Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover (DIY)

Want to learn how to use chalk paint to update an old dining room table to a beautiful, modern farmhouse table? Check out my Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial using Rustoleum Chalk Paint!

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

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Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover Tutorial

Hey everyone! For today’s post I’m excited to (finally) share our Rustoleum Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover and Chalk Paint Table Tutorial.

This is a fun DIY project I completed last Fall season, and I wanted to put together a full post with tips on how to use chalk paint and my DIY chalk paint table experience in the hopes that it would help others who wanted to give their dining table a chalk paint makeover.

If you want to learn how I did this modern farmhouse chalk paint table makeover then keep reading and be sure and leave me any questions you have about chalk paint in the comments below!

 

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Modern Farmhouse Dining Table Makeover

Our dining room table has been part of our family for over 9 years now and while I’ve always loved the size of it, it was looking pretty rough after surviving 5 moves.

Both the table and chairs were knicked and scratched, and there were a couple unfortunate burn marks on the top of the table that always bothered me.

Plus, the stain was a bit dark for my current taste and I was ready for a change.

Although I could have easily went and bought another dining set, I guess I’ve grown somewhat sentimental of this one with our boys literally growing up with it.

Plus, I had always really wanted to do a chalk paint makeover and I knew this was my chance!

I’ve always loved the look of modern farmhouse dining room tables so I used that as my inspiration.

With the overall goal to really brighten up our dining room space, I decided to chalk paint the legs of the table, the backs and legs of the chairs with Rustoleum Chalk Paint in the shade “Linen White”, and to sand and stain the table top and chair tops with Rustoleum Fast Dry Wood Stain in the shade “Kona”.

 

I’ve received several comments/questions regarding what supplies to use for your chalk paint dining table project, so below I’ve rounded up everything I used and would recommend! 

Recommended Chalk Paint Table Supplies:

Modern Farmhouse Dining Table Makeover Before Photo

Below is a photo of what the dining room table looked like before the chalk paint dining table makeover. 

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Chalk Paint Q&A – What to Know About Chalk Paint

Before diving into the actual tutorial, I wanted to quickly answer some of the most commonly asked questions about chalk paint and some of my best tips for using the Rustoleum chalk paint to give your dining room table a makeover.

 

What Is So Great About Chalk Paint?

With chalk paint there’s zero prep involved and the full coverage requires less coats than traditional paint.

This equates to a much easier and quicker project than a traditional paint job.

You can also use chalk paint on almost any surface and it adheres well to laminate, particle board, solid wood, leather, and more.

 

Why I Chose Chalk Paint

I wanted something that would give my dining table a fresh new look and I knew that chalk paint would really brighten things up.

I’d also heard people rave about how easy it was to use for years and wanted to try it out on some projects around the home.

I first used it to paint my vanity as a test run and was instantly hooked after seeing first-hand how easy it was to work with and how beautiful it made my vanity looked.

 

What is the Best Chalk Paint?

I personally LOVE and 110% recommend Rustoleum Chalk Paint.

I talk a little bit more in detail below about why I recommend this paint over other popular brands, but mainly I love it because it’s affordable, easy to use, and amazing quality! You can buy it on Amazon here

 

Do I Need to Sand Wood Before Painting with Chalk Paint?

Nope! That’s why chalk paint is so fabulous.

You don’t have to sand wood down before painting like you would with regular paints.

It glides right on and has amazing, full coverage.

 

Can You Really Chalk Paint a Dining Table & Will It Last?

I too was a little skeptical at first with the idea of chalk painting our dining table, but it turned out amazing and I’m so pleased with the results.

Even now, over a year later, it’s still held up wonderfully and looks like I painted it yesterday.

I definitely recommend applying this clear protective top coat over the chalk paint to ensure it lasts a long time.

I applied a total of 2 coats.

 

How Long Does It Take to Chalk Paint a Dining Table?

Without interruptions, you can easily chalk paint a dining table over the course of 3-4 days, or 1 week at most.

It ended up taking me quite a bit longer because I was constantly having to stop and start.

I mostly worked on it during the evening hours whenever I had time and it took me about 3 weeks.

