Grandpa's Dining Table got a new look!

Good Morning everyone!  I thought I'd sprinkle a furniture makeover in between the holiday decorating posts I've been sharing with you these days.

One of my awesome blog readers who I've never met or don't know by name told her daughter about my blog. Her daughter then contacted me about doing a makeover on her grandfather's dining table. She recently renovated her home and wanted to keep the table for her dining room. Many emails transpired over several weeks and the end result was Grandpa's Dining Table got this new look!

A client's Grandpa's dining table makeover After

Grandpa's Dining Table Got A New Look

This is what the table used to look like...

Grandpa's Table Makeover Before

It took only moments for me to realize the top of the table was a very thin veneer and so I had to sand it VERY carefully. Using a 1/2 Sheet Sander with 100 grit sandpaper I removed the shiny finish. Next, I switched to 180 grit sandpaper, being careful not to press too firmly. The remainder of the finish that I couldn't get off was removed by hand with 220 grit sandpaper. It was labor-intensive but worth the extra time to get down to the bare wood.

Grandpa's Table Makeover custom chalk paint color to match chairs

I sanded the base of the table lightly to give it some bite for the chalk paint to adhere. Then I mixed a custom white paint color to match the new dining chairs purchased for this table. It took a little playing but as you can see in the photo above, it's a pretty darn good match!

Grandpa's table makeover after first coat of stain

I applied one coat of Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut.  I only left the stain on for five minutes before wiping off the excess because we didn't want the table to look too dark.  You can see in the photo above it was coming off a little orangey.

Grandpa's Table Makeover after second coat of stain

The picture above of one of the table leaves is after a light second coat of stain and that did the trick! I really like how beautifully the stain color looks with the painted base.

Grandpa's Dining Table Makeover with white chalk paint base and Dark Walnut stained top

The entire table was protected with four coats of satin Minwax Polycrylic that was sprayed on with my shop workhorse, the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer. I'm not being compensated by Minwax or HomeRight for this post - just sharing the love. Look how smooth that top looks!

Grandpa's Table Makeover with sprayed on Minwax Polycrylic finish

I had to add a little Christmas bling for the photos.

Grandpa's Dining Table Makeover with some Christmas bling

I always get so nervous before a client reveal but I'm pleased to say that she and her husband were happy with the makeover!

Grandpa's Table Makeover with white chalk painted base and dark walnut stained top

Another look at the Dark Walnut top and Custom White Chalkk Painted Base on Grandpa's Dining Table Makeover

...and when a client goes home happy, then I'm happy.

Grandpa's Dining Table Makeover After

Now it's time to get messy with some flour, a rolling pin, and an oven!



  1. This is beautiful! I have my husband's grandmas kitchen table and wanted to do a similar finish. While the legs are wood, the top is laminate. Do you have any tips or suggestions?

    1. Hi Sylvia! Assuming the top is a "wood" laminate I would suggest you use a low VOC paint stripper on it and cover it with plastic wrap to lift the stain and a PLASTIC scraper. You may need a couple of applications. Then with nothing grittier than 220 grit sandpaper, carefully sand the top (by hand) so you don't get down below the veneer. If you don't get a nice clean finish, then my suggestion would be to use a dark walnut or special walnut GEL stain which will provide better coverage. I hope that helps! If you press the Contact Me tab at the top, drop me an email if you have any further questions, I'd be happy to help!


Post a Comment

Don't be shy, I love reading your comments and reply to every single one! If you want to be notified when I reply back to you, click the "Notify Me" button below the comment box.