Like a lot of people, I have had a few old pieces of furniture that I simply can’t fit in my house but hate to get rid of. Or, I do want to get rid of, but can’t sell, because well, it’s out of style or boring. That is the case with this dining set that is in wonderful condition but is just blah. I decided to paint it to see if that would inspire someone to take it to a new home. It turned out so well that I REALLY wish I still had a place for it!

With some advice from my sister who is a pro at using chalk paint, (seriously, check her out), I gave this old set a serious face lift. I am thrilled with how it looks. Read on to see how it was done.


I went to Southern Institute of Faux Finishing, a shop here in Brandon, Mississippi that has all the supplies I needed.

They had the necessary supplies:

I chose a color called Deep Lagoon from Jolie, along with a black finishing wax and the recommended brush, because I wanted it to be a good bit deeper than the paint color. Of course, I had to add a little glitz, so I also purchased gold gilding wax to apply around the table’s edge. I am told that the gilding wax can even be used on metal and will not come off. (I haven’t tried that yet.)

The great thing about using chalk paint is that no sanding of the original finish is necessary! To me, this makes it worth the difference in the price compared to other types of paints. I will gladly pay a few extra bucks to save the time of sanding.

The first step is pretty obvious—paint the entire set with the Deep Lagoon color, and let dry. I am not going to lie. It was a pain to paint the chairs. All. Those. Spindles. On the table, I actually painted the outer edge with an off-white chalk paint I already had just so the gold would pop a little more.

Here is how it looks in the Deep Lagoon—painted, without a wax:

Next, it’s time to apply the finishing wax. I found that it helped to stand the brush up in just a little bit of mineral oil before dipping in the finishing wax. Don’t dip directly into the container; put a dollop in a pie tin or other container. Make sure to brush off a little excess before starting so that you don’t start with a huge dark streak. I found out quickly that applying the wax takes some practice. In fact, my sister says she prefers to use a regular glaze, even if you have to apply a coat of sealant afterward. (The finishing wax serves AS the sealant, so you don’t need to seal if can manage to use it.)

You can see the difference in color after the wax:

Finally, I applied the gilding wax around the edge. This could not be easier. I used a flat angled brush, and it went on so smoothly. It is almost as shiny as gold leaf but not nearly the cost.

I am extremely pleased with the way it turned out. Sadly, we still intend to sell it because we just don’t have the space. If only I had a breakfast nook!

The finished set: