Modern Farmhouse Grey and White Dining Table Makeover

When one of your first ever furniture makeovers comes back for a re-makeover several years later. That's the story behind today's Grey and White Dining Table Makeover. We've had the solid oak pedestal table for almost thirty years. Several years ago, before I started blogging, I got rid of the golden oak finish by painting the base a warm white and staining the top dark walnut.

When we replaced the table for a larger Duncan Phyfe dining table we gave the oak table to our daughter. Fast forward to last summer they purchased their first home and no longer needed the table so back to our house it came. Near a hundred furniture makeovers now under my belt I look at the first makeover and cringe. The warm white base looks great but the stained top, oh my word did I slather it on, you can't even see the wood grain it's so thick.

Modern Farmhouse Grey and White Dining Table Makeover



Modern Farmhouse Grey and White Dining Table Makeover


Enter makeover number two, a more modern farmhouse makeover that I hope will appeal to potential buyers. Changing the dark walnut stain to a trendy grey dramatically changed the look.

White and Grey Stained Farmhouse Dining Table Makeover

And changing the warm white to cooler white on the pedestal base works much better with the cool grey stained top.

Grey and White Pedestal Dining Table Re-Makeover

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of how I did it, today is the first Furniture Fixer Upper Day of 2020. We are a group of six creative furniture upcycling friends who come together on the fourth Thursday of every month to breathe new life into a piece of furniture. Links to the other makeovers are at the bottom of the post.

In December, we did things a little differently. Instead of each doing a new makeover, we shared our favorites like my 12 Favorite Furniture Fixer Uppers of 2019. In November, I shared a bold Mid-Century Modern Media Cabinet makeover for my daughter's home.

So let's start by taking a look at what the table looked like before the re-makeover. See what I mean by the heavily applied dark stain?

Modern-Farmhouse-Table-Makeover-Before

Now let's take a closer look at what it looks like now in trendy grey and white. Not pictured is the table extension leaf which was also stained grey.

Modern Farmhouse Table Re-Makeover

I wish I had a photo of what it originally looked like. Just imagine golden oak with six matching Windsor chairs. The Parisian upholstered armchairs in the photo above are another makeover from a couple of years ago and so is the DIY Antiqued Mirror hanging on the wall.

Here's how I did it

I've included a list of the supplies that I used further down in the post. It contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend for this makeover. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you.

Stripping the dark stain

The first order of business was to strip the dark walnut stain. I'm not going to lie, it was t.e.d.i.o.u.s and took two afternoons to get it done. When I worked on this makeover, our area here in the Canadian Prairies was the coldest place on earth! At -37.8℃ (-36.04℉), sanding outdoors was not an option.

Modern Farmhouse Table Makeover Stripping Stain Supplies

Working in our basement workshop, I used my favorite fume-free, low VOC, water-based paint stripper. That stain was on so thick that it took three applications to remove it.

Modern Farmhouse Table Makeover Stripped Oak

Next, I used an orbital sander with 120 grit sanding pad to remove any bits left behind and a mouse sander around the edges. I used my Furniture Fixer Upper friend, Kandice's great tip of connecting the sanders to the shop vacuum to keep the dust down.

You can see in the photo above the difference between just stripping the dark walnut stain on the left and stripping AND sanding to the bare wood.

Once the entire top was stripped of the old stain I went over it again with the orbital sander and 220 grit sanding pad to smooth the bare wood.

Modern Farmhouse Table Makeover Stripped Oak Top

Staining the tabletop

The same applies to stain, working indoors and not being able to open the windows because of the frigid temperatures, I needed a safe fume-free stain. I found SAMAN odorless water-based wood stain, a Canadian brand found locally, in the color Castle Stone Grey. It doesn't require a wood conditioner, has no overlapping marks, doesn't raise the wood grain, and only requires one coat.

