Cecilia Bramhall
Cecilia Bramhall
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  • Pflugerville, TX

Dining Room Table Redo


We had a dining room table and four chairs we received as a wedding gift 33 years ago. Time had taken its toll on the finish and I was close to just getting rid of it. But I decided to try and refinish it. Come see how it turned out.
dining room table redo, painted furniture
I started by sanding the tacky worn finish off the top then stained it with Minwax's Espresso stain. Three coats of semi-gloss poly and it looks brand new!
Next, I mixed up some DIY chalk paint and painted the base.
dining room table redo, painted furniture
I lightly distressed the base to bring out the detail. All the painted areas got a coat of clear wax followed by dark wax.
dining room table redo, painted furniture
The chairs also got the chalk paint treatment, light distressing, and then clear and dark wax.
dining room table redo, painted furniture
I wanted two more chairs but couldn't find any new ones I liked so I went to my favorite consignment store and found two of these for cheaper than the cost of one new chair!
dining room table redo, painted furniture
I knew with paint and new fabric, they'd blend nicely with my other chairs. So I cleaned them up, removed the old stained fabric, painted and reupholstered them.
dining room table redo, painted furniture
I found this script fabric at Walmart. It came in many different colors but this neutral fit my color scheme perfectly. (Although the red tempted me!)
dining room table redo, painted furniture
I have to admit, I'm in love with my dining set again! It turned out far better than I imagined it would and the host chairs are a perfect addition to it!
Come over to my blog The B Farm to find out how it looks all decorated for Fall.

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  • Ken Kennedy
    on Dec 6, 2015

    What grit of sandpaper did you use and did you do it by hand or use a sander ? We have a similar table with the same issues . Did you also use the same to prep the painted areas . ( It looks great ! )

    • Cecilia Bramhall
      on Dec 6, 2015

      ken, the finish was so bad on the top that most came off when I scrubbed it with soap and water. I used 100 grit, followed by 150 for the rest. Oh, by hand. A sander would speed up the process but there wasn't enough for me to break that out. The top was in good condition other than the finish. As for the rest, I used chalk paint so I didn't have to sand it. It sticks really well. However, if you're not comfortable with just painting it on, you can lightly scuff the areas you are going to paint.

  • Marilyn Buttenham
    on Mar 24, 2019

    I have decided on the same idea, but my table and chairs are from Ikea, and have a vinyl finish, great condition, needing to change from white to brown!!!!???? Any suggestions on what paint to use. My spring project outside!! 😋

    • Cecilia Bramhall
      on Mar 24, 2019

      I find Chalk paint will stick to just about anything. It might take a couple of coats but I’ve had it stick to an old rotary phone which is slick. Not sure how well it will hold up as I don’t sit on the phone (ha) but I’ve had great luck with chalk paint.

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