DIY Projects

How To Do An Easy Dining Table Makeover

Hello everyone! I haven’t posted anything for a while now. My hands are literally full because I just gave birth to my son Elijah who is one month old today. He sleeps all day and he’s awake all night. I know, I know. I should sleep when he sleeps but I am the kind of person who cannot stay calm and has always something else to do which includes tidying up the house, doing paper works and mostly experimenting on small and easy DIY projects.

What I am going to share with you today is my Crate & Barrel dining set makeover. I finished this project a few months ago but since I have been very busy, I have not had the chance to share the easy tips on painting and staining a dining room set.


The shopping list:

Annie Sloan Chalk paint

Purdy 144152325 XL Series Glide Angular Trim Paint Brush, 2-1/2 inch

Brossum 2-in-1 Round Chalk Paint and Wax Brush for Furniture, Natural Bristles

General Finishes QTHS High Performance Water Based Topcoat, 1 quart, Satin

General Finishes JQ Gel Stain, 1 quart, Java

Sand paper 150 grit

Foam brush or paint pad applicator


The process:

For applying the chalk paint and wax on the legs and chairs, you can see that easy tutorial here

(My husband helping with the chairs)

To stain the tabletop, first, prep the surface you want to stain. Sand the surface using at least 150 grit.

Apply Java Gel stain using a clean cotton cloth (I used my old sports socks). You can also use a foam brush depending on your preference. Make sure to apply the stain liberally going with the grain. If you want more coverage, apply more gel stain but keep in mind, allow it to dry between application which is normally 6-12 hours depending how large is the surface.  For this project, we applied 3 coats and allowed it to dry for 48 hours before applying the topcoat.

Below is a photo of the first coat of stain.

Second coating (bottom photo) and third coating (top)

I chose High Performance Polyurethane Water Based Topcoat in Satin. I have used a different brand of polyurethane before and I did not like it because it caused discoloration on my furniture so I decided to go for this one. Thanks to I usually look for the one that is marked with “Bestseller” which makes it easier for me to choose which one to purchase.

Use a foam brush or paint pad applicator to apply the topcoat. It is recommended to sand the furniture between coats using 320 grit, but I skipped that step on this project and it looks perfectly just fine. Apply 3 coatings for a durable finish.

Have fun!




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