5 Ways Dining Set Redo

With the holidays approaching, it’s fun to think of gathering loved ones for shared meals and conversations.  Anticipating a full house for Thanksgiving or Christmas means that many of you are figuring out exactly where to put all of your guests.  Perhaps because that’s a thought that is on many minds as holiday entertaining looms, I’ve noticed that dining room redos tend to spike right before Thanksgiving.  Since the table is the focal point of a dining room, that’s a good place to start any improvements or updates.  The great thing about tables is that they are easy to find and fairly easy to update or change with a few DIY touches.  Today I’m going to share five inspiring dining table makeovers with you.  I’d encourage you to check out these makeovers not just for the tips on painting and staining, but for some terrific source ideas if you are looking for a different table.


1. Chalk Painted and Stained


This counter height farmhouse table was one of the first furniture purchases Kristy from The Diary of Dave’s Wife ever made.  When it was time for a change, she took a sander to the tabletop and roughed it up a bit to give it a more weathered look and finished it with a clear sealer.  The formerly black apron and legs were painted with white chalk paint.

2.  Spray Painted


That’s right, you read correctly:  this gorgeous dining set from At Home With the Barkers was spray painted with black Rustoleum Semi-Gloss Protective Enamel.  Red houndstooth check upholstery on the chairs completed the new look.  Awesome!

3. Restyled


When you get a good deal on a table ($5 for this huge table that The Treeces found outside an auction house) it makes it easier to take risks with a makeover.  The Treeces completely restyled their table by giving it a two-toned finish, with legs painted gray and distressed and the tabletop painted white.  I love the look of the metal cafe chairs they chose!

4. Refinished with Paint


This dining set at Classy Clutter got a whole new chance at life with a can of glossy paint.  Painting over the wood finish with white freshened up the table considerably, making it look less bulky in the small dining space.  Pretty vinyl fabric on the upholstered chairs completed the new look.

5.  Switched


“Back when we found our dining room table on Craigslist, we were just so excited to find an affordable pedestal table for our square dining room, we were willing to overlook some flaws,” explains Rebekah at Suddenly Inspired.  After a while though, flaws like the deep grooves in the tabletop and the orange-toned finish were starting to really bother her.  So, when she spotted another round table on Craigslist for just $40, Rebekah snatched it up, replacing the grooved top with a smoother, larger one.

Do you have a table that you love or hate?  What would you change about yours if you could?

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