Repaint Kitchen Table and Chairs the Easy Way with These 12 Steps

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Does your wooden kitchen furniture look old, tired, and in need of a refreshing? Don’t buy new! Just repaint your kitchen table and chairs in 12 easy steps.

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When the family gathers around the kitchen table for a meal, magic happens.

Kids tell about their day, great food is consumed, and stories are shared. 

However, if the kitchen table has seen better days – it might be time for an upgrade.

If your kitchen table and chairs are dated, tired, chipping, or just plain ugly – then upgrade the easy way and repaint.

When my husband and I purchased our new-to-us 1960s home, we were on a tight budget.

before kitchen table and chairs repainting project

The move was expensive, and we had to make do with the furniture we already owned.

With that in mind – I decided to get to work and repaint my kitchen table and chairs – and created some pro tips to share along the way.

So – let’s get into it!

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I had just finished re-painting my kitchen cabinets with a Nuvo Cabinet Paint Kit and looked at my kitchen table and chairs and decided to keep on painting.

I was extremely impressed with the paint for the kitchen cabinets, so I decided to order an additional can of the Nuvo Cabinet paint in titanium and redo the kitchen table and chairs, too.

Since the top of my table was a faux marble, I left that alone and focused only on repainting the legs of the table, the under area, and the chair legs.

1. Decide the Perfect Color for Your Kitchen Table and Chairs Repainting Project

With so many choices of colors to paint existing kitchen tables and chairs, it can be a difficult choice.

I decided to pull the white titanium color from my kitchen cabinet repainting and tie in the color with the kitchen table and chairs.

By selecting the same color, I felt it provided a cohesive look for the kitchen.

after kitchen cabinet painting (2)

If you are still unsure what color to pick – consider what is currently trendy.

The nice thing about painting is – if it doesn’t work, you can always repaint it again.

pick the paint color

Some popular color trends for kitchen tables are currently:

  • Bright blue chairs with grey/beige table
  • White chairs with a white table
  • Grey chairs with a dark grey table
  • Bold pink chairs with a grey table
  • White-washed chairs with white table

There are so many great ways to upgrade a kitchen table and chairs to create a new look and style.

Mixing and matching colors is a fun and inexpensive way to change up the vibe of the kitchen quickly.

2. Decide on the Best Type of Paint for Your Kitchen Table and Chairs Repainting Project

Be sure to select the best kind of paint for your kitchen table and chairs project – not all furniture is the same.

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Popular types of paint for furniture include:

I continued with the same paint as my kitchen cabinets, Nuvo Cabinet Paint.

This type of paint is acrylic and went on extremely well.

I found it was easy to use and offers great coverage.

Some benefits of acrylic when re-painting kitchen tables and chairs are:

  • Short drying time
  • Low odor
  • Adheres well to surfaces
  • Clean-up is simple with soap and water


A popular option for repainting kitchen tables and chairs is latex paint.

Known to be easily accessible, latex paint dries quickly and comes in a large variety of colors. There are a few downsides to latex.

This type of paint takes a long time to cure, making it prone to chipping and scratching when painted on heavy-use furniture. 


Chalky paint has created a big buzz in recent years since when applied, it can create a vintage look to furniture. 

When applying chalky paint to kitchen tables and chairs, it goes on thick and builds easily with added layers.

Some drawbacks to chalky paint include fast drying time can lead to unwelcome brush strokes. 

3. Purchase Materials for the Kitchen Table and Chairs Painting Project

Now that the type of paint and color is selected, it’s time to create a supply list.

Kitchen table and chair re-painting supply list:

4. Protect Your Floors From Paint Splatters

With the supplies purchased, it’s time to prep for the kitchen table and chairs repainting process. 

The first thing to prep is the floors.

Make sure to put painter’s plastic or drop cloths underneath any area that will be painted.

It’s extremely easy to accidentally spill paint or have a few drops come off the brush while painting. (I learned this the hard way.)

Pro tip: If using painter’s plastic, add a few pieces of scotch tape to secure the plastic to the floor. This makes it much easier to walk around on the plastic while painting.

5. Degrease the Wood on the Kitchen Table and Chairs Being Painted with Windex

This may be one of the most important and often overlooked, steps in repainting kitchen tables and chairs. 

Degreasing removes anything that might be caked on the wood surface from use.

I used a simple duet of Windex and paper towels and sprayed and wiped all surfaces that would be painted.

6. Sand All the Wood on the Kitchen Tables and Chairs

Probably the absolute most important step in furniture painting is sanding.

Now I know there are some furniture painting kits out there that boast “no sanding necessary.”

I checked and saw that the Nuvo Painting Kit did suggest light sanding. 

In general, paint has a difficult time adhering to smooth and shiny surfaces as well as older woods.

Since my kitchen table and chairs had a protective film over the wood, I had to do more than light sanding – it was quite a sanding workout.

kitchen cabinet painting paint and brushes

I used a few different grit sandpaper types as well as a sanding block. The 100 or 150- grit sandpaper is best to start with, then go over the area again at the end with 220-grit sandpaper

The sanding block was great for the long portion of the kitchen table legs as it didn’t tire my arms and hands out as much as the sandpaper.

7. Grab the Windex and Paper Towels and Degrease Again

After sanding, degreasing again is imperative. 

The second round of degreasing with Windex and paper towels removes all the sanding residue as well as any dirt and grime that was unearthed.

If you paint before degreasing again the paint will not adhere to the wood properly.

8. Make Sure to Tape Off Non-Paint Parts of the Kitchen Table and Chairs with Painter’s Tape

Be sure to apply a good painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape) to protect areas of the kitchen table that aren’t being painted. 

I made sure to tape off the faux marble portion underneath the table as well as the sides to protect it from accidental paint splatters or strokes.

I also taped off the padding on my kitchen chairs to make sure nothing got on the seat cushion either.

9. Open Your Paint Can and Get the Party Started

The next thing to prep before painting kitchen tables and chairs is getting the paint ready. 

Open the can of paint using: 

To remove the lid off the paint can gently pry the edging with one of the tools above.

Slip the edge of the tool (whichever one is chosen) under the lip and lift upward (slowly) then move to another area and lift again until the lid eventually pops off. 

Pro tip: Be careful when the lid pops off as there could be some paint on it.

Once the paint can is opened, now is the time to mix it.

Mixing the paint is important as paint components, can and often do, separate. 

To prepare the paint, gently use a paint mixing tool (such as a wooden stick) to churn the paint. 

10. Let the Kitchen Table and Chairs Painting Process Begin with the First Coat

After all that prep work – the fun is about to begin! It’s time to start painting.

I used a variety of brush sizes to hit every nook and cranny of the kitchen table legs and kitchen chair legs. 

Pro tip: While painting, make sure to keep brush strokes consistent – I recommend painting up and down for a fluid look.

11. Add a Second Coat on the Kitchen Table and Chairs Painting Project

After allowing ample drying time, you will basically repeat step 10.

Keep paint strokes consistent to match the style from the first coat of paint.

12. Repeat and Do a Third Coat of Paint on the Kitchen Table and Chairs

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The last coat of paint is to make sure the kitchen table and chairs are thoroughly painted, and the brush strokes are consistent. 

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Final thoughts

Repainting dated or ugly kitchen tables and chairs is an easy and cost-effective way to revitalize a room.

I absolutely love the final product of my repainting project

Although my kitchen table and chairs worked well with dark wood at my previous house, repainting the table legs and chair legs with titanium white worked perfectly to brighten my new kitchen.

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Your turn!

Are you thinking of repainting old furniture to repurpose it?

If you were going to repaint kitchen table and chairs at your home – what color would you pick? Let me know in the comments.


46 thoughts on “Repaint Kitchen Table and Chairs the Easy Way with These 12 Steps”

  1. This is so helpful!! I have been wanting to do this but not brave enough!

    • Hi Lindsey! Definitely try repainting it transforms the kitchen! Thank you for reading.

  2. I had never gotten into DIY and then the pandemic hit and I found out I do enjoy it. I’m already making my list of indoor projects and I have several rooms that I want to concentrate on. Two bathrooms, kitchen, and guest bedroom. I’m excited to learn the steps to do it for myself.

    • Hi Rena!

      I’m right there with you on DIY projects. Until we purchased our current home – it wasn’t something I did either. But, now I love it! I hope you enjoy your home DIY upgrade projects!

      Thank you for reading!

  3. I have a table in my basement I just didn’t want to throw out so glad I came across this article. Thank you for the step-by-step instructions and tips. I think even I could do this.

    • Hi Stephanie!

      I hope you are able to get your table in the basement repainted. It’s such an amazing change when you need to get a fresh look.

      Thank you for reading!

  4. I have an old coffee table that I’d like to fix up. So glad I stumbled upon this post. Thanks do much for the helpful info.

    • Hi Sharon!

      The same steps in how to repaint kitchen table and chairs will work well for an old coffee table painting project, too. I hope the repainting project goes great!

      Thank you for reading!

    • Hi Deanna!

