Paint for Dining room table ?


I’m going to use a liquid sandpaper on a dining room table that I used chalk paint and wax on. It did not hold up to daily use. I would like to paint it with a durable paint that will hold up through daily use and cleaning. Any suggestions? Brands? Also do I need to seal it? Thanks in advance for your help!

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Oct 19, 2020

    Hi Kelly the last table I painted were my workshop tables and I used Rustoleum with no sealer. Its held up beautifully for three years. If oil based paint is not something you would like to use though you can use a water based paint and then a water based sealant such as several coats of polycrylic. Hope that helps!

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Oct 19, 2020

    I have great luck with polyeurathane as a sealant.

  • I always use polyurethane instead of polycrylic on surfaces that will get a lot of use. I found the polycrylic wears off. Here's my link on it:

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 19, 2020

    I have painted my night stands with RustOleum metallic paints and they have held up well. I also painted some end tables with RustOleum Enamel paint which also looks like new after 5+ years. Neither have any sealant on them.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 19, 2020

    No matter what paint you use you should seal it. The best type of sealer for a high-traffic piece like the dining table in my experience is water-based MinwaxPolycrylic works the best. It doesn’t yellow, it goes on smoothly, and when it cures completely, the surface underneath is very protected.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Oct 19, 2020

    It really is a matter of taste. My dining room table (that I use daily) is painted with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint and finished with several coats of Hemp Oil. It has held up beautifully. I use mine for business purposes though so it get an unusual amount of wear so every few years I repaint it.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 19, 2020

    Have you thought about sealing your chalk paint project. I see a lot of bloggers using a sealer for such projects. Here’s a link to one of my favorite job paid bloggers maybe her recommendations might be help.

    Please consider popping by this bloggers website for her wonderful furniture rehabs. She details useful repair products, techniques and has a nice result. Many of her furniture items are from the thrift store or furniture pieces donated to her. She also has tips for removing furniture odors and how to treat the interior drawers. She obtains a lot of her hardware from Hobby lobby.

    I believe she uses a few different proprietary sealer‘s.

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    Best wishes with your furniture rehab.

  • William William on Oct 19, 2020

    I would first strip the chalk paint and wax. I doubt any paint will take hold.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 19, 2020

    Hi Kelly: Try stripping it with Citristrip. That stuff works great! Then, you can stain it if you don't want to paint it.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 20, 2020


    From wood bare you have choices, Use a timber stain (coloured can be found in Fencing Isle) and then a sealer. Or Prime, Undercoat, and topcoat with Satin or Gloss Paint. It will be worth it when you are finished!

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 20, 2020

    Hi Kelly, the sealer you use will be what protects your paint, repaint it in a color you love, and seal with

    Minwax Polycrylic

    Minwax Polycrylic – Is the best water-based poly to use to seal painted furniture. It is inexpensive and works great. You can't go wrong applying it when you use a quality brush and/or a foam flocked roller with rounded ends. Apply in light coats, letting each coat dry before applying another light coat

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 10, 2021


    Use a Gloss or Semi Gloss or Satin paint. Always buy the best quality paint you can for a good finish. Don't forget to prime and undercoat before using top coat. Then no need for anything else, accept maybe another coat.