Dining Table Makeover

Two toned dining table updated with chalk paint.

Well, hey there!  How are things this fine Sunday afternoon?  Over here, the boys are napping (well, one is chatting) and I’m trying to get caught up on things.  Including being more active on my blog.  So as I was taking a look at my recent posts, I realized I never showed the end result of my cheap-o dining table that I snagged from a thrift store this past winter.

Remember this guy?  Found him at a local thrift store, marked down from $200 to $25 right after Christmas!  I lugged it home, heart racing, waiting for a staff person to stop me and tell me they made a mistake and I had robbed them.

Now if you’re a wood purist and hate painted furniture, avert your eyes. Because I had loads e-mails from folks telling me not to paint it because it would destroy the value, wreck the wood, etc. I get it. I really do. But what I wanted most of all was a two toned dining set that fit in to my “countryish” (new word alert)/ open style/no dining room kitchen. So look away quickly if you were one of those folks….

Because I totally painted it. Annie Sloan’s Old White. Not my favorite white since it’s more of a cream but it was exactly what this old fellow needed. Took three coats since I had some bleed through, a coat of wax, and minimal buffing on this one.

Love how it turned out! The top is the original finish, scratches, scuffs and all.  And so far I like how it works with painted parts and the style of this house which is pretty informal.

And because I was going for shabby chic, I don’t even cry (much) when Liam drives his cars into it.

Doesn’t it look great with the little slipper underneath, the basket of unfolded laundry and the baby jumper?  I really need to learn how to “style” a picture (aka hide my junk).

It’s been four months and I still sigh with delight every morning when I sit down with my tea.  Since I married in the 80’s, I can honestly say this is the first ever dining set that I’m totally thrilled with and didn’t buy because it was “practical”.  And I paid (way) less for this then the other two sets from furniture stores. Not bad for $25 and a can of ASCP.  Actually a quarter of a can since we all know ASCP goes super far.  Gotta love that.

Two toned dining table updated with chalk paint.



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  1. SO amazing!!! I love everything about this whole set. I'm married to a "wood purist." I, however am NOT. I don't like painting everything, but some pieces just cry for paint. You made the right choice. Beautiful!!


  2. Pretty! What a deal. I love the new paint job.
    I am visiting from Monday Funday. =)
    PS-I have almost the exact same chairs in our dining room. I got them at a church thrift store and painted them white also!

  3. I think it's beautiful! I disagree with those who say don't paint… you bought it for $25, do what makes you happy I say… someone else down the road can strip it and refinish it if they want!


  4. I love that table! Enjoy your things (you own them, not the other way around). Years from now, someone else may have the joy of "bringing it back to it's original glory", but today it's yours to enjoy.

  5. That is seriously gorgeous. People often go on about not painting wood, but furniture is to be enjoyed, functional and your own personal style. If you want a house full of antique, untouchable furniture, then by all means. Otherwise, go for it 🙂

  6. WOW! It looks great. I love the colors – I have an old postal desk that I want to refinish and make into a dining room table I might have to use this color combination. Thanks for sharing on Fluster's Creative Muster Party.

    Fluster Buster

    • Hi there

      I picked up the fabric at Fabricland in Canada on clearance. I bought about 7 yards of it…needless to say about 5 yards are now sitting in a drawer. I looooove this fabric so I'm sure I'll put it to use at some point. I saw a similar fabric a few weeks ago at Joanne's fabrics in the drapery/upholstery section.

  7. Hi Elaine

    The table turned out to be French Art Deco from the 1930's. Pretty exciting find that made me stop and re-consider painting it. In the end, I stuck with what I had originally planned.

  8. Another fabulous makeover, I can see this could become a little addictive for me once I get started. My mum passed away from cancer last year and I have inherited so much of her furniture, I just can't wait to get going.

    Lee 🙂

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