Farmhouse style kids table and chair makeover

I have been hard at work in our guest room giving several pieces of furniture a makeover.  And this one might be my very favorite! 

I knew I would eventually want a kids table and chair set for our little girl to use in our office so it was on my “to find” yard sale list.  I also knew if I found a set now that my nieces and nephew could get some use out of it for coloring or building legos before our little girl was able to use it.  So I came across this set on a facebook yard sale page right after we moved and for $15, I had to snatch it up!  I actually googled before I picked it up and found it was a PB kids table and chairs set so I knew I was getting an awesome deal!

Farmhouse style kids table and chairs makeover

It definitely needed some work – but it was solid wood so some paint and stain could make it look amazing!

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Rustoleum Chalked paint and Varathane stain

I always get asked if I sand before I paint especially when using chalk paint.  The answer is I only sand areas that need to be smoothed or fixed.  In this case, the seat of the chair and top edges – the paint was cracking and raised and rough.  So I sanded all of that smooth.  I had to sand all the way down to the wood in the chair seat to get all the old paint off and smooth.  

Farmhouse style kids table and chairs makeover

I didn’t have to sand the legs of the table at all and just did 2 coats of the white Chalked paint on them.  I sanded the table top completely to remove all the old finish so I could stain it.  The wood was so pretty and cleaned up great!

Farmhouse style kids table and chairs makeover

I wanted a dark finish on the top so I used Kona Varathane stain which I loved!  I wanted a darker, non-red brown and this was perfect for the farmhouse look I was wanting.  I just applied the stain with a rag and sort of wiped off at the same time.  I wanted a dark but not too dark finish and Varathane stain is thicker/more penetrating than other stains so 1 coat is all it took.  I will probably go back and apply a clear matte polycrylic on top later to protect it. 

Farmhouse style kids table and chairs makeover

So here’s the whole finished set!  This turned out so cute!!  I don’t think I even imagined how cute it would be. 

Farmhouse style kids table and chairs makeover

LOVE, love, love that table top!

Farmhouse style kids table and chairs makeover

This was honestly a one day project – and honestly just maybe 2-3 hours not counting drying time.  I sanded and got it ready for painting in maybe 20 minutes and then did all the white paint first, 2 coats letting it dry for a few hours in between (although chalky paint dries fast!), and then stained the top. 

Farmhouse style kids table and chairs makeover

So here’s the before and after!   I so look forward to my daughter sitting at her little table while mommy works at her desk in the years to come! Smile

Farmhouse style kids table and chairs makeover

So keep your eyes out at those yard sales – look beyond the chipped and cracking paint and see the possibilities! Smile


  1. Won’t the polycrylic yellow on the white?

  2. This is just adorable. I’m always amazed what a difference a coat of paint can do.

  3. Your little table and chairs look great and I love the stained table Top! I can’t believe how quickly you got this Done! You go girl!

  4. Lanita Anderson says:

    Wow! What a great find and what a transformation! This will be a treasure for your nieces and nephew now and for your daughter in the years to come! Thanks for sharing….always love seeing your yard sale finds. Happy Friday!

  5. Another fantastic project! Your little girl will love it!

  6. Laura Laskey says:

    Love it!

  7. Ann Lee S says:

    this is a very beautiful make over, the top is fantastic! so pretty. wish it was my dining room!!! good work Christina …. ann lee s

  8. Great job!

  9. Char Fisher says:

    Great job! I love the stain…fits it to a tee! Love it!

  10. Outstanding job, it really looks great!!!! Your work is inspiring.

  11. Christina says:

    So darling! I love chalk paint! I’m addicted!
    Have a blessed day!!

  12. Great find and make over!


  13. This is absolutely precious!! I think this same technique could work on my kitchen table!
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  14. Wow! You transformed the table and the chairs so nicely with good paint and staining. Thank you for sharing the pictures Christina – I do shop at yard sales and sometimes, you get unique pieces to use around the garden as well. You definitely have an eye for picking out great finds. I hope to learn from you!

  15. Jennifer E. Dunlap says:

    Beautiful! It was really awesome makeover, also paint and staining. Thank you so much sharing this information. It`s very important for me. All the picture are very nice especially chalk paint.

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