DIY Farm Table Using Just One Material~

Farm Tables, Farmhouse Decor, Farm Chic!

Currently trending right now, Farm Tables and Farmhouse Decor are EVERYWHERE!  I recently purchased my new kitchen table from Target in a natural wood, and I turned it into a rustic Farm Table using just one material- PAINT!  This DIY Farm Table is super simple to tackle and create.  You’ll be loving your new farmhouse decor in literally a day. Check out this great How-To video showing how easy it truly is to accomplish.

How to turn your table into a Farm Table…

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The best thing about this technique is that you don’t have to use a natural wood table.  Even if your table is mahogany or dark cherry wood, just by using a good oil-based primer and some paint, you can transform it into a light white or grey washed farm table.  Try this technique out on any table in your home, whether a coffee table, end table, kitchen table, or even a headboard or wood plank wall.  Anything made of wood would look amazing using this process.

To start, simply sand down the entire table and scrape off any rough spots or debris.  Wipe clean and prime the table entirely using a good oil-based paint if your table has a shiny varnish topcoat, or is super dark.  If not, a regular water-based primer will work just fine.

Priming Coat

After that dries, apply your first coat of paint. I like to use 3 different paints, a dark grey, a light grey, and a white or cream, choosing colors that match the decor and colors of your room.  I apply the darkest color first, adding a little water to the paint, which in turn makes it easier to apply and sand when dry.

First Coat

After that coat dries, lightly sand down the table allowing the white primer and original table color to show through here and there.  Start with a 150 grit sandpaper and go down in number if you need to sand off more.


Wipe clean and apply the lighter grey color, again diluting it with a little water.  Apply the same steps after that dries as above.

Second Coat

Second Coat

The last step is to spot-paint with the white or cream colored paint.  This is your last paint to apply so smooth it out as you go and apply where ever you think some light spots should be. You’re going to sand this down as well after it dries to blend it in to the entire table.

Final Coat

Final Sand



Your final step after fully wiping the entire table down of any debris or dust, is to put on a final finishing coat. I prefer Rust-oleum’s Chalked Matte paint or Minwax’s Polycrylic in Satin. Avoid making it too shiny because this is a farm table and we want to keep it as rustic and natural looking as possible.

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DIY Farm Table

Farm Table

Lastly have fun with it! This shouldn’t be stressful AT ALL!  The colors you choose are YOUR CHOICE and should be ones that match the colors of your home or room.  The table shouldn’t look perfect so if you mess up it’s totally fine, just paint over whatever spot(s) you don’t like and sand it again to blend in.  If after you paint your last coat with the white color you feel it’s too light, no problem.  Just go back into either of the grey colors and paint on some darker spots.  Again this your table so make it adhere to your taste.  Fix it however you like before putting the final finishing coat on. And enjoy your new rustic DIY FARM CHIC Farm table!

Before & After Farm TableBefore & After Farm Table

Before & After Farm Table
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12 thoughts on “How to turn your table into a Farm Table

  1. So awesome! We have been thinking of getting a new dining room table, and this would look great! Cute video 😉

  2. Hi!
    I love this table so I decided to try it but in brown colors… mine did not work at all!! Epic fail!! I have a dark brown light brown and a light beige… I sanded down to the wood applied my oil based primer… next step was my dark brown… after it dried I sanded but it didn’t do like yours it left white scratches almost all over it… I continued and put my light brown then sanded and again no blending was happening at all!! Same with the last paint no blending it looked so bad… Not too mention I tried to recover it by sponge painting it which wasn’t too bad until I put on my top coat which was poly arcilac wood finish and now it peeling!!! I don’t know where I went wrong but I definitely messed it up big time! Oil primer water based paint and 150 grit sand paper is what I used.

    1. Did you water down the paints by half? It needs to be watery to spread and sand off easier. You really just need to sand more to get the paint off and make it look chippy. If you do 3 coats of poly it def shouldn’t chip. I’m sorry you had such a hard time with this.

  3. Fantastic and I love the video! Is there a specific list of products? I’m a newbie to the DIY world and have no idea of what I’m doing.

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