Dining Table Makeover
When decorating dining rooms, one of the biggest problems most of us have is our home decorating budget. It’s difficult, if not impossible for most of us to purchase a new dining set whenever we want a decorating update. But for just a few dollars, you can update your dining set with paint or stain and fabric in just a weekend for a whole new decorating look! Nimi Design has a great tutorial for us on this fabulous dining table makeover, (shown above).
Dining Table Makeover
You have a lot of choices in paint colors for your dining table redo, but unless you have a funky decorating scheme, stay with something neutral. I like satin black, espresso brown or gloss white. For the bold at heart, choose a daring color for the table or the chairs, or both! For directions on staining or other DIY makeover options, see the DIY projects below these instructions.
Dining Table Makeover
We have this same table as our current dining table, but in its original glory. Ha! It looks like our top is different than yours though. Is your table top solid wood? We have the matching chairs/chairs that came with the table. I’m think of doing the same thing to my table, with the same concept to the chairs.
Dining Table Makeover
Choose a new fabric to recover your dining seats. Go for a newer, modern print in a cool geometric, or a new trendy color. This update alone will help make your furniture seem fresh and new! Check out this Goodwill chair makeover tutorial by Taryn at ‘Design, Dining and Diapers’ for ideas!
Dining Table Makeover
Then, the next day, I added three thin coats of polycrylic to keep it all pretty. We’re not all that rough on this table since we only use it on occasion, but if you ever makeover a table that takes a lot of frequent wear and tear, polyurethane might be your better bet.
Saw your link at Savvy Southern’s party. Would love to do something like this to my dining room table, everything in my dining room is so dark, this would be perfect to lighten things up. Your table is gorgeous – thanks for sharing.
To seal chalk paint (which is what’s on the base), you have to wax it with a clear wax, but wax doesn’t stand up too well on staining dining table tops because of heat from dinner plates and moisture from drinking glasses. Polycrylic is better suited for dining table tops.
Saw your link at Savvy Southern’s party. Would love to do something like this to my dining room table, everything in my dining room is so dark, this would be perfect to lighten things up. Your table is gorgeous – thanks for sharing. Mary
This is inspiring! I wasn’t especially *looking* for a way to update our dining room table, but you’ve sparked a lot of ideas in my mind! Painting the legs black or white and doing something different with the top really appeals to me. I love the idea of the metal top, and also the whitewash. But if one does update a table, I suppose the chairs would also have to be done similarly? Which would be a huge job for us, since there are 12 chairs around our table. So that gives me pause.
Hi Kristi, You did a fabulous job on the table! I’ve been wanting to do the exact same thing to my kitchen table but, i don’t want mess it up. My table’s in great shape but, it’s that old light yellow oak except when sanded it may look more like buther block. In your opinion would it work with a medium stain? Thank You, Lisa
A long with all the other well wishers I could not let this one go by without telling you how BEAUTIFUL your table top came out. The whole table is great but the top is sooooo nice. Thank you for sharing. Now (as a beginner) can you tell me what you used to apply the stain? I want to do a table or a dresser but I am not sure about how to apply the stain. I know the directions are on the can but I want to know what you did. Also I have used stain in the past but it was water based(I used this type for easy clean up),do you think the oil based is better? Your top is just so nice and smooth ,no brush marks or any marks. It looks like a professional company did it. Sorry for the long post, but can you please help me with any and all advise that you can offer. Best regards Debbie
Hi! Your table looks amazing, I have an identical CraigsList baby in storage, too. I have been picturing exactly what you did here! Thanks for the specifics on the products you used. I’m curious about the chairs you put with the table. Mine came with 5 rectangle-backed matching wooden chairs. I’m torn between all-white on those (maybe with cushions?) or white chairs with the seat stained to match the table top. What do your chairs look like? Clearly we think alike.
You are my answered prayers! We bought a house that was build in 1926… We gutted the kitchen(pics on my Instagram lavisworld). Well seeing how we put so much money into the house we can’t get new furniture. So we have this kitchen table that I wanted to sand down(we literally use the table for everything) and paint/stain it a new color to go in my new kitchen. Only issue was I couldn’t think of what colors.. And to my rescue you come! Lol I’m in love with the way your table turned out! I’m emailing my hubby your blog post and I want to get started ASAP! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
I’ve been working on this DIY reveal for…..oh…..at least several weeks??? And I still can’t tell if it’s a colossal FAIL…………or if I inadvertently created a rustic, “weathered chic” look with the $12.00 dining room table I found at the (most awesome ever!) thrift store near my house. You know, the one I go to nearly eeeevvveerrrry Monday and Thursday when they boast 25% off of everything.
Hi Sarah… so glad you like my dining set! I was able to remove the old stain and restain the same day. I did use a stain and poly in one though. It was a time saver, but not exactly the look I wanted since none of the woodgrain shows through. I would use a stain and a separate poly for the top, which might add a day for dry time. Painting the table legs took another day. So this is totally doable in just a few days. The chairs were much more time-consuming because of all the detail. I did use chalk paint for the base and stain for the top. Hope this helps! XO
Looks amazing – I love it! This was exactly the look I was going for with our kitchen table about a year ago, but goofed up and rushed along the way and ended up painting the table top gray and finishing with wax. Well, I HATE the painted surface and it is just not holding up to our everyday use. So I will be doing this very soon!
I have the exact same table and when I seen yours, I knew I had to do mine as well, love it. I didn’t want to read everyone’s comments so my apologizes if I am duplicating a question. Did you have to sand the entire table (where it is painted white) or just the top? And then I guess same for the chairs? thank you.
AH!!! I love your table! It is absolutely beautiful. I can feel all that hard work and love you put into it, right along with its beautiful look. Very encouraging. After reading your post, I am holding back and will plan my little coffee table project before jumping in. Really great work!
I have the exact same table and when I seen yours, I knew I had to do mine as well, love it. I didn’t want to read everyone’s comments so my apologizes if I am duplicating a question. Did you have to sand the entire table (where it is painted white) or just the top? And then I guess same for the chairs? thank you. TC
I could have written this post, except for the completion part, lol. I have the exact same table and want to do the exact same thing … I’ve giving up the project for the winter, but I want to finish it this summer. I was OK sanding the top of the table, but how did you sand the little curvy borders, the patterns, etc.?
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