Monday, July 29, 2013

Gray and White painted kitchen table

Today I'm sharing my new and improved dining room table that I painted gray!

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We've had our kitchen table about 9 months.
I bought it from Craigslist because I loved the size.
It's a square shape with some interesting curves, that fits our family perfectly.
Plus I can add the leaf when we have guests.
While I really love the table, I definitely didn't love the original color
which was yellowy stain and legs.
I have always planned on painting it.  

I debated for months what color I wanted to paint it 
and finally decided on white legs with a worn grey top.

gray and white painted kitchen table, yellow stain before

This is the before.  
So yellow.  
It looked terrible with our dark wood floors.  
But the shape is beautiful and I could see it's potential!  

how to paint a kitchen table

I posted this photo update on instagram.  
(do you follow me @shescraftycrafty)

Here are the products I used and the steps 
I took to give my table a makeover. 
There are amazon links to the products below.   

First of all, I left the table in my dining area inside my house. 
I covered the floor with a huge drop cloth.  
It's darn hot outside and I wasn't about to go out there!!

-I lightly sanded the table with 150 grit sand paper.  
Then wiped it down really well with a damp rag.

paint kitchen table

-I used 2 light coats of  Zinsser stain blocking primer.  

angled brush, small roller to paint kitchen table

To apply the primer I used an angled brush for the
 legs and apron and a foam roller for the top of the table.   
I waited about 2-3 hours in between each coat, 
even though the can says it can be re-coated in an hour.  
I let it dry over night after the 2nd coat.

-The next morning I painted the legs and the top with 
2 light coats of white Valspar Ultra Paint plus Primer.  
I lightly sanded in between each coat with 220 grit sandpaper 
and let it dry for another 2-3 hours.  

-Next I painted the top of the table gray.  
I don't have a picture of the paint I used for the top but it was Glidden brand.
 I then let that dry over night. 

painted kitchen table, gray and white paint

-In the morning, I lightly sanded the entire top 
and then went a little heavier on the edges for a worn look.  
I wiped it down really well with a wet rag.  

all over the table with a rag. 
I rubbed it into the legs, the apron and all over the top.  
It's a really light color of stain but gives the paint some dimension. 
 It also seemed to harden the paint and give it a little protection. 
I LOVE the way it turned out!  
I then let that dry over night.  
(seriously- all of this drying overnight business made this project take forever!!!)

-The next morning I used 2 light coats of Minwax Polycrylic top coat
 I very lightly sanded between each coat.  

how to paint a kitchen table

-Then I let the table dry and cure for 2 days.  

farmhouse kitchen table, gray and white table

farmhouse kitchen table

Painting this table took forever, but it was totally worth it.  
I love it so much!  
It gave me that farmhouse look that I love!!

painted gray and white kitchen table

I can't wait to have people over to eat and see my pretty table.  
Anyone want to come over??


  1. I want to come over! It looks so great Candice - the pictures are beautiful.

  2. I love the grey on white table, nice update.


    Creative Raisins

  3. What a lovely color! You did a fabulous job also.

  4. This turned out so great, it's amazing how paint make such a difference. What a transformation, I love the colors you chose. Would love to invite you to share at my Weekend Beautiful Blog Party. I'm here from Creations by Kara

  5. I DO!!!! I DO!!! I'll bring the have the Mt. Dew!

    Love the color C great job!

  6. Love the new table colors. Very cute!

  7. Your table looks beautiful!!!! You did a great job with it, I love the color you chose! It looks like a lot of work, but it turned out beautiful!!!!

  8. Gorgeous dining table makeover! Love the color you chose. If you get a chance, please link up to the Suburbsmamam Sunday Linky Party going on now:

  9. OH my word!! This is adorable! We'd love to have you share your post at our link party!

    Debbie @

  10. I'll be right over! We can't put anything on it though, we just have to sit at it and admire. LOL! I love it!

  11. With just some paint you gave this table a whole new life! Love it! It actually looks a lot like a table I inherited that had a green bottom and stained top! I painted the whole thing black, but Im liking the cream and gray a lot better! I would love if you would share this over at our blog hop

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  14. LOVE! Where did you get your chairs? You have great style!

