Thursday, May 8, 2014

Kitchen Table Makeover & Some Helpful Tips

Like I always say, it's impossible for me to keep things around my house the same very long. This is the second time I've made over this kitchen table, but I really love how it turned out so intend to keep it this way for a long least my husband hopes so! lol

When we first got it handed down to us it was this really dark green color and didn't match the colors I chose for the kitchen.

A friend helped me repaint the chairs and table legs a couple of summers ago. I really liked how much it brightened up the kitchen, but still wasn't a big fan of the stain color.

So...a couple years later I finally got the courage to paint the whole thing! I decided to go all white which made me a little hesitant at first. Now that it's done though, we really like it! I love how fresh and clean it looks!

Here are a couple tips if you decide to redo your kitchen table:

- Use a good sander! I started sanding by hand and it was taking forever! Luckily our small group leader graciously let me borrow his power sander and it made things a lot easier. You want to make sure you sand it really well so the paint will stick well and go on evenly. If you decide to stain the top instead of paint, be sure to sand all the way down to the bare wood before starting your new stain color!

- Be sure to seal the top of your table well. Kitchen tables are used daily and get a lot of use. You want to make sure it will last. I think I put 4 coats on this but you may want to do a couple more if you think it needs it.

- When sealing, you can either use polyurethane or polycyclic. Lesson learned from this project: use POLYCYCLIC when sealing over white paint. I started with polyurethane since that's what I already had and it left the top a yellow tint. After some research I found that Polycyclic is water based instead of oil based and it goes on crystal clear! So after resanding again, repainting and a trip to Home Depot for some Polycyclic, I finally had the table finished! 

If you have any other questions about this project feel free to ask! Have a great Thursday!


  1. I have a similar table, and this is giving me the push I need to paint it! I love the new color! :)

    1. Thanks, Dee! I love it too! Hope your project goes well! :)

  2. I love the white. I actually liked the blue as well. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Oh, and thanks for the tip. I had the same problem when I painted my table white and used polyurethane to seal it.