Duncan Phyfe drum table gets a Gustavian makeover

my latest obsession is Gustavian furniture.  whites and pale grays all inspired by the bright cheery homes found in Sweden.  makes sense given they have very limited light during the winter months.

this Duncan Phyfe drum table was one of the very first furniture pieces i refinished…all prior to discovering Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Duncan Phyfe drum table with Restoration Hardware refinish

Duncan Phyfe drum table with Restoration Hardware refinish

you can read up on its transformation, read here.  i learned a lot from this project and really loved how it turned out, but then this happened.

scratched Duncan Phyfe drum table

a tricycle handle bar gave it a kiss.  and you can see where i didn’t know better than to sand with the grain, so you can see where it was a bit scratchy looking.

so i set out to replicate this look on parts of the drum table:


i first taped off all the dark brown wood trim as i really like that color and wanted to see how it would look against the white washed parts.  i started with a 2 parts Coco + 1 part Pure White mix.

Annie Sloan Coco and Pure White

Annie Sloan Coco and Pure White

i sloppily painted the interiors of the drum panels and legs.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Duncan Phyfe drum table

then i used a coarse steel wool and sanded away some of the paint as i wanted the darker wood to peek through.

Duncan Phyfe drum table legs

i just love the claw feet on the Duncan Phyfe furniture!  classic.  and i like how the natural patina on these, so i didn’t touch them.

Duncan Phyfe claw foot

then i did the following, but it was very dark in the garage while i was painting and i didn’t snap any pics.

i dry brushed a very watery Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s Graphite.  the mix was about 5 parts water to 1 part paint.   i wiped it off immediately as i was just trying to create some depth to the paint.  then i used a very watery Pure White over all of it and sealed with a clear wax.

Duncan Phyfe painted with Annie Sloan

for the drawer front and top, i had this to work with.  it was the original leather table top that had aged to a goldish copper.  while i love the original look, it was too yellow for my liking.  and i justified painting this as i paid only $30 for the table.  i know…someone isn’t going to be happy about this!

so, i used my new favorite Annie Sloan color mix:  2 parts graphite + 1 part napoleonic blue.  it’s a dark and rich navy blue and is so yummy. i sealed the dark wood and the blue portions with dark wax to make it even darker and stand out against the white washed parts of the piece.

Annie Sloan painted Duncan Phyfe drum table front graphite napoleonic blue mix

overall, i like the piece, though the whitewash parts seem too streaky for me (this is called latent guilt over painting a cherry wood piece white, i’m sure!).  on my next go-around, i’d probably blot the paint rather than paint in brush strokes.

but this was a fun experiment as i try to figure out what to do with a gigantic Duncan Phyfe dining table with five chairs that i recently picked up.

Duncan Phyfe Annie Sloan graphite & napoleonic blue mix

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Duncan Phyfe claw foot

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Meesh has a passion for people, creative projects, and technology. She enjoys painting furniture back to life, gardening, playing with her kids, and connecting people.


  1. Maryann @ Domestically Speakin says

    LOVE this makeover!!! Love the colors you used… featuring it this week in the PoPP Spotlight.

  2. Karen Heath says

    I love the blue mixed with the graphite. I’ve got a huge coffee table with a cream leather top that I’m trying to decide what to do with. I’ve seen some that get really lovely with the AS dark wax. Your piece is lovely. Good luck with the dining set!

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