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  16. Here are some of my items:

    I have pedestals in a few different colors. These would be so great for display, or to hold fruit or candy!

    I have washi covered clothespins.

    Chalkboards of all shapes, sizes and colors.

  17. It looks so great! I have been missing my blogs!

  18. Amazing transformation! I just purchased a table and chairs set from Craig's List and the table looks exactly like yours! Yellow finish and all. I can't wait to paint it. Love the grey and yellow combo. You don't happen to know what color grey you used?

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  20. Amazing transformation! I just purchased a table and chairs set from Craig's List and the table looks exactly like yours! Yellow finish and all. I can't wait to paint it. Love the grey and white combo. You don't happen to know what color grey you used?

  21. I have the same table. I love what you did. I just re did mine last summer:) it had yellow legs that are now white with antique glaze. The top I sanded and stained a dark walnut. I LOVE it! It's so fun to see someone else's table and what they have picked to do with it. If I knew how to add a photo on here I would show you.

  22. Hi,

    Can you please let me know the grey colour. The table is stunning. Thanks

  23. I LOVE the chairs--would you share where you found them? They look great with the table. I am painting a hand-me-down table similar colors & scouting for chairs now:)

  24. Just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring your table tomorrow on my painted projects round-up, with a link back of course. (If you would rather not be featured, no biggie. Just let me know.) It's gorgeous!!!


  25. OMG!! I literally have the exact.same.table. sitting in my kitchen right now!! We've had it since 2001 and I have LOATHED the yellow stained wood and peachy-stained-supposed-to-have-been-white-painted legs since the dudes from the unfinished furniture store delivered it!! I am so glad to see how much better it looks with a fresh coat of paint!! Thanks for the inspiration...

  26. -The next morning I painted the legs and the top with 2 light coats of ...

  27. i love your table! i have been looking everywhere for a table with white legs and gray top for months!
    not sure i can buy one and paint it.
    congrats on a job well done!

  28. Hello! I actually have that exact same table! I primed mine, painted it black, and sealed with 2 coats of poly. My question is, how has your table held up? Mine started chipping/scratching almost immediately, and I'm wondering if i should have sanded it?

  29. My table has held up great for the most part. Of course there are a few nicks where my kids have hit it with their fork or dropped something on it, but the paint hasn't chipped at all. I'm sorry yours hasn't held up. I'm not an expert, so I don't have any advice. After a human error (sharpie) I had to refinish one part of my table and ended up putting another coat of poly over the entire thing. Maybe that's what's kept my paint finish so well? I don't know. Good luck with your table and thanks for your comment!

  30. Where are your chairs from? I like e the table and the whole look.

    1. Hi Sarah. I got the chairs many years ago, like 10, at Kmart. Thank you for your comment!!

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  32. How long did your stain take to dry? I put mine on last night and went to check it this morning (9hrs later) and the table top was sticky. I am not sure why 😕 I put it on with a brush and then immediately wiped it with a rag. I only did the top of the table. I am thinking it is still sticky this morning bc it's been raining here the last 3 days (Hurricane coming through). Maybe bc it's in my garage and the air is super moist right now from the weather.

    What did you put your poly acrilic on with? A brush or the roller? As soon as my stain dries that's my next step. Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. I have the same table, I've had it for about 9 yrs and I'm looking to redo my table set, unfortunately I only have two of the original chairs and I've been looking for the replacement chairs but I don't remember what the table set was called from big lots and they no longer sell the set so I was wonder if you could tell me the name of the table set please. Or am I better off getting different chairs?

    1. Hi Cynthia Harsha, I have the original chairs. Bought it as a set with the table on Craigslist. They are in good condition but I'm have more modern chairs that I've matched up with the table. Contact me on

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  35. This looks amazing and great! White and gray is just so perfect for the kitchen table. Thanks for sharing this one blog. Keep blogging.


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