A Farmhouse Table Makeover

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The best things in life are free, right? That’s how I got this table set…for FREE. Thank you Craigslist, and lady who tried to sell the table, but got so sick of it being in her garage that she gave it away.

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I’ve been there done that, so I felt for her. This set also wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my mother, who took her truck to go pick it up for a pregnant momma (ME).

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That is how long I had this table set… for over a year, just like this desk. I knew that painting those spindles on those chairs would take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. and there was no way I was going to do it unless I had a paint sprayer.

Enter in my new toy… {dramatic music begins to play and commercial-man voice reads…}

“The HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer allows you to apply a professional-looking finish to your furniture and cabinets. The indoor rated air turbine powers the spraying of thin materials like varnishes and stains. The tight spray pattern of the Finish Max HVLP is ideal for finishing smaller, contoured surfaces like deck spindles, furniture and lattice.”

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What’s HVLP you say? Just High-Volume-Low-Pressure, which translates to lots of goodness without much effort. As a gift to self, no one can deny that a paint sprayer is a good thing for someone who paints furniture, right? I read all the reviews (by the way, this entire post is my opinion and totally my own) and heard nothing but good stuff about how easy it is to clean and easy to use. Sold.

My lovely farmhouse table was made of solid oak and maple, and the chairs a sturdy maple too. As an extra bonus it even came with an extra leaf for a larger family or guests. Nice.

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But boy, oh boy, did that ugly 1980’s orangey stain have to go!

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I enlisted the help of my wonderful husband, who is my behind-the-scenes awesome dude. The table prep was for me, but he hand-sanded those chairs all by himself….whew. I had a new babe to care for and was so thankful for his help.Outdated 1980's Dining Set Gets Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now the set is ready to get its beauty treatment.

Outdated 1980's Dining Set Gets Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesYes, the top is not getting sprayed, because I wanted to do a different treatment to it…more on that in a bit. So using my favorite antique white paint by Glidden, I got crazy with it.

Can I just say I was giggling with delight at how EASY this thing was to use?!! Did I mention that there is NO compressor needed? Just plug it in and go to town.

Seriously, after one coat I am admittedly hooked.  I LOVE IT!!

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Lookin’ good and so much better than orange, don’t you think? Once the entire set received a second coat of paint and two coats of satin polycrylic, I painted the top a nice deep charcoal color I don’t know the color!) and added 4 coats of poly to it.

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Can you believe this is the same set I started with?

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So refreshing and clean and perfect for the kitchen or dining room.  The chairs were a breeze to paint and my hands were saved a beating.

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Outdated 1980's Dining Set Gets Farmhouse Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI am so very pleased with the outcome, and also delighted that this set did not last long in my shop.

In fact, I enjoyed spraying so much that I used it to make our exterior shutters using my tutorial – will share more on those later. Can’t believe they were first-coated in 15 minutes! {happy dance}

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AND…I even did this highchair, complete with video and it was endlessly useful in our patio makeover. I LOVE THIS THING!

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Now onto spray some more stuff…

Pin it if you love this farmhouse table makeover too!

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Disclosure: All opinions stated are entirely mine. Affiliate links are included in this post.

Come check out more furniture goodness:

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WAIT! Before you head off, you can link up your own furniture projects.  Show us what you’ve got and don’t forget to check out these lovely ladies sharing in the challenge with me:

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56 Comments

  • Tone

    Hi! Thanks for hosting such a great party! I cant wait to so what people contribute with:)

    April 30, 2015 at 7:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for participating and love your project. 😉

      April 30, 2015 at 7:33 am Reply
  • Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

    The set looks amazing!!! And to think you got it for free…wow!! I love the charcoal top with the white base, so fresh looking and practical too!

    April 30, 2015 at 8:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Lisa. 🙂 I was so happy with the outcome and that it’s no longer in my stash! Would have kept it if it seated 8. 😉

      April 30, 2015 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Jill Flory

    Larissa this is so awesome! And thanks for the tip on the sprayer – I am buying one as soon as we are back from vaca – I have a couple sets of chairs to paint and I am NOT doing it with a brush. Shudder. I’ve painted too many chairs that way as it is! how big an air compressor does this take?

    April 30, 2015 at 9:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jill. You just reminded me to add to the post that NO COMPRESSOR needed!! Anyone can plug this in and get started. You will LOVE it. 🙂

      April 30, 2015 at 9:09 am Reply
  • lynn at shabby story

    gotta love a beautiful paint job! thanks for sharing:)

    April 30, 2015 at 9:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Lynn! Yes, much better painted. 🙂

      April 30, 2015 at 9:57 am Reply
  • Becky

    I love this table, it updated it and turned out beautifully!