If I were to do it again, I would recommend taking time off so you can tackle it all in one go.

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

How to Use Rustoleum Chalk Paint for a Dining Table Makeover

First things first, you’ll want to grab all the needed supplies for this project.

I’ve included all my recommendations below and the products I used for this chalk paint table makeover.

Recommended Chalk Paint Table Supplies:

 

Before diving into a chalk paint project,  you’ll need to first decide on the kind of chalk paint and color you’ll want to use for your project.

I ended up choosing and 110% recommend Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Linen White. It’s such a beautiful, bright, white paint and looks so clean and fresh.

Other popular colors include Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Charcoal Gray and Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Serenity Blue. Both of these colors would look beautiful paired with white. 

I personally did a lot of research on chalk paints and while the Annie Sloan chalk paint was highly rated, the Rustoleum Chalk Paint was the preferred choice by so many users who stated the formula was easier to work with.

It’s also a lot cheaper than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so for me it was a no-brainer.

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Next, I cleaned all the furniture really well using a rag and good ol’ soapy water to get rid of any food, dirt, or grime on them.

Don’t skip this step unless you want PB&J eternally encrusted on your chairs (haha).

After that it was time to sand the seat tops and table top.

***Since I’ve received so many questions on this, I want to clarify – you ONLY have to sand if you are going to be staining parts of your table like I did. You DO NOT have to sand for the areas you are chalk painting. 

I used this electric sander in my garage and it made the job a total breeze.

I was able to get all 6 chairs sanded smooth in less than an hour. I also went over top of it with this hand sander with a fine grit to make it super smooth and soft.

The table top took a little longer than the chairs, but again the electric sander made the process so much quicker than if you were attempting to sand manually. I’m pretty sure you would go crazy doing that, so do yourself a favor and grab this affordable sander. 

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Next was the fun part of staining the table top and chairs.

I used the Rustoleum 2-in-1 Stain in Kona which has both the stain and polyurethane in one.

I definitely recommend getting the 2-in-1 formula, as this helps eliminate extra steps for you.

If you don’t like this particular stain, I’ve also purchased/used these fast dry wood stains, and they come in a TON of different pretty shades. 

I did a total of 3 coats, lightly sanding with a fine grit sander sponge in between each coat.

I also used my vacuum’s furniture duster to get rid of any dust or debris on the surface and these awesome microfiber cloths.

Once the staining was completed I used the chalk paint to paint both the legs and backs of the chairs and table legs. This was the most time consuming step in the entire process because it took about 3 coats total to get the desired level of coverage I was looking for.

The trickiest part by far was doing the back area of the chairs where the seats and backing meet.

I actually used some small craft paintbrushes for this part as it was easier to get into all the tiny crevices that way, and used these lysol wipes for any paint on stain mishaps along the way.

Because I did it immediately any stains wiped off easily.

Last but not least I applied two coats of this clear top coat to both the table and chairs to protect it. DON’T SKIP THIS STEP – especially if you have kids. Using this clear coat will help protect your painted table for many years to come. 

Chalk Paint Table Makeover – Before & After

And without further adieu here’s some lovely before and afters of this chalk paint dining table makeover.

I’m kind of (okay, A LOT) obsessed with how it turned out and I seriously can’t get over the dramatic difference in the before and after.

It seriously brightens up the space so much and gives my dining room that modern farmhouse look I was going for!

Before Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover

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Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

After Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

Ready to makeover your dining room table? Grab the recommended supplies you’ll need below!


What do you think of this Chalk Paint Dining Room Table Makeover? Have you ever used chalk paint for any DIY projects in your home? Let me know in the comments and be sure and drop any questions you have about this chalk paint table makeover below!

Thanks for stopping by! – Cara

 

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Want to learn how to use white chalk paint to give an old dining table a modern farmhouse makeover? Check out my Gorgeous Chalk Paint Dining Table Makeover DIY Tutorial where I used white Rustoleum Chalk Paint and dark wood stain to revamp my dining table. Check out the dramatic before and after and step-by-step beginner tutorial!  #chalkpaint #furnituremakeover #home #diy #farmhousetable

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85 Comments

  1. Sue Sanders wrote:

    I love it. I will be doing mine. Thank you for sharing. Have a beautiful and blessed week.🌸💐🌷🌺

    Posted 6.12.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks so much, Sue! Hope you have a wonderful week as well!

