Updating an old kitchen table is apparently a very popular DIY topic. I posted about my Kitchen Table Transformation a couple of years ago and it continues to be the most popular post on my site, getting hundreds of page views most days!
It’s time to show you how it’s holding up just over two years after I completed the project.
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How is my painted kitchen table holding up 2 years later?
I did very little photo editing to the pictures in this post as I want you to get a 100% accurate idea of how durable this table is (and isn’t) after being used by our busy family each day for two years.
Side note, where does time go? I cannot believe this project was completed in September of 2016. The before picture gives a glimpse of the kids’ old play set that we sold last spring. Sniff, sniff.
On to the pictures…The below image is taken today, the day I’m writing this post.
Kitchen Table Makeover – NOW (Two years after completion):
Kitchen Table Makeover – BEFORE
How’s the table holding up? – In a nutshell:
Let me just say, I still love it. It is not perfect as there are a few blemishes here and there (more on that in a bit), but I am SO glad I did this. Of all of my DIYs, this ranks up there as one of my favorites.
Many of you have mentioned sentimental attachment you have to your tables for one reason or another and I am no different. My table was a gift from my in-laws when my husband and I got married.
Although it no longer matched the rest of my decor, there was no way I could easily part with it. However, I was definitely willing to change it!
I learned a lot in the process of refinishing my table. If you are considering updating your table, take a look at my detailed tutorial. I’m very honest about what worked and what I would have done differently.
On to the wear and tear effects after my kitchen table makeover:
Are the chalk painted portions of the chairs and table still white?
I used Minwax Polycrylic in matte to seal the table over both the chalk paint as well as the wood stain. Many people have asked me if there has been any yellowing with the Amy Howard linen chalk paint since I used polycrylic as a top coat. The answer for me personally is no.
This can certainly be an issue with polyurethane as well as polycrylic per articles I’ve read, but I have noticed zero change in the whiteness (is that a word?) of the chalk painted portions of the chairs and table.
An alternative to the Minwax Polycrylic is General Finishes Top Coat. I have not personally used this, but I have heard good things about it.
They Still Look White!
Is the chalk paint chipping?
Yes and no. Yes it has a few places it has chipped, but considering the amount of use it gets, it is holding up great.
We use our table two times daily for family meals on average. My kids do homework on it and lots of crafts and DIYs take place on this table. It gets tons of use.
But, there are definitely a few places the paint has chipped. It hasn’t even bothered me enough to worry about touch-ups, though.
Minor chips in the chalk paint (top coat of polycrylic):
How’s the wood stain?
As I mention in the original post, I don’t love the color of wood stain I came up with for the table top. It was a bit of an impulsive decision to use a combination of several stains and it ended up looking a bit blue. In the post I explain why the chair stain and table top stain are different…basically I panicked!
Keep cool, people;-)
If I were to do it again, I would just stick with Minwax Dark Walnut on all of the stained portions.
Tiny scratch on table top:
Seriously, this scratch just happened in the last week or so. The polycrylic coat is durable, but certainly not perfect.
Should you complete a makeover with your kitchen table?
Reasons to complete a kitchen table makeover:
- You love the bones of your table.
- Your table has sentimental value but no longer flows with the rest of your decor.
- You don’t want to spend the money to purchase a new table or prefer to wait to make a large purchase.
- You love the idea of repurposing furniture.
Reasons to NOT complete a kitchen table makeover:
- It is A LOT of work. Unless you are up for a lengthy makeover process, this is not for you.
- You have no patience. This project has several steps that requires waiting before proceeding to the next step. If you don’t think you can deal with leaving a mess around you for a minimum of a week, I would say don’t do it.
- You are a perfectionist. There are definitely things about this table makeover that are not perfect. If things need to be flawless for you, consider just saving money to purchase something new.
That’s the table update – 2 years later!
I am so glad I refinished our table. I still get lots of compliments!
Our table is located just off of our kitchen and truly in the hub of the house. In the below picture, the view from our kitchen table: our hearth room and a small portion of my blogging desk (on the left), where all of this magic happens:-). On the right, you can see our fairly new covered deck.
Check out some of my grape tomatoes from our raised bed garden! It’s the little things, you guys!
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My original kitchen table makeover tutorial: