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Make Over a Dining Set with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint | DIY

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Looking for more upcycle projects?  Check out this cute little plant stand, this trunk makeover, my piano bench makeover, and this cabinet makeover.

My obsession with chalk paint continues, and I’m really excited to finally finish this project. I’ve been working on this on and off since May. With my new job, honeymoon, and sometimes choosing to just be lazy and drink wine after work, I definitely put this on the back burner. This was also my first attempt at reupholstering, so I think I was secretly a bit afraid of tackling that.

Mike and I bought this table from Craigslist a little over a year ago. We needed something for our tiny 700 sq ft apartment, so the ability to drop the sides was great. All of that said, it was super cheap to begin with, so when we bought it and became its second owners, it wasn’t in the best condition. We shopped around for something better before moving into our current (bigger) apartment, but we ultimately decided that upgrading wasn’t worth the price. I stewed over hating the table for a while until finally deciding to tackle giving it a face lift–definitely my biggest project yet. I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint for everything and will note the colors throughout the post.

Here is the table. It had some scratches and stuff from the previous owner and from us. I only did some very light sanding; the paint covered most of these scratches since they were pretty minor.




 “I hate this table and don’t even like to sleep on it. Paint me a new one.” -Henry

My original plan was to paint the table top deep red and the pedestal dark gray. However, I painted the pedestal first, and instead of gray, it turned out more of a gray with blue undertones. Then I tried the top, and it was purple. Needless to say, it looked really, really bad, so I sanded off the top and decided to repaint using a black (with gray-ish undertones) and keep the gray/blue on the pedestool. For the top and the chairs, I used two coats of Carbon. This is the Americana Decor Chalky Finish “Black”–but I’d definitely say it has some grayish undertones. For the pedestal, I used a mix of Carbon and Everlasting. The fact that Carbon isn’t a true black is probably why mixing it with Everlasting (the line’s “white”) made a bit of a gray-blue. This took two coats as well. I then finished everything with one coat of the Soft Touch Varnish, but I put two coats on the table top since I knew it would be a high-traffic area. (Note: See all Americana Decor Chalky Finish colors and finishes here.)

Because the paint went through a few iterations, I didn’t take any picture of the painting process. Instead, photos of the completed (and spectacular) finished product will just have to suffice.


americana decor chalky paint

I love the “roughed up” look that this paint and finish gives. I’m pretty happy with how the top turned out. Now on to the chairs.


I don’t have a love-hate relationship with these chairs. I have a hate-hate relationship with these chairs! Unlike the table, they are that awful brown fake plastic wood. The original owner purchased them separately from the table. I also hate the beige seat cushion. Not to mention that one of the chairs was broken and glued together…they needed help. Here’s Henry getting right on that task:


Americana DecoArt Chalky Finish paint

After extensive agonizing at the fabric store, I picked this fabric because 1) it was on sale; 2) it seemed relatively gender neutral; and 3) I thought it would match the table and chairs well while also having some sort of pattern. Here is a finished painted chair with a reupholstered cushion. I used this hand-held staple gun; it was pretty cheap and easy to use.

americana decor chalky paint

Here’s the final product. We’ll look pretty adorable eating here.

americana decor chalky paint

Americana DecoArt Chalky Finish paint

Here is the before and after:

Americana DecoArt Chalky Finish paint

Americana DecoArt Chalky Finish paint

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Tuesday 1st of July 2014

Looks amazing Brit! Nice work. I should have you update some of our furniture...

- Jess

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