Duncan Phyfe Table Makeover | The Interior Frugalista: Duncan Phyfe Table Makeover
Duncan Phyfe Table Makeover | The Interior Frugalista

May 12, 2015

Duncan Phyfe Table Makeover

Hi Everyone, I hope you had a nice Mother's Day.  It was so good to spend some time outdoors again after our recent snow fall.  My feline child and I caught our first snooze of the season on the deck before the human children arrived.  I always feel so refreshed after an outdoor siesta.

Life has been crazy busy but I finally managed to finish the Duncan Phyfe table we picked up at Goodwill last year.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out and I think it's perfect for our recent dining room makeover.  You can see Phase One Adding A Board and Batten Wall and Phase Two Painting The Dining Room Built-In China Cabinet.

Duncan Phyfe Style Table Before and After

Here is a closer look at what it looked like before.

Duncan Phyfe Style Table Bases

Duncan Phyfe Table Top Before

The top was in really rough shape and had a high gloss finish.  Sorry but I forgot to take a picture before taking the palm sander to it.  I had to remove some tough spots with a mouse sander to get it down to the natural finish.

I applied three coats of Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut, sanding lightly between coats.  To get a smooth protective finish I used my paint sprayer and applied two coats of Country Chic Paint's Tough Coat, sanding lightly between coats.

Duncan Phyfe Table Minwax Wood Finish Top in Dark Walnut

The base was in fairly good condition other than a few small nicks and scratches, which I decided not to repair because it adds character.

Duncan Phyfe Dining Table Double Pedestal Legs

This table is mahogany which guaranteed that I would have bleed through the paint. To avoid this I brushed Shellac everywhere I planned on painting. Using a 50:50 ratio of Old White and Pure White chalk paint, I applied three coats. Normally I can get away with two but I was still getting nasty pinkish bleed through in spots.  I applied shellac over those spots and another coat of paint. That did the trick.

Close up of Duncan Phyfe table base after chalk painted

I lightly distressed the edges and raised details with 220 grit sandpaper. After applying a coat of clear wax I added a little dark wax in the grooves for an antiqued finish.

Close up of Duncan Phyfe Dining Table Pedestal Base After Makeover

We were not sure which direction the feet are suppose to face.  I've seen them pointing inward and outward like we placed them.

Double Pedestal base on Duncan Phyfe Dining Table

I'm quite pleased with the juxtaposition between the white base and dark walnut top.  It compliments the stained top on the built-in china cabinet so nicely.

Duncan Phyfe Table Makeover after stained and chalk painted

Duncan Phyfe Table Stained Dark Walnut

Thrift Store Duncan Phyfe Table After

Duncan Phyfe Table Top After with Dark Walnut stain

Duncan Phyfe Table Makeover After

A couple of weeks ago Mr. Frugalista decided on a whim to pop into our local Salvation Army store. Thank goodness he did because he stumbled upon four Duncan Phyfe dining chairs for only $20.00 a piece.  Score!

I just finished painting them and hopefully will have them reupholstered and ready to share with you next week.

In the meantime I could use your help figuring out which direction the feet should be facing on this table.  If any of you know I would love it if you dropped me a line in the comment section below?

Thank You and
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