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Look at almost any DIY blog and you’ll find a post about transforming an old piece of furniture with chalk paint. 聽Do you know why it’s so popular? 聽Because it’s awesome! 聽In a world full of waste, it feels so nice to find a way to modify an outdated piece of furniture, creating something new and beautiful. 聽Chalk paint has a way of breathing new life into something old. 聽I definitely gave my kitchen table new life! Read on to learn all the steps for this kitchen table makeover using chalk paint!

My Kitchen Table Makeover / Labor of Love

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for My in-laws got this pretty kitchen table for my husband and me as a wedding gift almost 15 years ago. 聽After two kids and everyday daily living, it was beat up and needed some love.聽 I researched lots of potential options and quickly聽knew chalk paint would be part of the solution.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for As much as I loved the table, the color no longer matched anything in my home. 聽Plus, the old stain was not holding up well any longer. 聽Here is a close up image of the original finish.

My family was not thrilled with the process required to re-do this kitchen table and chairs. 聽My house was in disarray for about a week.

Fortunately, they are all used to my “projects” and go about their life while I do my thing. 聽In the end, everyone is typically happy with the outcome.

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Steps for Kitchen table makeover:

If you will be staining the table top, you will need to remove the current stain from the table top. At the time of this post, I did not own a hand sander so opted to use Citristrip to remove the stain. It worked great.

1. Strip off the old stain:

  • I stripped the stain from the table top as well as the seat portion of the chairs. 聽I used Citristrip聽to assist with taking off the old stain. 聽This stuff is fantastic.

Citristrip doing it’s thing:

  • A plastic (metal could damage your wood!) putty knife聽is a great tool to scrape off the goopy stain, scraping with the grain. 聽This was SO messy!

In retrospect, I should have done this entire project outside. 聽But, know it can be done indoors, just be prepared to do a LOT of clean up.聽 Also, make sure you open windows and create a well ventilated area.

  • After you have scraped off everything you can with your plastic putty scraper, use a plastic dish scrubbie with water to聽wash the wood surface.
  • Be forewarned, this entire process is tedious and time consuming! 聽Then, let your wood surface dry completely. 聽After it has dried, lightly sand to smooth out your surface. 聽This will sand off any remaining Citristrip as well.
  • Consider using mineral spirits on a lint-free cloth to assist with any further cleaning of the table.

2. The staining process:

  • Wipe the surface well with a clean, dry cloth to get rid of all remaining debris from the sanding process. 聽Next, I applied 聽Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner prior to staining.
  • Once you complete this step, you don’t have a huge window of opportunity to complete the聽staining as this needs to be applied within two hours of application of the pre-stain wood conditioner.

Now, it’s time for a confession. 聽I panicked a bit during the staining process. 聽I stained the chairs using my favorite staining method of tea and oxidized vinegar/steel wool.

RELATED: Learn how to聽make the tea stain!

But, soon after I completed the application on the chairs, I thought it looked uneven. 聽So, I impulsively dove聽into the kitchen table top with a different method. 聽I used a combination of different stains.

My Wood Stains:

I wish the 1 last update 2020/05/25 I could tell you exactly what I did. 聽But, I couldn’t duplicate it if I tried.I wish I could tell you exactly what I did. 聽But, I couldn’t duplicate it if I tried.

Although I do like how the stained portion of the kitchen table turned out, I definitely am not thrilled that it isn’t exactly the same the 1 last update 2020/05/25 as the chairs. 聽Plus, after the chairs had an opportunity to dry, they looked fantastic.Although I do like how the stained portion of the kitchen table turned out, I definitely am not thrilled that it isn’t exactly the same as the chairs. 聽Plus, after the chairs had an opportunity to dry, they looked fantastic.

  • If I were to completely do it over, I would have just used Minwax Dark Walnut stain on the chair seats and table top and called it a day!

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for The difference between the kitchen table top color and chair seat:

The table is a bit too blue-toned for my liking. 聽I really wanted to like the Rustoleum wood stain in Driftwood, but it’s just not for me. 聽I get a lot of natural light in my kitchen so you can barely notice the difference in color unless you are looking for it.

