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Painted Table and Dip Dye Paint Technique

I’ve been looking for a vintage table with pedestal legs for our eat in nook area.  The table we have there has been fine except every time I scoot out from the bench I whack my knees on one of the legs. Look at this beauty I picked up on Craigslist! I was able to get this table painted this weekend!  I painted it in BM Linen White, and I thought I would have a little fun and do a Dip Dip Dye  Paint Technique  or color-blocked treatment on the legs with a dusky grey-blue that I mixed from some paint left-overs.  It make sit look like the ends of the table were “dipped” in paint. I knew the painted table and dip dye legs would really update our little eating nook.
Vintage table with drop leaf edges in a living room with dog in the lower corner

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She’s a vintage Duncan Phyfe; and except for the top being really trashed, super -sturdy and in great shape.
Damaged table top
but it’s nothing that a few coats of paint can’t fix. Not a bad find for $30! I could refinish her, but I think paint will be a lot easier.
Kitchen vintage table with drop leave top
 The leaves  of the table top even drop down for space saving.
Legs on a wood table that are single pedestals in the center.
 I just adore the table legs and how graceful they are.


Vintage wood table
I  knew a new coat of paint and the Dip Dyed paint technique could make it look like a new table.
Cute kitchen breakfast nook with a painted table and dip-dyed table legs
I thought it would be interesting in a subtle way and modernize the vintage table a bit and give it a more “Cottage Core” type look.
I love how paint can really update a table. It’s important to make sure to use the right finish on a table at the end when sealing it.
Vintage table updated with color blocking
 I just painted the very bottom of the legs. I would have taped the lines off, but I was forced to free-hand when I found my kids had been robbing the blue painter’s tape and there was none left. Imagine that. What is it about tape and kids. I don’t know why I buy expensive Christmas gifts when a roll of clear tape will keep them entertained all afternoon.
Color blocked legs on a vintage table
I think that color-blocking the table legs really gives it an unexpected pop, like they were dip-dyed. It’s fun to put a different twist on classic pieces like this Duncan-Phyfe drop leaf table. Creating a color-blocked look really added a nice bit of interest to this DIY dowel rod accent table. The legs are so cute with the Dip Dye  Paint Technique.
Color blocked table legs with a Dip Dye  Paint Technique
 I also recovered the bench seat in this super-fun fabric I found at Jo-Ann’s.
Vintage style cottage core table and mirror
I thought a bit bold color was perfect for spring and I love the pattern. It will also hide when the kids spill, as we all know they will.
Upholstered bench
 And I love how all of those colors go with something in my house… except the red macaroni necklace from Valentine’s day I just noticed in all of the pictures. Did you spot it?  🙂
Cottagecore table with wood chairs
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  1. Hello,
    I was curious how it will look your table after renovation. I was also curious if these brass “feet” will stay. Very nice choice of a combination of white and gray – blue, especially in this particular place (table legs). The effect is very interesting. Who knows, maybe in my dining room I’ll copy it.

    Daniela from Gdansk

  2. That is fantastic! I can’t believe you free handed such straight lines!! Also that fabric on the bench is so pretty! Love it.

  3. Your little eating area is gorgeous! I love the way you painted the table legs, very creative! The fabric on the seat cover is very fun!
    Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Cindy

  4. I love what you did to the table. Very fresh and modern looking! And the fabric on the bench looks perfect in the dining nook. (red macaroni necklace…ha ha!)

  5. Wow, fantastic transformation! I’m a big fan of wood in all shades and probably would have left the table plain, never knowing how awesome it would look painted white. I have a bunch of random wood chairs and now I’m thinking of painting them white. 😀 With color-dipped legs! Beautiful work, Jennifer!

  6. Love this dining area.That blue is just the right accent.And I did not notice that necklace until you pointed it out LOL.

  7. Great effect…I love it…Now for me..when my son was little, I probably would have taken your idea and painted the bottom portion black..to hide the markings of his shoes…he was always kicking his feet under the table!

    Love the colors of the table legs..go so beautifully with the new fun fabric!

  8. I found your blog through the latest issue of Artful Blogging. When I read your article I thought to myself, That’s Me. I’m 42 years old and live in the burbs outside of Chicago. I just started a blog and now have you as another inspiration that I can get there.

  9. Love how subtle the painted legs are-beautiful!

    Also, love the fabric on your bench…where did you find that? Looks fantastic!

  10. Would you be able to share what method you used for your table? I have almost this exact table and it is in desperate need of a paint job. I love this idea but was wondering if you sanded and primed and then painted or what you did.

  11. Would you be able to share what method you used for your table? I have almost this exact table and it is in desperate need of a paint job. I love this idea but was wondering if you sanded and primed and then painted or what you did.

  12. I saw the bench fabric about 5 months ago at Jo-Ann’s. Now I can’t find it. Do you know the name of the designer? Thanks!

  13. I’d love to know how you prepped and painted the table, too. Since it likely had a high gloss finish, did you sand the whole thing (and how did you get in the little channels in the legs?) or did you use a liquid to make sure the paint would adhere? I see “Lilies of the Field” would love to know, too. My email is

  14. Love your painted table, Jenn! The colors you chose are just perfect. My daughter has a drop-leaf, similar to yours, and she is planning to paint it. I pinned yours, as she is trying to get some ideas and inspiration.

  15. That seat fabric is so 1960s! It looks great on your bench. I’m intrigued by the chandelier, too. Have you done a post on it?
    The table is so much like the mahogany finished table I grew up with that my heart won’t let me like it painted, but i admire your creativity.
    Your style is clean and neat and I like that, though no way i could live that way myself. I still can’t remember to take my gardening shoes off before entering the house!!!! Now, girl, that’s ha-a-a-d!!!

  16. Awesome room! What interior paint color and paint brand did you use for the wall the mirror is on?
    Thank you!

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