Asked on Mar 23, 2014

Painting a 50s dining room suite

Pamela Langone
by Pamela Langone
I want to paint a 50s diningroom suite. It is stained and has some scratches. Id like to go a flat or semi gloss paint. My husband said it will chip. Will it? Is their a way so it wont?
painting a 50s dining room suite, painted furniture, buffet
painting a 50s dining room suite, painted furniture, china cabinet
china cabinet
  9 answers
  • Yvette Gerace Yvette Gerace on Mar 23, 2014
    sand sand sand prime sand prime sand prime - paint 2 coats or 3 (regular paint, not fancy milk paints) coat with shellac or polyurethane.

  • Pam Schweitzer Pam Schweitzer on Mar 24, 2014
    I just painted an old dresser, sanded the heck out of it and primed. I used a high gloss floor paint that has a harder finish. I love the gloss look and it seems to hold up real good with normal use.

  • Lori Garrett Lori Garrett on Mar 24, 2014
    use a natural color, and I would change the hardware to a more up style higher end to give it a finished look

  • 117135 117135 on Mar 24, 2014
    I would paint it with chalk paint. You do not have to sand and prime with chalk paint. If your dining room set has a high sheen, you may have to slightly sand it, but not much. It is very easy to use and just seal with a polyacrylic. You can seal chalk paint with wax, but wax needs to be reapplied over time.

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Mar 25, 2014
    This is a very dark piece. It will have to be sanded, and sealed. Even with chalk paint. Which I don't feel it's right for this piece. Because of the dark wood you will have bleed through. This is piece has very clean lines. Any paint will chip without preparing it and letting the paint or sealer cure. That includes wax. I would fill in the scratches and sand it down carefully, and then seal it. It is not a piece I would distress it looks more art decor to me. When I paint a nice piece I take my time. I let it dry a day in-between coats. This is including chalk paint. I use a finishing sand paper and sand it in between coats. And the wipe it off. And repaint. If you use chalk paint and a light color I would seal it with a Polyacrylic sealer to protect it and to prevent yellowing. Then read your can of sealer and paint. Usually 30 days of curing time. Different times for different products.

  • Carolyn Vick Carolyn Vick on Mar 25, 2014
    No, I think we've gone crazy with chalk paint, It's like bringing back Holly Hobby days. The piece has a modern look so I think a gloss white would look good. Or maybe a deeper gray.

    • Sherrie Sherrie on Mar 25, 2014
      I agree you use the right paint, stain for the right project. Chalk paint on a piece like this wouldn't let the beauty shine through.

  • Carolyn Vick Carolyn Vick on Mar 25, 2014
    I haven't totally given up on paint stores but do find sometimes I get better information and paint from the local hardware store. I just found out, from them, about a 3 Step paint application that my store sells but they also stock Step 3 all by itself because so many refinishers ask for it. It is a clear coating roll on added as the last step to protect the paint. The brand is Giani, Inc. This would protect from chips, etc.

  • Pamela Langone Pamela Langone on Mar 25, 2014
    I believe it is a veneer on the doors not sure on the rest. I worry about a stain with this?

  • Pamela Langone Pamela Langone on Jan 09, 2015
    There is some deep scratches from my dog. From years ago. On the Buffet and the chairs need redone. But the table and China cabinet look great. Any ideas how I can redo this . I cant make the same finish as the table and china cabinet, Plus its 60 yrs old