BUT, I know it’s there! 聽It just hasn’t made it to the top of my lists of priorities to re-do the table top again. 聽It’s a lot of work!

After allowing the stain to thoroughly dry, I was ready to complete the painting portion. 聽Compared to the staining, this was a breeze! 聽I chose Amy Howard One Step Paint in Linen. 聽

  • Before painting, I cleaned the base of the table and legs/back of the chair with soap and water. 聽There were a few places with unidentifiable dried food that required sandpaper to remove…yuck!
  • After it dried, I taped off聽around the chair spindles so my new stain wouldn’t get ruined. 聽I definitely didn’t want to repeat that process! 聽I also used Glad Press and Seal on the seat to avoid paint splatters.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for 3. Painting the table and chairs with chalk paint:

Preparation before painting chair:

As per above, when painting the chairs, I used the Glad Press N Seal and painter’s tape to cover the stained portion of the chairs. Although this is tedious, it’s worth the effort to ensure your hard word isn’t in vain.

  • I painted two light coats of the Amy Howard One Step paint in Linen (chalk paint) on the chairs (minus the seats) as well as the base of the table, allowing time to dry between coats.
  • A final (third) touch up coat in only the places that needed it.

Enough emphasis cannot be put on the effort for this project. I had supplies absolutely everywhere in my kitchen during this project. It was worth it, but my family wasn’t very happy with me for a week or so!

What a mess!

4. Seal the table

For the final step, I applied three coats of Minwax Polycrylic 聽protective finish in matte, allowing drying time between coats. 聽The smell is very strong, so as I stated earlier, only complete in a well ventilated space.

A good quality synthetic brush is best for applying the polycrylic. Be sure NOT to shake the can as it can cause bubbles in the finish. Instead, stir prior to use. Follow the directions on the can for best results.

The polycrylic was used over the entire table and chairs, both the painted and stained portions.

I didn’t allow my family to use the table for a couple days after it was finished as I wanted the polycrylic to fully cure. 聽It has been fairly durable considering all of the use it gets. 聽It’s not perfect, but good enough;)

Kitchen Table Before:

Chalk Paint Farmhouse Table After:

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Options to seal chalk paint:

  • Polycrylic (what I used and I believe to be durable). Some have reported yellowing over time. Be aware of this if using white chalk paint.
  • Chalk Paint wax. I find wax to NOT be terribly durable. I would personally not recommend it for the intense wear and tear a kitchen table will get daily.
  • General Finishes High Performance Water Based Top Coat. (Polyurethane)

Is chalk paint durable for kitchen tables?

Yes. The key is to ensure you have a good and durable seal over the chalk paint. I used polycrylic to seal my table and have been pleased with the durability.

Should you paint OR stain your table?

This is a complete preference. Even though it was a lot more work, I loved the look of a stained table top and stained chair seats. If you are trying to do this more quickly, painting the entire table and chairs might be a good alternative to what I did but would still give you a nice makeover.

Are there other options to using chalk paint?

Yes. Another great option is using Benjamin Moore Advanced paint. I used this when painting some of my basement cabinets and it is wonderful.

  • The negative to this paint is it takes at least 24 hours drying time between coats. I would also wait several days after you are finished prior to regular use.
  • The positive is that you do NOT need to seal this type of paint.
  • IF you decide to go this route, you will need to use a great primer before applying Benjamin Moore Advance. I recommend INSL-X STIX Waterborne bonding primer.

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for What do you the 1 last update 2020/05/25 think? 聽This is certainly not a project for the faint of heart. 聽What do you think? 聽This is certainly not a project for the faint of heart. 聽

It takes a LOT of time and hard work. 聽But, if you love the bones of your kitchen table or聽another piece of furniture and are motivated to make a change, this might be for you.

If you don’t have the time to complete the staining process, perhaps you could use chalk paint on the entire piece.

I truly am so glad I did this. 聽I love the change it has made in my kitchen and it’s so special to keep the gift that my husband’s parents gave to us so many years ago.

Some time soon, I’ll post a full before and after of my kitchen. 聽It is so different from when聽we first moved in 11 years聽ago.

An Unfortunate mishap that happened after my DIY Table Makeover:

After the ENTIRE project was complete and I was finished with nearly all of the cleanup, I stacked all of my wood stains (a bit precariously) in my arms to carry to聽my basement.

The stack toppled onto the carpet and left this:

My husband suggested I just stain the rest of the carpet to match. 聽Instead, we just replaced it. 聽It was time anyway (11 year old carpet +2 kids +60 pound dog).

Please leave a comment below and tell me about your kitchen table transformation. 聽

Have you painted and/or stained your kitchen table? 聽If so, I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. 聽Hopefully you didn’t spill the stain on your carpet;-)

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  1. Tina Manning says

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Great tutorial! I love the table and chairs. You did a great job. The new look really updates your kitchen. 馃榾

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      Thank you, Tina! It really changed the look of my breakfast area. I’m looking around my home for the next project! As you’ve said, “there is always something else to do!”. But, it’s because we love doing it:)

  2. Jill says

    Beautiful!

    • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for [email protected] says

      Thank you!

    • Trudy says

      After reading your table makeover journey, I decided to take a leap and refinish my table and chairs as well. Like you, it took me nearly a week and a whole lot of hard work, but I love how my table and chairs turned out!
      Thanks for the inspiration and instructions.

      • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for [email protected] says

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        My pleasure! This made my day, Trudy! I’m so glad you shared this with me. Enjoy your new table and chairs!

  3. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Diane Cupp says

    I have this same table, 5 chairs and the bench. Have been wanting to do the stain and white but am so glad that I have a picture now to go with the idea, Thanks and I love a good project also.

    • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for [email protected][email protected] says

      Thank you, Diane! I hope it’s helpful! I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog the 1 last update 2020/05/25 and leave a comment:) Good luck with your table!Thank you, Diane! I hope it’s helpful! I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and leave a comment:) Good luck with your table!

  4. Chris Emsley says

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for April, love your blog. I just recently found it though Jason on Facebook. I did a similar project with our kitchen table many years ago and it’s looking a little tired now. Yours looks so great it just might inspire me to do it again!!

    • [email protected] Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for says

      Thanks, Chris! I hope you feel inspired! Painting the kitchen table was a project I had considered for a while. It looks so much better! Take care and thank you for visiting my blog!

  5. Stephanie says

    It looks fabulous! You did such a great job. You do your research and practice the patience needed for these big projects. Thanks for all the tips.

    • [email protected] Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for the 1 last update 25 May 2020 sayssays

      Thank you, Stephanie! I appreciate the sweet comment.

  6. Jillynn Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for says

    This is GREAT!!!! Thank you for sharing as I have always been slightly afraid of chalk paint;-)
    JIllynn

    • [email protected] says [email protected] says

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      Thanks, Jillynn! Don’t be afraid…it’s so easy to use! Thanks for visiting my blog:-)

  7. Mary Kay says

    You did a beautiful job on the table! The bottom of the table looks white in the picture but when I went to purchase the linen color it looks beige. Does it look more white in person?

    • [email protected] says

      Thanks so much, Mary Kay! I would consider the Amy Howard One Step paint in Linen an off-white color. It’s not stark white, but a softer white color. I definitely don’t think it looks beige at all in person, but I know the swatches do appear that way. I have used the color on several furniture pieces and it looks similar in various lighting. The Bauhaus Buff is VERY white which makes coverage challenging. I have mixed Linen and Bauhaus Buff a few times and liked the outcome. BUT, if you are just going for a soft white, I really do think you’ll be pleased with Linen. I hope that helps;-)

      • Mary Kay says

        Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Thank you so much for your quick reply. Your directions were so very helpful to first time re finishers like myself!
        You definitely have inspired me to give our old table new life.

        • [email protected] says

          I love this! I would absolutely love to hear back after you complete your table. Best of luck!

  8. Jane says

    How has the chalk paint held up on the legs and base of the table? The only thing holding me back from doing this to our beautiful set, is scratches and chipped paint on the arms and legs over time.

    • [email protected] says

      Overall, I would say pretty well. Our table/chairs take a lot of abuse and I have noticed a couple of chips in the paint. BUT, not enough to make me regret doing it. When I get time, I will likely sand those places down a bit and reapply touch up paint. It’s certainly not perfect, but I am still very happy with the end result. I’d love to hear back from you if you give this project a try!