      Posted 6.14.21 Reply
  2. Audrey wrote:

    For the finish you said you used Matte but does that wipe up messes as well as a semi gloss or gloss would? Just wondering what’s the best finish to use thanks

    Posted 5.17.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Audrey! I personally used the satin finish one that I recommended and I prefer it since I have two messy boys. I can easily wipe off the chairs no problem. Hope that helps!

      Posted 5.18.21 Reply
  3. Ranota Lovell wrote:

    Looks lovely.
    We recently moved from a traditional 2-story colonial up north to a lake front home down south. Though my formal dining room set looks nice, I think, I too, want to keep the top the dark cherry finish and paint the legs of table and chairs white and recover the seats in dark navy.
    The glass hutch i was gonna keep the inside dark and paint the outside white. Then on both the table and hutch i was going to use a dark finishing wax in the grooves and quickly wipe off. Since your the expert in this, Need an opinion. What you think?

    Posted 5.7.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Ranota! That sounds like it will be very pretty! Love that you’re going to add a dark navy color for the seats – that will be perfect for a lake front home. Hope my guide is helpful to you as you complete your project – let me know if you have any specific questions along the way. 🙂

      Posted 5.7.21 Reply
  4. Susie wrote:

    Do you have to sand? I thought with chalk paint you didn’t have to sand

    Posted 4.9.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Susie, you do NOT have to sand before applying chalk paint. I sanded the top of my table and chair tops down because I chose to stain those with wood stain; however, I did not sand the legs as I painted those with chalk paint. Hope that helps clarify!

      Posted 4.10.21 Reply
  5. Joyce wrote:

    I’m just getting ready to chalk paint for the first time. and I found your website very helpful. my question is, I want to use the distressed good look. Can I paint it a different color underneath and then use a white on top and sand lightly to see the color through?

    Posted 3.24.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Yes, you should be able to do that. I painted a desk with chalk paint and distressed it with no problem. Hope it turns out awesome!

      Posted 3.25.21 Reply
  6. Val wrote:

    Love your set! Awesome job. I am about to tackle my dining set soon and want this modern farmhouse look. I have never done anything like this so naturally I’m nervous. I would love your opinion on something… I understand you used stain/poly for the table top and seat area, which obviously requires sanding… If I chose to paint those areas with chalk paint instead (no sanding required) what technique and products would you recommend? And what do you think about liquid wood/chalk paint?
    Thanks So Much!

    Posted 3.19.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Val! Thanks for your sweet comment! I’m not familiar with liquid wood so unfortunately I can’t offer any advice there, but I will say the reason I chose to stain my tabletop is because a. I liked the contrast of having a wood top with painted legs vs. all painted, but also anything you paint you’re naturally going to have be more careful with wear and tear. If you decide to go that route, I’d recommend definitely sealing your tabletop really well so that it won’t get scratched up easily. Best of luck with your project and let me know if you have any other questions I can help answer!

      Posted 3.20.21 Reply
    • Susie wrote:

      I’m soooo nervous to do my kitchen set. I need your advice. I’d like to send you a picture of my table. Susie

      Posted 5.17.21 Reply
  7. Cathy Moorman wrote:

    Hi
    Beautiful!
    How long for the chairs & table take to ‘cure’ 100%?

    Posted 3.18.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Cathy! Everything dries pretty quickly but I believe I waited a couple of days before I started using them again. I’d recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours just to be safe!

      Posted 3.20.21 Reply
  8. Megan Mason wrote:

    I just wanted to say thank you so much for posting this! I refinished our dining set following your directions and they were so helpful. I’m so happy with the results!

    Posted 3.13.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      You’re so welcome! So glad it was helpful and I bet your table looks beautiful!

