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4 Easy Ways to Update an Old Dining Table

Give your central dining space a refreshing new look with these simple changes


Dining tables are one of the more costly pieces of furniture that anyone has to buy for his or her home. Unless you’re able to snatch a beautiful and quality wooden table, dining tables will eventually look worn-out.

If you’re in need of a dining table upgrade but don’t have the budget to purchase a new one, there are ways to update an old piece without spending much. Here are just some ways you can give your boring, old dining table a brand new look.

Main photos from Imperfectly Polished and Shelterness.

Add a fresh coat of paint

You’ll be surprised how much difference a coat of new varnish can do to a worn-out wooden table. If you’ve grown tired of its look entirely, try painting it with a striking color. Whether it is a sunny yellow or a cooling blue, adding some color to your dining set will definitely make it look brand new.

You may want to reconsider this, though, if your table is a vintage wooden piece—painting it will diminish its worth. Make sure your dining table isn’t a family heirloom or something with a high value. If you’re sure your table will benefit more with a fresh coat of paint, then it’s time to get creative. 

Photo from Cottages-Gardens.

Mix in new chairs

If painting feels a little too permanent for you or you don’t have the option to do anything drastic to your existing set, you can revamp your dining chairs instead.

Painting isn’t the only option here—you can ditch your old chairs entirely and introduce new ones. What’s great about this is that you can mix and match. Why not mix classic silhouettes with funky, contemporary shapes? Or why not try a bench for a more communal dining experience? Try to experiment—there are plenty of chair options to choose from.

Photo from Shelterness.

Hang a lighting fixture

It may not seem like a complete upgrade, but adding a lighting fixture will definitely liven up the entire dining area. Whether you choose to add an intricate chandelier or simple droplights, a new fixture will surely change the mood in your dining room—and maybe even change your mind about your dining set.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno.

Replace the top or the base

This designer trick doesn’t only apply to dining sets. Changing the legs of your sofa can change its look entirely. Why wouldn’t it work for dining tables? What’s great about this is that you can change either the top or the base.

If you have a wooden table, you may opt to replace the legs with a metal frame base. If you have a slim wooden tabletop, have a carpenter put in a thicker slab with a chic finish. The options here are endless depending on the style that you want to achieve.

Photo from Traditional Painter.

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