This set is a Vintage dining table and chairs in the French Provincial style. It was given to me by family friends because it needed to be repaired and refinished.

French Provincial Table - Before

French Provincial Table – Before

French Provincial Chairs - Before

French Provincial Chairs – Before


This table is sooo pretty but definitely needs a face lift.  I spent the day sanding and sanding.  OMG, six chairs with lots of detail.   Sanding is always the worst part of any project, but so necessary. A light sanding is all that was necessary for this set because I was painting it, but I also recommend a coat of primer. I used Olympic No VOC primer from Lowe’s.

Taping the stripes on a vintage french provincial table before painting

Taping the stripes

Painting the stripes on a vintage french provincial table

Painting the stripes



I used stripes to bring attention to the nice lines in the apron and the chairs. For this project, I used 1 1/2″ 3M painters tape. In order to create even stripes without measuring, I put the tape pieces side by side, and then removed every other piece. I then sealed the tape with a coat of the base paint (white) to prevent bleeding before applying the stripe color (black).

Black enamel table top

Black enamel table top

I used Valspar oil based black enamel on the table top. It’s very strong-smelling and slow drying but it makes a very durable, smooth finish.

Vintage French provincial chair upcycled with paint and new fabric

Chair painted with stripes and reupholstered with modern fabric


Over the years, I have learned how important it is to choose the right fabric. Even if you don’t want to take on the project of refinishing the table, just reupholstering the chairs can update the entire set. I chose this fabric because I thought it suited the style of the dining set, and I loved the current colors.

French Provincial table upcycled with paint and new upholstery

French Provincial Table with 6 chairs – After

French Provincial table upcycled with paint and new fabric

Another after picture of the French Provincial Table



I enjoy upcycling vintage furniture because it is usually higher quality, like this set. No particle board here.