      Posted 3.13.21 Reply
  9. Reta Garner wrote:

    Hey,
    Your table looks great! I have done several chalk paint projects and used the polycrylic finish. But when I use it I can never get it to look like yours. You can see the brush marks and I use a brush recommend for the finish. Any suggestions on how to apply?
    Thank You
    Reta

    Posted 2.21.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Reta! Thank you! I included all the products I personally used in the post so definitely check those out! You can actually use one of the small foam rollers if you don’t want to have brush marks showing. I’ve found they work quite well. Also, if you do use a brush make sure you do long strokes, up and down, and try to not go over the same spot twice until it’s dried to get a smoother finish. Hope that helps!

      Posted 2.24.21 Reply
  10. Lisa wrote:

    This is amazing! I just bought my first condo & want to revamp my boring black ikea dining table & will definitely be doing this! Such a helpful post with step-by-step instructions & the list of items. Thanks for this post!
    I’m going to do weathered gray on the top, but the rest will be the same! Wish me luck!

    Posted 2.15.21 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      So glad you found the post helpful, Lisa! Hope your table turns out beautiful! 🙂

      Posted 2.16.21 Reply
  11. Christina wrote:

    Hey there the table looks beautiful and exactly what I’m looking to do to my table I bought from Facebook. I recently purchased the grey weathered stain to practice with on some end tables and the stain was kinda hard to work with. It also has the polyurethane in with it so I was wondering what you used to apply your stain and how exactly you got it on there. My tables I tried different brushes and worked in small sections but it didn’t seem to spread, went on patchy and if I went over a spot twice the brush would just pull the stain off. You can also see lots of brush strokes which I don’t like and yours doesn’t look like you can see any brush strokes. Thanks so much for your help! 🙃

    Posted 10.6.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Christina! Thanks for commenting and I’m happy to help answer your question. The key with any kind of wood stain is to apply tiny amounts at a time. I always dip my brush in, let all the excess drip down in the can and then apply in a thin layer, working a section at a time. You can always apply additional coats later to get the amount of coverage you want, but it’s better to do it in layers and let it dry in between coats, than to try to apply too much at once. (That’s usually when mishaps occur like patchiness, splotches, etc.) I’ve linked everything I personally used within the post under “recommended chalk paint table supplies”. Also, with your comment on the stain not sticking – did you sand down the tables first? The stain has to have wood grain to stick to, so if you’re trying to apply it on top of a previous stain, that’s most likely why it’s not working. Let me know if you have any other questions and I hope that helps!

      Posted 10.8.20 Reply
  12. Ellie wrote:

    Hi! I believe I believe that I bought these exact table and chairs! I love the look that you went with so I`m going to try this out. When you sanded the top of the table and chairs, did your sander leave grooves in the wood at all?

    Posted 10.1.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Ellie! No it didn’t leave any grooves in the wood it just smoothed out the surface and removed all the original varnish/stain that the company had put on it. Hope your project turns out amazing!

      Posted 10.6.20 Reply
  13. Ashley wrote:

    So I searched all over pinterest and loved your piece the best. I started today step by step and I ran into a road block. Very frustrating. The stain is super sticky after 4 hours of staining. I got the same exact stain that you mentioned. I tried sanding it and it’s super sticky. What do I do!?!?? Help!!!!!

    Posted 9.18.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Ashley! So sorry to hear you ran into a snag. It sounds like you might have applied too thick of a coat of stain, which is why it’s not drying down and remaining sticky. Also did you sand your tabletop before applying stain? That’s a very important step, otherwise the stain won’t have anything to adhere to/ won’t dry down. Here’s an article I found that might be helpful to you in fixing your issue https://homeguides.sfgate.com/fix-sticky-wood-stain-87285.html#:~:text=Stain%20becomes%20sticky%20on%20a,another%20heavy%20coat%20of%20stain. I hope you’re able to get everything fixed soon!

      Posted 9.19.20 Reply
      • Ashley wrote:

        Ya, so I went through and wiped down the table with mineral spirits and it came out beautifully. I did sand it before, but I think you’re right about putting it on too thick. Now I’m running into an issue with the white chalk paint having some yellow showing through after 2 to 3 coats. It’s only spots of yellow. I will say it’s starting to look gorgeous!

