Furniture Makeovers

How to Paint Dining Room Furniture

Hello Friends,

Can you believe it’s already Week 4 of the One Room Challenge? I know! It’s totally crazy! And this week is one of my very favorite weeks because it’s all about furniture makeovers. 

First know that I kept all of the pieces that I already had. They were all in perfect condition and name brand pieces made of solid wood. Their only sin was becoming blah and outdated.

But thanks to a box full of Fusion Mineral Paint and a boatload of elbow grease, each piece (Yes! all FIVE of them) is now fresh and new.

How to Paint Dining Room Furniture

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Say hello to the dining room table. 🙂

Can you see it mixed in there ~~~ in that sea of dark wood, bronze, and gold?


BEFORE: The starting point for the dining room makeover |#diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

Now say hello to the maker of all things new ~~ a box full of Fusion Mineral Paints and Waxes.

A box full of paints and waxes to save the outdated dining room furniture |#diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

The Big Ooops!

If you DIY long enough, you’ll realize that nearly every story has an oops. Sometimes the oops is good and you just delightfully keep going. And sometimes the oops is a horrifying and you have to back up to regroup.

In the case of the dining room table, it was one of those totally horrifying and totally must regroup times.

And here’s why.

In the Spring One Room Challenge, I refinished a ton of accessories for the Great Room. And each one was grounded with this most awesome Fusion color called Algonquin. If you’re trying to blend old colors with new colors, it’s the perfect dark greige. I call it Fusion’s “chameleon” because it alters its shade depending on the lighting and surrounding colors.

Algonquin is used on the mirror makeover (photo below) and highlighted with Fusion’s Champlain paint and Espresso Wax. If you’d like to see the full makeover, please click here.

Mirror makeover for the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge using Algonquin | #diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

So naturally, I thought this color would be one of the great blenders for the dining room.


Wrong. Wrong. And wrong.

I was half-way through the first coat of Algonquin and stepped away from the table. And that’s when it hit me.

That horrifying moment.

Needless to say, an epic scramble to save my dining room table ensued. So much so that I didn’t even realize I didn’t take a picture until I started working on this post. Sorry about that. You’ll have to trust me on this one.

But, aside from the photoless Algonquin step, here’s what happened.

Getting Off the “OH! NO!” Cliff

First, let’s back up and remember that long before I started applying the Algonquin, the table was prepped.

Step 1 ~~ Prep

OK, so luckily my table was in pristine condition because this allowed for some easy and not usually available options.

To prep this table, all I had to do was:

  • Wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth.

  • No sanding was required for two reasons. There was no waxy build-up from furniture polishes AND the sealer from the factory was completely in tact. Had I been faced with either of these, sanding or stripping to remove the spent product and then resealing to prevent bleed from the mahogany would have been in order.

  • But because this table was super-duper slick from the factory sealer, a coat of Fusion’s Ultra Grip was applied. It applies just like paint and gives a super-slick surface the grab it needs to hang on to the paint.

Step 2 ~~ Apply Algonquin Paint

After the Ultra Grip was allowed to dry (according to manufacturer’s directions), a coat of Algonquin was applied. Even though half-way through, I realized it was all wrong, I completed the table. The way I figured it, now I had a good solid base coat of paint over the Ultra Grip. And while it cured, I could figure out which way to go with the color.

Step 3 ~~ Apply Putty (color) Paint

Luckily, on this rare occasion, I had actually thought ahead and had a container of Fusion’s Putty on hand. Turns out, it is just like Algonquin, but on the light side. Putty is the “chameleon” of the light greige persuasion.

And two coats of Putty later, the table was done.

I will tell you that I buffed (not sanded) the table between the two coats of Putty. This step isn’t necessary to achieve a fabulous finish, but ever-so-gently buffing with a high-grit, worn-out sandpaper seems to add to the buttery, factory-finish created by the Fusion paint.

AFTER: Dining room table refreshed in the color Putty | #diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

And just so you know that I didn’t waste the Algonquin application, I opted to do more of a dry brush of the Putty color inside the fret work. This created more dimension and depth so that the piece could marry up nicely with its darker cohorts.