  9. Katee Anderson the 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

    Looks terrific! I’m mid project now and have 5 different colored chairs as I couldn’t make up my mind on a stain 馃槵 This looks so fantastic I think I’ll go this route! Thanks!

    • [email protected] says

      Thanks, Katee for the kind comment! Best of luck!

  10. Mallory says

    Thanks for this tutorial!!! I can’t wait to do this to my table! Only question I have though is, what color would you recommend for the kitchen cabinets so they match? I’m concerned the cabinets will look really bad if they don’t match.

    • [email protected] says

      Thanks, Mallory! I think all different colors of cabinets would work well. Mine are a mid-tone walnut stain. What color are your current cabinets? Are you considering painting them too?

      • Mallory Vargas says

        Hi, thanks for responding. The cabinets are a medium oak color but are original from 1966. Want them to match the table and update them a bit. What would you recommend I use for that?

        • [email protected] says [email protected] says

          I think you’re right…I’m not sure if that color of oak would match well. But, painting a table AND cabinets can be a lot of work. It would be a big undertaking, but doable. If you decide to paint your cabinets, I would suggest Benjamin Moore Advance. I am attaching a link you might find helpful from Maisondepax: https://www.maisondepax.com/2017/08/paint-cabinets-last-painting-bathroom-vanity.html. Painting would allow you a lot of color options. Then you could update the hardware and you’d have a completely different look in your kitchen. I’ve also used General Finishes gel stain in the past (In Java). I don’t have a tutorial for this, but it’s something to consider. I can tell you, I did not feel the gel stain was terribly durable over time. Best of luck to you! Please let me know what you decide!

  11. Casey says

    I’m trying this project, but was wondering if you sanded and stained the bottom part of the chairs (the under side of the seat)? Thanks! I hope mine turns out as good as yours did!

    • [email protected] says

      I’m so glad you’re trying this! No, I didn’t do anything to the underside of the chairs. I took a picture for you: No one sees them, thank goodness! Lol 馃槉

      • Casey says

        Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Thanks! So glad I didn’t do the underside! I love how the chairs turned out but need to do the polyethylene coats. Do you put the polyethylene on everything or just the wood?

        • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Casey the 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

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          *polyurethane! Whoops!

        • [email protected] says

          I used Polycrylic on my table; I did put it on the 1 last update 2020/05/25 everything. It’s holding up pretty well!I used Polycrylic on my table; I did put it on everything. It’s holding up pretty well!

  12. Courtney J says

    Great tutorial! I have this table with a leaf, 6 chairs and a bench. I want to redo it but wondered if you would do the bench the same way as chairs? Stain on seat and white on legs? And with the leaf, how hard was that part?

    • [email protected] says

      Thank you, Courtney! If it were me, I would complete the bench the same way you finish the chairs. So, if you stain the seats of the chairs, I would go ahead and stain the seat portion of the bench, painting the bench legs the same as you do the chair legs. As for the leaf, leave it in the table when you finish the table top. Treat it exactly as you do the rest of the table top. The Citristrip is pretty messy. However, you will want to pull the leaf apart from the rest of the table to clean it during that stage of the process or you’ll have goop stuck in all the crevices (yuck!). I hope that helps!

  13. Ewelina says

    I love this project. Your table looks awesome and makes a real statement . I will be doing the same to my coffee table and a side table. Hopefully will look as good as your :).

    • [email protected] for 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

      Thank you, Ewelina! I so appreciate you kind words! Best of luck with your furniture transformation.

  14. Pat says Pat says

    Great tutorial! I am in the midst of this process as well. Have just finished removing stain from the table top. I was thinking of stripping the table top, stripping the chair seats, thn painting the pedestal and chair spindles, then staining the top and chair seats. Do you think that order would work or is it better to stein first then paint. I sm a newbie to refinishing so any hints are gratefully accepted. Thsnks.

  15. Patti says

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Great tutorial! I am in the midst of this process as well. Have just finished removing stain from the table top. I was thinking of stripping the table top, stripping the chair seats, thn painting the pedestal and chair spindles, then staining the top and chair seats. Do you think that order would work or is it better to stein first then paint. I sm a newbie to refinishing so any hints are gratefully accepted. Thsnks.