        Posted 9.27.20 Reply
        • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

          I’m so glad to hear that it’s turning out great now! Feel free to share a photo/tag me on social media once your project is complete. 🙂

          Posted 9.28.20 Reply
  14. heidi wrote:

    I am a bit confused, I thought the great thing about chalk paint was no prep or sanding, but you sanded,,,do you need to?

    Posted 9.12.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Heidi, as I mentioned throughout my post the only part I sanded was the top of the table and chairs which I wanted to refinish/stain. The table legs and chair legs were chalk painted without any sanding. I listed out all the instructions and all the supplies I used in the post. Hope that helps clarify.

      Posted 9.13.20 Reply
  15. Candy Walsh wrote:

    Hi! Your dining room set came out beautifully! I just recently did almost the exact same thing to my daughters set for their new home. Rustoleum Chalked Paint is by far my favorite paint ever and Linen White is what is use most. I did the bottom in White like yours but distressed it some and used the Varathane gel stain in black for the top and it looks amazing! The gel stain is a game changer when it comes to staining! It was so easy to apply, I couldn’t believe the results! I used 3 coats of the chalked paint on the bottom, then 2 coats of the gel stain on top and put 3 coats of polycrylic on the whole thing. Since her chairs had fabric seats she just recovered them with black covers. It’s so amazing how paint can make something look so completely different and brand new!! Rustoleum rocks!!!

    Posted 9.8.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Candy! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with using the Rustoleum Chalk Paint and your daughter’s set sounds beautiful! Good to know about the gel stain too- I may have to try that on future projects. Thanks again for commenting!

      Posted 9.9.20 Reply
  16. Erica B wrote:

    Did you sand down any of the chalk paint to give it a antique look? If so does that happen before the top coat? And how do you do it, with what?
    Thank you!!

    Posted 9.1.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I personally didn’t sand down the chalk paint as I wanted a more crisp, clean look rather than an antique look. You definitely could though and you would sand it before adding the top coat. I’ve linked all the products I used in the post, including the sander I recommend. Hope that helps! 🙂

      Posted 9.2.20 Reply
      • Erica B wrote:

        Thank you! I bought everything you suggested just got to the end part and wasn’t sure if you sanded it. Thank you for this tutorial!!

        Posted 9.2.20 Reply
        • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

          You’re so welcome!

          Posted 9.6.20 Reply
  17. Priyanka wrote:

    Hi, I used a rustoleum matte clear protecting layer on the table legs after I painted them with chalk paint in linen white. when it dried it started to leave yellow stains. Do you think I should go with ‘Minwax 63333444 Polycrylic Protective Finish Water Based,1 quart, Satin’ instead? also can I use this same protective layer on table top which I used wood stain Kona?

    Pls suggest. I really liked your project and trying to do the same with my dining table,

    Posted 8.6.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Priyanka! Yes, I would try using a different protective coating since it sounds like it had some sort of reaction. You might want to repaint and then apply the protective coating to get rid of the yellow stains. And yes, you should be able to use the same product on both. Hope it turns out great!

      Posted 8.9.20 Reply
      • Priyanka Gopalan wrote:

        Thanks for your response

        Posted 8.12.20 Reply
  18. Chanel wrote:

    This project came out gorgeous!! Wow!! I LOVE that Kona stain and the paint color is so bright! Great job!! You gave me an inspiration for my project!

    Posted 7.23.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you so much! Good luck on your project! 🙂

      Posted 7.29.20 Reply
  19. Jennifer Ramirez wrote:

    Hello, I love how your dining table and chairs came out. I am planning on painting my dining table exactly like yours, but I was wondering if you also applied the polycrylic over the table top or just over the chalk paint?

