How To Whitewash A Farmhouse Table In 30 Minutes

I just love the power of paint and how it can absolutely change the entire attitude of a room! Paint comes in all different types and there are enough techniques to write a massive paint encyclopedia on. Maybe there already is one?! Keep reading because I have a $100 Giveaway at the bottom of this post that might help you with this project or for anything! 


I'm basically a simple girl dreamer with simple needs and it only makes sense that my painting techniques are equally uncomplicated. I've tried all varieties of paint and it seems that I always fall back on traditional house paint or craft paint.

pink wine glass

I've worked with all levels of projects and when push comes to shove I go for the straightforward. Our dining table is one that we built several years ago and I shared in an updated TUTORIAL. We scored the base that is from a Pottery Barn farmhouse table at a yard sale a long time back. The top had a lacquered ugly yellow finish that was really thick and the table was too small. Off came the base and we used it to build a new tabletop on. The base and legs were already painted in the creamy white that is still on it, so we didn't do a thing with that. I love the farmhouse look of the top that we built, stained and waxed, but it has been calling my name to lighten up for a long time!

How To Whitewash A Farmhouse Table In 30 Minutes

whitewashing a wood table

Today was a beautiful day and I had a short amount of time with no one around except the dog groomer who had the 3 pups in his van.


whitewash finish on wood

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I can't even bring myself to call this a's that SIMPLE to do. Whitewashing a piece of furniture is not rocket science! I used this paint by RUSTOLEUM and they also have a CHALKED PAINT, but I've never used their brand. It it has good reviews. 

I'll be honest that I'm an old school painter and am not generally a fan of chalky paint, but I AM a fan of MILK PAINT and house paint. 

farmhouse table with whitewash

My favorite house paint is by BENJAMIN MOORE and if I were to use BM paint on furniture it would be my wall paint color WHITE DOVE, since I already have it in the house. I'm pretty excited to be working with Benjamin Moore this weekend as a color consultant at the GRAND OPENING of the ORCHARD SUPPLY HARDWARE in WESTON, FL. Come see me there for a free consult if you are local to South Florida! 

Above (and below) are after shots and here is what I do to get the WHITEWASH finish.

  1. Grab a paintbrush and my favorite white acrylic paint. I would NOT recommend using oil based paint because you'll have to thin it out with mineral spirits or something else toxic and it's not necessary. 
  2. Water down the paint in a small manageable bucket like a used large plastic yogurt container. For this table I mixed about 2/3 paint to 1/3 water. This table had a wax finish that I had hand applied, but I didn't think that it was necessary to sand it off. I've done this before and can usually tell what will stick, but to be on the safe side you certainly can give it a light sanding first. 
  3. Start painting little by little in the direction of the grain of the boards on the FARMHOUSE TABLE. Use the same technique if your tabletop is one solid piece of wood or veneered.
  4. Paint a small area at a time and before the paint dries have a damp rag on hand and wipe the painted finish you just applied down until it looks like a wash. You may have to repeat in some areas if you've wiped off too much. 
french country cottage dining room

Here is the finished table and it really took me maybe 20 minutes to do. I'm going to let it cure for a day or two and then give it another coat of wax with my FAVORITE WAX. I've been using the wax for years and it's the BEST!

I can't wait to set the table for some fun posts to share coming your way soon!

copper bar cart dining room

 Do you have a piece of furniture that you would like to lighten up by whitewashing? Let me know if you have any questions! Subscribe for my FREE SEASONAL DECORATING GUIDE!