Dining Room Table – Dining Room Decor

This dining room decorating, rehab, makeover, whatever you want to call it, it seems to be dragging on. At the beginning of this week I made some progress. I had the dining room table painted white, and painted again with a layer of turquoise, sanded & distressed. It was ready for the top coat.

After I read up on different top coats to use for a dining room table, I decided to go with the Minwax Polycrylic. Tip: be sure not to use a wax as your top coat for a dinner table; a hot dish, preferably vintage Pyrex or Cathrineholm, the hot dish will melt the wax. Also, I read that as time passes, a wax top coat will yellow. Okay, back to the subject. Instead of grabbing the matte finish, I accidentally grabbed the top coat that was satin. Ugh! It was shiny and horrible. I didn’t want to have to sand it all down, and possibly repaint and distress again. I hate doing the same projects twice, which is exactly why I only sew small projects.

I went with the idea that if I paint a matte top coat over the satin top coat, it would de-shine the table. Hallelujah, it worked!

Dining Room Table and Rehab Update1

Painted dining room table - white, turquoise, and distressed.

Painted dining room table – white, turquoise, and distressed.

With the exception of the table that Jerry built, everything else is purchased from the thrift store. It’s not because we’re on a budget, it’s because that’s what I love to do! AND I discovered there are a LOT of people out there that love the same hobbies as me.

So what’s left to do?

  • I have two more chairs that we picked up at the thrift store for $7 each. I don’t like the style, so I plan to sew up a couple slip covers.
  • After asking everyone if I should paint the curio or not, it was obvious that it should remain as is. The only thing I might do is put a temporary wall paper on the interior back, and the shelves to brighten it up.
  • I think I’m going to have to paint that big ol’ wall.
  • And then my favorite part, set the table with all my vintage best, and do the final reveal!

8 thoughts on “Dining Room Table – Dining Room Decor

  1. joeyfullystated says:

    Totally charming! I recently read a post about a woman who has sanded and stained her table to no end, and can’t get the tabletop right. I suggested she try paint.
    I love the curio. That dark wood only shows off the colors and sheen of its inhabitants!


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