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Dining Room Table Makeover Tutorial

Oak is out. By out I mean outdated, old fashioned, behind the times. Because of that, people are getting rid of their sturdy, well made oak furniture left and right. Ikea has replaced strong wood furniture with more modern, but flimsy pieces. I encourage anyone with patience and a good work ethic to grab all the oak furniture you can! They just don’t make things today the way they used to. Here’s some before and after pictures of my current farmhouse dining room table I refinished from an old oak set:

















Materials Used:

  • Paint Brush
  • Paint Roller
  • Foam Brush
  • Paint Pan
  • Fine Steel Wool Pad
  • General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint
  • General Finishes Black Cherry Wood Stain
  • General Finishes Flat Top Coat Sealant




  1.  Take steel wool pad and de-gloss furnature. You don’t need to spend too much time on this. You may be able to see the wood get less shiny but sometimes it looks the same. Just give the peice a good wipe down.
  2. Clean the furniture with a microfiber cloth to get all the dust and dirt off.
  3. Paint! Use a roller or paint brush depending on the size of your project. Don’t let big paint drips dry. The first coat will look horrible. Trust me. After two or three coats it will look much better!
  4. Sand if you want to get that rustic look. Skip if you don’t want that.
  5. After the paint is completely dry, it is time to seal. I used a foam brush and put three coats on. A little goes a long way. Do not let the paint drips dry; the sealer will dry a different color if it is in big pools.
  6. If you want to stain portions of your project, do step 1 and 2. Use a paint brush (for this particular stain; other brands might have you use a cloth). I did three or four coats.
  7. Seal the stained peice with three coats of sealant as well.




8 thoughts on “Dining Room Table Makeover Tutorial

  1. I was so glad to see this pop up, I just snagged a table with leaf and 4 chairs for 75. bucks, Not sure how I will do the chairs as I want to show the design on the back. But I love the stain you used on the top. Love it, Great job.


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