Painted and Stained Kitchen Table Makeover

 Have you ever really wanted to take on a project but you’re kind of afraid so you just read about 5,376 tutorials on Pinterest and try to give yourself a pep talk? And then you finally go for it and you pull it off and you do a little happy dance every time you see said project? That’s exactly how I feel after I completed this painted and stained kitchen table makeover!

painted and stained kitchen table makeover tutorialThis table was graciously given to us by my aunt and uncle shortly after we moved in. They had an extra table in storage they weren’t using and we were in desperate need of a kitchen table. However, I wasn’t super crazy about the color of the wood but we were just glad to have a place to eat other than the couch!

kitchen table makeover beforeWe repainted our kitchen in Royal Gray (not sure why it’s called that because it’s definitely a blue). Once that was done and I painted our kitchen cabinets white I wanted to change the color of the table even more. I figured with all the curves in the legs and chairs, sanding it down and re-staining the whole thing was a little advanced for my resume so chalk paint came in to save the day!painted and stained kitchen table makeover diyPAINTED AND STAINED KITCHEN TABLE

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Wood stain (I used Dark Walnut)

Paint (sample size of Grayish by Sherwin Williams turned into chalk paint)

Plaster of Paris

Electric sander

Sand paper


Paint brush (this one is my favorite)

Foam brush

how to painted and stained kitchen table makeoverHow to:

Start by sanding your table top. As you can tell my sanding job wasn’t as great as I thought it was (ha!) but my husband and I actually really love the way it turned out!

Then stain the table top with a foam brush per instructions on the stain.

Lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe down your table legs and chairs. You’re just trying to rough it up a bit.

Next, mix up your paint. My go to chalk paint formula is add 1 tbsp Plaster of Paris to ¼ cup warm water and stir. Once smooth add in 1 cup of paint.

Paint your table legs and chairs, 2 coats minimum. This table had a clear coat sealer on it and the chalk paint adhered to it!

Finish off the entire kitchen table and chairs with 2 coats of Polycrylic!painted and stained kitchen table makeover how toAll in all this painted and stained kitchen table makeover is a lot simpler than it seems but as usually takes some time to finish! If you’re not loving your kitchen table and wish you could give it a DIY makeover too but are feeling a little scared, you can do what I did. Just practice sanding and staining scrap wood or painting an end table. Start out small and boost your confidence, it worked for me! After I finished painting that first piece of furniture and it didn’t look a total mess I was hooked! And to quote the Nester “Don’t be afraid to ruin something you already hate.”diy painted and stained kitchen table makoverUPDATE 8/25/17: Over a year later and this bad boy is still going strong! Even with a baby in the house!


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30 thoughts on “Painted and Stained Kitchen Table Makeover”

  1. It’s beautiful! It makes me want to do our dining room table…we got it from the previous renters at our current place and it’s just old and blah – although we love it for the size!!! I’ll have to start planning to take care of it. 🙂

  2. Love it! I have almost the exact same table and would love to do what you did. What grade of sand paper or sand block did you use?

    1. To be honest I don’t remember! I do know it was a more course grit so I could really get through the finish of the table top, probably 150 or maybe less

  3. What kind of sander did you use on the table top and what grit sandpaper? I, too, have this similar toned table and chairs.

    1. I borrowed a black and decker mouse sander from a friend, it’s been a while so I don’t remember what grit I used but it was probably 150 or maybe less so that I could really get through the finish on the table! I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Candice, I usually do about 2 tbsp. Plaster of Paris, add water to that (I kind of just guess it but the more the better otherwise it’ll be too thick), stir out the clumps and then add a cup of paint. You want your chalk paint to be more runny than regular paint. Just be sure to add enough water so that the paint doesn’t thicken up into a putty type substance (I’ve done that more times than I care to admit!) Hope this helps!

  4. This looks great! I just found a nice oak table on Craigslist today that I will eventually be staining and painting. Did you sand down the chairs before applying the chalk paint?

  5. I’m redoing my kitchen table now! Did you stain, then add the blackish paint on top of the stain, and then sand down again. Then seal?

    1. Hi Sarah! I didn’t add any black paint it’s just how the table accepted the stain, probably because I didn’t sand it well enough! It ended up being a happy accident! Good luck on your table!

    1. After over a year of use they have held up great, no chipping! And we’re not gentle on them at all! The key is to seal it with at least two coats of polycrylic!

  6. I am a total dummy about all this, why did you use chalkboard paint ? For the look of it? And was it made chalkboard paint because you added plaster of Paris? Very ignorant about all this thanks for giving me a clue!!

    1. No worries! Chalk paint and chalkboard paint aren’t actually the same thing. Chalkboard paint is what you would use to make some writable like a chalkboard. Chalk paint is paint used for furniture and home projects that adheres better than regular latex paint and has a chalky finish. And yes, I turned latex paint into chalk paint by adding the plaster of Paris. I hope that helps!

  7. Nice job! I painted my kitchen chairs white with regular Benjamin Moore paint and they don’t look half as good as yours! Do you think I can paint over them with your chalk paint mixture? Also, why do your chairs look so white when you used the Sherwin William’s paint Grayish? Grayish looks a lot like Gray on their website not white. And what is the difference between polycrylic and polyurethane? Thanks for addressing my complete ignorance in all this!

    1. As long as the paint isn’t chippy you should be fine to paint over them! Polyurethane can yellow over time where polycrylic does not! And as far as the color I’ve learned to never trust paint colors online or even on the chip, I always get a sample and bring it home to see for myself! Good luck with your chairs!

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