Dining Room Table Makeover

Done. Finished. Finito. Finally. After what seems like forever I finally finished up my dining room table and chairs last night. I started several weeks ago with one of the dining room chairs and then worked my way through the chairs one at a time. The last chair was finally finished this past Friday and I got ready to jump right into the table makeover or at least that was the plan.

It is an old table that I purchased at an auction 10+ years ago and I loved that it was square, but could easily be converted to a larger rectangle shaped table, if needed. At some point and time I applied some stain to the table, but never bothered to finish it any further than that.

The table actually turned out to be a much easier project to tackle then the chairs, but paint versus stain is always easier IMHO. The plan was simple, sand down the table top and stain to match the chairs, while painting the bottom half something bright.


And, amazingly, everything went really smoothly. The table top received two coats of Polyshades in Antique Walnut, just like the chairs, but it also received another coat of Polyurethane for extra protection. I may still do one more coat just to be sure it’s sealed up properly.

This flash photo was the only way I was able to get close to a true representation of the paint color. Remember when I said I was going to paint it something bright? Oh, yeah it’s bright. I love it. I usually chicken out when it comes to going a little crazy with color, but this time I just went with it and didn’t give myself an opportunity to back out. The legs were sprayed in a color called Lagoon by Rustoleum in a satin finish.

Now that this project is finally complete I can’t believe I lived with it in that sad state for so long.

Cost Breakdown:

  • Polyshades: $13 (quart/about half a can left)
  • Polyurethane: $0 (on hand/approx $12 if you had to purchase)
  • Spray Paint: $4 (partial can/plus 1 new can)
  • Sanding Supplies: $0 (steel wool & sandpaper on hand)

Total:  $17

This is one of those projects that involves more time than anything, which I guess I can use as my excuse as to why it sat like it did for so long??

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