How do I make over very dark living room tables in a lighter colour? T


q how do i make over very dark living room tables in a lighter colour t
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  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 27, 2018
    Strip, sand very well, following furniture grain. Sweep, using a soft cover atop your sweepers attachment so you don't scratch the wood. Follow by using tack cloths to remove sanding residue. Prime and paint, or re-stain using a much lighter color (pickled oak stain, for instance), and seal. The original wood may dictate how new stain takes, when applied.

  • Bonny Batchelor Bonny Batchelor on Jul 27, 2018
    Everyone has summer feelings right now! This is so simple and I get lost in these projects.
    Everyone always forgets one thing- to have a gorgeous end result it always starts with the prep! Don’t take shortcuts or rush through just to get to the color! Degrease and clean the pieces, fill or patch any holes, dings, dents, bumps and scatches. Even If you’re going for a distressed look. Remove and soak all hardware in a solution of white vinegar and water. Or heck, buy new!!
    when you have your piece prep ready- start choosing colors. I don’t care that paint nowadays are marketed as 2-1. Buy a can of Kilz2 water base and give a coat of primer. That $7.00 investment will save you so many headaches later.
    i buy the sample cans at Lowe’s, Home Depot and have them tint to my choice of colors. Unless you want a mono scheme throughout.
    Here is a link to get you started on the “clean and prep process”
    These guys are great!

    • Katie Katie on Jul 28, 2018

      Great advice, Bonny. The prep is never the fun part, but makes the difference between amateur and pro. I, too, use the samples from Lowe's. Very economical and you can get just the perfect color.

  • Debbie motley Debbie motley on Jul 28, 2018

    Check out chalk paint. No prep needed except a good cleaning. Love it. Just check on line for information.

  • Fish lady Fish lady on Jul 28, 2018
    Try Dixie Belle milk paints. No prep needed. Just wipe the piece with a damp cloth to remove dust and grime, then paint. I’ve done a buffet, desk and a nightstand using this method.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jul 29, 2018
    I can't tell from the pic - make sure your pieces are actually solid wood before you do the strip/sanding work. If it's covered with thin veneer or is not wood at all, the only thing you'll end up with is scratched formica or ruined veneer.

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    • Kate Garrett Kate Garrett on Apr 04, 2020

      For veneer or particle board, I love Rust-Oleum spray primer.

      Obviously, make certain that the piece is spotlessly clean & dry first.

      Rust-Oleum makes a primer that sticks to everything, even PVC, so wood veneer is easy. Choose white or gray depending on how light you want your finished product. In a ventilated area, using appropriate tarps or shielding for your other belongings, spray 2 or 3 light coats to the piece. This gives a nice barrier against the old color showing through.

      Then, apply your new paint as desired

  • Alice Alice on Jul 29, 2018

    Have you thought about Chalk Paint? Here's a video that might help...

    • Lori Lori on Jul 29, 2018

      Thank you Alice.. the step by step

      video was perfect for a beginner

      like me!!😀

  • Fish lady Fish lady on Apr 04, 2020

    Use home decor chalk paint. You can buy a variety of colors at Joann’s.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 10, 2021

    Hello Lori,

    Paint them over, or //rub them down and use a lighter coloured stain.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 19, 2021


    Strip the stain or sand it off, then Prime, undercoat and topcoat. You could use Chalk paint right over the dark finish, but it will not be as hard wearing. You would need to give it a sealer coat.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 29, 2021

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  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Sep 25, 2021

    You can sand them and stain them a lighter color or you can paint the stands in a lighter shade.