How to Chalk Paint a Dining Table

5 leg dining table top

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. 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!


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