Coastal End Table Makeover (GF Chalk Style Paint)

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Trying a new one today, General Finishes Chalk Style Paint!

Hey Friends!

It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday!
Love this day, like I’ve said before, one of my favorites of the month.

If you are new here, T2T Tuesday is a day, once a month, when my friends and I share our thrift store (or yard sale, etc) makeovers.
It can be anything from furniture to lamps to bread boxes.
We find it in sad shape and give it a repurpose and/or makeover.

Today I’m sharing this really orange-y oak end table with y’all.

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

I paid $15 dollars for it from Goodwill.
It was in really good shape and was solid.

I thought this might be a good one to try out General Finishes’ new Chalk Style paint on.
Did you know they have a new “chalky” style of paint?
Well, they do.
And I really enjoyed using it.

Now I’ll share how I got it to look like this…




I applied two coats of the General Finishes Chalk Style Paint…..

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint -distressed details #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

It applied like a dream.
I sanded the details just a bit before moving on to the next step.

Once that was dry and sanded, I applied the white glaze.

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint -Winter White Glaze- #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

I wiped it on with an old rag (like t-shirt material).
And I wiped it off with an old rag.
When using glaze you basically wipe on, wipe off.
You want to make sure you get it into the crevices though.

**I will say this “chalk style paint” is not exactly like the usual Chalk Paint that I use quite often (by Annie Sloan).
It’s not as porous as hers.
I certainly would not have been able to apply the glaze directly to the unsealed Chalk Paint brand without it soaking all in and turning white.
However, this paint is not totally nonporous as it did want to grab a bit of the glaze as I applied it.
It’s just not as porous as the other.

Want to know about 26 other chalk style paints?
I’ve got the low down for you right here! >>> 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint For Furniture

I don’t have a lot of photos of those steps as there wasn’t really much to show.
Plus you need to work quickly any time you are using glaze-type products.
Once the glaze was dry, I applied a coat of sealer.

Here’s a photo of how I tackled the top…..

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - polyshades #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

….which I had originally planned to use Polyshades on, as you can see.

But then…I changed gears.
And no, it wasn’t when this picture was shot.
Nope, it was after I had applied the Polyshades to the entire top of the table.
Yep, that’s usually how I roll!!
I stood back and looked at it and said….that is just wrong.

Those table legs, and pretty gray color, were begging for a more coastal look.
And I was going to give it what it wanted!

So I let it sit for a day or two until I could get back to it.
Then outside it went for the fun removal process.
I would have applied a bit of Citristrip to remove the most recent layer but I couldn’t find it in the garage.
(my husband happened to be in the garage tearing it apart as he was “organizing” and cleaning in there, it’s coming along… lol)
So, I just pulled my sander out and got to work.

Want to see some of these projects in “live” time? Hop on over and follow along with me on INSTAGRAM. I’m always sharing in my stories as I’m doing projects, finding new furniture, fun finds….just all the day to day behind the scenes.

After hours and hours….(well, that’s dramatic, but it felt like a really long time )

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - sanded top - #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

….I had a pretty, unfinished natural wood top.
Now, I have to tell you, I hate sanding.
And the time it took me, I could have run up the road to get more Citristrip, come home, used it, and been done in no time.
Oh well, I get stubborn and just want to get “on with the show” sometimes!

So as you can see in the above photo, it’s still quite orange-y when wet. (I had just wiped it down)

I pulled out a plastic cup and made a wet mixture of the white Chalk Paint and water.
I applied that to the tabletop.
When you do this, you can adjust how white you want it by adding more or less of the white paint.

I decided I wanted more, so I added a bit more paint.
This truly has got to be one of the most simple finishes you can do!
Once that was very dry, I sealed it with 3 coats of high-performance topcoat.
I did do a little light sanding in between coats.

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint -before and after - #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

What a difference, right?

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - bef and aft #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

No more orange-y oak.

And wasn’t I right?
It was begging for a more coastal look, don’t you think?

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - COASTAL DECOR - #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

The whitewashed top with the white-glazed gray legs.

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - EASY- #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

Up close…

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - CLOSE UP- #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

Curious about chalk paint?? I wrote an entire post devoted to all the pros and cons of using it, here >>> “Pros and Cons of Chalk Paint For Furniture

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - UP CLOSE - #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint -EASY FINISH- #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

I’d say this definitely went from someone else’s trash to a coastal treasure.

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - WHITEWASH FINISH #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

I love it and am so happy with how it turned out.
I really enjoyed the General Finishes Chalk Style Paint too.
I’ll be using it again. (Actually, I also bought a blue shade so I will be using that one soon!)

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - EASY WHITEWASH #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

By the way, that top book is one of my treasures. It’s from the 1700s!
I feel honored to own it. Sounds silly, I know, but true.
I LOVE old books.

And I thought I’d share my sweet little guy with you all.
He’s getting big, 43 pounds at his last vet visit.
Which was about 2 weeks ago because he ate the ear off one of his toys (and it wasn’t a little ear!)! Eek!!
Little booger, Xrays and vet visits later…still no ear.
Until a week (of checking poo) later.
I have never been so relieved to see anything in poo before!! lol


I share his adventures over on >>> Instagram if you’d like to take a look and/or follow.

And be sure to pin this for later! You may want to check out the GF Chalk Style Paint too!

