New Life for a Duncan Phyfe Style Drum Table

M&M Embellishments
by M&M Embellishments
Drum tables happen to be one of my favorite pieces of furniture, so when my sister found this one at an antique shop and sent me the picture, I told her to grab it!
This one had fine details with the original hardware on the drawer and it's cute little metal "boots", which I knew could all be cleaned up nicely.
For the base and body of the drum, I sanded it all lightly and then did a black wash with General Finishes Ebony Dye.

For the details, I added antique gold gilding paste to its metal feet and the lion pull on the drawer. I also highlighted a few other detailed areas, which I hope you can see in the pictures.
For the top, I decided to do a stained rose.
I addded an ebony stain to the outside of the rose.
And then I added a cherry stain on top of the ebony and did some shading around the outside.
And this is where I ran into problems... I used a new-to-me top coat that did NOT work out for me! I'm sure it was user error, but I ended up with this streaky, wet look. I tried to remedy the situation a few different ways, but alas.... I had to sand it alllllllll back down and nearly start from scratch. I just didn't know if this was going to work out.

But after restaining the whole rose and sealing with a top coat that I frequently use - Polyvine - it all worked out! WHEW!
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  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Dec 15, 2016
    I have tried to get the photos.They do not show up.I am on Google browser.Looks like an interesting piece!
  • Melissa V Melissa V on Jan 07, 2017
    I had one that was my grandparent's, but I'm thinking mine had a leather inset top with some gold detail around the edge of the leather. You know with these rounded pieces you have "secret" storage-when you pull the drawer all the way out, stash your goodies in the sides and reinstall the drawer-Voila! Hidden stash!!! 💍💰💌