Furniture Makeovers

Stationary Bar Makeover Using Paint and Wax

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the second furniture makeover for the dining room. If you recall, all of these makeovers are leading to the Fall One Room Challenge that begins posting in October. At this point, the dining room is gutted. And yea, I’m trying not to panic.

In the meantime, please enjoy a little peek at this table-turned-stationary-bar makeover. You truly have to see the before to believe the after.

Stationary Bar Makeover Using Paint and Wax

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.

To say that this little table was rescued from the dark side is an understatement. This table and everything else in the room is truly coming out of the Golden Age. Yep. We’re finally saying good-bye to all of the gold and brown and bronze. The room is empty and being overhauled as we speak.

But enough about the dining room. For now, let’s see how this little black table got a new set of clothes.

Stationary Bar BEFORE

Before: See a table makeover and full dining room refresh #stationarybar | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

The Search for Paint Color

To tell you the truth, I considered a ton of colors, including several shades of deep teal. But none of the teals ever seemed quite right.

Before: Choosing a color to lighten up this dark table #stationarybar | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

I even considered a gold glaze (photo left) and a silver paint (photo right). Whyyyy? WHAT was I thinking?

Before: Color trials on a black table looking to go light and fresh #stationarybar | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

But my mind’s eye kept saying go lighter…lighter….lighter. I wanted a light, rich color, but one that was fresh and current. Is this too much to ask? 🙁

Then I swung the opposite direction. The color on the chair below is called Inglenook by Fusion Mineral Paint. And as much as I love the color, I had to face the fact that it just isn’t saturated enough to live with the other pieces in the dining room.

French chairs get a light and airy coastal color makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint | #spon |

Then I considered Homestead Blue, also from the Fusion Mineral Paint line. In fact, the chest below is finished in Homestead Blue with Inglenook dry-brushed over the top. But I really didn’t want two painted pieces in the same color.

Oh, the agony. Where, oh where, was I trying to go with this makeover? 🙁

Chest makeover in Homestead Blue with Inglenook dry-brushed on top | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

Create A Custom Color

And that’s when it hit me. Why not use Inglenook and Homestead Blue together? So that’s what I did. The color on the piece is a custom blend of 1 cup Inglenook and 1 teaspoonful of Homestead Blue. To show the contrast, a jar of Inglenook is sitting on the piece. 

Combine Homestead Blue and Inglenook for a fresh, minty-blue color #stationarybar | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

The final color isn’t really saturated, but is a refreshing and light minty-blue. I can work with this.

During: A dark table is painted with a custom blend of Inglenook and Homestead Blue #stationarybar | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

Wax for Depth

But, in order to better saturate the color combo AND tie the paint to the unpainted top and drawer fronts, a combination of Homestead House Wax was applied in the colors Espresso and Black. I found that one of these colors was too stark, but they work beautifully when combined. The wax colors were not mixed together, but were applied side by side on the piece and then, when a bit dry, buffed together to create a variegated depth of color. 

For more information about how to apply wax over Fusion Mineral Paint, please click here.

After: A black table is refreshed with a custom color of paint and wax #stationarybar | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

The goal was to make the piece look weathered so the wax was applied rather unevenly. More is applied to the spindles and in the corners and less is applied towards the center of the shelves. 

As the light comes in from the bay window and reflects off of the left side, it always looks a little lighter than the right side. But trust me, they are evenly waxed and buffed.

Notice, too, the first peek of the new wall moulding and color. Sssshhhh. It’s supposed to be a secret, so let’s keep this peek between us. OK?

After: A black side table is turned into a stationary bar | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

And that’s all there is to it. A Stationary Bar Makeover Using Custom Color and Wax.

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After: A stationary bar is made from a dark side table using a custom color and wax | #spon #FusionMineralPaint |

And one last thing. If you appreciate this stationary bar makeover, please…

An outdated side-table-turned-stationary-bar is refreshed with custom paint and wax colors | #stationarybar #spon #fusionmineralpaint |

 For more information about Fusion Mineral Paint and Homestead House waxes, please click here.



  • Reply K.Rupp September 14, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Oh my gosh I love that color. I have been thinking about a color like that for my sewing cabinet that I want to paint but have yet to find it. Oh I might just have to do this! Everything that I had seen seemed too blue or too green. From the pics it looks perfect. I am pinning for later. Thank you for your instructions:)

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks so much. Good luck with your project!!

  • Reply Marie September 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    You showed that dark beverage bar whose boss! It has so much character now. Love the custom color with blended waxes and especially how to complimented some of the existing dark wood. Very pretty and can’t wait to see MORE of that room!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Marie and thanks. I’m ready for the room to be completed, too! Posting begins Oct. 4…. 🙁 Yikes!!! I gotta get moving.

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 September 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    The table is gorgeous. I love how you mixed a custom color and then to add depth went with the dark top.

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 17, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Debra. Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging comment. Appreciate you so much! XO

  • Reply Angie ~ Ambient Wares September 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Oh, your bar is beautiful! What a great color and the two tone is spot on! Pinned 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 17, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Aww Angie. You are the best. Thanks so much.

  • Reply cristina September 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I love how you worked that color, perfection! That pretty cart has some serious legs and that color is now showing them, love it. And hey, did you say molding? Can’t wait to see more of this room!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 17, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Cristina, you are the best ever. Honestly, I wish you had been here to show me how to work around a couple of places with that stiff moulding vs. “un”plumb wall. But everything seemed to turn out ok. Posts for the ORC begin October 4 and I CAN”T WAIT!!! I’m so excited to share. Thanks so much for stopping by! XO

  • Reply Nancy September 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    It turned out so good! I love the color and that you left some parts dark. Great job!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject September 22, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Nancy! Appreciate your sweet comment!

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