How can I change the look of this solid wood stained table?


I want it to b in light color as the room has wooden walls. Can I paint a stained table? What other options, beside painting , do I have? Pls suggest some ideas other than painting too!!!

q how can i change the look of this solid wood stained table
  22 answers
  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 05, 2020

    Hello. Would you consider chalk paint?

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  • on Oct 05, 2020

    You sure can paint it! It will look great. Just be sure to sand it well and prime it with a good quality primer before you paint.

    • Em Em on Oct 05, 2020

      You don't have to sand and prime with chalk paint.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Oct 05, 2020

    Sure you can paint a stained table. First you will need to sand it smooth. Sand with lower number (in the 100's) and work your way up to 220 sandpaper. Then primer it. Then I would steel wool or lightly sand again before you add your paint coats. You can use a brush or my favorite to use is a paint sprayer. Steel wool in between coats to get a really smooth finish. After painting,You can finish it off with a topcoat like General Finishes or poly.

  • Chalk paint is the easiest way to paint over this table. Be sure to clean it well, give it a coat of primer and then paint & seal.

  • I would use chalk paint in a white or cream colour.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Oct 05, 2020

    I would paint it. Your choice of paint color, but I swear by milk paint. Here is a milk paint project I did for reference.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 06, 2020

    If you would like to lighten the color ofo the wood, you will have to strip off what is on there now, I use Citrix, it is the most non-toxic stripper out there. After stripping it, here is a link on how to lighten the wood:,change%20the%20color%20before%20applying%20it.%20Method%201

    It is a beautiful table, just love the top of it and pattern of the wood.

    Oh, almost forgot, be sure to remove the hardware before you begin.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Oct 06, 2020

    Hi, you can most definitely paint it. You should have no problem. If you choose a paint like Annie Sloan, just give the piece a light sanding and paint away. If you choose a latex, give it a deeper sanding, apply primer and then paint. You can also restain with a stain like General Finishes gel stains. They are made to go over a pre-existing stain. You give it a sand and then stain away... the only thing is that you usually have to go darker with this option.

  • You can lighten the wood but that would involve sanding off the old stain and in this case, that would be quite complicated. You can definitely paint it; do a light sand or use a sanding sealer, then a paint primer then paint. You're really only limited by your imagination -- you could mosaic or decoupage the top, paint the sides, gold or silver leaf even.

  • William William on Oct 06, 2020

    Priming and painting would be the easiest. Sanding for staining would be tough with all the patterns and insets in the doors. You can try stripping the old finish if you want to stain.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 06, 2020

    Painting it a light color and add a stencil on top

  • Dee Dee on Oct 06, 2020

    First clean withe TSP or KrudKutter, then lightly sand and prime with a good bonding stain blocking primer like Zinser or Kilz. Use a good brush like Purdy or a mohair roller and paint. I would use eggshell paint. Or you can chalk paint and seal.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 06, 2020

    Hi Pinks: You can't really lighten it, and I can see a bit of your wall and it looks like it matches pretty good. What you might do is to get a piece of glass, or plexiglass, cut to match the top and put something under that so you don't see the top so much. It's beautiful;

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 06, 2020

    I painted 2 of these for a boho-chic look for the Boys n Girls Club lounge. I painted them a base color of pale lime green, deep blue, and pale purple jam, and then painted paisleys in those colors on the side doors.

    I sanded, and primed with Zinseer Bulls-eye to prevent the stain from bleeding through. Then used satin paint in the 3 colors.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Oct 08, 2020

    Yes you can paint it. I've redone some furniture and you can see them here with the tutorials on how I did it -

  • Maura White Maura White on Oct 08, 2020

    I'd leave the top the way it is and then get some modern hardware and paint the bottom antique white. You could add some distressing around the details in the wood.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Oct 09, 2020

    I'd spray paint it because of the intricate paneling

  • Christy West Christy West on Oct 09, 2020

    I painted this one SW Urbane Bronze. It holds games. It used to be painted light blue, with the wood showing through. My daughter had it as a bedside table. The dimensions are awkward, and I’ve mostly used it in corners. The paint on the top has scratched off easily, so make sure you protect the top after you paint it.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Oct 10, 2020

    Milk paint it,stencil a big rose on it.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2020

    You sure can paint it! It will look great. Just be sure to sand it well and prime it with a good quality primer before you paint.

  • Em Em on Jan 05, 2021

    I would redo it in chalk paint. SO easy to do without much prep work at all. Usually 2 coats is all you need and the drying time is fast. Add a little and I do mean LITTLE bit of antiquing wax in the recessed areas. Start with a TINY bit on a rag, you can always add a second coat but hard to get off once you have added too much.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jun 26, 2021

    You can paint it with chalk paint (to eliminate sanding)