How to upcycle a dining room table   

Let’s talk about upcycle dining table ideas? Any, even the most fashionable dining table can stop fitting into your interior. Many tables lose their attractive appearance with time of use. No need to throw away or sell the old table – let it please you some more. Besides, upcycling table and chairs is eco-friendly and fashionable. 

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The main stages of the restoration of the table include the following works:

  • Painting the table (with wood paint or enamel).
  • Countertop replacement (you can order a finished countertop, or make it yourself).
  • Upcycling of legs and table mounts (may require expert advice).

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Upcycled kitchen countertop 

Look at your dining table. If its general condition more or less satisfies you with its appearance, but the countertop is completely worn out or the countertop simply cannot be removed without damaging the entire structure, this master class is for you.

Imagine your upcycled wooden dining table. How does it look? What color is it? Then go for materials.


  • White enamel paint for wood;
  • Wood degreaser;
  • Chemical paint washes;
  • Water-based polyurethane varnish matte (you can use glossy at your discretion);
  • boards;
  • Liquid Nails;
  • Putty for wood;
  • Fine sandpaper;
  • Brush, cloth, water.

Upcycling instructions 

Step 1: Remove old paint 

Remove the old layer of paint will help with chemical washes, which are sold in hardware stores. They do not wash off the paint, but soften it, be patient and with a spatula. Apply the wash with a brush or roller, leave depending on the type of product and instructions – usually for 20-40 minutes. Then pry off the softened layer and peel off with a spatula. Carry out the action again if necessary, and small residues can be cleaned with sandpaper.

Step 2: Flip the table upside down

If you remove the legs for painting, then it will be more convenient for you to paint the bottom of the tabletop and the side wooden fasteners. Apply the degreaser and paint to the bottom of the countertop in the same way as the legs.

Step 3: Laying out a new countertop from the boards 

Lay out a new countertop from the boards. Start from the middle and move towards the edges. As a result, the new countertop should protrude 5 centimeters from the edges of the old one.Glue the boards to the old countertop with liquid nails. Starting from the center move to the edges.

After gluing the middle, glue the remaining boards on the sides. Leave the table to dry for 12 hours or a day, depending on the glue.

Step 4: Putty 

If there are very small cracks, putty them. After gluing and puttying the surface, the countertop must be left for several hours and then the final sanding should be carried out.

Next, you need to remove the dust from grinding, it is better to do it with a vacuum cleaner or a brush. Two to three coats of liquid primer applied with a brush will help hide imperfections and even texture. Buy a primer to match the paint, gray to dark paint, white to light. Each layer of primer, after drying, must be sanded with fine sandpaper, there are such in stores – an abrasive on a sponge.

After sanding, a lot of dust remains from the primer, it must be carefully swept or blown off.

TIP: Let the putty dry for a couple of hours, and then sand all the boards with fine sandpaper.

Step 5: Polishing 

Wipe the boards well, leaving no dust or debris on them. Take the polyurethane varnish, stir it and start applying it on the boards with long strokes. Try to make the first layer thin. Leave the countertop to dry for a day, then carefully sand the surface with sandpaper, wipe off the dust and apply a second coat of varnish.

After drying, you can apply a third layer, but no more. 

Step 6: Patina effect painting 

Once the varnish has dried after the last painting, start preparing the paint. In this case, we want to get the effect of whitewashing. Mix 1 part paint with 4 parts water. Paint a section of the board with a brush, and then immediately wipe it with a cloth. Paint the entire countertop like this, then add some more water to the paint and go over again.

After complete drying, the table is ready for use.

Refreshing the interior is easy, put an upcycled kitchen table in the kitchen or dining room. You should not spend a lot of money on buying a new dining or coffee table when you can do everything yourself. Using fantasy and a stencil, you can decorate the table simply amazingly. And if you renew the chairs a bit with the table, you will make your guests envy – after all, you will have an original, unique collection of designer furniture. Create to surprise!

Author: Courtenay

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