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Dining table and chairs upcycle

Having an Impact
Having an Impact


An old farmhouse style kitchen table and 12 chairs sanded back, stained and painted.



The project


I have a big family, so the original eight-seater square table, then ten-seater long table were always going to be too small. So when I finally found an affordable secondhand 12-seater table and chairs, I snapped up the bargain with the intention to give it a massive makeover to match my farmhouse kitchen.




Step 1


Remove the chair seat from the frames. Lightly sand the frames and using the spray gun, paint the frames café cream colour.




Step 2

Using the Ozito sander and 60-80 grit sandpaper, sand the chair base. This process took almost one hour per chair base and I have 12 seats.




Step 3


Remove the tabletop from the legs. Using the same Ozito sander and several replacement 60-80 grit sanding sheets, sanded back the dark brown table to its natural wood. This took almost nine hours over a number of days (lots of pressure on your back, arms and legs). 




Step 4


Paint the table legs the same café cream colour as the chair frames.


Step 5

Clean all the sawdust off the table and chair base and wash with a water and sponge. Apply clear varnish to the natural wood, let it dry and lightly sand with 240-260 grit sandpaper before applying varnish again. I applied three coats (with my little helper).


For my tabletop and chair base, I sanded it right back to the natural wood. Then using a clear wood gloss varnish, I applied 2-3 coats. For the chair frames, I lightly sanded and then used a Taubmans Ultimate Enamel paint in a Dulux Café Crème colour.




Step 6


Reattach the chair base to the frames, and legs to the table top. What an amazing transformation. 


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Before and after






Home Improvement Guru

Afternoon @NickiM 

:surprised: Seriously can smell the brand new table varnish! That is a great job and must say the table is HUGE! I didnt really see how huge until I saw the child sitting on it lol I really like how you went to the effort of removing the seats and stripping them back.


That is a beautiful table setting.



Having an Impact

Thanks @Dave-1 

This was a challenging but exciting project. It was my first time sanding and painting something so big (probably should have started with a coffee table first 🙄). But I loved the result and the feedback I get. Bunnings had everything I needed for the makeover, so that definitely helped.
Your comments are also encouraging. I really appreciate it. Thank you. 

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