DIY Refinish Kitchen Table

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I am so excited about this project!  This was really an incredible find.  I wasn’t even looking for a kitchen table at the time that I saw this one on Kijiji for $20.00.   I am a huge Kijiji fan and spend far too much of my time looking for great deals that I can scoop up.  Of course, I was going to stain and use chalk paint to create the perfect DIY refinish kitchen table!


I saw this table on for $20.00, YES, you read that correctly!

I know…  how could I pass it up!

It screamed perfection for the modern farmhouse look that I adore.

Honestly, this piece is so nice that I truly struggled with the idea of chalk painting it. That didn’t last long though and I was well into sanding.

This table even has the old antique hardware on the bottom. Gorgeous! I can’t imagine the craftsmanship and time it must have taken to make such an intricate system.

bottom of table


You won’t need as many tools for this type of DIY project which makes it a perfect project for a beginner.

  • Sandpaper
  • Palm sander
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cloth for spills
  • Wood filler
  • Stain
  • Paint
  • Polyeurthane

The best place to do this project is outside since you will be sanding and the stain has a strong smell. I did mine inside since I do not have a large enough outdoor space for such a large piece.

If you have to complete a DIY project indoors which of course happens, change your furnace filter afterward.

How To DIY Refinish Kitchen Table

Time needed: 2 hours.

Sanding took me about 2 hours in total. This table amazingly came with three additions making it an incredible gathering piece for get-togethers. I put the entire table together to sand it down simply because it was easier. Ignore the chairs in the background, I was playing around with color at the time.

  1. Sanding

    Using a palm sander and 60 grit sandpaper start to sand down the table. I started with 60 grit and as you will see as I progressed I moved to 80 and 120 grit. When you are starting with the 60 grit you want to move the palm sander in a circular motion as I find this helps to strip away the rough surface and old surface that you are trying to remove.

    Dining room table

  2. Wood Filler

    Next, you need to fill any holes. There were a few holes where you could see the old screws had popped up through at some point so I filled all of those in. There were also a few indents from use over time so I filled those as well.

    You can buy any wood fillers for this step. I had some white filler on hand so that is what I used. If you are using a dark stain or paint than it won’t matter once it is sanded down as it won’t show.

    You can buy filler that is colored so if you are worried about it or are using a light stain than go with the color that matches best.

    wood fill table

  3. Sand a second time

    Once you have the filler in place and it has dried you need to do finish sand. This is where you will use finer sandpaper, meaning that the grit is not as coarse.

    One thing that I have noticed is that cheaper sandpaper wears really fast so purchase higher quality sandpaper and you will go through less. You don’t need to always spend more money to get a decent product but this is one area that I have noticed is well worth spending more.

    sanded dining room table

  4. Stain

    In our home, I use Red Oak stain by Minwax regularly. It is a consistent product and I like the way that it spreads. The color is brown but with a rich red tone that gives our space a warm cozy feel.

    Use a clean brush and with even strokes apply the stain. You can use a brush to add the stain and then use a cloth to spread it as well. A little goes a long way and you want a thin layer.

    You can always add a second coat if you would like a darker look or to help cover up any wood filler than didn’t get completely covered with the first coat.

    I use dollar store brushes to apply the stain. The stain smells really strong and stains the brittles so I through the brushes out after each use.

    stained red oak dining table

  5. Paint

    Choose the paint that you would like to use. Because you are chalk painting the legs and bottom wrap of the table, you do not need to sand those areas. That is one reason I love chalk painting furniture!

    I used black paint from Rona. I tried dark grey first and it didn’t give the overall look that I wanted.

    Use the chalk paint recipe found in this post here if you need one.

    Here is what it looked like with grey paint. I tried grey because I had it in the house and thought that it would give me the look and feel that I was going for but it didn’t.

    table with grey painted legs

  6. Polyurethane

    Use a clear Polyeuthane once the stain and paint are thoroughly dry. The polyurethane provides a protective coating. This is a critical step. You want to be able to wipe down the table many times a day since you will be using it so often.

    After putting all the hard work into sanding, staining, and painting, you want to make sure that you thoroughly cover the DIY dining room table.

    I recommend that one of the first coat is dry that you apply a second coat to give it plenty of protection.

    Polyurethane goes on similarily to stain. A little goes a long way so don’t apply very much to your brush at a time. Make sure that you apply it evenly and use a clean brush to apply it.

    polyeurthane coat on table

After Picture – DIY Refinish Kitchen Table

Here is the after picture of my table!

I think that it is one of my favorite pieces in my home. Although, I tend to say that a lot. The contrast of the black legs with a warm stain is so nice.

Everyone that comes for dinner comments on the table and most can’t believe that I redid it myself.


The reward of being able to take time out of my crazy life and complete a project like this is wonderful. I highly recommend that even if you don’t think that you can do it, that you give it a try.

You would be surprised just how easy most of these DIY projects or ideas are. Pinterest had loads of creative ideas that you can look through and get inspiration from as well.

If you have refinished your own table I would love to see it! Feel free to leave a picture of your piece or a comment if you found this post helpful!

DIY Refinish Kitchen Table

Tammy Seed

I am a passionate, goal oriented girl that loves DIY home projects and sharing with others how they can create and build easily as well!

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