When decorating dining rooms, one of the biggest problems most of us have is our home decorating budget. It’s difficult, if not impossible for most of us to purchase a new dining set whenever we want a decorating update. But for just a few dollars, you can update your dining set with paint or stain and fabric in just a weekend for a whole new decorating look!
Here’s how to makeover your dining set:
You have a lot of choices in paint colors for your dining table redo, but unless you have a funky decorating scheme, stay with something neutral. I like satin black, espresso brown or gloss white. For the bold at heart, choose a daring color for the table or the chairs, or both! For directions on staining or other DIY makeover options, see the DIY projects below these instructions.
- Dining table and chairs
- Fabric in a modern print and color
- Staple Gun
- Satin or Gloss paint
- Foam brush or good quality paintbrush
- Optional: Clear water based polyurethane
Find a place to work where you don’t have to worry about dust, paint drips and a mess. A garage is ideal. If you have to redo your dining set outside, make sure it is not a windy day to prevent your paint job from being ruined by dust and debris.
To redo your dining set inside, place a large drop cloth underneath your dining set, then place small squares of wax paper under table and chair legs so you can paint all the way to the floor.
Choose a new fabric to recover your dining seats. Go for a newer, modern print in a cool geometric, or a new trendy color. This update alone will help make your furniture seem fresh and new! Check out this Goodwill chair makeover tutorial by Taryn at ‘Design, Dining and Diapers’ for ideas!
Remove seat covers from dining chairs. Cut fabric pieces several inches larger than the seat. Lay the fabric down on the floor, wrong side up. Lay the seat on top of the fabric, centered, also wrong side up. Using a staple gun, pull the fabric edges around to the back of the chair seat, and staple every couple inches. Remember to pull snug so the fabric will lay flat. Repeat with all chair seats.
Sand and prime dining chairs and table. Let dry 24 hours.
Paint dining table and chairs with your chosen paint, following manufacturers instructions on the can. You will likely need several coats. Let dry 24 hours. Tip: I like to use a mini foam roller on the tabletop itself… it gives a smoother finish without brush marks.
Re-attach chair seats using the same screws or bolts.
Check out Laurel’s painted dining set makeover for a step by step at ‘A Bubbly Life’!
If desired, coat with a water based polyurethane to protect the surface. Remember to choose a clear coat in the same finish as your paint… If you used satin paint, use satin poly.
Done! Remember, the key to updating your dining set is to choose fabrics and paint colors that reflect today’s more contemporary styles. You can update your dining set on a budget with paint and fabric and set the tone for the gathering space for your home with a fresh new look.
Want more inspiration? Check out all these DIY dining table and chair makeovers!
Nimi Design has a great tutorial for us on this fabulous dining table makeover.
Diane at ‘In My Own Style’ shows you how to make a driftwood finish when doing a dining table makeover. Easy instructions to this cool, updated finish!
This table and chairs makeover from ‘Flutter & Flutter’ is a new take on redo… a rustic look for less than $10!
This farmhouse table makeover really updates the look… I love the cool and clean look with this project… once again, from ‘Design, Dining and Diapers’!
This tutorial from All Things Thrifty shows you step by step how to create this funky dining table! How fun!
And here is another colorful example of how cool you can re-make your dining chairs from ‘A Change of Heart’!Image Credits: nimidesign, Design, Dining and Diapers, A Bubbly Life, In My Own Style, Flutter & Flutter, Design, Dining and Diapers, All Things Thrifty, Change of Heart