Coffee Table Makeover- Part One

I mentioned in my DIY Ice bucket planter post that our living room was being over taken by the color brown. Brown rug, brown carpet, brown entertainment center, brown chair, & brown coffee table… It was getting bad. So I started operation illimiate brown. Now, of course there will still be some brown, I love neutrals so it’s bound to happen. The one thing I did need to change though was one of the large pieces of furniture. It was either the our DIY entertainment center or the coffee table & I ended up choosing the coffee table. I did ask a while ago on Instagram if I should paint the coffee table & EVERYONE said no, so I’m sure there will be some people who will not agree with me, but it had to happen for my sanity folks! The same week I painted the coffee table, I had also painted our stool in our dining room from Ikea grain sack from miss mustard seed’s paint line & I really liked the color, so I chose to paint our coffee table grain sack as well. & I think I like it. I didn’t take full photos of the table because I am waiting on the new hardware to get delivered, but for now here is a little sneak peek of the newly painted coffee table…

Milk paint coffee table makeover-

Milk paint coffee table makeover-

Milk paint coffee table makeover-


I was a little hesitant of using this color in our living room because I wasn’t sure if the grain sack gray/white color would just look like dirty against the white furniture. But so far so good, I’m actually loving the change. In case you missed it here is the grain sack milk paint on the Ikea stool in our dining room

You can see the full stool makeover {here}. It’s funny, because I feel like the color on the stool & the coffee table are a little different, but they are both perfect for the piece that it’s on if that makes any sense. Milk paint is a crazy thing to work with & requires patience, but the finish is wonderful! If you are wondering, I ordered my milk paint through Refunk My Junk {here}. I will be giving the full coffee table makeover as soon as the hardware comes in, & I can’t wait to show it to you in the full living room space with the updated coffee table…

Milk paint coffee table makeover-
So, what do you think of the table so far? I’m thinking of adding some different baskets below, & of course new hardware, but I’m happy so far. Thank goodness we got rid of some major brown in the living room! Have you used milk paint before? Did you like it? I will give a full review and tutorial later on the milk paint, but I feel like I need to use it a little while longer before I give my honest thoughts to you. Be sure to find me on Instagram & facebook & leave your thoughts below. I hope you are having a great day & that you do something creative today… talk to you later! xx


  1. I actually love the coffee table painted- it looks so great in the space and the grain sack color and finish are perfect! I have been using some MMSMP and adore the finish it has.

  2. I think it turned out wonderful! It flows in your space now.

  3. I LOVE the coffee table painted. It gives it an old, shabby chic look! x

  4. The peek looks great!

  5. Love me some grain sack….table looks great. I rarely listen to people….I’m a rebel like that! :)
    Love your site.

  6. I LOVE it!! Great job on this table!!

  7. Ashley wise says:

    I have the same coffee table and same problem… Brown table, brown chair, brown COUCH brown brown brown! I love the paint job a and totally understand your reasonings! I wanted to ask u where you got those baskets under the table? Love them!

  8. LOVE it! Did you sand before painting? Did you use the bonding agent? How many coats did it take? I am so in love with this look I want to go this route with my cabinets… pls email me!!

    Thanks for the heads up on the Grain Sack colour!!!

  9. Looks great! Love it

  10. Looks great, Liz! I’m so glad you painted! It’s the perfect amount of chippy and the white color is beautiful!

  11. Honey, I think you meant to say “illuminate.” Your blog is wonderful and the coffee table is incredible!!

    • That’s funny…. I thought she meant “eliminate”. Either way, I LOVE the table painted! It’s the perfect color and distressing. Great job as usual!

  12. love white, looks so much better! I would love to do one of the instagram hops with ya one time?! @pillowthought I always look forward to your cute blog post!

  13. Love the color..looks great and can’t wait to see the whole reveal!!

  14. Dona Haggerty says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!!! :) I NEVER listen to anyone! If I want to paint something, I paint it! I am such a rebel… if someone says don’t do something, that makes me want to do it all the much more :)

    I love your coffee table! <3

  15. Turned out beautiful! I really love it!

  16. I love it!
    Your blog is amazing! You are a big inspiration..
    Regars form Spain

  17. Liz, your coffee table looks elegant! I love the old worn look…. (:
    Have you tried using a heat gun after the milk paint dries? The
    heat allows it to crackle beautifully….I painted an antique pie safe
    with a cream colored milk paint, used the heat gun, I was amazed
    with the results!

  18. That looks great! I am looking for a new coffee table… Do you have any more you are working on?

  19. I love the new coffee table look! And MMS Milk Paint is awesome…I used it for the first time a few months ago and fell in love (once I figured out how to mix it properly) ;) I think you made a good decision with painting it!

  20. It looks beautiful and I adore the antique finish!

  21. Now your coffee table looks like it belongs in your living room. Awesome change for that table. The old way was just not your way. Perfect choice of color.

  22. I love how that turned out! Really brightens a space …I`ve never used milk paint but I`m itching to try it!

  23. I love it! You gave it just the right amount of distressing too! XO

  24. Wow your table came out gorgeous! You did a fantastic job :)

  25. Love it!! I always like a little brightness in a room with so much brown. Looks really good with that beautiful rug! Glad you listened to yourself!

  26. I love it! My living room has a lot of brown as well, and I was considering painting my coffee table white. This totally convinced me to go for it! Where is your rug from?

  27. Is tis a newer coffe table it looks different than the previous coffee table I’ve seen! It looks great(:

  28. I love it! Looks so much better!

  29. I love it Liz! So pretty – Grain Sack is my favorite Milk paint color!

  30. Pretty! I love the brown peaking out, it’s a whole new piece now!

  31. Love the milk paint table makeover! I really love your style! I would love to invite you to share this at Modern Cottage Monday at Curate | by Carrie Corson:).

  32. It looks beautiful.
    Good job really..
    I love so much this antique look on furnitures.
    I just want to ask you, did you make sanding before you paint with milk paint. Because i am very lazy to make sanding :)

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