    April 30, 2015 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Michele

    I love the fresh look you gave it. I’m so jazzed by the way it turned out. Way to go!!! 😉

    April 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm Reply
  • Sue debo

    Your table and chairs are exquisite!! Would you share what color and brand of paint you used on the top?

    April 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sue! The dark color was a seconds paint I found at Home Depot (seems I’m blessed with colors from there!), so I’m sorry I don’t have the exact color, but dark charcoal gray will work. 😉

      April 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Diana // Dreams Factory

    I love white furniture in all forms and shapes, your set is just amazing!!! Now I’m dreaming of making something similar for lovely brunches outside 🙂 Thanks for sharing, you did such a great job!

    April 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • Holly

    Larissa…Let’s High Five, Girl!!!! You did a smokin’ job on your dining set and spraying is the only way to go with that style of chair. Nicely done!

    April 30, 2015 at 4:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo! Great minds…I tell ya. Thank you, Holly!

      April 30, 2015 at 9:35 pm Reply
  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    Larissa, I have the same dining room set as this and painted mine too. I like the graphite color you used on the top of yours. I hear ya re: the HomeRight paint sprayer – I love mine and will be using it next week to paint several dining chairs. I gave my Windsor chairs to my in-laws – kicking myself after seeing yours.

    April 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm Reply
  • Adriane

    Very nice re-do! What brand and type of white paint did you use?

    May 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Adriane…thank you for the compliment! I used Glidden Antique White. Hope this helps!

      May 1, 2015 at 5:38 pm Reply
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  • Greta

    Love it! I’m hoping to do this to my table since I have the exact same set. I was also hoping to do our kitchen cupboards. I think this may be a good investment.

    Did you use the sprayer to do the polycrylic as well?

    May 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Greta! It’s absolutely a good investment if have a whole set to do. Yes, I did the polycrylic as well. So much easier! 🙂

      May 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm Reply
  • Dawn

    Would that sprayer work well for cabinet doors? And how was clean up?

    May 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Dawn, yes, the sprayer would absolutley work wonderful for cabinet doors. It has very minimal overspray, and would create a smooth finish. Just practice on scrap first. Clean up couldn’t be easier and is why I choose this sprayer. 🙂

      May 10, 2015 at 5:53 am Reply
  • Hammy

    Thanks for sharing your project. I have an identical set of 6 chairs and the rectangle table, also in natural wood. I lived in the woods when I got is 20 years ago and now I live near the ocean. I am thinking of a driftwood table top and striped cushions on chairs. Maybe painting the legs and chair backs a blue that looks nautical. Any suggestions or comments?

    May 21, 2015 at 9:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That sounds like a wonderful idea. Are you looking for color suggestions or just method? I’d love to help!

      May 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Mary

    i am so happy I found your post. I have a table/ chIr set that needs paint. And I was feeling overwhelmed to get started. But when you started explaining the sprayer… You sold me. I like that it a plug in … No compressor. The reviews also raved about its ease to use. I’m going to order it. Thanks for inspiring me to take the next step !! Do you have any tips about it? Please share what you have learned Thx

    May 29, 2015 at 7:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo, Mary!! I really think you will love it. There are several YouTube videos you can watch, as well as at HomeRight’s website that offer great tips for getting started. It’s not too hard to figure out, but I would say cleanup is very important for a long lasting product. Let me know what you think! 🙂

      May 30, 2015 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Jenny

    Love this! Got the same table from a friend who does forclosure clean up. It was in rough shape and 1 of the 4 chairs was broken. Took a while to clean up and sand but considering it was free thought I would attempt my first DIY project. I’ve painted the top with 1 coat of a dark smokey Gray paint from Valspar and I’m trying to decide if I should do another coat? The paint says 1 coat and it looks pretty good. Have the polycrylic to put on when finished. What do you recommend?

    June 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jenny! As to whether or not you should do a second coat, that would depend on the amount of use you think it would get. For me, I always second coat at least and then add a topcoat for a high traffic surface. Just be sure to let them fully cure between coats. I hope this helps! 🙂

      June 3, 2015 at 5:45 am Reply
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  • Amy

    You mentioned you used Glidden paint… was it satin finish, or a semi gloss?

    July 3, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was a flat paint – the color was Behr antique white, but mixed in Glidden flat base. 😉

      July 3, 2015 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Susan Homeroad

    Wow! I love that table and chairs. I’ve gotta get a new sprayer… I gave mine away to someone who needed it before I even tried it… now I want it back LOL

    August 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Say whaaaat?? You most certainly do! I know you’ll make use of it, Susan.

