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Oak Sofa Table Makeover {MMS Milk Paint}

Oak Sofa Table Makeover with

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

Three easy steps from dated to amazing!Miss Mustard Seed Grain Sack Oak Table from drab to fab

 You see these style sofa tables pretty often in the used furniture world. 

Drab and dated, so you probably just walk on by.

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You will need:


  • Sand the top of the sofa table
  • Clean the table to remove any dust or dirt
  • Mix the milk paint according to directions and paint. Use one or two coats, depending on the look you like.
  • Stain the top after it dries, use an old t-shirt to wipe on the poly
  • Wax the painted area

Milk Paint Chippy Goodness in Miss Mustard Seed Grainsack

I decided to use Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Grain Sack, to liven it up a bit.  

Make over an old oak sofa table with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint

I am a dare devil and did not use the bonding agent.  I do live on the edge.  It chipped away a lot in some places.  To achieve the look that I wanted I simply I sanded the spots that I didn’t like and painted over them with a mixture that did include bonding agent.


Dark Walnet stain with wipe on poly and Milk Paint MMS in Grainsack - fun makeover

For the top I sanded, cleaned and re-stained with dark walnut.  I am a huge fan of the dark stains.  It really gave this table a richer look than the light oak.

Step by step instructions for a sofa table makeover with a stained top and painted bottom!

I love the dual personality.  On top it’s dark and sophisticated and on the bottom it’s rough and ready.  Ready to be behind and awesome sofa 🙂

Grain Sack Mustard Seed Paint painted on the bottom of this sofa table and stained top!

The top is coated with a wipe-on poly, also known as my best friend when it comes to a stained piece.  I just love the way it looks.

Do you think you’ll try it? This Oak Sofa Table Makeover with Miss Mustard Seed Paint was an easy makeover!

Miss Mustard Seed Grain Sack on the bottom, step by step instructions.

Now go forth and rescue those oak beauties, you’ll love them when your done!





  1. I am so glad you kept the original wood finish on the top. It makes the table so much more distinctive. Bravo!

  2. Love it! I have a piece I did in MMS French blue that I am going to be posting soon.

  3. I LOVE THIS AND IT LOVES LIVING BEHIND MY SOFA! You did a great job, and we are really enjoying it!

  4. Hi from Belgium. I love this table! And the dual personality!

  5. I LOVE this. The color, the distressing, and the smooth rich table top. It is all gorgeous. Great job!

  6. Looks so completely different. Those updates make the old furniture so loved and fitting for our homes.
    Great redo!

  7. Yup…. it’s a beauty!

  8. That is gorgeous. Have not tried grainsack. Think I will order some.

  9. Just gorgeous – the “after” is soooo much better!

  10. looks great! I love not added the bonding agent to MMS paint! chip on!

  11. So pretty! I bought MMS’s Ironstone and I’m waiting for the perfect project to try it. Thank you for some inspiration.

  12. I love it..I did a coffee table the same way but it was really to big for the living room so I sold it. You did a great job. I love the distressed look.

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