    • [email protected] Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for the 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

      Thanks, Patti! Personally, I would do all of the stripping and staining first, then paint. After the stain is dry you can tape off any areas you might accidentally get paint. After all of the staining and painting is complete, then you could apply whatever top coat you are intending. Best of luck on this! I know from experience it is a TON of work. I imagine you will love it when you are finished, though. I’d love to see a picture of your before and after. Feel free to post it on my Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/LoveOurRealLife/

      • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Patti says

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        Thanks for the advice! Was thinking of priming then using ordinary black paint for chairs/pedestal but the local hardware person told me that would be a mistake and I should use Porch/step paint or rustoleum. Totally not wanting a glossy look. My thinking was using paint then applying a protective clear coat of some sort. He said that would also be a big mistake. So…..now not sure. Any thoughts?

        • [email protected][email protected] says

          I suggested this earlier in the comments section, but you might look into using Benjamin Moore Advance paint. I am attaching a link you might find helpful from Maisondepax: https://www.maisondepax.com/2017/08/paint-cabinets-last-painting-bathroom-vanity.html. She painted bathroom cabinets with this paint and they turned out great. Another business I follow http://www.renuehomestudio.com has suggested that same paint to me for cabinets. I’m thinking this might be something for you to consider with your chairs and table pedestal. Keep in mind, I have never used this. BUT, I think it’s worth looking into. Are you opposed to black chalk paint? If you use chalk paint you would need to either wax or use polycrylic (in matte finish if you don’t like glossy) to make it more durable. I know there are so many options out there! I hope I haven’t confused you further! Best of luck to you and keep me posted on what you use and how it works!

          • the 1 last update 2020/05/25 PattiPatti says

            Great advice. I purchased the Advance paint in black with a matte finish. Just about ready to stain chairs snd table top. I am using Minwax Espresso. My question is what do I do if I don’t like the stain color once it’s on? I bought a grey stain as well in case I needed to layer to get the right color. I am staining over oak. I think you should pop over and help me with this project…lol. As always, appreciate your feedback.

          • [email protected] says

            How exciting, Patti! Perhaps you could try the stain on the underneath side of one of your chairs to experiment a bit. In theory, I like to try stain before I use it, but most of the time I just dive in and hope for the best, lol. BUT, it is really in your best interest to try the stain (on the same type of wood) before going for it. Keep me posted 馃槈

  16. Kellie says

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    Thank you for the tutorial! I couldn鈥檛 tell how you applied the stain to the seat. Did you tape off the spindles for that as well? Will the paint cover up any mistakes with the stain? Thanks!

    • [email protected] says

      I stained the seats first, not worrying too much about getting the stain on the spindles. Painting over the newly stained portion of the spindles didn’t seem to be a problem. Obviously you’ll want to make sure it thoroughly dries first. Best of luck!!!

  17. Donna says

    I have the exact same table!!!! Love the table, two fold out leaves(sp) fits our family gatherings 20 years later:) I started to sell the table and my daughter said ” mom! This table is found in all the antique boutiques in Texas, just redone!” Soooooo here we go…… after we finish redoing kitchen:)
    Small works that I found the same table, same idea:)

    Thanks from Texas!

    • [email protected] says

      I love this, Donna! Best of luck with your table. I have a feeling you’re going to love the “after”!

  18. Patti says

    Me again! So I have applied one coat of Minwax Espresso. The table is red oak so the table has more of a red hue than just brown peeking through the stain. I guess it’s ok but I was thinking it would look different. I have Minwax Classic Grey. Do you think a light coat of that would tone down the red or another coat of Espresso – which would make it darker. I don’t really want it that dark as I am painting the bottom black. Either way it looks 100% better than it did.

