Farmhouse DIY: How to Paint an Old Kitchen Table

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$40
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How do you know when it’s time to makeover a piece of furniture or time to pitch it out onto the curb for garbage pickup?

Our kitchen table had seen better days. I bought it for $150 (including six chairs) at a yard sale many, many years ago.


Tired and worn, having seen five children through homeschooling, games, dinners, puzzles and conversations, we debated what to do with it. Try to sell it and get a few

farmhouse diy how to paint an old kitchen table

The finished makeover! You can read all about our total kitchen remodel (including taking down a wall!). We also added a sliding barn door my husband built himself.

farmhouse diy how to paint an old kitchen table

Watermarks, scratches, pencil art. This table had been well loved.

farmhouse diy how to paint an old kitchen table

Dismantle table and haul outside.

farmhouse diy how to paint an old kitchen table

The first step was to use a grinder to remove as much of the finish as possible without damaging the wood. This tool has a 60-grit pad on it; that’s basically gravel glued to a circular disk! It makes quick work of anything, but you do have to be careful not to go too deep.

farmhouse diy how to paint an old kitchen table

And this is the stripped table, top to bottom! It was attractive…in an unfinished, unattractive pine sort of way. This would end the outside work, since we decided to re-finish inside.

farmhouse diy how to paint an old kitchen table

You can read all the different tips my husband gives in the actual blog post. A wealth of information on painting and sealing your kitchen table.

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  • Katen
    15 hours ago

    Table started with good bones. Good eye picking up when you did. Are chairs new or refurbished? The look very nice and compliment everything very well. Job well done

  • Donna Shelley
    14 hours ago

    why use ceiling paint?

    • Jeanne Martin
      12 hours ago

      He's a painting contractor so he knows his paint. My guess is he had it already. If you go to their blog there is a whole lot more info including how he mixed the ceiling paint with poly before using.

  • Rose P
    11 hours ago

    Too much in a small area? People decorate with things that make them happy, no one can say what is too much happiness.

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