1 Posted by - December 11, 2013 - DIY

I’ve had my dining room table for many years, and its been screaming at me to sand and change it up for a long time. I’ve ignored it for as long as I could but eventually the fact that it didn’t blend in with my new dining room chairs and side board was doing my head in.

I might well have been less game to get at it had I know how physically challenging it was! But as with anything, once the hard work was done I was super chuffed I had done it.

I have a mixture of woods throughout my house, but the dining room table was not gelling. So I decided to sand the table top down to its natural state and I’m afraid I decided that the legs, being that they are rounded and bevelled would be better off (also read as easier) painted the same colour as my walls, River Falls from Ace.

The table is solid wood and super heavy, removing the varnish gave me a run for my money!


You see how the mix of the woods is not working out, at all! The chairs were not yet upholstered so I sent those off to get upholstered and on with the table I got!


Here’s what you will need for a project like this. Oh, and I suppose I should mention, a whole lot of energy and determination, there were a few ‘what was I thinking moments there’. And to bump this up a notch it was about 45 degrees outside, commitment I tell you. I guess you never know how hard or easy removing paint or varnish will be until you try!



For those of you that DIY in Dubai you will have come to the realisation that our resources are sometimes limited here compared to whats available elsewhere, which can be frustrating, I’m an ACE  fan and get all my supplies from them.

I was really happy with the wood underneath all that varnish.


I must admit I was a little reticent about painting the legs, and went back and forth about what do to. But I settled on the paint in the end and after a coat of primer the paint looks great.


I am totally satisfied with my efforts.





Its always amazing me how something relatively small as this can make a huge difference in a room. Happy DIY’ing

xox Jacqui resize

My Table DIY linked to That DIY Party , Under the Table and Dreaming , Thrifty Decor Chick ,Savvy Southern Style , 504 Main and Remodelaholic and Live Love Create



  • natalie January 5, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    Wow, what an inspiration, it’s beautiful!!!!

    • admin January 5, 2014 - 2:06 pm

      Thanks so much Natalie! I hope it does inspire!

  • Angela January 5, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    This is GORGEOUS! way to go! After you sanded the top did you do anything else to it, like a sealing layer or anything?

    • admin January 6, 2014 - 4:46 am

      Hi Angela, firstly thank you! And yes, I did seal the table. I only got to it a few days after the sanding and it had already had a few marks on it. It definitely needs to be sealed. I used a matt varnish and applied 2 coats, allowing the vanish to dry in between. Jacqui

  • Noreen January 5, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    It is so lovely!

    • admin January 6, 2014 - 4:43 am

      Thanks Noreen, I’m glad you like it!

  • lisa January 6, 2014 - 2:19 am

    Not only is the table an awesome transformation, but I’m in love with the whole room! Great job and thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I found your blog on ‘DIY Showoff – That DIY Party’.

    • admin January 6, 2014 - 4:42 am

      Thank you so much Lisa, I appreciate that!

  • Jenna January 6, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I want that whole dining room!

    • admin January 6, 2014 - 1:40 pm

      Thank you Jenna!Some updates coming soon so do check back!

  • Stephanie @ The Styled Soul January 6, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    This is a gorgeous space! Love your style.

    • admin January 7, 2014 - 4:46 am

      Thank you Stephanie! I appreciate that!

  • Kylie helm January 7, 2014 - 12:16 am

    HOLY KAMOLY! So gorgeous!! So obsessed, it’s perfect! I’m in all sorts of love with your home!

    Xo Kylie

    • admin January 7, 2014 - 4:45 am

      So nice of you Kylie! Thank you!

  • Anne Boykin January 7, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Great job on paint color of the table and how it goes with the rest of the room. Beautiful.

    • admin January 8, 2014 - 4:46 am

      It blends well, I agree! Thanks Anne

  • Paige @ Little Nostalgia January 9, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    That whole room looks fabulous! High-five!

    • admin January 10, 2014 - 2:10 am

      That’s nice of you Paige, thanks!

  • Kayla January 10, 2014 - 5:11 am

    I love it! I especially love your chairs. What is the fabric called?

    • admin January 10, 2014 - 6:32 am

      Hi kayla, thank you. The fabric is Renaldi.

  • Angela January 12, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    You have a gorgeous dining room and your table came out fantastic! Love the natural look of the wood!

    Following you on bloglovin’

    Have a great week!
    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

    • admin January 13, 2014 - 4:48 am

      Hi Angela, I’m so glad you found my blog and that you will be coming back for more! I so appreciate that! Jacqui

  • Nicki January 12, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Wow, what a huge difference that change makes! It looks like a brand new table. And I love the painted legs too.

    • admin January 13, 2014 - 4:48 am

      I agree Nicki! Amazing how much of an improvement it is!

  • Amanda Traywick January 14, 2014 - 3:06 am

    Totally gorgeous! I’m officially obsessed!!
    Amanda @ A Mother’s Craftuition

  • karen@somewhatquirky January 15, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Nice job! I looks great. Did you use any kind of sealer on the table top?

    • admin January 16, 2014 - 5:03 am

      Thank you Karen, I put 2 coats of clear varnish.

  • Ginnie January 25, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    You’ve done such a beautiful job with this space! I love how you finished the table and the chairs are gorgeous:)

    • admin January 26, 2014 - 4:55 am

      Appreciate that Ginnie, thanks ! Jacqui

  • Tammy @ the colored door February 3, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    Your table is beautiful! Very nice job. Visiting from Thrifty Decor chick where you were featured.

    • admin February 4, 2014 - 4:43 am

      Thank you so much Tammy!

  • Ashley February 3, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    I love everything about this table. This is just to die for and those chairs really pull the whole look together. I’m pinning this now for later!

    • admin February 4, 2014 - 4:44 am

      Thank you for stopping by and for you lovely comment Ashley! Jacqui

  • Pam @ Simple Details February 4, 2014 - 1:23 am

    WOW!! What a gorgeous transformation, Jacqui!!!! Your styling is spot on, as well! All very inspiring!

    • admin February 4, 2014 - 4:49 am

      Thank you for your kind comment Pam. I so appreciate it! Jacqui

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