    • [email protected] the 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

      Patti – I’m so excited to see that you’ve jumped in with this project! Regarding your question…is there any way you can find an inconspicuous place to experiment with the stain colors? Perhaps the underside of the table? I can tell you I regretted gray on my table because it gave a bit of a blue cast to the overall color. I think you won’t be sorry if you take a little more time to figure out what stains look best together. If you can’t find an inconspicuous place on the table to experiment, perhaps you could grab a piece of red oak lumber from Lowe’s? My main advice is to make sure you are happy now because you will likely be looking at this table every single day. It’s worth getting it just right! Best of luck and keep me posted! 馃槉

      • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Patti for 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

        Table update! So I didn’t use the Gray as I was unable to pick up some oak to practice on. I went with a second coat of Espresso but only left on for a few minutes. Turned out very nice. Have started the painting process, table was a snap to do but painting the chairs is painful. Thankful for your pics showing that you covered seats with plastic wrap. Here is my new question – with the plastic wrap on the seats I have noticed bits of wet stain that seem to have come to the surface. I can wipe them off but am curious as to what caused this to happen and hopefully are easy to remove once the wrap is off. Secondly, I taped off around the spindles but on the off chance that some of the paint has seeped through onto the stained wood how will I remove that? I hope you don’t mind all the questions. I live in a rural area with very limited resource people so appreciate the help you have given me. Thanks again.

        • [email protected] Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for says

          Patti – I’m so excited for you (I feel like I know you!). I bet you feel like you can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. It sounds like the stain wasn’t fully dried before you put the Press-n-seal on it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it remains a nice smooth finish when you remove it. Let’s cross that bridge only if we need to. I’m hopeful that your stain will remain how it was when you started the painting process. In regards to possible paint seeping through the tape…once again, let’s hope it doesn’t. But if does, perhaps you could use a little bit of mineral spirits on a q-tip to remove it. Or, you could possibly even use your fingernail to remove it if it is just a fleck of paint here and there (I would start with that as there is a chance the Mineral Spirits could remove some of the stain). I MUST see a picture when you are finished! I love that the 1 last update 2020/05/25 you are finding my tutorial useful馃槉. I just hope you think it’s worth it in the end! Keep me posted!Patti – I’m so excited for you (I feel like I know you!). I bet you feel like you can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. It sounds like the stain wasn’t fully dried before you put the Press-n-seal on it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it remains a nice smooth finish when you remove it. Let’s cross that bridge only if we need to. I’m hopeful that your stain will remain how it was when you started the painting process. In regards to possible paint seeping through the tape…once again, let’s hope it doesn’t. But if does, perhaps you could use a little bit of mineral spirits on a q-tip to remove it. Or, you could possibly even use your fingernail to remove it if it is just a fleck of paint here and there (I would start with that as there is a chance the Mineral Spirits could remove some of the stain). I MUST see a picture when you are finished! I love that you are finding my tutorial useful馃槉. I just hope you think it’s worth it in the end! Keep me posted!

  19. Falisha says

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    Sorry if this is a silly question, but I’m getting ready to do something similar to my table, just with a lighter ashier stain on top. Do you need to strip the existing stain off and sand the bits you paint white? I’ve never used chalk paint before, not sure if it will chip/peel without going on a fresh surface

    • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for [email protected] says

      Not a silly question at all! If you are using chalk paint, no, you do not need to strip/sand existing stain. Chalk paint doesn’t require any priming…it’s kinda awesome really. BUT, if you have oily or greasy spots, I would suggest cleaning that really well. A clean surface is all that’s necessary for chalk paint. I would lightly sand between coats of chalk paint (wiping clean with dry cloth each time) as this will give you a smoother finish and make it much less likely to chip. It does take a bit of extra time to do this, but you’ll be glad you did! Obviously if you do any staining, you’ll need to get that surface properly prepared before applying new stain.

  20. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Krupskaya Elliott for 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

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    LOVE this table! I was wondering if I could use the 1 last update 2020/05/25 white wax , instead of Minwax Polycrylic?
    Thanks,LOVE this table! I was wondering if I could use white wax , instead of Minwax Polycrylic?
    Thanks,

    • [email protected] says

      Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Thank you! I have never used white wax, but I would imagine it would work fine over the white chalk paint. As with anything, I would test it out first. Of course the polycrylic will be more durable. BUT, I have also had some say that the polycrylic looked a little bit yellow over time over the white. I personally have not had that issue, but it’s something to consider.