Step 4 ~~ Huuuum. No.

Since Fusion paints are self-sealing, there is no step four. All you need to do is allow the paint to dry and then cure to its trademark rock-solid finish.

Dining room table is painted in the color Putty so that it is lighter and brighter |#diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

See what I mean? Isn’t this the perfect transition color between lights and darks, greiges and grays? Note that the deconstructed slipcover (photo below) is pretty much Algonquin. Funny how that color works on the fabric, but not on the table.

But more on that later.

The dining room is on the verge of coming together thanks to the blending of some awesome paints on the furniture and walls |#diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

For now, if you appreciate this makeover, please…PIN the photo below for later.

Five pieces of dining room furniture are refinished using different painting techniques and combination of products | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint |




And Be Sure to Visit

More Dining Room Furniture Makeovers

Click this link –> How to Paint Fabric and Frame


BEFORE: Bench waiting a fabric and frame makeover | #diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject


AFTER: Fabric and frame are painted for this bench makeover | #diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

Click this link –> Console Table Makeover Using Fusion Metallics 


This table was originally mahogany and had been painted a minty green color in a chalky-type paint. 

For this makeover, metallic paint in two different colors was applied.


AFTER: Metallic paints update a traditional mahogany console table into a trendy buffet server | #diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

Click this link –> Stationary Bar Using Fusion Paint and Wax


BEFORE: A dark and outdated side table console is updated to a light and fresh weathered blue |#diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject


AFTER: Updates and refreshes don't always mean painting the entire piece. This dark and outdated piece is refreshed with a light and airy weathered blue | #diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject

 Coming soon –> Outdated China Hutch Gets Unique Update

How to Sew A Destructured Slipcover (for the bench below)

How to Paint Faux Antique Brass Drapery Rods (for the rods shown below)

DURING: The dining room makeover is underway. Drapery rods and the dining room table are newly painted. And the draperies and bench slipcover are custom sewn to fit the spaces | #diningroomfurniture #ORC #oneroomchallenge #callingithome #housebeautiful | #spon #fusionmineralpaint | www.thechelseaproject


And as always, many thanks to our wonderful hosts.  

Linda from the blog, Calling It Home and House Beautiful magazine. 

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The Dining Room Makeover Plan – Week 1

How to Design Picture Frame Moulding – Week 2

Tips for Perfect Ceiling and Wall Paint – Week 3

How to Paint Dining Room Furniture – Week 4 (You are here)

How to Paint Faux Antique Brass Hardware – Week 5 

How to Easily Paint Super Slick Surfaces – Week 6

Dining Room Reveal – Week 7

Outdated Bench Refresh – How to Paint the Fabric and Frame

Stationary Bar Cart Refresh – Using a Combo of Paint and Wax

Traditional Meets Trendy – Mahogany Console Table Makeover in Metallic Paint

Easily Add Gold Touches to Furniture and Accessories with Liquid Leaf

Spring 2017 ORC – Great Room Refresh




  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul October 25, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Ok, just wow and another few wows for good measure. What a lovely update! Getting rid of all the dark brought that beautiful design to life. I so desperately need to paint my dining table, now to get hubby on board 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Hi Toni and thanks so much. You are always so encouraging! Together, we will wish for that hubby to come on board! XOXO

  • Reply Jen@jenron-designs October 26, 2017 at 12:51 am

    I am like that paint on your dining room table a whole lot right now!!! I will have to check it out. I usually use Annie Sloan but I love this color so much. Great job keep up you fantastic work my friend.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Hi Jen and thanks a million! It’s so sweet of you to stop by and leave such an encouraging comment.

  • Reply tim@designmaze October 26, 2017 at 12:56 am

    oh that dining room table is BEAUTIFUL!! Love that it’s in a lighter color now and I have to find one for myself!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

      Hi Tim! Thanks so much. This table is about 30 years old so not sure where we’d find one. But if I do run across one, I’ll message you! Thanks again!

