Have you ever thought about how to paint furniture white? We have! And in this How to Transform an Old Tile Table Tutorial, we’ve done the work for you. And if you are feeling ambitious, here’s How to Paint Furniture with Chalk Paint too!
History of the Dining Table
Six years ago when Bryce and I got married, my Grammy and Grandpy gave us this dining table and chairs. It was a really solid, well-built table with an interesting shape. But, I was not crazy about the forest green tile/oak wood combo. Beggars can’t be choosers though, and it was honestly way nicer than any of our other options. We gratefully accepted it and ate, played and puzzled on it for five happy years.
Why DIYs Work
Anywho, I anxiously awaited the day when we could afford to buy a new dining table. As I started to shop around I realized how expensive our set was going to be to replace. I obviously heard of refinishing furniture, but for some reason, the tile always scared me off. Until one fateful morning when I just woke up and decided, “I’m doing this thang.”
Of course, the first thing I did was google it, and shockingly I turned up with little to no helpful information, so I decided to wing it. I figure if it turned out a nightmare, it would just speed up my buying process, and if it turned out awesome, I saved us big bucks! I am sooo happy with how it turned out, and it has given me the confidence to try more furniture related DIYs.
Old Tile Table Makeover Before
So. I think you might die when you realize how easy this is. Before we start this how to transform an old tile table tutorial, here are a couple of lovely before pictures for your viewing pleasure.
How to Transform an Old Tile Table Tutorial
Okay, now that you have a working knowledge of the “before” set, let’s get to work. Move your table and chairs to an area where you can paint. Then follow these instructions:
- Clean your table and chairs thoroughly
- Prime Again
- After your Primer is completely dry, Paint
- After your table and chairs are completely primed, painted and dry, you will need a sealant or top coat
Clean your table and chairs thoroughly and wait until completely dry.
- Make sure you clean the table surface thoroughly before painting. Use washing water and a soft cloth to clean the surface of the tiles. An old toothbrush works to remove any dirt in the grout. Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean cloth.
- Use oil-based paint – do not use latex paint. And choose between a satin or semi-gloss finish for the best results.
- Take your time between coats of paint. Make sure the first coat is completely dry before adding a second.
- If you are painting a wooden table, sand it first before applying the primer.
- And always keep a touch-up can of paint handy in case it needs it.
It’s ironic that the thing I disliked most about my table beforehand (the tile) is now my very favorite part of the table. It adds texture and interest to the tabletop without being too bold or distracting!
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Originally published on December 17, 2013, and since updated on July 11, 2019.