Adorable Dining Room and Dining Set Makeover

I had the privilege of helping my sweet friend, Denyse, work on a couple home/furniture projects lately. I helped her update her dining room set with a little paint and stain and here’s what we came up with!
Chances are, you or someone you know owns or has owned a very similar dining set. The chairs and farm-type table were very popular for a loooong time. The blonde oak however, has seen it’s day if you ask me. Denyse was thinking the same thing when she asked me to help her paint it. It took us a few months to get started but as soon as her cute little 2 year old spilled blue food coloring on the table top, it was time to get to work!
Denyse was fantastic and did the dirty work / my nemesis, sanding! She sanded it down and brought it over to my house. We sprayed it with my HVLP Spray Gun and air compressor for a flawless finish. Check out my favorite tools for painting here. The paint color is Behr’s Swiss Coffee (just like my kitchen cabinets seen here).
For the top, we used a cherry stain to match her floors. It turned out a bit lighter than the floors but I think it looks great! Her husband refinished the floors a couple years ago and they still had stain left over. Don’t they look awesome?
I absolutely love this dining room. She found that chandelier on Craigslist for a steal. SO JEALOUS! Oh and see that adorable curio cabinet in the corner? It’s built in to her house! Double jealous. I love that we live in an area with old homes that have so much charm!
Thanks for letting me make over and share your dining room transformation Denyse!


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    August 15, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Looks great, much better than the light wood look.


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    August 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Wow, what a difference some paint makes. It looks great!

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    Jess @ Spool and Spoon
    August 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This looks great!! I love how clean it looks. Funny thing is, my dining room table used to look exactly like this (except rectangular) and I had my father in law refinish it for us. The light wood just wasn’t doing it for me so we did the top in a dark walnut and now I just love it.

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    August 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I love seeing the before & after pics…It really does look so much nicer now!! Thank you again!!

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      Classy Clutter
      August 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      You’re so welcome friend! Thanks for letting me share it with my readers!

      xoxo, Mallory

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    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.
    August 16, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Looks awesome! I love how it turned out! The white really brightens up the room. Great job!

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    August 16, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Yes! I have a set very similar to this at home and I’ve often wondered if I’d be able to paint it myself… I’ve been a bit scared to try in case I ruin it, but you’ve given me hope haha.

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    Comeca Jones
    August 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm


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    August 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    looks so good!! Love your dining room Denyse!

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    August 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    so pretty and light and airy now!

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    Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking
    August 18, 2012 at 3:57 am

    What a great update! I’m featuring your dining set at the Power of Paint Party Spotlight this weekend! Thanks for linking up…

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    Amber Sargent
    August 18, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Great way to freshen up the set! Amazing what a little paint can do!

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    Frugal Jen
    September 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve got the same set and hacve wanted to paint it. Did she sand or prime the chairs before the paint? Mine have a glossy finish.

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    Kim @ The Sasse Life
    September 12, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Love how you painted the table! Looks so fresh.
    Would love for you to share this at my link party. Hope to see you there!

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    September 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I just love how paint transforms furniture – you made it look gorgeous!
    Loving the transformation!

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    September 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Wowza! I LOVE it! I would love if you would share this at my Crazy Cute Party happening right now! I’ve got a totally awesome giveaway that you could win just for linking up! Come on over! ;D

    Between U & Me Blog

    Oh! And I’m your newest follower!

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    Julie Chen
    September 21, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I just bought a similar setting and have been debating painting the seats black or white. I love how yours turned out! Will I regret doing them black? What do you think? x Julie

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    Between Blue and Yellow
    September 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Look so much better! I may have gone with a darker stain on top, but the one you chose looks good too.

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    October 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Thanks for the about Dining Room Sets technical Info. I expect much from your blog.

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    October 14, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Wow it looks like an entirely brand new dining room set!! You did a gorgeous job! I am so jealous of that craigslist find too!! Score!!

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    Jessica Brown
    April 1, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Good job! You’ve made this such kind of simple and cheap dining sets into a better one.

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    Saraf furniture
    April 11, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I really like all of the pictures that you have here of the furniture. I would probably go with something like you have in the second picture as I really like the way the furniture goes with the room. I’ll probably have to explore some other options as I know that there are many different things I can go with.

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