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Timber dining setting makeover with paint and varnish

Building a Reputation
Building a Reputation

This makeover gives a tired 20-year-old dining setting a fresh, modern look.





The project


This was an old, run-down hardwood table and eight chairs that needed a total makeover.




The top of the table was sanded back to raw wood, revealing the lovely, unusual wood grain. It was sealed with two coats of Timber Protect satin-finish clear varnish.


The rest of the table was sealed with two coats of Zinsser B-I-N primer-sealer and stain blocker to prevent bleed-through staining. It got three coats of Taubmans in Milk Cloud – just the prefect warm white – and then all sealed with two coats of the Timber Protect clear varnish.




Each chair was slightly sanded to remove any peeling varnish. They all got two coats of the primer-sealer followed by three coats of the paint and two of the varnish.




How to upcycle furniture


Upcycling furniture is an easy and affordable way of creating unique or up-to-date pieces for your home and keeping them functional for years to come. 


Resident D.I.Y. expert MitchellMc has put together this simple step-by-step guide to updating a bedside cabinet with paint and varnish.




Experienced Workshop member Nham pays great attention to detail in this step-by-step guide: How to restore a wooden armchair. You can also check out member Rob's guide How to distress painted furniture and member Jess's guide How to lime wash timber furniture.


More upcycling inspiration


Bunnings Workshop members have shared plenty of terrific furniture upcycling projects. We've collected some of our favourites in Upcycled buffets and Upcycled bedside drawers and tables.




Let us know if you need a hand with your own upcycling project – we're here to help.


Amassing an Audience

This looks awesome @Oddchair22 , my wife & I have a similar sized table we'd like to makeover at some stage in the future, we'll be sure to use your work as a guide. Thank you so much :smile: 



Growing in Experience

Beautiful! Well done!

Building a Reputation

@Remarka6le @Thank you happy to answer any questions you have when you start your project !

Building a Reputation

@jose29 @Thank you !

Retired Team Member
Retired Team Member

I agree with everyone, @Oddchair22. This is definitely a terrific project. Thank you for sharing it and encouraging others to complete their own upcycling projects. It's a pleasure having you in our community.


Are you working on any other projects at the moment? We'd love to see more of your work.




Building a Reputation

@Akanksha @Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

I’m currently working on a couple of pieces which I will list when completed.

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