How do I change the color of my dining room table?

I have an old dining room table and 8 chairs, the table and chairs are still very sturdy and I would like to change the color/stain to match the rest of my furniture which is an IKEA sideboard and cabinets that are brown/ can I accomplish this? Any ideas, I live in a condominium in Miami Florida and do not have a garage or work room to accomplish this.

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  • Hi Angela, using gel stain would be the easiest solution to change the color of your table and chairs to match your IKEA furniture. Here’s a video tutorial:

    Minwax Gel stain seems to be hard to find in my local home improvement stores these days. I do recommend General Finishes gel stains that is used in the video tutorial. You can find local retailers from their website or buy it on

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on May 27, 2019

    It is just a matter of cleaning the surfaces well with a solvent and then going over the whole thing with a base and stain or just the stain and then varathane it with two top coats to make it stand up to wear and tear. Check out the Rustoleum kits to see if you can find the color you want to match. All instructions and supplies are in the kit except the brushes. Place a large tarp or plastic on the floor and work on that to stain and refinish. .

  • Bobbie Bobbie on May 27, 2019

    I live in an apartment complex and have redone several pieces in my living room. I put down a good quality drop cloth to serving piece on. I love chalk paint. Your furniture just needs a really good cleaning with TSP. Lightly sand the piece to give it some “tooth”. If I’m painting it a light color I will prime first , paint with your favorite brand of chalk paint. Let dry and varnish with poly acrylic. Let dry well between coats. I usually give mine three coats. If possible, let it dry for at least 2-3 days before using. You can find lots if tutorials on YouTube and the colors are only limited but your imagination so go for it and enjoy your old/new piece for many more years to come!