  21. Shelly Cassara for 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

    I too have begun stripping and re-staining my kitchen tressel table, benches and chairs. I’m also going to chalk paint all the bases. My question is also on using white wax on the stained portions of the project (as well as the chalked bases) as opposed to the polycrylic finish (which I had on before and yes, it had turned yellow over time). Has anybody had any adverse affects with the wax that you know? Will the wax stand up to wear and tear of a kitchen table better or about the same as the polycrylic?

    • [email protected] says

      First of all, I commend you for taking on this project. It is A LOT of work. As for your questions, wax isn’t as durable as polycrylic. I’ve used wax on many pieces of furniture that do not get as much wear and it works great! However, on the furniture that takes a bit of abuse it gets fairly scratched. SOOOO, I would continue to recommend polycrylic for a kitchen table. You might consider General Finishes High Performance Top Coat. I have not tried this, but I’ve heard very good things about it. Best of luck!

  22. Jennifer says

    I am preparing to start a similar project. One thing that I get stuck on is how to apply the stain. How did you apply yours? I read about how some brush it on and wipe off, or apply with a rag or do I brush on and allow to dry? Yours turned out beautiful!

    • Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for [email protected] says

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      Hi Jennifer! It’s a big undertaking, but I’m sure you will love the end result! Regarding stain application, I would brush it on then use a clean, dry rag to wipe off the excess – all going with the grain of the wood. The longer you leave it on, the darker it will be. Your best bet is to get a board of the same wood and experiment. It’s worth the extra time and effort to get it exactly how you want it! Best of luck!

  23. Janet says

    Hi April

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for I鈥檓 considering doing my table as well thanks to your inspiration. I wanted to ask if we used the Benjamin Moore advanced paint do you think I need to still use the citristrip and sand as well. Also you said with that paint I won鈥檛 need a top coat correct?
    Was thinking of doing a painted black and white table no stain.
    Hope mine will look as good as yours. Thanks

    • [email protected] for 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

      Thanks for the sweet words, Janet! If you opt for Benjamin Moore Advance, I would sand it first – Citristrip wouldn’t be necessary. Then use a great primer (I like STIX), then the Advance paint. I used Advance paint on some of our basement cabinetry and I love it! NO TOP COAT NEEDED, yay! It does require ~24 hours to dry between coats. But, once it fully cures, it is really durable. Let me know how it turns out!

  24. Janet says

    April can I for 1 last update 2020/05/25 ask also what finish you chose for your basement cabinets for the BM paint?April can I ask also what finish you chose for your basement cabinets for the BM paint?

    • [email protected] says

      Absolutely. I used semi-gloss. I’m attaching a picture of the paint can so you can find it more easily if you decide to shop for it. On the right is the paint used on the backside of the bar for your reference.

  25. Heather Cunningham says Heather Cunningham says

    Your table is beautiful!! We just bought a similar one of of Craigslist that I am going to paint and stain for a new house. Did you use poly over the painted portions as well?
    A couple of years out, are you still pleased with your choice of poly (no yellowing?)
    Thanks so much!!

    • [email protected] says

      Thanks so much, Heather! I used polycrylic over all of it! I have not personally experienced any yellowing with the polycrylic, but I have definitely heard others complain of this so it is a risk. Best of luck with your table project. It is one of my favorite DIY “after”!

  26. Carrie Beth says

    Have looked at this post several times. I have a table just like yours, maybe not quite as orangey, that bothers me every time I look at it. Our house has gray paint and white trim and I so long to redo it like yours but my husband doesn’t want me to bc we have two small children.

    I am not afraid of the staining and painting part. I have done that before but not on as big of a scale. What scares me is the stripping of the tabletop enough. There is a sort of lip/groove around the edge of the table similar to yours and I have no idea how I would sand that with my electric sander where it is not the flat surface. I have not used Citristrip before but we already have it. How well did the Citristrip take off the finish? Did you do it over and over? Did you use a palm sander as well?

    It certainly would be easier to just paint the chair all white but is so much more stunning with the seats painted.

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for The sanding/stripping is the not fun/tedious part for me, and the part that scares me if I do not do it enough the stain will look horrible.

