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Dining room set redo in old white chalkpaint

I have had this great dining room set consisting of a round table and four chairs for a couple of weeks in my workshop.  They were brought in by one of my dear customers and lucky for me she knew exactly what she wanted:  Both table and chairs in a distressed off white (definitely NOT a bright white)  with a 7-inch runner over the middle of the table in a mustard yellow.  Her choice of paint was chalk paint, she choose Annie Sloan old white and for the runner she purchased milk paint in a Marigold shade.    All pieces needed to be waxed with dark wax.

You know, you built up a relationship with your customers.  I always make sure before I start with the project that I know what  the customer likes and doesn’t like.  Yes, the easier it is when the customer knows what  they want, but through talking and asking questions you can figure out what the customer expects you to do.  I frequently sent pictures just to make sure my client wants more or less distressing or lighter/darker shade without confusing them of course.  Always communicate, do not make a decision without the customers’ permission and  be very open and honest and nice, really your customer will appreciate it.

Let’s continue with the dining room set:  golden oak set, very nice condition.  Here are the before pictures:

two oak chairs

oak table


First I sanded each piece, just to take some of the stain off and to make the wood ready for priming and painting.  I also cleaned each piece with TSP.  It’s a habit of mine, maybe  not necessary, but I like to work with wood that looks and feels clean.  As we all know: no need to prime when using chalk paint, but I am distressing all five pieces so I decided to prime each piece with a darker color primer.  After priming,  a light sanding and two coats of Old White chalk paint.  (At this time we had a deep freeze in Northern Virginia and having no central heat in my workplace luckily I remembered to take the cans inside my home-yes, paint can freeze!)

This looks like an assembly after one after one etc.  Two coats of paint – no waxing yet.
four chairs in chalk paint


Here is the table before distressing and waxing:










After priming and two (table actually three coats) coats of old white chalk paint I taped off 7″ in the middle of the table (with frog tape) and painted this runner Marigold yellow with milk paint.  When the painting was done I distressed all pieces by hand with a fine sandpaper.  Chalk paint distresses really good and fast!    After I achieved  the desired look it was time to wax.  My client loves the dark waxing.  Well, if anyone tells you that working with dark wax is real easy – they are not telling you the truth!  In order for the wax to look “good” and not dirty or grimy, I put two layers of clear wax first.  After the clear wax I carefully introduce the dark wax in small areas with just a small amount.  if this is not to your liking, just go over it again with clear wax.

Here is the end result of the dining room set..hope you like it!

chalk paint dining room set

chalk paint dining set


chalk paint dining set





chalk paint dining set


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  1. So pretty now! I love the addition of the marigold stripe! And I agree, working with dark wax is not easy. So often it really ends up looking dirty and that’s just not good. But you did a great job!

    • Thanks for the compliment Sharon! My customer was happy too.

  2. Veel leuker dan de originele finish!

    • Dank je Han! Nog leuker als je het in het echt ziet..

  3. love it, hetty! i love the distressing- it’s perfect! and love the fun stripe!

    • Thanks Cassie, the stripe was easy thanks to frog tape!

  4. Oh my! The table and chairs are perfect! You did a great job! The stripe design looks nice!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. That mustard runner just makes it a bit different. Glad you like it!

  5. VERY VERY pretty indeed – love that unexpected yellow stripe! Im in the process of redoing a dining set as well and the chairs are getting cumbersome and old…but I know it will all be worth it in the end. yours turned out soooo pretty!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, it is all worth it. Just start and you will see the transformation. Do email me in case you have any questions.

  6. I like everything that you did too this set. The painted runner is a novel idea! Very pretty! Thanks so much for linking to The Creative Blog Hop talented Hetty!

  7. Hetty, your customer must be so happy. That yellow runner down the middle makes this table go from cute to amazing! Great work!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Karen. Yes, my customer was very happy with her renewed table and chairs.

  8. What type of primer did you use? This is gorgeous!

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