How to Chalk Paint a Dining Table

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I scroll through tons of painted furniture because it’s my business and I love it.  The pieces that consistently get the most likes and comments are the white, cream or gray ones with a dark stained top.  

It’s a classic look, simple and beautiful.  And it seems to be what speaks to people the most.

Just look at this before picture!

5 leg dining table before

Here are the supplies I used.

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Walnut Gel Stain

This antique table was very imperfect when I got it, and this makeover didn’t make it perfect by any means.  There are still some cracks and divits in the top, and the legs have a lot of texture.

I tried to work with the issues, and let them add to the character.  I sanded down the top, cleaned it and stained it with No Pain Gel Stain in the color Walnut. 

5 leg dining table side angle

The No Pain line of gel stain is oil-based, so I let it dry overnight before the second coat.  Then I let it dry a couple days before adding several coats of Satin Clear Coat.

Because it’s not soap and water clean-up, I use an applicator pad that I can toss after use.

5 leg dining table front view

Distressed Fluff Finish

For the legs and table apron, I painted 2 coats of Dixie Belle Fluff.  You may think I did something to add that texture coming through the distress, but it was existing.

I love this type of character because it’s random and natural age.

5 leg dining table corner

Have you noticed that this table has 5 legs?  I’m not sure why the middle leg is there, but it sure is quirky!

5 leg dining table close up

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4 thoughts on “How to Chalk Paint a Dining Table”

  1. Brandi says:

    I’m going to tackle my husband’s family dining table (ours now)! I’m kind of nervous. The plan is to do Caviar on the base and the chairs then re-stain the top. Wish me luck! I’ll be checking out your tips!

    1. Shannon says:

      I love the color choice! Good luck and have fun, I’m sure it will be beautiful! xo, Shannon

  2. What a beautiful job! I’ve always wanted to paint the bottom half of my dining room table white. Love it. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned! xo Kathleen

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Kathleen! You should do it; you won’t regret it. xo, Shannon

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