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The Best Creative Painted Table Ideas

Painting wood tables is one of the easiest pieces of furniture to do a DIY makeover on! I think it’s even easier than painting a dresser! Furniture makeovers are a great way to customize your decor and save money by transforming an old piece of furniture. Whether it’s an old table you’ve had in the garage, or a yard sale find, I’ve gathered some amazing and some of the best creative painted table ideas that you can use to gather inspiration and give new life to old furniture from for your own painted table makeover.

How to seal painted furniture

As well as table bases, table tops have a lot of potential too! You can completely transform a kitchen table top, thrift store or garage sale furniture piece with paint, stain,white washing,stenciling and more! A fresh coat of paint makes a huge difference!

Removing paint for a sanded wood table

One way to makeover and old table is to remove a painted finish. Sanding the finish on an old painted table with a sander than a high grit sandpaperto reveal the raw wood and wax with for a natural, matte sheen has an end result that is gorgeous! Remove the paint with sanding or stripping and find a hidden wood treasure!

DIY penny tile table top close up for under $30

Tile a damaged table top can be saved with with penny tile for a fresh look or converted to an outdoor or patio table.

whitewash painting technique to tone down orange wood

Sometimes the orange-yellow color on wood can make it look older or out of date. If it has good bones, take the orange edge off of an old oak table by using a white wash with latex paint to neutralize the finish in this DIY tutorial. Finish with a clear wax for a rich feel.

Breakfast table idea

Kelleynan has a lovely breakfast table makeover with this chalk paint project on this gorgeous and elegant dining set.

Do you use wax or Polyurethane? Check out this post to see the best tips for what finish is the best one for your furniture.

Feather the gray paint into the white paint maintaing the line how to paint faux marble

Make an of table look like it has a marble top with this this DIY and marbling video. It’s so easy!

Feeling brave? See how to paint your granite countertops to look like marble. The end results are amazing!

The best way to paint metal furniture and tables

In My Own Style has a great table update with the best way to paint metal furniture with a fabulous before an after using spray paint!

Use brown paint as a glaze to tone down white in a painted kitchen table makeover by Jennifer Rizzo

Create a faux wood grain finish on the top of the table with this glazing technique. It makes an inexpensive piece of wood look expensive. A paint brush can actually help add a wood-look finish to the table top.

Sunroom table decorating idea

Finding Silver Pennies has a lovely sunroom with this painted table that has a gorgeous painted bright color aqua base and a raw wood top. You should see the before!

How to strip and paint a ttable top

Reinvented shows you how to properly strip and repaint a tabletop with a farmhouse flair to give it a brand new look. Proper prep and coats of primer is a key to a lasting finish.

Decoupage paper on a damaged table top

See how to decoupage paper on a damaged tabletop on side tables in this tutorial and seal with a clear coat when the top is too damaged to refinish or paint. Small sheets of scrapbook paper can be collaged on together, or large sheets of matte wrapping paper can be used too.

Turn a vintage coffee table into a new tufted ottoman, with tutorial!

If a tabletop is too damaged to fix, consider painting and reinforcing the base and cover with upholstery on the the top to create a tufted ottoman. It’s a great way to upcycle a vintage piece of furniture and continue to use it.

How to white wash a table

Prodigal Pieces has a great lime-wash(whitewash) technique for with a wood furniture makeover completely transformed an old table into a show piece. The mix and match of the wood chairs and painted table are quaint and feel cozy. Paint is a great way to marry furniture acquired at different times together.

Dip dye painted table ideas update

Dip-dyed table legs are a fun way to update a vintage table by mixing different colors. It brings in a pop of color without having to commit to color on the entire piece of furniture.

How to refinish and stain a table top

Painted furniture isn’t for everyone, and stained wood is just as gorgeous. Dining rooms never looked so good at Redhead can Decorate. Here is a great tutorial if you like to refinish wood instead of paint it with this dining room table makeover.

how to cut a bigger table into smaller table

Liz Marie has a clever way to turn a full size table into a smaller coffee table that you can give a rustic flair or transform a garage sale or thrift store find. This is so cool. I see tall tables all of the time that would be perfect for this!

table top refresh

Artsy Chicks rule has a fun table top refresh that gives it a fresh new look! The dark stain on top is so pretty against the white painted wood.

Ceruse a table top with paint

Bleached, and natural wood is in style! See how to give a tabletop a fresh look by cerusing or limewashing the wood to bring out the natural beauty and create a bleached wood look without using bleach.

stencil table top painted makeover

Look at this creativity! Pretty handy girl found this table in the dumpster and gave the top an amazing transformation! With the stenciled tabletop, it looks like a work of art.

How to paint a laminate table top

If you have a laminate table top, you can still give it a great refresh like Confessions of a Serial Do-it-yourselfer. Painting the chairs white and the table blue is a pretty, cottage look.

Kitchen table makeover stained top painted base

And you can give your table and other furniture pieces a complete update with a stained top and painted base like Making it in the Mountains did here.

Painted and glazed table

In fact if you want to go old school, you can glaze your table and give a dining table makeover a nice patina.

Apply more decoupage medium to the top of the fabric then sealer

For a really damaged table top, decoupage fabric on the top, and seal it so it’s cleanable and you can wipe it down.

I hope you loved these painted table ideas! It’s such a great DIY project and way to update a good piece of furniture without spending a lot of money. It’s also a great way to customize your home decor. For more painted furniture ideas, check out this post.

Painted kitchen table ideas, plus staining,limewashing and refinishing!

And here is the best way to seal your painted furniture!

And did you know stenciling is a great way to add flair to your furniture?






  1. Love all of these, Jen. Thanks so much for including our sunroom table. It’s a work horse, gathering spot for breakfast and dinner, home work, sometimes office & watercolor studio. Xx

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