How to paint a kitchen table and chairs

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How to paint a kitchen table and chairs
Paint your kitchen chairs and table for a new look. (chair image by iChip from

You can quickly give your kitchen an updated look by painting your table and chairs. Select a colour that coordinates with the walls or cabinets for an understated look. Yellow is a popular colour for kitchens and complements most types of wood. For a dramatic effect, choose colours in bright or contrasting shades. Fire engine red will give your kitchen a contemporary, urban feel. Adding new seat cushions and table linens can also add a finishing touch to your newly painted furniture. The key to a high quality paint job is the proper surface preparation.

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Things you need

  • Dust sheets
  • Sandpaper
  • Rag
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) flat paintbrush
  • 7.5 cm (3 inch) flat paintbrush
  • Latex-based primer
  • Latex-based paint in semigloss finish
  • Latex-based varnish in gloss finish
  • Soap

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  1. 1

    Protect the floors with a dust sheet. Lightly sand the table and chairs if their surface is glossy or very smooth. Wipe off the furniture with a clean, damp rag to remove any grit, dirt or dust.

  2. 2

    Prime the furniture with a compatible latex-based primer. Use a primer specially formulated for metal surfaces if your chairs or table are metal. Apply the primer with a brush, being careful to follow the direction of the grain of the wood. Allow primer to dry completely before painting.

  3. 3

    Paint the furniture with a latex-based paint in a semigloss finish. Take care to follow the direction of the wood grain. Clean up any drips as soon as they happen. Apply two coats of paint, letting the first coat dry thoroughly before the second application.

  4. 4

    Seal your paint job with a latex-based varnish, as kitchen tables are subject to regular wear and tear. Varnish will protect the surface and allow for easier cleaning.

  5. 5

    Wash all brushes with soap and water. Smooth the bristles of your wet brushes back into shape and allow them to dry upright.

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