How can I update an old cherry dining room table.

by Gloria
I tried giving it to a donation center and they will not take any cherry tables because they have so many. Then I thought if I could update it, maybe paint parts but I need to know what steps, what kind of paint. No chipping later please.
  15 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 20, 2018

    Why not try Shabby Chic look. Give it a coat of paint and rub parts of it back to give the used look. or Tile the top with ceramic tiles or maybe Mirror tiles or maybe decoupage or use a tablecloth etc....Make a pop over the top replacement. Rub it all down and give it a coloured woodstain...........etc

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 20, 2018

    I would paint the legs and apron with colonial blue paint and leave the top cherry.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 21, 2018

    There are a bunch of paint options to choose from and they almost all look fantastic :-)

  • Gloria Gloria on Jan 21, 2018

    i love the idea of painting the legs and apron!

    I guess I willl need to sand down the legs, etc?

    I have heard of chalk paint, is this a good choice?

  • Anna Anna on Jan 21, 2018

    The table appears to be in good shape. I would put cute trendy fabric on the chairs to update it and leave the wood alone. Anything you paint it with is going to scratch off.

  • Gloria Gloria on Jan 21, 2018

    Oh, I guess the paint would scratch off. Distressed look? 👍

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jan 22, 2018

    Use a flexible sanding sponge and lightly sand the legs and apron. Do not use a really rough sandpaper as this could scratch the finish. You just want to break the glossiness. After sanding, wipe everything down with a barely damp cloth. Then use a liquid sandpaper--follow directions for the brand you use--, use a really good primer, and then chalk paint or regular latex. If you follow these steps, your paint will not scratch off. I have painted anything and everything and never have a problem with painted surfaces. The key is to do the proper prep. If you skip steps or don't do the correct prep your paint will scratch off, but if properly prepared, your paint should last with no problems.

  • Elaine Clark Elaine Clark on Jan 22, 2018

    Use chalk paint no sanding needed

  • Cathy Cathy on Jan 22, 2018

    For a very unique look, check out Unicorn Spit. There are lots of ideas on Hometalk and Facebook.

  • Gloria Gloria on Jan 22, 2018

    Thanks so much...I have never heard of liquid sand paper but I get the idea that the prepping is necessary. Wonderful advice! Thanks all. Now I just need to take my time and not rush!

    Thanks again.

  • Turn it into a Family Heirloom. Start by designing a monogram of the first letter of your surname. Or find your official family crest. Make an enlarged copy in the size you'd like. Strip and sand top of table. Decide placement and transfer to table. Pick contrasting stains that will show darker on the original wood, to hilight your design. Stain your pattern(s) to table top. Then coat w varnish or polyurethane(will give a longer lasting coat). If you want add the contrasting stains to detail other parts of your table. GOOD LUCK.

  • Gloria Gloria on Jan 23, 2018

    So original. Have you a picture?

  • I would sand the top and give it a light gel stain coat. Then I would paint the bottom with Fusion Mineral Paint. It's awesome and holds up.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 01, 2023

    Why not advertise it for sale in a few local paper? Take the money and invest it is something new.

  • Deb K Deb K on May 22, 2023

    Hi Gloria, you can chalk paint it to look fabulous!