    Posted 6.18.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I just did it over the chalk paint because the stain I purchased (and the one that’s linked in the post) has stain + poly in one. Best of luck with your project, I hope it turns out amazing! 🙂

      Posted 6.19.20 Reply
  20. Stephanie wrote:

    Hi!
    I’m about to embark on this dining table chalk paint journey as well! I’ve chalk painted other furniture piece before, but I’ve always distressed them with a sand block afterwards. I was never worried about that “clean” or “perfect” look, but since I’m thinking I won’t be distressing the dining set, what do you recommend so that it looks more “clean” or maybe “even” is what I mean?!!! (I hope that makes sense! 😉
    Thanks! Oh… and you’re project looks great! Exactly what I’m going to do! 🙂

    Posted 5.24.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Stephanie! I did several coats to give it that full-coverage, “clean” look, and I definitely recommend using the clear sealer over it so that it will last. I also like using a foam roller vs a brush, since it seems to give it better coverage. Hope your project turns out amazing! 🙂

      Posted 5.25.20 Reply
  21. Kristen Morris wrote:

    Now that we are in quarantine I finally have time to do this project! I’ve anted to change my wooden kitchen tables and make it look updated. My question is do you think the darker wood on top of the table with the chalk white legs go with a lighter wood floor? My kitchen goes into the living room which has an oak floor color.

    Also how long was the whole project?

    Love the look!!

    Posted 5.18.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks Kristen! I think it’d look great with lighter wood floors, as it would have a nice contrast. And if you can do it minus distractions and stopping/starting you can probably get it done in a weekend or 2-3 days. Hope it turns out amazing for you! 🙂

      Posted 5.20.20 Reply
  22. Hazel wrote:

    Wow this is amazing. I’m going to try this in my old dining set. I was just wondering if you sand each coat of polycyclic when you applied it on chalk paint? Thank you!

    Posted 5.14.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! I did not, I only sanded the wood part in between the coats because it held onto the grain and needed a little smoothing. The chalk paint area was super smooth so there wasn’t a need to sand it. Hope your project turns out amazing!

      Posted 5.20.20 Reply
  23. Jacqui Tietz wrote:

    I am about to do this with my kitchen table. Have you ever worked with the Rust-Oleum Chalked paint in the spray can? I was going to use that but would I still have to put a protective coat over that?

    Posted 5.4.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      I actually bought a can earlier this month but still haven’t used it yet. I would probably use that for a smaller sized project, but if you end up trying it let me know- I’d love to hear how it turns out. Regardless of which you choose I definitive would still recommend putting a protective coat on it to help it hold up against spills, heat, and just everyday wear and tear. Good luck with your project! 🙂

      Posted 5.5.20 Reply
  24. Mahsan wrote:

    Cara, I have the exact dining table full of scratches. I want to make over this bad a** but I am really afraid of sanding specially with not having the tools and all those details on the chair. Can I not sand at all and apply chalk pain and done??

    Posted 5.1.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hey Mahsan! Yes, if you don’t want to re-stain the wood top, then you can just skip sanding and paint it all with chalk paint. Make sure you do several coats to ensure full coverage and I also recommend doing 2-3 coats of the clear protector to help it last a long time. Best of luck!

      Posted 5.1.20 Reply
      • Mahsan wrote:

        Thanks a lot for your prompt response. I do not even know why should I stain my table so I go with chalk paint directly. It is going to be my very first project. I really appreciate you and your inspiring work.

        Posted 5.1.20 Reply
  25. Dawn wrote:

    I’m going to do this to my table and chairs, I was wondering if the Minwax Polycrylic topcoat was still holding up to wear and tear on your table and chairs? I have 3 young kids and need something super protective because they do homework and art projects at this table. I hate to do all this work and have it chip off 🙁

    Posted 4.22.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hey Dawn! Everything has held up really nicely so far – even with my two rambunctious boys. Although it’s a bit time-consuming, I would definitely recommend applying several coats of the chalk paint/protective topcoat on the chairs so everything will last. Let me know if you have any other questions and hope it turns out amazing if you try it!

      Posted 5.1.20 Reply
  26. jill wrote:

    was the top of table wood or veneer?

    Posted 4.14.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Hi Jill! It’s wood.

      Posted 4.19.20 Reply
  27. Heather wrote:

    I love this look. Did you have to sand the table legs before applying the chalk paint?

    Posted 1.4.20 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! No, I only sanded the table top and tops of the chairs because I stained those. Chalk paint makes painting so much easier because you don’t have to sand or prime. Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Posted 1.4.20 Reply
  28. Nadine wrote:

    I love how it turned out! Refreshing pieces you already have is my favorite.

