Something Painted White

Simple Table Makeover You Can Easily Do in Less Than 1 Hour To Transform Your Furniture

Sometimes it’s fun to take a break

from larger home improvement projects to do a simple table makeover that can be finished in a snap. If you follow me over on Instagram @somethingpaintedwhite you already know that I tend to do quite a few larger projects, like my faux brick walls, and my open shelving, so a simple afternoon project is just what I need!

I’ve had this sweet little

entryway/sofa/hall table for several years and it’s been through the gamut of colors.  It even lived in my daughter’s entryway for a while but it’s not really her style so she gave it back to me.  I painted it white and sat it in my dining room with a vintage ladder on top of it as a way to arrange my houseplants in a well-lit area.

Dining room table with entry table sitting at end of room by a window with a ladder on top.

I think since the day

I put it there I have known it was too bright for me and I needed to do something different with it. But, as usual, I get distracted by bigger fish to fry, so to speak.

Until now…

I finally knew

what I wanted to do to it, and the best part is, I knew how simple it would be. GLAZE IT!!!  I love the Rustoleum products and have used the glaze on a few other projects so I know how easy it is to use and how amazing the color is!

The only supplies you need for this simple table makeover are as follows:

Rustoleum Decorative Glaze…or Rustoleum Chalked Aged Glaze (I’m convinced they’re the same thing and have used both)

Sponge Brush

Lint-free rags

Can of Glaze, sponge brush and white rag on top of white table about to be glazed

My table was already painted white

so all I did was clean it up and I was ready to go.  Keep in mind that you can easily use this glaze over other colors but it will make your final color different.  I love the way it looks over white as it gives it a warm raw wood tone.

Once my table was clean and dry

I simply brushed on the glaze with my sponge brush going in one direction so that it would mimic wood grain.

Brushing glaze on to the leg of the table with a sponge brush.

I do a section at a time and when I’m finished applying the glaze to one section, I wait about 5 minutes, and then, using my white lint-free rag I start wiping off the glaze in one direction so that it again, mimics wood grain.  Then I move on to another section and repeat the process. Easy Peasy!

If the color isn’t dark enough

you can wait until it’s dry to the touch and then repeat with a second coat.  But if you don’t wait long enough, your second coat may remove some of the first coat, just beware of that.

According to the label

on the Rustoleum Decorative Glaze (and the Aged Glaze), it needs to dry for 8 hours before sealing. So I typically just let it go overnight as I’ve always got plenty of other things to do while I’m waiting.

Top of the table after the glaze has been applied and then wiped with a rag to mimic wood grain.

The glaze looks a bit like wood grain.

After at least 8 hours

it’s time to seal the glaze.  IT IS NOT A SEALER AND NEEDS PROTECTED.  A protective topcoat such as Rustoleum Chalked Matte Clear topcoat works very well.  I like to keep brands together as they are normally designed to work well with one another.  I have also used my Amy Howard at Home Matte Sealer over this glaze and it works very well.  I’m a huge fan of Amy’s products. 

Amy Howard Home Matte Sealer

front of table showing detail after glazing

simple table makeover, showing glaze in details

Now that this simple table makeover is complete it’s time to get back to the bigger projects.  My next post will be all about how we transformed the wall above our headboard.  Go take a peek at it on Instagram @somethingpaintedwhite.  I’ll wait here!

Well, folks, that’s a wrap!

I hope you’ve found something here that you like and if you’re so inspired to try this simple table makeover yourself please let me know…I’d love to see it!

Happy DIY’ing,




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Hi! I'm Cindy...

….wife, mom, Mimi (aka grandma) and home décor enthusiast.

I love thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and good junk! But I really don’t like spending a lot of money, which you probably figured out by where I like to shop.

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