  • Reply northcountrynest21 October 26, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I absolutely LOVE the table color – it goes perfectly with everything else you have in the space so far. I can’t wait to see it all come together 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Hi Kelly and thanks, girl. You really know how to make my day! XO

  • Reply Jeanie October 26, 2017 at 7:09 am

    What a difference! I love the lighter color of the table.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Hi Jeanie and thanks a million. I’m still not believing it’s the same table.

  • Reply Susanne October 26, 2017 at 7:23 am

    That table looks like you bought it that way!! Wonderful makeover my friend. I have ordered to some fusion mineral paint to try, I hope my project turns out as lovely as yours!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Hi Susanne! I love Fusion paint so much. I have total confidence in you and the paint. Can’t wait to see. Thanks hun!

  • Reply Connie October 26, 2017 at 7:25 am

    It’s fabulous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Hi Connie and thanks so much!

  • Reply Emy October 26, 2017 at 8:57 am

    The table looks fantastic! I am drooling over the sneak peek of the bench. I can’t wait to read more about it. It’s gorgeous!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Emy and thanks so much. I’ve been refinishing furniture in my foyer since July! Yep! Couldn’t use my front door until a few weeks ago. Hearing your sweet comment means so much and makes it all worth while. Thanks for such kind words of encouragement.

  • Reply charlestoncrafted October 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

    thats amazing that it doesn’t need a top coat!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      I know! Right! It’s truly amazing paint. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Libbie October 26, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Susie, the transformation is amazing!!!! Truly beautiful in the space.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Libbie. I hope everything comes together.

  • Reply Mary Hunnicutt October 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

    We have all had those Ooops moments, but thank goodness paint easily covers! I love the shade you ended up with…Gray is my new jam 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      Hi Mary and thanks! I totally agree. Gray is a great color!

  • Reply Tee October 26, 2017 at 11:41 am

    The table color looks amazing, Susie! Such rich color and smooth finish. Looking forward to next week’s post!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 26, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Tee and thanks so much. I’m trying to choose which DIY to share right now.

  • Reply Nancy October 26, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Your table looks splendid! I love the lighter putty shade and it pulled out all of the detail. You have become quite the expert painter. I can’t wait to see the slipcover. The final reveal is going to be amazing!


    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Thanks Nancy! You’re the best!!!

  • Reply Colette @ restyle it wright October 27, 2017 at 8:23 am

    too bad there was an oops moment! Totally terrifying! But it looks like it worked out in the end 🙂 love the new color!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Hi Colette and thanks so much!

  • Reply Jillian October 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    That looks so much better! What beautiful detail the table has and now you can see it! Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks Jillian!!

  • Reply Jenny October 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I’ve never tried fusion paint. The table looks so good, you have me intrigued.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Jenny, It’s one of my absolute all-time favs. Would love to hear what you think.

  • Reply Diane Rath October 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Well I have to say that the final results of the table makeover is nothing short of awesome! That color completely changes the looks and feel- so much more contemporary- and I love it!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 31, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks a million, Diane. Such a sweet compliment. Appreciate so much.

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  • Reply happilyorganizedchaos November 1, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I love how the table turned out, it looks great. I love re-purposing furniture with paint!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Hey Sweet Friend and thanks so much! Your kindness is inspiring! Appreciate so much.

  • Reply Ariel November 2, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Susie the table looks gorgeous. It’s got such a striking profile, and the fresh paint just accents it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 12:24 am

      Hi Ariel and thanks a million! Means so much coming from you! XOXO

  • Reply Michelle James November 2, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Beautiful makeover Susie! Love how fresh & bright the room is now!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 1:05 am

      Hey Michelle and thanks a million! Agree! The fresh and bright is so much better! XO

  • Reply Tash @ thedreamhouseproject November 2, 2017 at 12:59 am

    The finish on the table looks fantastic!! Didn’t hurt that you had a great profile to work with either. It’s definitely not dated anymore!! Great job.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 1:07 am

      Hi Natasha and thanks a million! And you’re right about the table’s profile. I truly couldn’t believe my eyes as the paint begin to pop all that fret work.

  • Reply Jessica | Petal + Ply November 5, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Lovely!!! The table and bench are both gorgeous!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Hi Jessica! Thanks girl!

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