I get a lot of questions about how to make white paint look old or aged or antiqued. It’s a popular look. White furniture, especially if the paint is white white, is kind of blah without some kind of special finish.
The small table makeover today has a painted top and I left the original stain on the base or legs as is with just a bit of cleaning. I have a very, very, short video on the antiquing process too.
This is how the table looked when I purchased it. I bought it from an acquaintance who was downsizing her stash of to-do projects. I paid $12 for the table.
I did more work to this table than I needed to but I’ll get into that later in the post.
How To Make White Paint Look Old
The table top was either missing or a mess because Debbie had put a new top on the table before I bought it. The top is just a basic piece of wood painted white.
The spindle legs and feet were missing a bit of the original stained finish but I decided to work with that instead of painting. The table was too pretty to change it completely.
I decided to paint the original table top apron along with the new top.
Paint The Table White
The Just Duckie color from Miss Lillian’s No-Wax Chock Paint I’m addicted to was my choice for the table top. But after painting the top blue (Just Duckie) I decided white was a better contrast to the base of the table.
See, I could have left the top as it was and moved on to the next step. I went through 2 paint steps I didn’t need to do.
Distress The Paint
Next I distressed the white paint just a bit using my favorite flexible sandpaper.
Make The White Paint Look Old
To age the white paint I used Caromal Colours Toner. This is one of my favorite DIY products. The process to make any paint color look old is as simple as brushing the toner onto the paint and then wiping it off with a damp rag until you get the desired effect. Easy as pie.
You can see how I use the toner in the video tutorial. And just to be clear, you can use the toner on any color paint, not just white. I have a great project here where I used toner on black paint….5 Steps To Antique Painted Furniture.
At one time I sold the toner on Etsy but had to let that go to concentrate on projects . You can buy the toner at Caromal Colours here .
Refresh The Stained Table Base
For the base I just did a quick cleaning with Simple Green and then I freshened the finish with Howard’s Feed n Wax.
The table top turned out great and I’m glad I didn’t paint the base. It’s not perfect but that’s okay…..because the table is old and the little imperfections add character.
I’m taking the table to my booth and the price is really cheap.
I took photos of the table in the orange and turquoise bedroom. Be sure and watch the video showing how I used the toner below….
How To Make White Paint Look Old The Easy Way
Find the products used in the makeover on the Petticoat Junktion Amazon page here.
As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy (p.s. leave a note, I read them all)