work and add that vintage touch you've been looking for!

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