Black and White Country Inspired Dining Set

I’m generally not a huge fan of Black and White Decor, but the balance on this set has me giddy. The brown top and distressed white mutes the contrast, which is what I love about it. It really reminds me of a cute country home.

Black and White Dining Set by


When we picked this set up, it was a little beat up. Someone, somehow had broken the figure 8 on the inside of one of the chairs and did an interesting job of repairing it. They might have gone a little bit over board on the glue. I actually ended up re-breaking the chair, removing all the glue and re-gluing it the correct way. Now you can’t even tell which chair was broken.

Rustic Black and White Dining Set Before by


I used a new technique to me called toning on the top of this set to get a really consistent, even color and I love the way it turned out. I honestly will never stain the same way again. This was much easier and looks much better.

Toned Dining Set Table Top by


I did use Fiddes Wax on the entire set except for the top. The top is sealed with lacquer for extra durability and shine. I used the technique I teach in this tutorial to get an even sheen with the wax on the chairs. Then I recovered the chair seats with linen upholstery (the love of my furniture and decorating life).

Black Dining Chair with Linen Upholstery by

White and Black Dining Set Glaze by


Materials Used:

  • Behr Ultra Premium Latex Paint mixed with Blue Minerals Chalk Paint Powder (Black and Linen White)
  • Fiddes Supreme Wax in “light” and “jacobean”
  • Transtint wood dye in Red Mahogany
  • Watco Lacquer in Gloss
  • Lacquer Thinner
  • Furniture Stripper
  • 150, 220, 400, & 600 grit sandpaper
  • #0000 Steel Wool
  • Synthetic Wool Buffing Pad
  • Wax Applicator Brush

Black and White Country Dining Set by


Linking To:


Mod Mix Monday


Elizabeth and Co

A Stroll Thru Life

Coastal Charm

Knick of Time


Green Wil Pond

Stone Gable


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  • rosemarie

    What a magnificent look. And even more magnanimous of you to give the info for us to try this look. thank you, thank you, thank you


  • Rachel Jokerst

    So pretty! Love the contrast between the chairs and the table!

  • Home Coming

    Beautiful upgrade! I’d love it if you’d link up to The DIY’ers!

  • Kim

    Stunning! I have no other words~ I am totally speechless (and that doesn’t happen often!) 😉

  • brooke

    WOW, this make over is beautiful! I love the wood top and the mixed black and cream! BEAUTIFUL!!
    I would love for you to come link up to my furniture/paint party starting tonight at 8PM! Hope to see you there!

  • Tina

    Oh what a wonderful look!

  • Deborah

    Stunning! I love the mix of black, white and stained top. Great job! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Really pretty! And I’ve always been a fan of black chairs!

  • Marisa

    Will you share how you did the toning on the table top? It looks gorgeousQQ

    • Kelsey Elaine

      Yes, I am going to do a tutorial on toning. I am hoping to have it done in a few weeks… maybe around the end of September?