Modern Farmhouse Table Makeover Stained Grey

I quickly learned that just one coat (pictured above) was not going to cut it and ended up applying three light coats (not covering the wood grain like the last makeover). Thankfully because it is a waterbased product, it had a quick dry time. For a nice smooth finish, I sanded between coats with 600 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding pad.

Clearcoat protection for the stained oak

I let the final coat of stain dry overnight. To protect the new stain, especially on a table that will see a lot of use, I wanted a rock hard water repellent finish and that's where my favorite Dixie Belle Gator Hide comes in.

I applied three light coats with my favorite detailing sponge and waited two hours between coats. I also sanded between coats with 600 grit sandpaper for a smooth finish.

Cooling down the white pedestal base

After years of use, the pedestal base was looking a little worse for wear. But first, that baby needed a bath with Simple Green and a clean rag.

Modern Farmhouse Table Makeover Paint Prep

Once dry I was ready to get painting. While I loved the warm white paint color,  I repainted the pedestal base with a cooler white to compliment the grey top.

Modern Farmhouse Table Makeover White Paint

I thought I could get away with just one coat of Behr Chalk Decorative Paint but ended up doing two, waiting an hour between coats. For the apron I used my favorite Zibra Square Brush, it makes painting along the edge where the paint and stain meet so much easier and quicker too. For the pedestal base, I used my favorite Zibra Round Brush. I think I use this brush the most in the shop.

Protecting the white paint

Instead of using the Gator Hide on the base too, I opted for Behr Decorative Clear Wax. Applied with a round wax brush and buffed with a lint-free rag. In the original makeover, I also used dark wax to give the base a timeworn appearance. This time I kept it clean but I did lightly distress the white paint BEFORE I waxed.

Products I used for this table makeover


Supply List

Simple Green
Behr Chalk Decorative Paint White Tint
Zibra Square Brush
Zibra Round Brush
Behr Chalk Decorative Clear Wax
EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Remover
SAMAN Water-based Wood Stain Castle Stone Grey
Dixie Belle Gator Hide
Detail Sponge


So what do you think? If you have any questions about this makeover, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed this makeover, I'd be so thankful if you pinned and shared it with a friend.


Modern Farmhouse Grey and White Dining Table Makeover

Please join me in pressing the links below to see how my talented friends upcycled these furniture pieces.
Furniture Fixer Uppers January 2020 Before

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Comments

  1. SO much better!! My dining table that I am still using was the same way. It was one of the first stain projects I did and I really slathered it on lol! Oh how much we have learned over the years! Your table looks fantastic now! XOXO

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    1. Glad to see I'm not the only one. LOL Thank goodness for living and learning! Thanks Christy xo

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  2. Love this Marie! I have a table in my kitchen that is very similar to this. My chairs are nothing like yours tho... love them!!! Anyway, my table has seen better days and this has inspired me. Love your styling btw. Looks like you could give me a few tips on how to keep ferns alive. ;) XOXO

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    1. I'm so glad my table gave you inspiration for yours, Denise! Big hugs for the styling compliment, especially coming from you, whom I consider my styling guru ❤️ As for the fern, it's only alive and thriving because of Mr. Frugalista. xo

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  3. It looks so refreshed now. I remember doing a table like that early on. They're everlasting pieces. ♡

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    1. Thank you Larissa! I wish I could keep the table in our dining room because I love how it looks. But with our growing family I need a table 3 times the length.

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  4. Beautiful update, Marie! I'd say this table was well worth the purchase price when you got it. It's served your family well over the years. XO

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    1. It certainly has, Jen, and will be hard to part with because of its sentimental value. Our kids were raised around this table!

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  5. I think that looks pretty darn good in that room, with your silver accents, how can you let it go? Great tutorial...working with 'do overs' is always more work than you think it will be.! Great project?

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    1. Thank you so much, Sandi! I know, it was very hard taking the table down to the basement after seeing how good it looked in our dining room. With our growing family we need a table that seats a minimum 8 people and this one only seats six. Otherwise, it definitely would be staying put.

