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Dining Set Makeover with Satin Enamels

By: Purely Katie
December 26, 2016

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Dining Set Makeover with Satin Enamels
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Instead of buying a brand new dining set that costs hundreds if not thousands of dollars, update your existing set with paint.  Today, I am sharing my Dining Set Makeover with Satin Enamels.  Americana Decor Satin Enamels paints are super durable with a satin finish.  This paint works great for high-traffic areas like the kitchen and dining room.  The smooth satinn finish is easily brushed on and ensures fewer brushstrokes and minimal grain raising on wood.  My dining set is modern and fresh looking thanks to this makeover.

We have had this dining set for 11 years now and the color is outdated.  The reddish finish is just not working in our home.  There are a few nicks and stains on the table too.  We have painted the walls a light gray with bright white trim and baseboards.  Instead of buying a new set, which is not in our budget, we gave the table and chairs some paint love with American Decor Stain Enamels and it looks brand new.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decor Satin Enamels 8oz - Pure White
  • Americana Decor Satin Enamels 8oz - Grey Taupe
  • HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer and Spray Shelter
  • Paint Brush


Start by gathering your supplies.  We set up the HomeRight Spray Shelter in our garage. The only prep we did was wipe down the table and chairs before painting. The Satin Enamels are so easy to use with little to no prep and no finish required.

Instruction #1 - Americana Decor Satin Enamels and HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer78
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Because I am painting a dark wood table and chairs white, it took 4 coats of Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Pure White.  We used about 3 to 4 of the 8oz jars.  The table top was painted with 4 coats of Americana Decor Stain Enamels in Grey Taupe.  We used about 1 and a half 8oz jars.  If you use a dark color paint you probably won't need as many coats for full coverage.

Instruction #2 - HomeRight Spray Shelter
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We diluted the Americana Decor Stain Enamels with water.  Satin Enamels are slightly thick for the HomeRight paint sprayer.  The ratio we used was 3 parts paint to 1 part water. This was a trial and error process.  We sprayed one coat of the diluted paint on each of the chairs.

Instruction #3 - Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Pure White
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We finished by hand painting 3 coats of the Pure White to the chairs using a durable paint brush.  Make sure to lightly sand in between coats and let each coat dry completely before applying addition coats.

Instruction #4 - Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Grey Taupe
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The table was too large to take outside so we painted inside our dining room.  We hand painted 4 coats of Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Grey Taupe to the table top and 4 coats of Pure White to the legs of the table.  I love all white but I wanted to break it up with the Grey Taupe.  It's a beautiful color and is quickly becoming the go-to neutral color.

Instruction #5 - After Dining Set Makeover82
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Instruction #6 - Table Makeover with Americana Decor Satin Enamels
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This dining set makeover was a labor of love but I am so happy with the end result.  I love the neutral colors and satin finish.  It wipes smoothly and clean up is easy.  I like added pops of color like the Hairpin Leg Table I made using American Decor Satin Enamels in Woodland Green.  I would say my style is as if Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn had a baby.  I like modern clean lines and traditional decor.

Instruction #7 - Table Makeover with DecoArt
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Thank you for letting me share my Dining Set Makeover with Satin Enamels!  I just love how bright and updated the makeover turned out!!

Be sure to visit Purely Katie  for more projects and to learn more about Katie.


If my table is older with scratches and unevenness do you recommend me sanding it first?


October 17, 2018

Naomi - When using Americana Decor Satin Enamels, there is no need to sand or prime before painting; however, if you want a smoother finish, you can start with our Americana Decor Wood Reclaim since it fills in those cracks.


October 18, 2018

Did you have to put a seal or anything on top? It doesn't sound like you did, I am just curious how it holds up with every day use? My table top isn't real wood so I hope it would work ok.


April 15, 2019

Hi Vania - You do not need to see Satin Enamels since they are very durable on their own. You can use this paint on the following surfaces: wood, canvas, metal, terra cotta, ceramics, glass, and most plastics.


April 16, 2019

for furniture do you recommend satin or matte metallic?

Sobeida Nunez

September 3, 2020

Hello Sobeida, They are very different lools! Satin Enamels™ has a low sheen satin finish. The paint is specially formulated to be durable, with no priming or sealer necessary. The Matte Metallics™ paint is a metallics shiny paint with a flat finish. It delivers a very different look. It really depends on what you are trying to achieve.


September 3, 2020

I'm so excited about this product. After I apply Satin Enamels, can I distress sand for a farmhouse look thereby exposing the wood beneath?

Susan Horvath

January 10, 2021

How long should I let your satin enamel dry between coats?


March 18, 2021

Hey Helen! As long as it is dry to the touch you can apply a second coat. Satin Enamels is quick-drying, so that shouldn't take long. You can learn more over on our page for Satin Enamels.


March 23, 2021

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