Coastal Styled Table with General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - EASY MAKEOVER!!- #chalkstylepaint #generalfinishes

Let’s take a look and see what kind of “treasures” my friends came up with this month…


  1. Prodigal Pieces
  2. Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
  3. Girl in the Garage

I’ll see you guys back here soon with my latest furniture makeover!

UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!






  1. Gorgeous transformation. Love it. I just recently learned that after you strip and sand your wood if you scratch up the top with a brush with the grain, clean it and apply white wax you get a real nice white finish that show off the grain.

    Great work.

    1. Hey Shawnna! Thanks!! I love painting furniture! If I could just sit all day and do nothing else, I’d be happy! ;)

  2. Beautiful makeover! I love the whitewash you gave the top and it complements the gray legs perfectly. Your Goodwill priced this piece reasonably. The ones in my town have started to put ridiculously high prices on furniture.

    1. Thank you Paula! Oh yep, it’s hit or miss with prices on furniture (when I can even find any) around here…mostly miss these days! :(

  3. Oh my gosh this looks SO good, Nancy!! My Mom had a set of these tables back in the day. The other end table was similar, but square and the coffee table was oval. This would look fantastic next to a nice bright white new slip covered sofa! (Seriously you better jump on that before Wally changes his mind!) ;) And Ryder is getting so big!! XO

    1. Thank you Christy! And too funny! My mom had the darker cherry ones, but also, round, square and oval coffee table. :)
      Oh haha….I listed it already (as you know! ;) ) He’s totally on board now and I think even looking forward to the change. (although I do know he loves that leather…he’s a keeper!)

    1. Thanks Marie!! :) Oh yes, it works great!! I’ve done it a few times. I LOVE getting rid of that orangey color!! ;)

  4. You were so right. The coastal feel and look were well suited to the table. Love it and love the “little guy”!

  5. Nice make over Nancy :) I’ve been wanting to try General Finishes Chalky Style paint for some time now but the closest supplier is about 45 minute drive from my place :( and I’m not ready to make the drive just to pick up paint. I wish products were as easily accessible in Canada as they are in the U.S. I’d be testing out more brands.

    1. Thanks Annie :)
      OH yes, it’s worth a shot! You can order through Amazon (I have the link in the post directly to the colors I used) and have it shipped right to your door. :)
      At least, I think you can in Canada. Worth looking into!

  6. Nancy, Love your table. Nice job. Your new baby looks so sweet and will he get bigger. I’m glad you got another puppy right away. I have been so busy but we did build an atrium that I love. Will start new plants next spring. Enjoy your fall and I wanted to say that I love the blue and gold wreath w/ sea shells.
    Mary Prinzavalli

    1. Hi Mary! :)
      Yes, he is getting big and is such a sweetheart! He has been a blessing.
      Oh how fun, an atrium?! That sounds amazing. All that hard work will pay off and know you will love it!
      Thank you and enjoy your Fall too!! xoxo

  7. What a beautiful table; especially them legs. Only if I where that lucky to find a table like that.
    Like what you had done to the top of the table. Such a lovely make-over.

  8. I’m happy that you re-posted this because I have been wondering about the difference in white wax and the white glaze. Beside the application process, what is the difference? I see you posted this originally in 2016 and had just tried the General Finishes white glaze so are you still happy with how it looks? I have a can in my Amazon basket and want to get your feedback before clicking the checkout button!! I have learned so much from you and other bloggers and I truly appreciate your responses to my questions. tomorrow is Friday and I can’t wait until the weekend to tackle some of the junk in my garage! It is so humid here in GA now that paint is not drying and not sticking well :( but….that’s better than some places with snow up to the car windows! XOXO

    1. Hey Cecilia! Well, as you mentioned the application process is different but the end look will be very similar. And since they end up looking quite similar, on these two, it just comes down to what kind of finish you are after, a waxed one or a “poly” (glazed) one. I, myself, am preferring glaze/poly over wax even more these days. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a nice waxed finish, I just don’t love the upkeep. I think poly finishes are more durable and don’t require touch ups like wax finishes do. Plus, if you ever want to paint over, you have less trouble with a poly’d finish than wax. With that, I’ll still use wax from time to time, but my preference lies with poly type products. So pull the trigger and get that can of glaze! ;) And yes, it’s so wet and humid here too. So much rain! I’d love to see a bit more sunshine around here. But yes, you’ve got that right!! Thank goodness we mostly get rain and no snow. Snow is a rare occurrence here. (just how I like it! lol) Enjoy your weekend, Cecilia! xoxo

  9. What a stunning transition! I love the combination of the treatment you did to the top with the way you treated the legs. So much better than that orangey look.

  10. OMG I love how this table turned out! Those details on the legs are gorgeous and really make it so special.

    And I hear ya on the old books – they are such treasures!

  11. Love this table makeover! Very coastal.
    Aww, Ryder baby photos! I know what you mean about happy poo investigation. He’s grown into such a beautiful boy!!

  12. Cute little table. I have an old desk I’d like to try that glaze type finish on the top. However I believe it is mahogany wood and not sure how that will come out. Might try it. I just love your decorating style. You have such a knack for it. Love the old book, old books are treasures. So had to check out Ryder’s Instagram and he is just gorgeous. Great pictures. What an adorable puppy he was. Just beautiful! You can see how sweet he is also from the pics.

  13. Thanks for reposting! I think I missed this post when you originally posted it! Loved the makeover , but love seeing Ryder and reading the tale of the ear!! So cute and innocent looking !!! Have a great weekend and thanks for the giveaways. Either one would be awesome to have!!

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