    Posted 9.28.19 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thanks! Agreed. I know a lot of people would rather buy, but I like upcycling when I can – especially since it’s been part of our family for a long time.

      Posted 9.30.19 Reply
  29. Rebecca Jo wrote:

    That is not at all what I was expecting. I just envisions dusty old chalk boards from school.
    This is gorgeous!!!! Thanks for the idea

    Posted 9.25.19 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Haha you just made me laugh out loud! I thought the same thing a couple years back when I heard about it. And thank-you! It’s really easy to work with and has great coverage vs having to do 87 coats with traditional paint.

      Posted 9.26.19 Reply
  30. Karly wrote:

    It looks like a brand new dining set! You did an amazing job, lady. I used to love working with chalk paint because it is so easy to use. Hopefully your family is enjoying the “new” table and look!

    Just sayin’,
    Karly
    https://www.whatkarlysaid.com

    Posted 9.24.19 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you! Chalk paint is SO much easier than traditional paint, and it’s held up wonderfully! I’m definitely in love with how it brightened up the space.

      Posted 9.25.19 Reply
      • Erika wrote:

        I have an all brown table like Yours but my seats are leather. Would you think I could just paint the top white with chalk paint and leave the legs and chairs brown? I’m looking for the farmhouse style as well so wanted to “distress” the top with white! Suggestions?

        Posted 5.18.20 Reply
        • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

          Hi Erika, I think that’d be really cute! You could always chalk paint/distress the legs or the back of the chairs to really tie it in with the table, or leave it brown and I’m sure it’d look great too. 🙂

          Posted 5.20.20 Reply
  31. Emelia A Lawrence wrote:

    Cara! I am obsessed with this. It looks SO good. It totally brightens up the area and transforms it to be eye opening. You did such an amazing job. This sounds like something not too complicated at all and love how it turned out. Amazing work!

    Posted 9.23.19 Reply
    • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

      Thank-you so much! I agree it definitely brighten up the space and looks SO much better. It definitely isn’t hard at all and that’s why I went with chalk paint. I didn’t want to have to do 10 coats of paint and primer and the chalk paint has held up wonderfully!

      Posted 9.23.19 Reply
    • Susan wrote:

      Hello, I am looking to redo my dining table and would like to go this route! When you sanded in between staining with the fine finisher grit… was this with your handheld sander or with sandpaper? Also, if I’m doing my dining table, 4 chairs and 2 benches (only staining the top of my dining table) how much of each product would you recommend I buy? I see you mentioned in the comments that you actually like using the roller for the chalk paint. Is that true? What tool do you recommend for applying the stain? And did you wipe the stain off immediately after applying?

      Posted 6.15.20 Reply
      • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

        Hey Susan! So excited to hear you’re going to be doing this project! To answer your questions, I used this hand held sander sponge in between coats: https://amzn.to/3d6ANNZ I would recommend probably 1 can of stain, 2 cans of chalk paint, and 1 can of protective coat. (Everything is linked in my post under recommonded supplies) And yes, I do prefer using a foam roller for the chalk paint, because it gives a more thick, even coverage. Here’s a similar foam roller set to what I used which also includes a paint try, brush, and tarp. https://amzn.to/3hwieWX For the stain, I used a brush and really took my time going over each section to ensure there weren’t any drips. I didn’t wipe away the stain because I wanted a full stain look, but if you want a more sheer look you could wipe it immediately using a lint-free cloth. Paint Brush: https://amzn.to/2kQHpet Hope this answers your questions and let me know if you need anything else! Best of luck!

        Posted 6.16.20 Reply
        • Rosalie wrote:

          I applied 2 in 1 stain and when I was done there was shiny and dull spots. What did I do wrong?

          Posted 7.19.20 Reply
          • Kindly Unspoken wrote:

            Hi Rosalie, I’m sorry to hear that happened. It could be several things. The temperature of your home and the stain or the surface itself could have caused it. Sorry I can’t be more help, but hope you’re able to fix it!

            Posted 7.21.20