DIY Weathered Gray Table with Chalk Paint

Hey oh! Have you noticed that I’ve been avoiding this place again? It’s been two weeks since my last post! Ugh!

I don’t know what it is, I guess I’ve just been trying to take it easy, and I haven’t felt like I’ve had anything to share. I certainly haven’t had any DIY projects to share. 

UNTIL NOW! Last weekend I spent my long weekend knocking out some projects yo! And today I want to share this DIY weathered gray table the I made over for our dining room!

Dani the Goldendoodle with the weathered gray dining table
Dani is pretty pumped to share this with you too.

I’ve been on a rampage making changes to our dining room/kitchen nook/tiny room off our kitchen that we call a dining room but only really has enough room for a table and that’s about it. I somehow got it in my head to repaint the room while Justin was gone a few weeks ago, which of course turned into a whole ordeal. I changed it from a dark, gloomy gray to a light, bright blue. Yes, very bright. Possibly a little too bright (shh, don’t tell my husband I said that). But it is happy and pretty and makes the tiny room feel so much more open.

Only now that the room is blue, my bright aqua table had to go… You may remember seeing it when I shared my navy blue hutch cabinet makeover a couple weeks ago.

dark gray dining room navy blue hutch cabinet aqua table chalk paint gray French chairs

It was cute, but too much in a room with blue walls. So instead of buying something new, I decided to give this little thrift store table one last hurrah. 

I wanted something neutral and fresh for this space, so I decided to do a weathered gray top and white legs.

Weathered gray table top with white legs in a blue dining roomI originally bought this from the thrift store for $30, if I remember correctly. It is missing the leaf, which bums me out because if were oval instead of round, the chairs would all tuck in nicely. But on the plus side, it is round and tiny and doesn’t take up much space in this room. So the chairs get to just awkwardly sit around the table slightly tucked in and look pretty. Isn’t it adorable?

I love the light weathered gray top and how light and breezy it feels. I feel like I’ve been using that word a lot lately to describe my projects. Like my DIY curtains I made from sheets. I guess I’m just excited for summer and that sweet summer breezy feeling.

Weathered gray table in a blue dining room

Ahh… So without further ado…

DIY weathered gray table with chalk paint - how to gray and white wash furniture with chalk paint

DIY Weathered Gray Table with Chalk Paint – Tutorial

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Prep

When I painted this table the first time around, I painted it with chalk paint and finished it with a few coats of polycrylic on the whole thing. In order to help the paint adhere to the table over top of the poly, I started out by giving the whole table a coat of primer. I just used a bonding/sealing primer that I already had on hand, but I linked to something similar above. Using my angled brush, I applied a light coat over the whole thing.

Once the primer was dry, the next day I went in with the paint!

Paint the legs

For this table, I wanted to go with a weathered gray top and white legs. To achieve the weathered gray look on the table top, I knew I’d need to do multiple coats of a few colors, so I started with that first. However, I’ll start out by describing how to do the legs since that was extremely simple.

I had planned on using my FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint in White Adirondack for the legs. Then I remembered that I still had some Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement leftover from my Laminate Cabinet Makeover. The awesome thing about Fusion is that it requires no top coat! That was a huge plus because painting legs like this with all the little ridges and details is kind of a pain, but waxing them is even worse! If you do use chalk paint, you’ll need to finish them with either poly or a wax finish. I applied three coats of Fusion to finish the legs and they turned out nice and crisp and white.

And now moving on to the slightly more complicated part…

Paint the top

Step 1: Base

This table top has a laminate finish, so unfortunately I couldn’t just stain the top and had to paint it instead. To get the weathered gray table top using chalk paint, I started out by painting a base coat of light gray. I used Parisian Grey by FolkArt Home Decor. This is one of my favorite colors because it’s so nice and light and versatile! Simply apply the paint to the top using your brush (I used a 3 inch brush here since it’s a large, flat surface). Don’t forget to get the sides of the table as well. Since the table was primed already, I didn’t worry too much about the coverage because I kind of wanted a little bit of the white to show through underneath. It’s always best to do multiple thin coats rather than one thick coat. This way you can avoid brush marks and other texture for a nice, smooth finish.

Step 2: Gray Wash  

Once that was dry (I let it dry for maybe an hour… probably less) I went in with a color wash. I wanted to give the flat gray a little bit of a weathered wood look as well as warm up the color a bit. To do this, I actually took the leftover gray paint that was already in my container, and added a tiny bit of brown latex paint that I had on hand. You really just need to experiment here. Add a tiny bit of brown paint to mix your custom color and then add a small amount of water and mix. This is your wash. Here, I used about half paint and half water. You want it to be very watery… Since you’re creating your own custom color, test in a small area before doing the whole thing. If you don’t like the color, you can simply paint over it. 

Dip your large brush into the wash and then let some of the excess paint drip off. Paint it onto the table top. Remember, it will be very watery! Do a small section, and then take a piece of paper towel (or a clean, lint-free rag) and wipe it back. This will remove a lot of the paint, leaving just a small amount. Wipe in long, even strokes across the whole table in the direction that you want your weathered wood “grain” to appear. Repeat this process to cover the whole table top. To do the sides of the table, I simply used the same paper towel (already damp with paint) to wipe on the paint, rather than applying with the brush first.

Step 3: White Wash

The final step to getting this weathered gray look is to do one more coat with a white wash. The idea is the same as the gray wash. In a clean container, mix a small amount of white chalk paint with some water until you have the same watery consistency. Be sure to wash your brush in between steps here (but it’s okay if it’s not fully dry, because you’re watering down the paint anyway)!

Following the exact same method as you used for the gray wash, paint on your white wash and then wipe back in long, even strokes with your paper towel. This layering effect will create a weathered, almost driftwood sort of look.

Once your paint has dried, you’re ready to seal it. You can use any polycrylic sealer for the top, but make sure you are using polycrylic and not polyurethane. Polyurethane will yellow over time, while water-based polycrylic will not. You can find it at any home improvement store in the paint section. Apply following the instructions on the can. I would recommend practicing on something first, because it can be a bit tricky to apply and not get any brush marks or streaks. When painting a table or something that needs to withstand a lot of use, food, water, etc., it’s best to go with a poly sealer rather than wax, which is beautiful, but not so durable.

For this table, I used Fusion Tough Coat Matte Wipe On Poly and applied it using a damp rag. I watched the tutorials on their website and applied two coats following their instructions.

And there you have it! An easy and inexpensive update to freshen up the room. I totally love how this space is coming together!

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Weathered gray dining table tutorial using chalk paint



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