How To Revive Your Dining Room For Under $50!

How To Revive Your Dining Room For Under $50


Let’s start with…my dining room was driving me crazy! It was dark, blah, and quickly becoming more of a playroom/dumping ground than a place to sit and enjoy a meal!

I racked my brain for awhile thinking of what I wanted the outcome to be…light and bright, warm, inviting, CLEAN, fun….and not going to put a hole in my wallet! So here we are…how to revive your dining room for under $50!

Here’s what I used…

  • Spray paint (Krylon Paint + Primer–Gloss–White)
  • Elmers Glue
  • Roll of Kraft paper
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Screwdriver
  • Polyurethane
  • Paintbrush
  • Fabric

I started with the spray paint since I knew this would be the messiest part of the transformation, so the following steps would cover up whatever I accidentally got paint on! I used a paint + primer spray paint to save time, but you can do separate layers if you like. I would suggest using a gloss finish. I’m sure many people would be worried it would be too shiny, but in the end it ends up more of a satin look, and is much easier to wipe clean later on!
Be sure to hold the can 7-10 inches away from what you want to spray and keep the can moving to avoid drips, otherwise that time you saved with the paint + primer is going into sanding and REpainting!

I took the chairs outside and sprayed them on a drop cloth, but the table was too large and heavy (and I didn’t want to wait for my hubby to get home to help since he didn’t know I was doing this…SURPRISE!) so I kept it inside with all the windows and doors open and drop cloths everywhere! Even if you think the paint isnt floating elsewhere…it is! So cover it all up unless you want everything in the room to match your new table!

How To Revive Your Dining Room

Once everything was dry, which only takes about 10-15 minutes (per coat), I used a screwdriver to unscrew the seat cushions from the chairs. I laid them out on my fabric and cut around leaving an extra 2 inches all around. Now, you can (and probably should) use a staple gun for securing your fabric to the cushion. I, however, am dangerous with a staple gun…but I am the master of hot glue! I worked my way around the cushion pulling the fabric tight to the edges and gluing all the way around, then reattached each one to the chairs…done!

Lastly…the tabletop! This was a bit of an experiment as I had never used this method before and had only seen it online being done as flooring…but you never know if you don’t try!

For the table top, I ripped up uneven pieces of Kraft paper (you can find a 40′ roll of this at Staples for under $5), crumpled them up to give them a worn/leathery look, soaked them in Elmer’s Glue mixed with water (50/50 mix) and laid them all over the table top! You can put the pattern together however you like, just be sure of a few things…

  1. Make sure that your papers overlap at least an inch all around as the paper will shrink slightly as it dries.
  2. Smooth out the paper once it is applied to the table as much as possible, removing any bubbles, folds, creases, or excess glue.
  3. Be prepared for this to take longer than you think! I ripped my papers while watching TV for about an hour, and they took me another 2 hours to apply!
  4. When ripping your paper, make sure you crumple it up really well, the more creases that show through in the end the better it looks!
  5. Some Kraft paper can have 2 different sides to it, one a little smoother than the other. Make sure you are putting all of the same side facing up on the table as different sides can react differently when you apply the sealer.

Once you have applied your pattern it can take 24-48 hours to dry completely. You then have 2 options, you can stain it, or leave it natural. I skipped the staining as we liked the color that it was when it dried, and went right to the polyurethane.

How To Revive Your Dining Room

When applying polyurethane, make sure that you have a nice clean brush, and the area is well ventilated (this stuff stinks!). Simply apply a thin layer all over your table top, and allow to dry (about 6-7 hours). Once it is dry, give it a quick sand with a fine grit sand paper, and apply a second thin coat. Allow it to dry completely and you’re all set!

I was nervous that I might ruin the table we had with the “paper bag table top” idea, but I’m very pleased with the end result!

How To Revive Your Dining Room

What kind of do-it-yourself techniques have you tried and LOVED how they turned out? Comment below!


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