Silver & Dark Wood :: Two Toned Table

6 Oct

Now that Carrie and I live in the same state, we can do fun things together like refinishing furniture.  When we visited our friend Cory the other week in Dallas, we took some time to help her out with her dining room table.  Cory had previously painted the table silver but was unhappy with it.

The problems:

1) A silver table that didn’t match dark brown chairs with beige upholstery.

2) Additionally, the silver paint was lacking something. It was a dull shade, almost gray with a very monochromatic look.  The paint didn’t emphasize the details on the table and looked bland.

The solutions:

1) Make the table two-toned with a dark top to create a more cohesive look with the chairs and

2) Use glaze to give the dull silver paint a more striking effect and make the details on the table more visible and defined.

Beautiful now isn’t it?

Here’s how we did it…

First, the table was prepped by taping the edge of the table top.

Gel remover was sponge painted to the top surface.

Scraped off paint.


After all the top paint was removed, the surface was sanded to help the stain to adhere.

Dark stain was applied with sponge brushes.

While the stain was setting, we started working on the glaze.  We bought this fancy glazing brush on a whim.  However, a good ole cut up t-shirt ended up working much better.

We had Cory help us beat up the table a little more with a knife. Scraping off some of the paint helped add character to the table.

Glazed was applied all over the bottom of the table and very liberally in all groves and detailed lines.

The excess stain was wiped off the top.

Here are the results – a pretty two-toned table!

The glaze really made an impact.  Here is another picture of the Before.

Here’s the After.

The glaze brought out the silver tones in the paint and emphasized the detailed features that previously went unnoticed.

Carrie and I are going to start taking on interior design and furniture restoration jobs soon. I guess you could say Cory was our first client!!

However, considering she paid us with goat cheese, wine and petit fours…

…maybe not?! Oh well, that  meant more to us anyway!

What do you think of the two-toned look?  Do you have anything you want to refinish the same way?





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27 Responses to “Silver & Dark Wood :: Two Toned Table”

  1. S October 6, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    Looks great! I am curious what you used to strip the paint off? I’ve used paint stripper, and even outside, it is nasty, fume-y stuff!

    • Angie & Carrie October 6, 2011 at 8:21 am #

      The stripper fumes were strong, but not too crazy. We opened the doors and windows to help ventilate. :) It is a gel-water based stripper we found at Lowe’s. :)

    • Angie & Carrie October 6, 2011 at 11:06 am #

      Also the gel remover is pictured with the tools and is called Motsenbocker’s Lift Off Paint & Varnish Remover.

  2. Kathryn Griffin October 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Much better! Great job on making her pretty! Found you via Beyond the Picket Fence. Toodles, Kathryn

  3. Jenna October 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    Wow – I think that turned out so pretty! And I really love the silver paint with the glaze over it…how lovely.

    • Angie & Carrie October 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

      Thanks Jenna! I am addicted to glaze now! –Angie

  4. Nelda Ream October 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Ahhh…much better. More sophisticated. Love that glaze over silver paint.

    • Angie & Carrie October 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

      Thanks Nelda! The glaze really made a huge difference. Who knew!? Thanks for stopping by! xoxo, Carrie and Angie

  5. Dana October 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Wow. I LOVE this finish! Thanks for the great idea. I have a bottle of that glaze downstairs waiting for me!


    • Angie & Carrie October 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Thanks Dana!!! What a difference the glaze made! :)

  6. Jessica October 8, 2011 at 10:53 am #


  7. Courtney October 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    Looks beautiful~ love the silver and the finish on it! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

    • Angie & Carrie October 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

      Thanks Courtney! It was a fun little project for Angie and I!

  8. Jen October 10, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Wow! That is gorgeous! It looks like a whole new table. Beautiful job!

    PS – saw this on Skip to My Lou. ;)

    • Angie & Carrie October 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      Thanks Jen!!! We love the way it turned out! Thank you for coming by to say HI!! xoxo, Carrie and Angie

  9. Jennie Larsen October 10, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Gorgeous, it looks fab. I love a two toned table. Well done. p.s. I am not seeing CraftOManiac in your link line up ;( Have a good one. jen

    • Angie & Carrie October 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

      We need to add CraftOManiac!!! Thanks for stopping by!! We will add you! xox, Carrie and Angie

  10. VIcky October 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Wow you girls did an awesome job I love the silver, the table looks incredible. Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Krafty Max October 11, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    Very cool – and great food!

    Hop’n by from ‘Creative Bloggers Party & Hop’. I’m following your blog now, wont you please come and follow me back?? ~KM

    Krafty Max Originals

  12. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts October 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday!! You were featured today!
    -Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts

  13. cassie October 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    beautiful work! love the silvery base!!!

  14. Jennifer Juniper October 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I never would have thought of silver – but I like it!

  15. Jami October 18, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    FANTASTIC job on the redo! It’s amazing what a little glaze can do!!! Love the look! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

    • Angie & Carrie October 18, 2011 at 10:58 am #

      Thanks so much Jami! Cory loves the table…it turned out great. I’ll be honest…Angie and I were alittle scared at first, LOL!!! :)

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