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5 Small White Painted Tables

Today I have 5 small tables painted white and the tutorials for all five! 5 days of painting furniture in one post.

  5 Small White Painted Tables

Small White Painted Tables

A small side table with distressed white paint or antiqued white paint is perfection. Each of these tables are different and the paint technique for each table is different.

Day 1 White Painted Tables

I’m trending white décor. Too bad I would have to change everything in my house to get the look I’m dreaming of. Maybe one piece at a time.

paint project Petticoat Junktion

What a pretty table….right? Except it has a lot of missing veneer on the table top. So I decided on paint. Surprise!! I purchased this table when I went shopping with my friend Beth.

We shop flea markets and junk shops for thrifty finds. No new stuff for us. It’s always fun to have a girls day too. We talked and shopped and talked and shopped.

white table Petticoat Junktion

I used Beyond Paint in Off-White for the finish. Not too white and not too tan. The paint is a three in one product. No priming, sanding, or sealing!

5 Small White Painted Tables

 We gathered the large sea shells on our trip to Kodiak Island to visit our daughter and her family. They look nice on the white paint.

distressed shabby chic white table Petticoat Junktion

I did a little distressing by hand where the veneer was missing on the top. Sometimes it’s easier to distress by hand instead of pulling out the electric sander.

I have more control when sanding by hand. It takes longer but the finished look is worth it.

Shabby Chic Reclaim Beyond Paint Furniture Makeover

 I dry-brushed the leg columns and thought that was a great look but then decided the table looked too choppy so I distressed the feet…..really heavily….so they would match the leg columns.

For the heavy distressing on the feet I used an electric sander. I would call this table shabby chic. Now for the next table.

Day 2 of Small Painted Tables

White Distressed Shabby Chic Furniture Makeover Petticoat Junktion

I love working with white paint. It gives such a clean fresh look to furniture.

chic white table Petticoat Junktion

You could use this magazine table anywhere….even in the bathroom. Maybe you could use it to hold towels!

table before photo Petticoat Junktion

I’ve been using the table in our den and I’m working on freshening the décor in the room. I can’t do a complete makeover on the den but a little paint here and there is an easy update.

I used Beyond Paint Off-White for the paint finish. This paint has the perfect sheen too, not flat and not satin, somewhere in between.

wet cloth furniture distressing technique Petticoat Junktion

I used a wet distress technique so some of the original dark finish would show in the distressed areas.

I took a wet shop cloth…the kind that comes in a can with some kind of cleaning solution on it…and scrubbed the white paint along the edges.

That paint was really hard to remove. It had only been dry for a couple of hours when I started this process. I finally resorted to spraying the table with Simple Green and letting it sit for a few minutes.

It was still hard to remove the paint! I didn’t use a sander or sand by hand because I didn’t want to take the finish down to bare wood. If you want to try this technique I would suggest not letting the paint dry for too long.

Cottage Chic White Magazine Table Petticoat Junktion

I couldn’t showcase Country Living Magazine and not include HGTV Magazine…..or Better Homes and Gardens Magazine!

painted furniture Petticoat Junktion Cottage Chic Table 1

These are my 3 favorites. What about you? What’s your favorite magazine for design inspiration?

Day 3 of Small White Painted Tables

My white furniture project today is extra special…..because I used MMSMP.

MMSMP project in Linen 5 days of white furniture Petticoat Junktion

It’s been a while since I’ve used the milk paint and I forgot how much I love it.


The cedar chest has been serving as our coffee table/toy box in the den. I painted the chest Boxwood a little over a year ago. Now I’m feeling the urge to lighten up the den.

mixing mms milk paint for a project Petticoat Junktion

So Linen it is, an off-white color. I don’t measure anything. I just poured the milk paint powder in the cup until it looked like enough to paint my project.

It was probably about 2/3 cup of powder. Then I added a little water. Not too much at first because it doesn’t take much. I can always add more water if I need to. The paint needs to be stirred for a few minutes to remove all the lumps. I probably had 3/4 to 1 cup of paint.

milk paint project Petticoat Junktion

I was almost finished painting the chest when I tipped over the paint. That’s one bad thing about the light weight plastic cups. They tip over easily. Being a thrifty person I lapped up the paint with my paint brush and painted the top of the chest.


MMS Furniture Wax for Milk Paint Project Petticoat Junktion 2

I applied two coats of paint literally back to back. I would paint a side of the chest then immediately go back to the side I just painted and apply a second coat. Maybe that’s what gave the finish a crackle look. I like it.

I used a paint scraper to remove the chipping paint and I also ran the scrapper along the edges and detailed areas to pull off more paint.

Next I applied a coat of MMSMP Wax and buffed it up after it dried.

chippy mms milk paint in linen project by Petticoat Junktion

You can see little bits of boxwood green peeking through…and also some of the original wood finish.

milk paint furniture project 5 days of white furniture Petticoat Junktion

I’m sorry….it was obviously seashell week too. The seashells bring back fond memories of the years we lived in Florida.