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  6. You, my uber talented friend should never, ever be ashamed of your makeovers. If I had testicles I would give the left one to have an ounce of your talent. Beautiful as always (version 1 and 2 BTW)

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    1. Well you sure know how to start off a girl's week! Thanks for the laugh...good thing I just swallowed my coffee before reading the testicle part. ROFLMAO Big hugs from Canada! xo

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  7. What a stunning makeover, Marie! I have a chair that I upcycled a couple of years ago and needs a touch up, so your techniques are very useful.

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    1. So glad to hear you find my techniques helpful! I've got a few tutorials on my DIY tab at the top of the blog. Have fun updating your chair!

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  8. Hi Marie: I restained my table about 3 years ago allowing me 3 more years of use. Unfortunately its starting to chip on the top, so I need to redo it yet again. I love my table so its worth the work. Pinning for inspiration.

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    1. Thanks for the pin, Leanna! I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Good luck with your table makeover! It's going to be hard to let go of this table because of the sentimental value.

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  9. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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    1. Have a great week, Marilyn, and thanks a bunch for the pin and share! xo

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  10. Hi Marie! I have a question about the pedestal. You said you waxed it the first time and before painting it this time, cleaned it with Simple Green...so is that all you need to do when painting over a piece that has been sealed with wax? I have a Lady's desk that I chalk painted a few years ago and now want to make it over but not sure if I should strip the wax. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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    1. Hi Cecilia! As long as you used a chalk paint wax, you don't have to strip the wax before painting with chalk paint, especially if it is cured. I even used a different brand of chalk paint and wax than the original on this pedestal and the paint adhered beautifully. I've re-painted pieces with chalk paint after they've been waxed less than the 30 day cure time and had no problems with the chalk paint adhering. I never hurts to go over it lightly with sandpaper first (220 grit) to give the paint some bite. I hope this helps!

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  11. This table and chairs are beautiful. I love the pedestal table, I have a table I love that's about ten years old, and needs a makeover. Unfortunately it isn't solid wood. I have to figure out something for the top.

    Brave woman for working in the basement during our cold snap, I need to go straighten mine out and put all my christmas stuff away properly, ugh.

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    1. There's so many great products out there for tables that are not solid wood, depending on the finish you want. If you need any help when it's time to refinish yours, don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be happy to help!

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  12. I totally love this! Thanks for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party, I'll be featuring you on my blog, Facebook and Instagram!

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    1. You just made my Monday, Tarahlynn! Thank you for the feature and the shares. xo

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  13. Marie, I love this furniture makeover! The grey looks so great on the table top, and I'm learning some tips on refinishing furniture. I have some projects in mind this year, so I'll be back! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you, Crissy! It's music to my ears when I hear readers pick up some helpful tips during their visits. If you ever need more tips or advice for refinishing those pieces, don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be happy to help!

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  14. This table is gorgeous Marie! I love it so much. I've never heard of that stripper before so thank you for including it in your supplies list. I'm going to be on the look out for it now. I love your chairs too. The entire space is really beautiful Hope your week has been a fun one, hugs, CoCo

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    1. Hi CoCo, thank you so much, I'm glad you like the table makeover! If you can't find that particular stripper (I'm Canadian) Citristrip is another safer alternative. Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend!

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  15. Such a beautiful second makeover Marie! Makes me want to change up our dining table right now! Although it would take me forever and not turn out like yours at all. Love it!

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    1. Katrin, I have no doubt you would do a beautiful job on yours! I'm glad you like the makeover, thank you 😊

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  16. What a great update!!! it is a beautiful piece of furniture. I love that it has stood the test of time and still looks fabulous!

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  17. Thank you so much, Sarah! I'm pleased with the new look and how nice it is in our dining room. I wish I could keep it but with our growing family, the table is too small. Hoping one of our kids takes it for their home (finger's crossed).

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