Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Table Makeover!

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I am so excited to share this project I just completed with Modern Masters metallic paint collection. 

Drop Leaf Table and Chairs with Modern Masters Metallic Paint Collection

I have wanted to try the Modern Masters Metallic paint collection for a short time and was super excited for the opportunity to receive the paint from Modern Masters.  I have heard so many good things about this paint and wanted to try it for myself.  I am now thinking this is my favorite paint.  It was so easy to use and it glided on my table like silk.   Here is what the table and 4 chairs looked like before using the Modern Masters Metallic paint. They were in need of some TLC.

Before picture of Drop Leaf Table and Chairs

I decided to re-stain the top and paint the base of the table and chairs in the black pearl.  I wanted a clean and classic look to my drop leaf table.  This was a hard decision on what paint color, because they have some pretty awesome colors to choose from.   

modern masters mettalic colors


I started by sanding the top of the table down and prep the surface for staining.  I am not going to go into details about staining, and you can read about how to stain wood surfaces from my other blog post of my repurposed phone table.  I used Java Gel from General Finishes to stain the top and sealed withJava Gel from General Finishes.     

Repairing the chair back with #GorillaGlue#GorillaGlue for all wood repairs

The table base and chairs were in good shape, except I needed to fix one of the backs of the chairs.  The chair back had a crack in it and I needed to break it fully apart and use my favorite wood glue, Java Gel from General Finishes, to repair it and put it back together again.  

Priming the table with ZinsserPriming the chairs with Bulls eye 123

Now on to the priming.  I used Zinsser Bull’s eye 123 Stain Blocking Primer, this was a recommend primer from the Modern Masters website.  

Now for the fun stuff, I used 3 light coats of the Modern Masters in black pearl, and like I said this paint went on like silk.  After all the black pearl metallic paint was dry, I used the Modern Master in champagne and applied it with a dry brush technique on all the grooved edge pieces to give the table and chairs some more shimmer.   I love how the champagne color added more character to the table and chairs.  

Modern Masters Metallic Paintchampagne dry brush














Once I let the paint dry completely I applied 2 coats of the Modern Master in champagne.  The other great thing about this paint is the low odor.  I live in Ohio and we have had a very cold winter, so all my painting projects are done in my basement.  I was able to paint all the pieces in my house with little to no smell.  My son plays his video games in the same space and I never heard him complain about the smell of paint.  

Master Clear sealer by Modern Masters

The chair cushions were in pretty bad shape and they needed a great fabric to bring out the colors of the black and champagne paint.  

old chair seat


Re-covered chair

I love how the Modern Masters Metallic paint gave this old run down table another life.  

Duncan Phyfe style Drop Leaf Table and Chairs

I also decided to use the champagne metallic paint on a few frames I had sitting around that needed a new look.  I used the champagne for my base color and applied the black pearl as a glaze over top to deep the color and add some dark lines to the frames.  

 Modern Masters Frames-

I have a  great idea of what I will be doing with these frames now that they have a pretty new face.  I will share that post with you on Friday.  I love this paint so much that I will be using it on a few more pieces in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for those updates too.  


 Please follow Modern Masters on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter to see some other great inspirations.  You can also hop over to these blogs~  Pet Scribbles, Tweak & Style, The Benson Street, Fynes Designs and A Nest for all Seasons to see some great projects from my fellow bloggers who were also part of this great Modern Masters Campaign.  

Drop Leaf Table and Chairs

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62 Responses to Duncan Phyfe Drop Leaf Table Makeover!

  1. I love the Matte Metalics but will probably need to use the Door Pants first. Thank you for the great giveaway!

  2. These turned out great! I love the lines of the table and chairs and it’s so nice that you were able to give new life to them. Modern Masters has some of my favorite products!

  3. WOW, what a great job Dee! Awesome transformation. I love the color and the you chose a perfect fabric for the cushions! LOVE IT!!!

  4. Stopping by to see all the great work you’ve done! Love the Duncan Phyfe table and the finish you did – great job! Hope I win the giveaway because I’ve heard such good things about the company, but have yet to try it. :o)

    • Larissa, Thanks so much for stopping over. I am glad you entered to win. I love this paint. It ranks up there with my favorites! Good-luck, and looking forward to seeing you online in the same circles!

  5. The paint is gorgeous! It made the table and chairs look completely different! I definitely will be entering this giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I LOVE IT!! I like the wood top with painted base. It seems to be the way to go. I sure hope this paint is available in Canada! I will be checking it out! Thanks for sharing!

  7. DeDe,
    I love how your projects turned out! It looks beautiful how you accented the black with the champagne on the dining room set and the black over the champagne on the frames is gorgeous. I am going to try that combination in the future!

  8. I have a sideboard that would be beautiful with some metallic accents. I can’t bring myself to paint the whole thing, but have been considering adding a few details!

    • Fara, If you get brave and do the sideboard, you can leave the top and drawers wood and paint the rest in a pretty metallic color. You will love it!

    • Susan, I wish you did too! We could have some serious fun! You help me with organizing and I help you paint, we would make a great team!

  9. Beautiful!! I love how it turned out! You truly inspire me with how you turn beat up furniture into beautiful pieces. Great job! Love it!!

    • Thanks Crystal, that is very sweet of you! I am glad to be an inspiration to you, that is why I do this. It makes me feel great to know.

  10. Love love love all the Metallics but my fav is champagne!!! Would love to win this giveaway!! Have lots of painting to do would be a great way to try the great products…..just sayin’

    • Jeannie, I love the champagne color too! I am getting ready to do a chest in this color, so stay tuned to see how it looks!

  11. I am SO happy I ran across a link to this contest and post on pinterest!!! VERY awesome paint! I just decided to paint our dining room set last week so the timing is perfect!

  12. OH MY!! This looks stunning! I actually have almost the same set that I’m going to repurpose in the summertime! The Modern masters paint really makes it stand out, wow!

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