Creative Projects, Frugality

DIY Table and Chairs

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The “before” picture.


My first furniture pieces were all composite wood. Five years later, they are literally falling apart. As they are slowly being replaced, I am trying to be thoughtful about what I purchase so that we don’t end up with things sitting around that aren’t useful or good quality. But of course, they have to be a good price!

My sister found this table and chairs set on Craigslist and it fit the 3 things I wanted perfectly:

  • Quality/solid wood that would last a long time-
  • Something that would look nice with our existing living/dining room furniture and color scheme-
  • I didn’t want to pay a ton of money-

She offered to paint them for me which was amazing:

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The table & chairs were used by a family with 3 little girls; now they will continue to be enjoyed by a new little girl!

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As my sister regularly paints and sells furniture, I asked her what her top 5 tips were for furniture DIY redo’s:

  1. “Use Waverly water based acrylic paint and not the cheaper stuff or spray paint.”
  2. “Use a high quality brush.” [I know from experience that cheap ones have loose fibers that will come off and get stuck in the paint].
  3. “Take your time and wait the full amount of recommended time between multiple coats of paint.”
  4. On searching Craigslist for furniture: “Never be afraid to offer someone $20 for their entire living room set…sometimes they say yes.”
  5. “Solid wood is the way to go. MDF furniture will fall apart in a few years…so it’s a waste of time to DIY it if you plan on keeping it.”


What are your tips for DIY-ing furniture? Please share below!

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2 thoughts on “DIY Table and Chairs”

  1. I completely agree about the solid wood for DIY furniture. Particleboard drives me nuts! With my furniture redos, something I keep in mind is that if a paint color you try is too bright, try distressing with stain or antiquing wax over it. The result may be perfect!

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