DIY Makeover Ideas for Dining Tables and Chairs

Your dining table and chairs might be looking great the moment you bought it, but after years of service to your family or household, these pieces can get worn out. If you are thinking of renovating and redecorating your home, the look of your old furniture may not suit it. Buying a new dining set can be the easiest solution, but it’s not always an option for everyone. Also, if it’s still in its good condition, it would be a waste to abandon it. This is where a makeover is necessary, especially on your dining table and chairs!

Let us give you a few awesome ideas for changing the look of your old dining room furniture:

Where to Buy
Rust-Oleum 285140 Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Paint
CitriStrip Paint and Varnish Stripper 
Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish
Saman’s Dead Flat Varnish 
Royal Design Studio Lisboa Tile Stencils 
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
Minwax Polyacrylic Water Based Sealer 


Farmhouse Style Dining Set

If your dining table is getting some visible scratches and has gone through some tough days, it’s now time to give it a new look. A rustic farmhouse style table looks beautiful, especially if you’re trying a softly rustic effect on your interiors. Stain your tabletop and paint its legs white.

1. Gather these materials:

2. Protect yourself before sanding. Wear a respiratory mask and glasses to protect your eyes and nose from the sawdust.

3. Sand down the surface of the table top using 50 grit sandpaper and your belt sander to remove the current finish and strip it down. Then, use 220 grit sandpaper to smoothen the surface. Wipe off any dust.

Apply the dark walnut stain on table top surface of the now bare wood. Be sure to apply painter’s tape on the underside of the tabletop, because you’ll want to paint the bottom part of the table white to create a stark contrast. The painter’s tape would help you achieve a crisp line distinguishing the stain and the white paint.

4. Let the stain dry for hours, then apply another coat to richen the look. Wait for 24 hours before applying a layer of the semi-gloss polyurethane.

5. Once the sealant for the tabletop is completely dry, tape the edges of it then proceed with giving the rest of your table two coats of white chalky paint. Let dry.

6. Make the table look a bit rustic and worn by using sandpaper to rough up the edges. Make sure you distress it in the manner you want.

7. Finish it off by applying a layer of clear soft wax on the whole table.

8. Do the same with your wooden dining tables. Stain the seat top, then paint the rest of the chair white. Distress and wax.

Dining Table with Weathered Driftwood Finish

Do you have a wood dining table with an orange or red-tone finish that doesn’t seem to look fitting in a subtle décor you’re going for? Mute the color of your bright dining table by giving it a weathered driftwood finish.

1. Gather these items:

2. First, remove the existing stain and finish in your table. Before you do it, protect your floor with old newspapers or old shower curtain liners. Use CitriStrip Paint and Varnish Stripper to strip the furniture off. This product can dissolve coats of paint and varnish. Apply it according to package instructions and let it sit overnight.

3. In the morning, remove the old finish together with the paint stripper using a plastic spatula and steel wool pad.

4. Cleanse the table with a rag dampened in odorless mineral spirits. This will make the surface ready for painting. Then, go over the surface again using a rag dampened in water.

5. Apply painter’s tape on the sides of the tabletop.

6. Paint the table legs with white chalk paint. Let dry and apply another coat. Let it dry completely overnight.

7. Prepare the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish. Pour its contents to a bowl and add 4 cups of water. Mix the powder and water well. If you want a darker stain, lessen water.

8. Remove the painter’s tape and apply it on the dried edge. Brush the prepared mixture to the tabletop surface evenly. Wipe any excess using a lint-free rag. Let it dry.

9. To seal the surface, apply Saman’s Dead Flat Varnish. This product can protect your tabletop surface while keeping true to your desired weathered driftwood effect since it doesn’t add any shine or color to the wood.

Stenciled Dining Table

Sometimes, plain is boring. Sometimes, a table with a pretty stencil design is better, especially if you’re going for a comfy, cozy and more feminine look in your dining area. Get artsy and crafty by painting your old dining table with an adorable stencil design.

1. Get these items:

2. Use a shellac-based primer to seal knots, if there are any. Also, fill in gouges and grooves with wall putty. Let dry. But if the surface of your table is still perfect, then you don’t need to do these things.

3. Lightly sand the entire table. If your table has an existing finish, you can use CitriStrip Paint and Varnish Stripper and do steps number 2-4 on the tutorial above.

4. Flip the table upside down and paint a coat of the chalk paint in duck egg blue on the legs and skirt of the table. You can paint directly – the chalk paint doesn’t need a primer. Let dry.

5. Flip the table over and paint the top surface with old white paint. Let dry.

6. Once the white paint is dry, tape off the edges of the table with painter’s tape.

7. Inside the tape lines, paint the surface of the table with duck egg blue. Let dry, then remove the painter’s tape.

8. Using a tape measure, measure the length and width of the table. Mark the intersecting center lines using a pencil. This will create a cross in the middle of the table.

9. Get a piece of the Lisboa stencil and line it up with the center line. Make sure that the stencil piece is centered – the circular design in the middle should show off the intersection of the line you drew. Once you have positioned the stencil in the center, tape the corners down with painter’s tape.

10. Pour old white chalk paint into the paint tray. Get your paint roller, dip it into the paint tray and roll paint over the entire stencil. It’s better to use less paint and run through the stencil multiple times than use too much paint at once.

11. Lift off the stencil and wait for it to dry. Position the stencil up to the corners of your first print. Roll paint again over the entire stencil. 12. Now you have the middle part of your table stenciled up, continue it with the sides. The whole stencil may or may not fit into the remaining space, but its okay. Always position it up to the corners of your earlier print and roll the paint. Do this until the whole table is covered with your stencil design. Let the paint dry.

12. Now it’s time to add some dimensions. Tape around the center leaf pattern and the corner design on the stencil. Using a stencil brush, dip in the cream chalk paint and dab it into the center and corner areas. This will make the center pop out because of the cream color.

13. Paint some small leaves and dots using a flat artist brush and the Versailles green chalk paint.

14. Once all the paint has dried, apply 2-3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic sealer as a protective finish to your table.