Asked on Oct 15, 2020

How to cover a a middle line on a painted table?

Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomJohnavallance82Betsy


I decided to paint an older Stained oak round taBle with chalk paint...but now I have a very noticeable line down the middle Of the top where you can add a wasn’t visible while stained, but now it sticks out!! Does anyone have an idea how I can “hide” that line on a chalk painted top?

12 answers
  • Chloe Crabtree
    on Oct 15, 2020

    You need to open up the table and paint the edges where the table opens up to accept a leaf. That should take care of it.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Oct 15, 2020

    Hi Peg I agree with Chloe painting the inside of the table where it separates might help. I would also look close at it and see if some sanding might make the gap more narrow and help it fit together tighter.

  • Janice
    on Oct 15, 2020

    I agree the edges where the table separates to add the leaf also needs to be painted. If you do have a leaf to add the surface and the edges of it need to be painted as well so you have a pleasing surface whehter the leaf is in place or not. Details!

    on Oct 15, 2020

    If all else fails you can hide it with a table runner. :)

  • Recreated Designs
    on Oct 15, 2020

    Hi Peg, I was about to suggest opening it up and painting the inside edges but I see that has been suggested :) What you are seeing is the original wood that is inside of the slat for adding a leaf to the table so painting those edges should solve the problem. Hope it helps.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Oct 15, 2020

    Hello. It might be suggested to try to hide the defect with a table arrangement or a runner unless you care to refinish the table again.

    Using a filler like bondo and carefully sanding it smooth would be suggested if you care to repaint your furniture.

  • Ken Erickson
    on Oct 15, 2020

    I would try painting the matching edges.

  • Dee
    on Oct 15, 2020

    The only way you are going to make that area less noticeable is to open it and paint it. I would use primer, because it is raw wood, then paint. Let dry really well, and seal with an acrylic sealer not wax. You could use a pretty runner for all the different seasons, with maybe a nice candle in the middle or for Thanksgiving use a basket of small pumpkins and Christmas Pine cones

  • Simple Nature Decor
    on Oct 16, 2020

    Apply primer to that area and sand then apply chalk paint to even it out so it appears the same all over.

  • Betsy
    on Oct 16, 2020

    Hi Peg: The jury is in :) Open it up, sand the edges lightly, paint the inside where the leaf would go, do the same on the leaf and you should be good to go. Then, use a table runner if you don't like the way it looks :)

  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 16, 2020

    Hello Peg,

    If you can't hide it, Make a feature of it! Go across the table with a decoration that straddles the line, or stencil over a design that makes the line less obvious! Enjoy the journey!

  • I would open it up and try and sand down the edges a bit, then try to paint as little as you can to blend it in. Otherwise, a table runner would be an alternative.

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