I was able to sell my glass-top table for on Craig’s List. ) My initial thought for this set was that I would stain the table top dark/espresso to help bring my very open concept dining/living/kitchen together since my living room has two dark pieces. Then I was going to paint the base of the table and the chairs Annie Sloan’s Old White to match my hutch.One of them is my desk: May I have your attention: My desk is no longer black…see the makeover HERE. , because I wasn’t really feeling the stain idea after I brought it home, I dreamed up the most fabulous paint treatment in my head. You know how you just get a feeling when something feels right? Well I shared my plan with my mom and my MIL who unanimously agreed I should stain the table.You’ll need to sand the table so the paint will adhere.

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Cushions are a great way to add color and pattern to ho-hum chairs.

They're inexpensive, too, so whether you have two chairs — or 12 — pretty cushions are an affordable style booster. Handmade or vintage pieces that tell a story are great conversation starters as are items specific to your city, town or state.

If you want to put in some extra work, sand your table and stain the stenciled area a darker color than what you choose for the rest of the table.

This will give your table a handcrafted look that people would pay thousands for.

Whether you replace the legs or paint it, you can update your dining room table to match your new style.

All you need to do is match the size and stain or paint the legs to match the table top.

This is a very affordable way to get the look of a brand new table.

If you want to really do-it-yourself, you can make your own table legs.

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