Painting & Staining a Kitchen Table

Steffi Wood
by Steffi Wood

Have an old kitchen table laying around? Follow my 5 steps for redoing a wood kitchen table to bring it back to life!

DIY Table Makeover

Tools and Materials

  • sandpaper
  • paint (use a paint with primer in it already)
  • paintbrushes
  • stain

Sand the table


Paint it with primer & gloss paint in one


Stain it with a wood stain going with the grains of the wood

Stain the chairs

Stain the chairs


Add table jewelry.

It's that easy! Let me know down below how you've updated your old furniture!

Frequently asked questions
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  • Joan Joan on Jun 13, 2016
    what kind and name od stain did you use. it is lovely.
  • Linda Linda on Nov 21, 2020

    Did you seal the top with anything ?

  • Michelle Auger Michelle Auger on Sep 17, 2023

    Did you paint the top with the same as you did the legs and then stain over it? I have never done this but want dark of a stain did you use to get this look. it is the beachy look I am looking for

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  • Muriel J Moore Muriel J Moore on Sep 22, 2016
    I have an old (vintage 1955-1965) Ethan Allen table. I've been "playing" with the idea of painting the legs (after sanding, of course) and sanding and restaining the top a cherry colour. It's a big project because I live in a small apartment, but I need to do something to add some interest to the "must be white wash walls" that tenants are not permitted to paint. The cabinets are a pretty cherry-ish colour and I'm thinking of painting the legs anything but white...probably a powder blue. It's sort of like the project shown, but with a little twist, what do you think?
  • RhondaForsyth RhondaForsyth on Nov 03, 2016