Ideas for Painting a Dining Room Table and Chairs

Scratched or worn dining tables and chairs can be a valuable discovery at a garage sale. By refinishing and updating the surface, an old dining set can become great dining furniture. Before selling your current dining room furniture, consider resurfacing it and adding a modern look to the room without the cost of purchasing a new set.


Restoring is the process of washing, stripping and sanding furniture to apply a new paint finish. The tables and chairs can have a new darker or lighter shade than the previous stain or can be painted with a matte finish paint for a new style. For example, try to change a room with a tinge of cherry to a dramatic black or a bright white to add a more modern look to a room.

Accents fabrics

The dining chairs’ solid wood can be uncomfortable to sit. Adding padding to make them more comfortable seats and will also add a new style to the furniture. Purchase prefabricated padded seats at craft shops and stretch colorful fabric over the seat of the chair to keep the stuffing in place. Ensure the fabric at the bottom of the seat of the chair using fabric glue or staple gun.

Opposite colors

A dining table does not have to be the same color as your chairs. Rooms with contrasting colors add drama and depth to a room. Try to combine bright white dining chairs with a deep black dining table. Vinyl chairs covered with purple or blue can also be combined well with tables in black or white. Mix and match different colored chairs in a set, like a red chair, blue, green and yellow with a wooden table to add a colorful mix in a dining room.

Faux finishes

Faux finishes add depth and warmth to the walls of a room, but can also be applied to a dining table. Popular styles include dining sets aged styles that have a base color that breaks through the surface of an upper layer. For example, a deep bronze color can be displayed in the cracks of an old white finish. Buy a faux finishing kit made specifically for furniture, not to wall surfaces at a local home improvement store.

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