      August 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Emily

    Hi! Great post! Did you use oil or latex paint? Thank you!

    August 19, 2015 at 10:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! Since the EPA has pretty much wiped out any oil based paint, I used a acrylic latex – a basic flat Glidden for the white, and a eggshell for the top. Hope this helps!

      August 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • gail

    Amazing transformation Larissa! Isn’t everything better with a Finish Max?

    pinning!

    August 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Absolutely! The sky’s the limit with that tool. 🙂

      August 19, 2015 at 9:18 pm Reply
  • Carmyn

    i love your farm house kitchen table. I have the exact one in my kitchen that I want to paint. My first thought was a solid color than I saw yours. You mention you put four coats of poli crylic on the table top. Sherwin Williams and the back of the can says its for wood. Doesn’t say anything about paint. Can you clarify before I do this??
    Thanks so much!!! Also love your high chair.

    August 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay for you!! You can put a poly on most any surface, but I do use Minwax satin polycrylic, water-based formula. Hope that helps and thank you for the love!

      August 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm Reply
      • Carmyn

        I used the poli crylic finish and it turned my white paint yellow. Any suggestions??

        September 8, 2015 at 1:16 am Reply
        • Larissa

          Oh no, yes, sometimes a golden color will happen with certain polys. I found that spraying it can lessen that effect since you can control the amount. My only suggestion would be to lightly sand it back and see if that takes away some of the color. Let me know!

          September 9, 2015 at 6:31 am Reply
  • Marlene

    Hi Larissa,

    I have an identical table and I’d like to do this with it. It’s my first project and I’m wondering about the finish. The paint I purchased is “Beauti-Tone – Designer Series, Cabinet & Furniture” (Canadian brand), when I asked the paint rep about the poly, because I didn’t see any on the shelf, she said that this paint has it in it. When I asked if I should still apply it over where a table is such a high traffic item, she gave a sales type warning of not being able to guarantee how it’d react with the paint. Do you think extra poly would be necessary and do you think it’d affect the paint at all? Thanks!

    November 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Marlene! Paint is usually a good go-to for standard wear, so I would be hesitant to paint and not protect it. I am not familiar with that line, so my only suggestion is to either do what the paint rep says or find another brand that you can use a poly with. Sorry I’m not much help! 🙂

      November 9, 2015 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • All Stressed Out

    Hi, I’ve been painting furniture for about 4 years now. I’m in the process of switching from chalk paint to straight latex paint from Sherwin Williams. Should I prime my pieces first or is a light sanding enough? Thank You.

    March 13, 2016 at 12:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good for you. 🙂 It depends on the piece. In most cases, sanding is enough, but in terms of veneers or going over a mahogany or cherry stain requires a primer for best adhesion and color. Hope that helps!

      March 14, 2016 at 5:28 am Reply
  • Julia

    Did you sand the top of the table also ? or just the chairs and base of table. what number sand paper did you use?

    May 6, 2016 at 11:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, I sanded the top starting with a 150 grit paper, and working up to 220. 😉

      May 7, 2016 at 5:39 am Reply
  • Karen

    Love your enthusiasm for painting the farmhouse table and chairs . Been around long enough to know that your children will be longing for that earthy real wood you painted over. There’s no right or wrong to decor

    May 14, 2016 at 9:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh certainly, but that table wasn’t a quallity set that refinishing would do much justice. I try to sell pieces that are in need of some TLC and leave wood as-is, especially in my own home. Problem is, wood doesn’t sell. 🙁

      May 17, 2016 at 12:13 pm Reply
      • Linda

        I totally agree…plain wood is not selling. And as far as our children wanting real wood finishes, there is plenty out there & always will be if that’s what they choose. I love taking an old worn piece of outdated maple or oak from the 70’s & 80’s and revive them. Your work is beautiful!

        May 17, 2016 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • Linda

    Beautiful! Quick question…do you have to thin out the paint first?
    And have you every used chalk paint with the sprayer?
    Thanks!

    May 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I typically do to prevent clogging and wear on my sprayer. I have not used chalk paint but some of my blogger friends have with success. I believe they have pins on Pinterest.

      May 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Chelsey

    Have you ever had any problems with bugs getting stuck in your drying paint?! Help!!

    August 22, 2016 at 10:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I have at times, but not really. I think it depends on your area, but also you could use a Spray Shelter to help with that as well. Sorry you are being bugged! 🙂

      August 23, 2016 at 5:23 am Reply

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