As I mentioned this piece is doing double duty in our den. I hope granddaughter Sofi likes the new look of her toy box.

Day 4 of White Tables

5 Small White Painted Tables

White Painted Table with Antiqued Effect

I like the fact that this table has so many shelf areas and then a small cabinet for hiding the junk.

table project before Petticoat JUnktion

We’ve been using this table in our den. It was purchased at a flea market / antique shop in Nashville many years ago. I was ready for it to be white.

white furniture and toner for antique effect Petticoat Junktion

I painted it with Beyond Paint in off –white and then applied Caromal Colours Toner for an antique or aged effect.

choosing hardware Petticoat Junktion

The knob didn’t make a statement so I went through my stash of old and new knobs and tried several till I was happy with the look.

white antiqued furniture Petticoat Junktion

The glass knob is one of many I purchased at Habitat Restore a couple of years ago. I managed to get several at a very cheap price. This is the last of them but it was perfect for the table.

furniture painted white and antiqued Petticoat Junktion

I didn’t sand this one….just applied toner. For a full tutorial with photos and step by step instructions refer to this post…Tutorial-How To Antique Painted Furniture

antiquing effect on white painted furniture Petticoat Junktion

The antiquing process is really easy and doesn’t take any time at all.

Day 5 of Small White

Today the project is antique white furniture. The is one of my favorite furniture painting techniques.

how to antique white furniture

Table With Antiqued White Paint

The white paint on the table above was toned to give it an aged look.

antique white furniture Petticoat Junktion

The toner gives depth to the painted finish and keeps it from looking plain jane.

table before makeover Petticoat JUnktion

Yet another table from our den. No the den isn’t just a room full of tables…although it would appear that way.

I spray painted this table many years ago. Before I was a real painter (insert Kathy smiley face). Time for a change.

painting furniture Petticoat Junktion

You know….all 4 tables in the 5 days of white furniture were hard to paint. I knew they were going to be….I mean…..look at all those cut out side details.

I started to use my paint sprayer and do them all at once. It would have been quick and easy.

But there’s something about brushing the paint on and just letting your mind wonder. This table got a coat of Beyond Paint off-white also.

Caromal Colours Toner was used to antique the white paint Petticoat Junktion

Then it got toned. I only applied the Caromal Colours Toner to the front legs, top edges, top, and shelf fronts.

white table with antiqued finish Petticoat Junktion

Isn’t it cute! Last day of the white furniture marathon. Did you have a favorite? Was table number one too distressed for you?

Distressed White Chest of Drawers

If you like white distressed furniture you will love this chest of drawers…..

shabby chic white chest of drawers

I have a tutorial showing how I distressed the chest of drawers below…

How To Distress Painted Furniture

You can find the complete tutorial on the white chest of drawers here.

Find more Beyond Paint projects here …15 Reclaim Beyond Paint Furniture Makeovers. Paint reviews and how to  purchase on Amazon…. Reclaim Beyond Paint

small shabby chic tables

5 Small White Painted Tables

Leave a note if you have time. Thanks for spending part of your day with me, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. You did an amazing job with the 5 tables! I’ll be featuring you on this week Happiness Is Homemade 349! Congratulations and have a great weekend!

    Decor Craft Design

  2. I love them all. The magazine is my favorite. Isn’t fun to thrift with a friend? My sister and I love to thrift but we live too far apart. So, we tell each other about our finds and take pics. Love the toy box too. These will look cute anywhere. You’re an inspiration to us.

  3. They are all wonderful! My favorite part of white painted furniture? It doesn’t show dust!

  4. Table 4 is my favorite – love the door & the knob you selected! But all the tables look great. Thanks for the tutorials & inspiration!

  5. I like the Table itself of Number 1, But, Number 5 was my Painting Favorite.
    Does thàt make sense? Lol
    So many things that y’all do that I love.
    Thanks a lot!
    Sandi Hodge

  6. I love the idea of the top being natural! That look is so popular now and I absolutely love that table it’s the one that sits beside my seat in the living room.

  7. I love the details & variety of styles of your white tables!! They all look reborn. This is an inspiration for me to paint a piece I have had for years. I hope get from ugly to beautiful.

  8. I have the same table as number 5! It was my Grandpa’s table and it sat next to his chair with a radio on it. I also painted mine white, but left the table top the natural color. All of your tables are the cutest!

  9. Kathy
    I love your work, we think so much alike, yours is my favourite site. I wish I had more access to pieces to work on.
    Thanks for the inspiration

  10. My goodness, I loved all of these tables, the last one especially. You have been busy painting for sure. Thanks so much. You always inspire me. Stay safe and well.

  11. Oh Kathy! So funny! I have a side table that goes with table #3, and a corner wall shelf that goes with #4. All old pieces. And mine are white.? so pretty with their remakes!!

  12. Kathy, love the tables and your projects are always an inspiration. I think today will be a paint day for me. I’ve got lots of smalls just waiting for white paint.