Grain Stripe Coffee Table

Do you ever have one of those days where you wonder how you make it through the day in one piece?  I seem to be having a week of days like that!  I can't seem to finish a day without a cut, bruise or paint spilled all over me.

The piece I'm sharing today is one of the pieces that caused me all kinds of pain and probably a few scars.  

I bought this piece last summer at an estate sale.  I fell in love with the shape of the legs and the fact it had a shelf underneath.

Here's how it looked before.

It was in pretty good shape, but had a lot of knicks and scratches.  I knew I wanted to give it a nice new look with some paint, so the scratches would be covered up.

I started by painting the whole table in Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Country Grey with a bit of Old White mixed in. 

Here you can see the texture.  I painted one coat lengthwise and one from side to side.

Once this was dry I measured and taped off stripes using Frog Tape™.   When painting stripes I always go over them with a coat of my base color.  It helps make the stripes crisp.  After this was dry, I painted two coats of Chalk Paint™ in Graphite.

Before the Graphite Chalk Paint™ was dry I pulled the tape off and let the table dry. 

 Once everything was dry, I waxed the table with clear wax.  Then I went over the whole table with some sandpaper and distressed the high spots and legs.  

Here it is all done before I brought it in for pretty pictures.

Here's the finished table.

I really love the stripes.  They're not exactly grain sack stripes, but that was my inspiration.  I love how the Country Grey shows through where I distressed the table.

I haven't decided if I'm keeping this table or not.  It matches my family room decor perfectly!  I like having a shelf underneath to hold a basket for the remotes too.  It's going to be a tough decision!

My current table is a vintage steamer trunk and it might be time to change it out!  How about you, what do you have as your coffee table?  Do you have a painted piece or a stained piece of furniture?

I hope you like the table as much as I do!

Thanks for reading and have a great week!



  1. I love it. This is so adorable!!!!

  2. Holy Crap...You are knocking them out of the park Left and RIGHT! This is gorgeous and I would totally keep it!

    1. Thank you!! You're one of my biggest cheerleaders and inspirations!! XOXO

  3. Love it!! I'm just starting to experiment with Chalk paint, so I love your blog and the great pieces you work on! I'm currently on an AQUA phase, I can't seem to get enough- especially with the dark wax. Thanks for the tips about stripes and painting an extra base coat and removing before it's totally dry. :)

  4. Gorgeous piece!! Love the colors you used and the distressed look. The stripes are a perfect touch. I would totally be keeping this for myself! :-) I have yet to paint any furniture with chalk paint, but seeing all of your projects makes me want to take the plunge!