White Washed Sofa Table

Hello amazing friends! I have a brand new makeover to share today! 😀

Jack had decided that he wanted to pick out a piece of furniture to work on to make a little money, so we stopped by the thrift store closest to my house a few days ago and all furniture was 50% off. That never happens, but they were overstocked so it was our lucky day.

The first piece with potential I spied was this sofa table:

Jack wasn’t interested in it, so I nabbed it for myself. It was marked $34, so we got it for $17, not too bad considering it is solid wood and was in great shape aside from a serious scratch on the top. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.

When I was deciding what I wanted to do with this table, I kept thinking about this child’s desk makeover, and how I loved how the top of it turned out. So, I decided to do the same for this sofa table, and white wash the top:

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I love the breezy coastal feel this treatment gave this table.


And it was simple to do! I started by sanding the top down to the bare wood with my rotary sander:

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After removing all the dust, I pulled out this packet of driftwood stain that was in a goodie bag from one of the blogging conferences I attended. (You can find it HERE.)

Driftwood stain

I used half of it when I did the child’s desk. It lasts for three months, but that meant it had expired in February…oopsie. So I mixed the other half, vowing I would not let the remainder go to waste this time. (Just mix the powder with water.)

I applied it to the table top with an old rag and it turned this awful shade of gray:

I expected that however since I’d been down this road before. When it happened to the desk I used it on, I did not like it at all either and so I had to come up with a plan B.

I brushed on white latex paint that I had watered down just a tiny bit, then quickly wiped it off with a clean cloth, making sure to go all the way across with the grain of the wood. Then I went back with a new rag dipped in water and diluted the white-washed look further until it was blended just how I wanted it.

I love the results.

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I sealed the top with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

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The legs are painted in Behr’s Ultra Pure White made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe with video HERE.)

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It was hard to get a head-on shot since my big ole island was in the way. This is the best I could do…

See that Beach Rentals sign in the background HERE.

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I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing another new makeover that Jack and I teamed up on, this French Provincial bedside table:

Hope ya’ll have  a great weekend!

UPDATE: See what this bedside table looks like now HERE!



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  1. Candy Walsh says

    I love the finish on the top! The whole table is beautiful!

  2. Sherry Schillaci says

    I love it!! It looks great in your house…must be tempting to keep it. 🙂

  3. Mary Kaiser says

    I love how that turned out. So are you keeping it? It goes perfect in your home where you have it. Looking forward to seeing what you and Jack recreated together.

  4. I love the new look and color top on sofa table.

  5. Love the white washed look. Of course I’m never disappointed even when you take a break (and you deserve it) and show us something from your archive.

  6. Sandra powell says

    Good morning Christy, I love this makeover wow! Great job!!❤️

  7. Marcie Lovett says

    Those Queen Anne tables are everywhere and you got a deal on that one! Now it’s more Queen of the Beach and less Queen of Typical Furniture at the Thrift Shop. The driftwood top is just lovely, Christy. (Even better this time around.) Jack missed out on this one, I think! Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next week.

  8. Hi Christy!
    I really like this table and your staging is always fresh and pretty! I really enjoy your reveals and they always inspire me to get to work! Thanks again for your inspiration! You’re the best!

  9. Kimberly says

    You really have a vision for what furniture wants to be when it grows up! What a difference your paint treatment made. I love the vibe of this piece.

  10. I was wondering Christy, as someone who has gotten into furniture makeovers this year, if you have any advice how to tell if a piece is real wood or not?

    • Good question! You usually can tell by looking at the underside of a piece like a table or in an unfinished area like inside of a dresser after removing a drawer. You should be able to see the grain of the wood, but as you’ll see on Tuesday, it’s not always easy! XO

  11. Julie Briones says

    I LOVE this, Christy! I’m thinking I will do this technique to the tiered side table I’m going to tackle soon. 🙂 (I don’t know if it’s because you are an awesome photographer, but in both cases, I liked the effect of the stain even *before* the whitewashing.)

  12. Debbie in TX says

    I am now picking my jaw up off the floor. Wow! Absolutely stunning transformation. You rocked this one, girl! It is beautiful, simple and elegant all at the same time. Love the colors!

  13. Just love this,your fix on the top turned out beautiful. Waiting to see what Jack fixed up.

  14. Oh, I just love the finish on this sofa table, Christy! So pretty – so coastal. Pinned and shared

  15. Rose Arroyo says

    I love the table but what I love most is how you stage every piece you paint so lovely.

  16. I love the console table! So pretty! And the way you have it styled is lovely!

  17. kimmylouwho says

    nice job! and easy.
    what piece did your son pick out?

    • Thank you! My son picked out a desk. It is very hotel-esque, but we have a plan for it! 🙂

  18. It is lovely and looks nice with your decor.

  19. Christy, I love your table make over, I just bought that exact table at a yard sale, how can I achieve the gray look for the table top without using the mixture that you said you did not like???? I would love for mine to look like that.

    • Thanks, Jeri! I didn’t like it as it was intended to be used, but I LOVED it as a base for white-washing! Any “driftwood” color stain should work though. 🙂

  20. Terri Hughes says

    I love that you can still see the wood grain. I have a table just like this one. I am tired of looking at the dark color of the table, I think I will do the same to mine. Turned out beautiful.

    • Thanks, Terri! I love being able to still see the wood grain as well. I say go for it! XO

  21. Christina in FL says

    Hey Christy, this table is a winner! I like both the driftwood and your additional white wash. 🙂 I have an old sewing cabinet (with one of my vintage sewing machines in it) that this treatment would really perk it up. When I get it out of storage it’s going to see some citri-strip, sanding and a whole new look.
    If you put this table in your booth it is going to go FAST! 🙂
    Have I told you lately how much I adore your minimal distressing? :))) I know your makeovers are a bunch of work yet you make pieces look so joyful. Thank you!!

    • Thank you, Christina!! I love old sewing machine cabinets, even to use as side tables! I’m actually considering keeping this table…we shall see. And thank you again…I think a little distressing goes a long way! XOXO

  22. It turned out lovely! I love the driftwood/white washed top 🙂

  23. I love these tables because they are so elegant. You have made this one so special. I hope you keep it. I wonder why you are able to find these tables so easily. Here in Michigan they are very rare. I go all over looking for them and never find even one.

    • Thank you, Carole! I am really tempted to keep it. This is only the second one I’ve come across. I think they are such versatile pieces that people just don’t get rid of them that often? Have a great weekend! XO

  24. Joan Clanton says

    My sister and I fought over an almost identical table at a garage sale last summer! it was $5! The top was scratched, but after a good sanding, i stained it then waxed the top. The rest of the table was painted navy blue. It’s a perfect addition to our 4 season sun porch that’s primarily white with navy cushions and blue delft accessories accessories. My eight foot dining table (that we made) has a white washed top– great minds think alike. Love your blog!

    • Thank you, Joan! I bet yours looks fabulous, and $5?? What a steal! Yes…love the white washed look! 🙂

  25. The table looks very pretty and very happy in her new home! Love it!

  26. Carrie S. from Oregon says

    Your have such amazing vision for each piece you do! I love your blog and you continually provide such wonderful advice and inspiration, thank you Christy!

    • Aww thank you so much, Carrie! I appreciate your kind words more than you know! XOXO