Tuesday, May 19, 2020

DIY Dining Room Table

After about four years of having a cheap plastic IKEA table in our dining room, my husband and I decided it was time for an upgrade. We started searching around for dining rooms tables and let me tell you....they are expensive! Most were thousands of dollars, and since we still live in an apartment, we weren't ready to commit to an expensive table just yet. My husband's family has had this wooden round table in storage for several years now that has been passed down from his grandma to his mom and now us. His mom and I decided that we wanted to repurposed it to use so we could throw away that IKEA table. I am no Joanna Gaines but making this old table new again was so fun and I think turned out really nice! 

  • An old wood table
  • Paint color of your choice - I used the Magnolia Homes Chalk Paint but this Waverly chalk paint from Walmart works just as good!
  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Sealer/Topcoat - I used the Magnolia Homes Transparent Flat Clear Finishing Wax but this finishing wax from Walmart work just as good!


Usually the first step would be to sand the table. In our case, we skipped this step because we didn't think it needed it, since we were just covering up the wood anyways, and there were no major issues with the table as it was. Instead, our first step was to clean it very well. We just took plain ole' soap and water and made sure to get all the dust and dirt off. We were using white paint so we knew we needed to make sure there was no dirt that would show through or mix with the white paint. 


Now on to the fun part, PAINTING! As mentioned above, we used the Magnolia Homes line of chalk paint. Make sure you buy enough paint for multiple coats. We ended up doing about 3-4 coats to get the look we wanted. If your looking for more of a white wash, you wont need as many coats, but we wanted it to be fully white. Once you apply your first coat, wait until it's completely dry before you start on your second coat. Same thing for the next couple of coats. One thing I will say is to make sure to pay attention to your brush stroke directions and go the same way the whole time. Here's how the different coats looked.

Coat 1:

Coat 2:

Coat 3: 


After the paint is dry, apply a sealer. Anytime you paint furniture which chalk paint, you want to protect the finish with a sealer or topcoat. We used the Magnolia Homes Transparent Flat Clear Finishing Wax. I did about two layers of the sealer.  


Your table is finished and you can add your decor! Here's my final product and I'm obsessed with how it turned out, especially being my first time painting any type of furniture!  I ordered these  tan cloth chairs from Amazon, and they are actually very durable and looked great with this type of table. I think it makes the whole table look more expensive when you add nice chairs. They came as a pack of 2 chairs for $99 which is such a great deal! Funny story about the glass we added to the top of the table! We were going to take the trash out the next weekend after we finished the table, and this piece of glass was just sitting by the dumpster in our apartment complex like it was meant to be ours haha! So we grabbed it! It is a little bigger than the table but we actually like it that way! The table will still look great without adding glass. I bought the  place mats and plate sets at Walmart. Each  plate and  bowl were only $2.48 and the  place mats were $1.00 - linked here for you! We also didn't have a rug prior to this table, but the rug definitely brought the entire look together. This exact one is from eSaleRugs online and is an 8 x 10- linked  here for only $149. The price we spent on all this was WAY better than the price tag on a new table! Hope this helps if you are making a DIY table! 

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