    Thank you for any thoughts 馃檪

    • [email protected] says

      Hi Carrie Beth! I get it; this is a really big undertaking, but I have been so pleased with the outcome. Re: your questions…I sanded the lip/edge of the table by hand. Keep in mind it’s been a while since I did this, but I do not recall it being too much of an issue. I also do not recall using Citristrip more than the initial time. The dish scrubbie / wash was really helpful in getting little pieces of stain that didn’t remove perfectly with Citristrip. Also sanding after letting it dry took care of the tiny remnants of stain. As I mentioned in my post, I don’t love the stain color choice I went with for my table top, BUT the quality is good. I hope this helps! Let me know how it goes and if I can be of any further assistance. Best of luck to you!

  27. Nancianne the 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

    I followed every word …. from the list of materials to the number of coats of stain. Thank you so much for the directions. My grandparents breakfast table is now a refreshed and updated dining room set that I truly love!!

    • [email protected] says

      Aw, you just made my night! This is exactly why I love blogging. Thanks so much for sharing this sweet comment. Enjoy your special table!

  28. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for AnnTN says

    I’m getting ready to start this project today with my table and chairs. The top of my table is that really light wood that isn’t pine or oak. I think it’s some sort of Asian wood. Anyway, we’ll see how it turns out. Also, I wanted to say that water based polycrylic shouldn’t/isn’t supposed to yellow over time. I just wanted to put that out there for everyone that was wondering. I love how your table and chairs turned out. I’m hoping mine will turn out as well as yours did. My table is round with a leaf that folds down into the table top. Fingers crossed.

  29. Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Lynn for 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

    Thank you for your tutorial. I did a similar project with my table and chairs years ago, so they鈥檙e needing some work now. My ladder back chairs were spray painted (many cans of red paint) and they鈥檝e held up pretty well, but some areas of the chairs are getting dull, so thinking I will repaint them soon! My table top is stained dark walnut and I probably did a wipe-on polyurethane over the stain. Perhaps I didn鈥檛 do enough coats, because I have lots of scratches on the top. I also think it鈥檚 pine wood which is softer and more susceptible to scratching (ugh). I was wondering what you used to apply your polycrylic? Do you use a brush or a foam brush or something else? The bottom part of my table is just latex paint and it鈥檚 held up great – this was before I ever heard of chalk paint (and before Pinterest! Lol!). I鈥檓 really wanting to redo the top, even though I want to keep it the same color. I guess I鈥檇 have to sand it down to get rid of the scratches – basically start over on the top. What do you think? Thanks!!

    • [email protected] says

      Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Hi, Lynn! Thanks for commenting! With you table top, I would sand down just as you mentioned. To apply the polycrylic, be sure not to shake the can prior to use (just stir it) as you will get bubbles otherwise. A nice synthetic brush for application is likely your best bet. I’ve used a foam brush with pretty good success, too. But, I know most people would recommend a nicer synthetic brush, so try that. Perhaps have a pack of foam brushes on hand just in case you decide that works better for you. GOOD LUCK! It’s such an undertaking, but I’m sure you’ll love the end result.

  30. Samantha says

    Oh my goodness, that really was a labor of love!! I always get in over my head with big projects like that and I’m ready to quit halfway through!

  31. Brenda P. Collette says

    Just to be clear, on the chair seat you used only your DIY Tea stain?? I adore how the seats turn out.. the transparency of the stain bring out the richness of the grain.. I have a set to do as well .. You are very inspiring . Thank you for sharing.

    • [email protected] the 1 last update 2020/05/25 sayssays

      Brenda, that is correct. I absolutely love the color of the seats and wished the table top were the same. BUT, the tea stain is somewhat unpredictable. If I were to do the table top over, I’d do dark walnut or perhaps special walnut stain color (by Minwax). Best of luck with your project!

  32. Jenna says

    Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for So the citristrip basically replaces tons of sanding? And did you only use it on the parts I planned to stain but not on the parts you planned to paint? Just got a steal on and set like this and am so excited but nervous to start it lol!

    • [email protected] says [email protected] says

      Jenna- Yes, Citristrip was used to help me avoid lots of sanding. Some sanding will still be required. But, this stuff is fantastic. I only used Citristrip where I was going to be staining. It wasn’t necessary on the parts I painted. It is a BIG project, but the results are worth it. Best of luck to you!

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