Enchanted Mommy

DIY: Refinished Kitchen Table and Chairs

Remember when I refinished my buffet?  I ended up redoing the kitchen table and chairs to match!  This is a set we have had for quite a while now and has survived three moves and three children.

It was pretty beat up so I was really anxious to refinish it once we got settled here in Florida.

The chairs were the worst because they have spindles and took a lot of extra time to paint.  I am pretty sure I will never do chairs again!

Before and After

Before and After

 

This is how beat up it was!

This is how beat up it was!

Fabulous.  You can almost see the matching buffet to the right that I posted about last month.

Fabulous. You can almost see the matching buffet to the right that I posted about last month.

Supplies:

Oil based primer (I recommend Zinsser)
Sand paper and electric sander (sanding between coats and parts your are staining)
latex paint (I used a satin finish)
water based poly (I recommend Minwax Polycrylic)
Elmer’s wood filler (to fill in any grooves or scrapes)
Wood stain (I used the darkest stain I could find, Kona)

1.  Start by repairing any major scrapes or dents with Elmer’s wood filler.  I used a lot of this to fill in the natural grooves the table came with.  I hated them… food was always getting stuck in them.

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2.  Start sanding!  Use an electric sander to sand off the tops of the chairs and the top of the table.  Make sure you get all the finish off.  Do not over sand unless you are sure your table is solid wood.  I did this and could see part of the particle board show through in one part.

All sanded and wiped clean!

All sanded and wiped clean!

3.  Clean all the dust and start priming the table and chair legs.  I did two coats.  Lightly sand any drips between coats.

4.  Ready to paint!  It takes two coats of latex paint on the table and chair legs.  Work slowly and carefully on the spindles to avoid clumps and drips.  Sand any drips between coats.  I also like to add some floetrol to my paint.  This helps condition your wood and also slows down the drying time to minimize viewable brush marks.

Primed on the bottom and first coat of stain done on the top

Primed on the bottom and first coat of stain done on the top

5.  Stain the top of the table and chairs.  Use painters tape as needed.  I did three coats of stain to get the color as dark as I wanted.  I used a stain called Kona.

6.  After 24 hrs I started the poly coats.  Make sure the poly is completely dry between coats.  I did three coats of poly.  Sand between coats as needed with a very fine grit sandpaper.

Make sure you wait 24 to 48 hrs before putting your table and chairs into regular use.  It turned out great!  We have been using it for a few months now and love it!

Turned out perfect!  I can't tell which chair was the one that was so beat up in picture above.  They all look perfect now.

Turned out perfect! I can’t tell which chair was the one that was so beat up in picture above. They all look perfect now.

11 Comments

  1. Meagan Briggs

    Oct 03, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I am DESPERATELY needing to do this for our kitchen table. It isn’t solid wood. So just paint over? It is all black right now, and I would love to paint it all white. I need some tips!

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Oct 04, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      If you are not planning to stain it, it will be a super easy project. Just do two coats of primer, two coats of the white latex paint, then two or three coats of poly. Really simple. You can sand between any of the coats as needed if you have any paint drips or clumping. This table wasn’t solid wood, but was still stainable. 🙂 You could also use chalk paint. That is really popular right now. You can only order it online though.

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  2. Emily

    Feb 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    The table looks great! Question about the grooves you filled in with woodfiller. I have a table with a similar problem (the stuck crumbs are frustrating). Once you put the new stain and poly on, can you tell the grooves are filled in, as in, are the outlines still there or did they mostly get camoflaged?

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  3. Stacie

    May 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I have the same question as Emily! I have a round kitchen table with several grooves across the table and food is always getting stuck in there. Wondering if you can tell if the grooves are filled in….would staining or painting it dark be best, like you did???
    Thank-you so much!

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      May 21, 2014 at 9:41 am

      You can tell the grooves are there if you look closely, but it looks very natural. Food cannot get stuck in the grooves at all anymore. It looks really good. I did the dark stain and it really blends well. I am not sure how that would change with a lighter stain.

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  4. gina

    Jun 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Question about the grooves in the chairs. I have similar chairs and when I sand the tops of them with my electric makita belt sander it looks like I am creating thin streaks in the wood. Doesn’t appear to be sanding evenly. What am I doing wrong?

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Jun 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Oh no! It sounds like your chairs might not be real wood. Possibly particle board underneath and you might be oversanding making the particle board visible. I did that on a small strip of my table too before I realized it. You can still restain over the particle board though. Sand just until the original stain is gone and then you are good to go.

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  5. Matt

    Aug 11, 2014 at 4:06 am

    How did you sand the legs of the table and chairs, especially the grooves in the legs?

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Jan 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      I didn’t. I just painted over them. You only need to sand the parts you are staining. If for some reason you have a paint drip you can sand that part by hand then fix the scuff on your next paint coat.

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  6. Marlene Ulmer

    Jan 06, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Just wondering about the chair seats? Sre they just painted or did you mount something on them. They almost look leather like?

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    • Jamie Hinckley

      Jan 26, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      They spindles/legs are painted white and the actual seat is stained with several coats of the Kona stain. I did not mount anything on them.

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