Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Duncan Phyfe Dining Table

A friend of mine asked if I wanted this old duncan phyfe table a neighbor of hers was getting rid of.  Since it was free I took it but it needed a lot of work.  I love the legs and knew with some tlc it could become a great piece.

I had to reglue the dowels into the base on several of the legs. I clamped them and let them dry overnight.

I sanded the entire base and sprayed it with Kilz oils base primer and then a semi-gloss white paint.  I taped of the brass foot coverings.
The veneer was chipped and lifting in several spots on the top. 

I glued, clamped and puttied the veneer.  Then I sanded the entire top.  The right side has been sanded in the pic below.

After I cleaned the top I stained it with dark walnut.

Then I gave the top two coats of matte polycrylic.  Wish I had better after pictures but it turned out really nice.

It was way more work than I anticipated but it's hard not to look at something and see what it can be!!!


  1. It is stunning and I agree that it's hard not to transform a piece when you see what it can be! So what did you do about the missing veneer when you were going to be staining it?

  2. The dining table looks fantastic! I have been searching for a dining table and found a few on craigslist just like yours. You have inspired me to take on such a project! Thanks so much!

  3. Very beautiful! I love the classic look of it.

  4. I have this exact table waiting in my storage room for a redo and couldn't decide if I should paint the top or stain it--now I know from seeing yours, I MUST stain it! Beautiful!

  5. What a neat result! I don't think I have ever seen one of these DP tables painted like this.

  6. This turned out spectacular!!! What a gorgeous makeover - definitely your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back when you have the time!

  7. What an undertaking! It turned out so beautiful The contrast of the white paint and walnut stain is striking. And-it was free!
    We found you at the Primp party.
    The French Hens are following you and we would love it if you would visit us and do the same!

    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hen's Nest


  8. I would like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  9. What kind of putty did you use? I have the same table and not sure how to fix the peeling laminate!! Yours is Beautiful!

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