How to cover a a middle line on a painted table?

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I decided to paint an older Stained oak round taBle with chalk paint...but now I have a very noticeable line down the middle Of the top where you can add a leaf...it wasn’t visible while stained, but now it sticks out!! Does anyone have an idea how I can “hide” that line on a chalk painted top?


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  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Oct 15, 2020

    You need to open up the table and paint the edges where the table opens up to accept a leaf. That should take care of it.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Oct 15, 2020

    Hi Peg I agree with Chloe painting the inside of the table where it separates might help. I would also look close at it and see if some sanding might make the gap more narrow and help it fit together tighter.

  • Janice Janice on Oct 15, 2020

    I agree the edges where the table separates to add the leaf also needs to be painted. If you do have a leaf to add the surface and the edges of it need to be painted as well so you have a pleasing surface whehter the leaf is in place or not. Details!

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Oct 15, 2020

    If all else fails you can hide it with a table runner. :)

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Oct 15, 2020

    Hi Peg, I was about to suggest opening it up and painting the inside edges but I see that has been suggested :) What you are seeing is the original wood that is inside of the slat for adding a leaf to the table so painting those edges should solve the problem. Hope it helps.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 15, 2020

    Hello. It might be suggested to try to hide the defect with a table arrangement or a runner unless you care to refinish the table again.


    Using a filler like bondo and carefully sanding it smooth would be suggested if you care to repaint your furniture.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Oct 15, 2020

    I would try painting the matching edges.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 15, 2020

    The only way you are going to make that area less noticeable is to open it and paint it. I would use primer, because it is raw wood, then paint. Let dry really well, and seal with an acrylic sealer not wax. You could use a pretty runner for all the different seasons, with maybe a nice candle in the middle or for Thanksgiving use a basket of small pumpkins and Christmas Pine cones

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 15, 2020

    Apply primer to that area and sand then apply chalk paint to even it out so it appears the same all over.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 15, 2020

    Hi Peg: The jury is in :) Open it up, sand the edges lightly, paint the inside where the leaf would go, do the same on the leaf and you should be good to go. Then, use a table runner if you don't like the way it looks :)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 16, 2020

    Hello Peg,

    If you can't hide it, Make a feature of it! Go across the table with a decoration that straddles the line, or stencil over a design that makes the line less obvious! Enjoy the journey!

  • I would open it up and try and sand down the edges a bit, then try to paint as little as you can to blend it in. Otherwise, a table runner would be an alternative.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 10, 2021

    Hello there,

    There is no way to hide it, unless you make a feature of it (Hide in clear sight)!

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 16, 2021

    Hello, one other thing you could do, is paint along each side of it in a design of darker color, that would highlight and hide it, you could even do a few straight lines in a contrasting color.