Gray paint tutorial

I promised that on this blog January would be the......
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The month of Gray and White.
Here is the first gray project for the month.
A while back I took a shiny brown frame and did a gray paint treatment on it.
(If you'd like to see it click here)
At the time I promised I would do a tutorial on my paint technique and I have finally finished it!

I started with this little black side table.
They are sold at Target, but I got mine from Goodwill.

The first step is to spray the table with Krylon gray primer.

Next I brushed on some acrylic paint.
I used the Americana brand in Slate Grey.

Here's a close up.
As you can see I allowed some of the dark gray paint to show through.

Next I took some white acrylic paint and watered it down quite a bit.
I brushed it on and then wiped it off with a paper towel.

I made a simple stencil using an image from Graphics Fairy.

I used charcoal gray paint and pounced the image on the tabletop.
Once dry, I sanded it down a bit to soften it.
I also sanded around the sides on the top of the table.
I decided I didn't like the look of the black showing through, as you can see in this photo, so I touched the paint up later.

Finally, I brushed on some Minwax Dark Walnut stain.
I immediately wiped it off with a dry paper towel.
I then wiped it down again with a damp paper towel.
I love how you can see all the different shades of color, but they blend so well together.

Ta da!!!!
The finished project!

You don't need to necessarily do all steps for every project.
you can do variations of this technique.
With all faux paint techniques you really need to play with it until it looks the way you want it to.
Sometimes you even need to walk away for awhile.

I still need to add some polyurethane, but that can wait for another day.
If you have any questions go ahead and leave them in comments and then I will answer them in comments so check back. ;)
Happy painting!

WhisperWood Cottage

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  1. Lisa...the table is absolutely fabulous!! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tutorial! I cannot wait to give this a go, probably on something a little smaller than a table to start with. I LOVE the just could not buy such a gorgeous piece anywhere! Yay you:) Huge hugs to you ~ Txx

  2. Wow Lisa! You did an amazing looks great :)

  3. Beautiful job Lisa! It turned out wonderfully, thanks for the step by step!

  4. Lisa, this is so stunning! I love your tutorial too. I felt like I was doing it every step of the way.

    The slight sheen is a really neat effect. I just love how the light catches it.


  5. Great tutorial and I love the table. I wouldn't have thought about finishing with a walnut stain. Brilliant!! Love the gray! Great job on the photos too!!

  6. Looks amazing and I love the way you have it styled. Thank you for the process info, bookmarked for later!

  7. Hi Lisa,
    I think the technique really paid off in the end result! The table is absolutely 2die4!!

    I love the glazed look you achieved with the wax.
    And the stencil makes it ooh la la!
    Very pretty.


  8. Beautiful table and great tutorial, Lisa!

  9. Cute little table! And I love the stamp!

  10. Great job! I'll be back to check your future "gray" projects! Great pics too, by the way - love how you showed us a close up of the detailed brushing.

  11. great job! I really love the color of your cute little table..I will have to gray-ify something one of these days! Have a blessed weekend!

  12. Beautiful!! I love grey and white, I have started changing my house over to grays and whites. Your table is fantastic, thanks for sharing.

  13. I just love that little table, your paint technique is beautiful! I am loving your white and grays!!! :)

    Have a fabulous weekend!!!

  14. WOW Lisa! What a spectacular transformation. I love the European aged look and you've done a great job transforming it that way. Did you let them dry between coatings? I totally have a few furniture I want to "grey out" (sigh).

  15. Hi Marie,
    Thanks for your sweet words! Yes, I did let each coat dry before adding the next layer of paint.

  16. Wow! What a fantastic paint job. I wouldn't have thought to use acrylic paint.

  17. Beautiful! Gray is the new black! Can't wait to try this technique. Thanks for the tute.

  18. I love the color and the way the stain made it look!

  19. Looks just grayt...or is it greyt!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

  20. Well done, Lisa. It looks fantastic. I especially like the walnut stain. It really makes the whole thing look incredibly well finished. I'm totally inspired!!


  21. This is so cool! Love the finished result!

  22. I love it! Very beautiful!


  23. Your little table looks wonderful in grey and the makeover is really fantastic! Now the little one is an absolute eye-catcher and fits perfectly to the decoration.

    I wish you a wonderful weekend


  24. Thanks so much for stopping by my I've found yours and am your newest follower. ;-)

    I have been finding myself consistently growing more and more fond of grays/greiges over the past couple of months. Your table is adorable. I love the image applied to the top too. This turned out great!

    Nice to meet you,


  25. Lovely table and great end result. All the colors blend so well together. Very nice!

  26. That table is great! thanks for the tutorial. It's great to learn some new technique on painting furniture.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too! The clay is so great - i hope you can try it someday.

    ~ Selina

    Oh and your son is so cute! I checked out his blog too.

  27. i love the gray and white, nice touch with the chalk board saying too! -denise

  28. I have been wanting to play around with painting something gray, but haven't bought the paint yet. Your table turned out great and I love seeing the different techniques you used. If you have time, I would love for you to link this post to my blog party at

  29. Unfortunately, painting never seems to be a happy occasion for me. I stink at painting. But this? This looks incredible! I so envy you bloggers who can paint and make it look so professional!

  30. The finish of your little, gray table is perfection! Your staging is beautiful too. I love all the gray and white!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower!

  31. Wow, you made gray interesting!! I hope that you link this up to my Show and Share Sunday linky party. Its open all week.

  32. I have the same table in brown, and have been contemplating painting it a light color! :) great idea, I really love the stencil on top. the wheels are turnin in my head now! Beautiful!

  33. Oh my! the gray looks amazing! I've been wanting to re-do my bedroom furniture (currently stained cherry) into gray but was nervous about how to do it. Now I know. Thank you so much! It looks awesome!

  34. Lisa, I love how transformed this table. The gray looks wonderful. I just posted a lazy susan project where I used the same stencil from Graphics Fairy!

  35. loved the way it turned out!

  36. Great table. I never find anything at Goodwill.

  37. I'm totally loving the gray and white lately, too! Beautiful table!

  38. i LOVE this table! you did such a great job on it - thanks for showing the tutorial on it!

  39. Lisa, great paint finish on that table. Loving the idea of the gray primer.

  40. SUPER NICE!! I'm a new follower and look forward to checking out your fun projects!! :)