Whitewash Table with Frugal Farmhouse Design

I am excited to have Lori from Frugal Farmhouse Design here today to share with us a fabulous project she finished- a whitewash table! Here she is:

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There are two things that I mix really well- paint and a killer margarita! I had a custom order for a farm table made from an old pine farmhouse door that had yellow paint as the original finish. The request was that the paint have shades of aqua and blue with a white wash. They didn’t want it too bright, but they asked that I make it look old and original, like it has been sitting on the farm for 100 years. OK – I can do that.

I used these great latex flat paint colors:

Here is how I did it:


I painted the entire table with a quick coat of FLORIDA KEYS BLUE using a small paint roller, it does not have to be perfect- you will see why.

Next – mix up a ratio of approximately 70% water with 30% paint in you next color choice that you would like to layer on (paint should be the consistency of skim milk) I chose SUMMER BASKET GREEN because it was a nice compliment to the blue. Roll it on, right on top of the blue. Again, it does not have to be perfect.

Once it is dry it was time for the white wash. Apply one more layer using the same watered down mixture of 70% water with 30% paint of your final paint color- for me it was NAVAJO WHITE to add the look of the white wash.


When the paint is dry give it a good overall sanding with 250 to 320 grit sand paper. (I use an orbital sander.) This will remove some of the white on the surface and expose the paint colors underneath plus it gives the table a nice overall distressed look. Can you can see the original yellow paint as well as the pine wood peeking out?


Lastly I coated the table with a layer of acrylic to seal the finish.

It might sound complicated, but the process went along at a pretty fast pace. Using the mini roller makes the paint go on super fast. Because of the sanding at the end, it really did not matter that the paint be perfectly applied. It actually looks better if you are a little messy.

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I love the way this turned out! Thanks Lori for sharing your tutorial with us!

UPDATE: It looks like Lori’s blog FrigalFarmhouseDesign.blogspot.com has been removed. If anyone knows where Lori might be blogging now, please leave me a comment so I can link to her new site. Thanks! :)

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About Stephanie

Wife, mom of 5, preschool teacher, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.


  1. Green Gracie Home says:

    The table turned out gorgeous and really does have a patina to it. Great job!

  2. Jessabells says:

    Wow, I love how this table came out. Great job.

  3. Another cool technique to try out!!

  4. I love this, and this inspired me to tackle my own piece of furniture! Quick question – did you do anything to prep the table before applying your first blue coat? For instance, did you need to sand it or prime it in some way so the Florida Keys Blue would take?

  5. What happened to FRUGAL FARMHOUSE DESIGN …… it is not working !


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