DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Table

Updated: Jan 3

$65 Farmhouse style kitchen table set? Why of course!! See below how I turned my $30 Marketplace find into a fabulous distressed kitchen table set!

I am constantly scouring Facebook Marketplace for great finds...and I find A LOT! This table set, which included 5 chairs and a leaf, is solid wood and in great condition....and I only paid $30 for the whole set! Can you believe that?! I was so excited! I loved everything about it, I needed a round table, loved the style of chairs, excited it came with 5 chairs AND a leaf, and it was beautiful, solid and sturdy! Total steal! #farmhousetable #diykitchentable #kitchentablemakeover

“The only parts I had to sand was the table top and chair seats! Refinishing furniture is so much easier than you think!”

I knew I wanted to paint this table white, but I loved the look of wood so I wanted the table top and chair seats to be stained wood. I used "Special Walnut" because walnut is my favorite color to use for staining! (Dark Walnut is my other favorite).

Since I was going to paint everything except the tops, the only parts that I had to sand were just those! If you want to paint wood, don't stress because YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SAND IT! There are two ways to paint wood, I will explain one in this blog, and the other method is in my "entertainment stand redo".

Getting Started


1. 3 Rags (1 for cleaning and prepping, 1 for the liquid sander and 1 for the stain)

2. Soapy water

3. Quart of stain (I used Special Walnut)

4. Quart of paint (I used ColourPlace premixed white from walmart in eggshell)

5. 3 Brushes (one for staining, one for painting & one for the top coat)

6. Palm sander

7. Sand paper - 100, 120 and 200 grit

8. Liquid Sander

9. Top Coat (I always use Polycrylic - it is water soluble, doesn't yellow, and dries fast!)

Step 1: Prep Work

Clean everything that you are going to paint. Wipe down every leg and part of wood that you aren't sanding with a cleaner (you can use soapy water - I always use Dawn)...and wipe it down again. If it feels like there is any grease or leftovers from the family before, clean with something a little stronger (vinegar, rubbing alcohol, etc). Otherwise, if the soapy rag did it, let it dry!

Step 2: Sanding the Top

Sand your table top and chair tops. I use a palm sander and start with 120 grit sandpaper. If that doesn't seem like it's budging the original stain (sometimes it's thick and sometimes it's thin) then move down to 100 grit. Once the finish is off, and you're down to the original wood, go back over it with with fine sandpaper (200 grit) really well to be sure it is smooth. ALWAYS SAND WITH THE GRAIN

Step3: Cleaning

Use a hand held broom to clean off the dust, then vacuum with a shop vac or your vacuum hose. Once you have removed the sand dust, wipe everything down again with just a damp rag. (even the parts that you sanded). Let everything dry.

Step 4: Staining the Top

I always do my staining first, and then paint, because I don't want to drop stain on my paint. So start staining! I brush the stain on and then rub it in with a rag (going WITH the grain of the wood). I always stain the sides of the table first, this helps to avoid brush strokes on top! Depending on how soft the wood is, it will either soak it up quickly or not. Either way, I only work a small strip at a time (all the way across the table but only about two brush strokes wide) I brush it, then immediately wipe it. Once you are done staining (don't forget the sides of the table and chair seats) Allow your stain to dry completely before you begin painting. (sometimes I rush it, and it's ok if you do, you just have to be careful not to touch the tops lol)

Step 5: Priming for Paint

Prime the wood for paint. If you are using regular wall/trim paint, you will need to rub Liquid Sander on all parts to be painted first so that the paint adheres (and boy does it, this stuff works GREAT and keeps you from having to sand!) You just dampen your rag with this and rub in onto the wood, in a circular motion where possible. You must be sure to get every part that you are going to paint. Once that dries, run your hand along the wood, it should feel like the top coat is gone (this stuff removes the top coat for you). If you don't feel a difference, put one more coat on and let completely dry (doesn't take long, maybe 30 minutes).

Step 6: Painting!

Get ready to paint! For this table, I used ColourPlace eggshell white in the pre-mix can from Walmart. (nothing fancy, so don't let the store talk you into "furniture paint" or "cabinet paint"!) Start painting! Use a small craft brush for any of the tight or tough areas. You might get away with one coat depending on the color of your original wood. If not, two coats will do it!

Step 7: Distressing

For this step, you can use a sanding block, or the rest of the sandpaper that you have! When you distress furniture, to get the "true" distressed look, you want to sand where there would be normal wear on the furniture (corners, edges, etc). This step is actually up to you as far as how much or how little you want to sand! (you haven't clear coated yet, so after you sand, if you don't like it, add some paint!)

Step 8: FINAL STEP - Clear coat

I always use Polycrylic top coat! It is water soluble (so easy to clean off your brushes!), it doesn't smell, it doesn't "yellow" over time, and it dries super fast! I typically use the "Matte" finish on everything but the parts that I stain. (sometimes I use Matte on everything!) But on this table I used Matte on everything except my table top. I used Semi-Gloss top coat for that. Either way, you will still be able to clean it regularly, the type of finish you choose won't make a difference, so it just depends on the look you want!

YOU DID IT!!!!!! And if you haven't done it, don't be afraid to try! It really is easy! I'm serious! You can't mess the painting up, it's all one color! And if you mess up the sanding, just paint over it! :) You've got this! Turn that bargain deal into a fabulous steal!!


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