A Barley Twist Table Goes Grey

This weekend I tackled a table painting project and my goal was to not spend any money and to only use supplies I already had on hand.

This is the table before it was painted. I loved the wood barley twist legs but the table edges and the cross pieces were really chipped (I bought this piece at a local furniture store tent sale, a floor model, several years ago for around $40.).  

I started by priming it, then adding two coats of light grey mistint paint followed by a darker gray mistint paint. The darker grey was painted with a light hand and intentionally missing spots. I don't have dark wax, so I used a rag to wipe on Minwax stain in English Chestnut, and then wiped it off before it dried. Finally I applied two coats of Minwax paste wax. At every step I wasn't sure if I liked it but I just kept going.

I especially like how there is more of the lighter grey and stain showing in the curves of the legs and in crevices. 

I chose not to distress it. 

I also needed to replace the broken pulls so I used these brushed stainless knobs. They came in the bin of 80+ pulls and knobs I picked up at a garage sale earlier this summer for 80/$20 (about 25 cents each and still in packages.)

 There is a matching divided drawer on the opposite side as well.

I was going to buy white paint for this table, but I need to buy new paint for my bedroom dresser and night tables first. I was determined to make this over without buying anything new and I did it! The primer, mis-tint light and dark grey paints, stain, wax and knobs are all supplies I had on hand from other projects.

Oh, and did I mention I love the legs? ;)  It is a different look than I usually go with, but I like it. What do you think?

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  1. ohhhh la la - I love it! perfect color for this great table! a whole new life

  2. Very pretty! Those legs are gorgeous!

  3. i am always a sucker for barley twist! it looks gorgeous!

  4. It's gorgeous! I love the color and the legs are fabulous, especially with the stain showing.

  5. I think it turned out great! I love the way you painted it. It looks naturally distressed so you were fine to leave it as is. Of course, the barley twist legs are the best part!

  6. Elizabeth, Your table is beautiful!!! I love it, I really do, those barley twist legs look very lovely now. You've shown them off well.
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. That's a cute little table. Cute before and cute after. No way to go wrong!


  8. You did a fabulous job on that finish! I love the layered look! Great piece.

  9. Love, love your table! Gorgeous color! You did a great job!

  10. Oh - I think this turned out great! I love the color that you used. Glad to see that someone else likes to age and darken with stain as opposed to dark wax. I find the dark wax a bit difficult to apply without getting too much. Stain is so much easier to wipe any excess off!

  11. The table definitely looks better now. I need to try the "wax" stuff everyone keeps talking about, lol. I've never used it.

  12. I love barely twist and I think your paint combination turned out beautiful. Why is it so much more fun to do a project without spending any (more) money?

  13. I love the gray! It's just the perfect color for a peaceful room. -Tabitha

  14. This is very beautiful and actually an inspiration for a pair of heavily carved tables I have that need to be painted. The white showing under the grey is lovely and keeps the integrity of the carving. I'll have to pin this and follow you now.

  15. Hi Elizabeth! Oh, I love this and those legs - woo hoo! :)
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  16. Great job, Elizabeth! I love that you managed this without buying anything new. I try to do that myself, especially with all the chalk paint I do have.

  17. Hi Elizabeth,
    I love your table! The legs look great with the paint in the crevices. I like the little wood tote in your previous post too. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and have a wonderful day.


  18. This turned out gorgeous - the color is perfect - loving it!

  19. I think I love it! Great job, and yes the mistints in light & dark grey really look perfect. Isn't it great doing projects using what you have, without having to purchase anything?
    Love it! (I know, I already said that)
    Debbie :)

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