Coral Coffee Table Using Milk Paint

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Check out my $40 Craig’s List table. I have been looking for a small round coffee table like this for almost a year. But boy was this table worth the wait!

The table was in great shape, but had some scratches on the top. So of course I had to paint it. You can follow my Painted Furniture board on Pinterest HERE.

I just ordered some of Sweet Pickins new milk paint and thought the Salmon (#8 below) would push me out of my normal colour range. The salmon actually scared me a little. Normally I’m a blue kind of person.


Source: Sweet Pickins Furniture

If you’ve never worked with milk paint before, I highly recommend Sweet Pickins paint. It’s inexpensive $14, so if you mess it up it’s not a big deal. And I find it’s much easier to mix, and is more consistent than other brands I’ve worked with.
sweet-pickins-milk-paintTo mix the paint, I use hot water, and shake it like crazy in a mason jar for about 5 minutes. I leave it to sit for about 10 minutes, and then shake like crazy again. Basically it’s a good excuse to sit in front of the t.v. while you shake away.

coral-coffee-tableThe table took three coats of paint, only because the black was so dark. Normally I just do 2 coats when using milk paint.


With milk paint you never know if it’s going to chip and flake off or not. With this table it didn’t at all. But that was ok because I wasn’t looking for a super aged look. If you want that antique look check out my post on How to Get the Look with Painters Tape.

I used my electric sander to just gently take the paint off the edges.

age-painted-furnitureAfter sanding you have to get rid of all that paint dust. Normal people take a dry tacky cloth and wipe down the piece. I never ever have a clean dry sticky cloth, so I break out the leaf blower. Within seconds all that dust is gone.


Next I use a water based Polycrylic to protect the milk paint. You can also brush polycrylic on. But I’m super lazy and if it comes in a spray can that’s the way I’ll do it. Gave the table two coats. And then a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax.


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This is not a sponsored post, I just love to share my favourite products. And Sweet Pickins Milk Paint is a good one.

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  2. This coral table is beautiful. I didn’t know wax could go over poly. Normally I just use one or the other. Why did you put wax over poly, wouldn’t poly be enough? Thanks

  3. omg danielle….you cracked me up with that leaf blower!!! i luv the table and i luv the leaf blower….what an ingenius idea that was….and yes, it really needed to be pink…

  4. Very pretty table! Just wondering why you put two protective products on the table? Wouldn’t one or the other been enough? Thanks

    • The coconut oil isn’t really a protective coat. It just rehydrates the wood. The furniture wax was what I used for protection. But I did do 2 coats of the furniture wax. The table is being used to hold the kids craft supplies so it’s going to get abused.

    • Thanks so much Shanna. I’m surprised my husband even likes the colour. Although I had to tell him it was coral and not use the word pink!

  5. Love the table! Great deal and the color is amazing.. I’ve never worked with milk paint before but it looks like it’s got a great creamy coverage to it. I really want to try it out now :)

  6. Oh wow I love the table! What a steal for 40 and the color is amazing. I’ve never worked with milk paint before but this has seriously got me wanting to try it out :)

    • Thanks Jessica! You totally need to try it. And Sweet Pickins is way more affordable than some of the other brands out there. And I love her bright colors.

  7. Love this unusual color – it’s bright but the lovely finish keeps it from being too overpowering- I’ve never tried milk paint but would love to give it a go! Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Oh I simply L-o-v-e the coral! What a beautiful color choice. I’m kind of a blue girl too so it’s so nice to see the beauty in the different.
    Popping over to say hi from Jen’s Party Palooza and so glad I did. Happily pinning.
    Cheers to you and yours!

  9. Love it Danielle! Is milk paint much like chalk paint, do you know? I haven’t tried it yet… would love to soon though. The salmon/coral colour looks amazing- a nice contrast to blue (I always gravitate to blue as well!). What a pretty shape to that table; great find:)

    • I’ve only used chalk paint once before and I find it more like regular latex paint. But with chalk paint it comes in a powder and you have to mix it with hot water. That part is a bit intimidating at first, just trying to get the right consistency. Plus you kind of have to figure out the right amount to mix up (it only lasts a few days once it’s mixed). And milk paint you never know what it’s going to do. On some wood it will flake right off in spots and other times it doesn’t flake, or crackle at all. So it’s pretty unpredictable. But I think that’s what makes it fun. You’ll have to try it.

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