      I really enjoyed this furniture project. It was a really easy way to spruce up my kitchen furniture.

      Thanks for reading!

  5. Looks great! You did a great job with the table and chairs. Thanks for sharing how to master this! Will be saving this when our table and chairs ned a new paint job.

    • Hi Brooke!

      Thank you for the kind words. It was a really easy and fun DIY project to complete. I hope you’re able to paint yours when you’re ready.

      Thanks for reading!

  6. My sister really wants to paint her kitchen table. She has not committed to it just yet. This post is very helpful, I will send it to her.

    • Hi Fern!

      I hope your sister is able to refresh her kitchen table. I’m sure it will come out great – it’s an easy DIY project!

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! Your table and chairs turned out beautiful! Great job!

    • Hi Tiffany!

      Thank you for the kind words. I was excited how well the DIY project went!

      Thanks for reading!

  8. Looks beautiful! Will this work on any furniture? I have a bedroom set I’d like to do!

    • Hi Courtney!

      It depends on what kind of wood and finish your bedroom set is made of. Be sure to check the instructions. I was able to use the paint on my cabinets and table and chairs with no problem.

      Thanks for reading!

  9. My dinning room table and chairs are in a DESPERATE need of a face lift. So I’m definitely going to try these out and see if it helps! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Hi Whitney!

      I hope your kitchen repainting project goes well! It’s a fun and easy project to DIY.

      Thanks for reading and happy repainting.

  10. I absolutely love the look of your finished table! Your posts are always so detailed and helpful which I love because painting old furniture can get so tricky! Thanks for all of the great tips…even talking about the different types of paints! Very helpful!

    • I found the post just on time. I’m already going to paint my coffee table blue and your post made me understand/realise I’m on the right path.

  11. This project turned out beautiful Debbie! You wrote an awesome set of instructions for repainting kitchen table and chairs. With an easy-to-follow guide, I can sure to be giving my set a beautiful new look in no time!

    • Hi Julie!

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m really excited about the complete project. Hopefully, you’re able to refinish yours when you’re ready.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Hi Kirsten!

      Thank you – I’m glad you enjoyed the kitchen repainting guide.

      Thanks for reading!

  12. Such a helpful post as many of us wouldn’t think of repurposing our kitchen table and chairs but why not get way more time out of what you have already!

    • Hi there!

      I was really excited to refinish my existing table and chairs and make it match my new home.

      Thanks for reading!

  13. I love the refinished look! It’s nice to sometimes give those chairs a new paint job.

    • Hi Cinny!

      Thank you! I’m so excited about the completed project.

      Thanks for reading!

  14. I have done this before and was very happy with the results! Great step-by-step guide to repurposing tired, old chairs!

    • Hi Susan!

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked the step-by-step project guide.

      Thanks for reading!

  15. This post is super helpful! Repainting some of my furniture is definitely on my to-do list, so I’m saving this post to refer to when I finally pull the trigger. Also, I just love your kitchen and your repainted table turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Heather!

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m really loving my DIY kitchen!

      Thanks for reading!

  16. Very helpful post. We planning to repaint our kitchen and tables too. So thank you for the tips.

    • Hi Beth!

      I hope your repainted furniture turns out great. It’s a fabulous DIY project that’s easy to do.

      Thanks for reading.

  17. I love a good DIY post! My husband and I always rework our furniture. It’s only after we fail that we finally remove it from the house. I like to try and upcycle things in the name of sustainability rather than get rid of them.

    • Hi Nyxie!

      I’m all about upcycling furniture as well. I was nervous to try the DIY painting project, but so glad I did so I could repurpose the old into new.

      Thanks for reading!

  18. I love this. When we move I’m hoping to refresh some of our old furniture. This will come in handy to help me. I love the table it looks like it’s been given a whole new lease of life.

    • Hi Melanie!

      Thank you for the kind words. The table turned out great and I’m excited to continue using it with a fresh coat of paint.

      Thanks for reading!

  19. Nnniiiccceeeee….I have thought of repainting some chairs at home. A coat of black or brown will do justice, I believe.

  20. This is a great tutorial! I redo furniture all the time but never have the patience for all the steps haha!

  21. DIY attracts me a lot but I am not that much pro. I loved your final look of table and chairs. Great work!!

  22. Honestly, painting is a daring project and I am not sure if I am brave enough but I love the result and Im sure it is satisfying.

  23. We have never tried to repaint furniture! Super helpful!

  24. This is interesting, I’m definitely saving this because I’m sure we will paint our kitchen chair a table to renew it.


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