Update A Dining Room Table

Let’s see how to update a dining room table.

Can I Paint My Table Without Sanding?

One question many may have is can I paint my table without sanding to update the piece? The answer is yes, milk paint is an option as well as chalk paint.

Sanding isn’t necessary if the furniture is in good condition isn’t peeling or chipping. However, be sure to wipe any dust and debris from the furniture before painting.

Here are four ways of painting furniture without sanding

4 Ways for Painting Furniture Without Sanding

Mineral Paint: with mineral paint you don’t need to prime beforehand. However, it needs to be cleaned well before updating.

Calk Paint: Chalk paint is a great way to paint any furniture to change the look.

Milk Paint is also a great idea to update furniture pieces mixing with a bonding agent

Bonding Primer: The best primers will often say no sanding is necessary and will adhere to almost any shiny surface. Such as glass, metal, tile etc. Primers like Kilz and Zinsser are especially good for bonding to begin your furniture painting.

Painting With Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint

To begin with this is my first time using Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint I truly have fallen in love. Can you fall in love with a product? Well, I have truly fallen for this paint!

I have been using other chalk paint for years. I have many cans in my craft/office space as proof. In fact, shelves are full. However, trying this product has been on my radar for quite some time and I am here to tell you it’s amazing.

brown table base needing a painted update

Why I Enjoy Working With This Product

As an example, this mineral paint glides on like silk, excuse the pun. To say I am beyond impressed is an understatement.

Besides being incredible to paint with the color selections of this mineral paint are beautiful. This paint company has colors for everyone. Soft and subtle and bright and vibrant.

In addition to the above, Dixie Belle offers a fantastic selection of brushes, waxes, glazes and more. They also offer gilding wax in numerous colors.

Of course, since I love painting and have used gilding waxes before I had to buy one of theirs to use for my painting update.

Products Needed:

  • White Lightening from Dixie Belle
  • Dixie Belle Boss
  • Chalk Mineral paint color of your choice from Dixie Belle
  • Dixie Belle Glaze Van Dyke brown
  • Rags
  • Chip brush
  • Dixie Belle synthetic paint brush
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Continuous Mist Bottle

Cleaning The Table Base

Step 1: Cleaning the Table Base

First thing, it’s especially important to clean the piece well. For this process using the product White Lightening is your best choice before applying the paint. White Lightening will degrease and remove all debris from your furniture.

Applying this to the table base is particularly important to remove any residue from waxes I applied. This is very easy to apply with a chip brush and make sure this product gets in all the grooves. It’s also important to wear gloves during this process.

cleaning the table base with White Lightening.  Be sure to wear rubber gloves during this process
Dixie Belle White Lightening

After applying, grab, a bucket of warm water and wipe well with a rag to remove any residue to get ready to apply paint. Also, it’s important to let the piece of furniture to dry. I did this step twice to make sure everything was removed.

Adding Boss To The Table Base Before Painting

Step 2: Apply this Product to Stop Bleed Through from Dark Paint

Next, I used the product Boss to block bleed through because my furniture piece is painted a dark brown. This product also blocks odors and stains. I applied two coats allowing too dry in between each coat.

This product is also easy to apply and work with for a painting project. It’s amazing how well this works and because I took the time to use Boss, I am truly amazed at how little paint was used for my furniture paint project.

adding boss to my dining room table with a Dixie Belle brush
Picture of Boss by Dixie Belle.  It's a blocker for dark paint, stains and odor

Generally, I’m scent sensitive, and the smell of this product didn’t bother me at all. In the end the smell is not bad at all.

Paint Application For My Furniture Project

Now I began applying my paint to my table to add a new look. Dixie Belle also sells great synthetic brushes to apply their product.

Synthetic brush for my furniture update

For my paint choice I’m using Savannah Mist. For the most part, this color is a light blue with gray undertones. It’s a beautiful soft color and I can see me using this again.

dixie belle chalk pain in savannah mist

How To Update A Dining Room Table
How To Update a Dining Room Table after one coat of paint

What especially amazes me with this paint is how little paint I used for my table. As you will see it’s not a small table base. The table with this paint product is truly amazing. One coat is all I needed because I applied Boss.

Step 3: Adding Brown Glaze

Next step, applying Van Dyke Brown Glaze to add age to my paint process. Normally, I mix my own glazes when painting, however, I decided to try this company’s glaze. This where the continuous fine mist spray bottle came in handy.

continuous water mist bottle

After applying my glaze to my updated painted dining room table, I did use the mist bottle to thin it a bit to help lighten the ageing I was looking to achieve.

Dixie Belle brown glaze
How To Update a Dining Room Table adding the brown glaze
the glaze blended into the paint

By the way when doing this step, I use two brushes. One for wet and one stays dry for blending the glaze into smaller areas such as the legs and feet of my table base.

Blending the glaze with a dry brush

Also, I use a rag to blend in the glaze in larger areas of the furniture table base such as the middle section.

Speaking of the middle section of my base this receives a special treatment to add some elegance. Hey, this girl loves French decor, so some sparkle is needed on my painting project.

Applying Gilding Wax To The Applique

Step 4: Gilding wax application

As I said above, I love a bit of gilding on pieces of furniture I paint. Having a large applique in the center of my dining room table base this is the perfect area to add some of this product.

gilding wax

By the way, you can see this more examples of my use of gold gilding wax ideas with a piece that received a big change.

Now for this painting process I decided silver gilding wax from Dixie Belle would be a perfect accent with this blue, gray color paint on the furniture base. Besides adding a bit of glitz to a piece when using gilding wax the product lasts a long time. The tiniest amount of this wax goes a long way.

For example, the amount seen on my brush is almost the amount to cover my applique on my paint project.

showing the small amount of silver wax, I am using on my stencil brush
Me applying the gilding wax

After applying the wax product let it dry 20-30 minutes. Using a clean lint free rag buff well for a beautiful sheen.

How To Update a Dining Room Table showing the silver wax
finished table base
How To Update a Dining Room Table
showing a finished foot of the table
How To Update a Dining Room Table
Finished table

Over the warmer months I plan on doing a major overhaul on our master bathroom vanity. I will definitely be using this product for the update.

I hope you enjoyed learning about Dixies Belle products in this post. I also hope you like the direction I went with how to update a dining room table. Have you ever used Dixie Belle products; I’d love to read about your experience.

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26 thoughts on “Update A Dining Room Table

  1. This is absolutely beautiful! Love the color. My vintage wooden kitchen table needs an update like this so bad…but I’m not a painter. (Neither technique nor ambition!) I’d hire you to do mine! 🙂

  2. That is a lovely color Cindy! It’s such a soft blue. The antique technique you used adds another layer of interest! Great job my friend!😊

  3. This is such a good idea. I also love that you used “boss” to prevent bleed thought – which is always a challenge with red toned or dark colored woods. The updated table looks great!

  4. This is such a beautiful update, Cindy! It’s the perfect nod to French flair. You did a great job on everything and I really appreciate all your painting, wax and glazing tips too. They’re super helpful. Hugs, CoCo

  5. Your table looks amazing! I have been wanting to try Dixie Bell paint for a while now and after reading this, I think I will!! Love the color you chose! The brown wax and gilding made the details shine! Thanks, Donna

  6. Your project turned out beautiful, Cindy! I am so glad you like the paint, it truly is amazing. I have not used Savannah Mist before, it is a gorgeous color!

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