Pie Crust Table in Flow Blue

Pie Crust Table in Flow Blue

Sweet June is this autumn loving girl’s favorite summer month and I have much to be thankful for now.

Like summer vacation for my boys.

It’s warm but not 100 degrees yet.

It’s the 3rd anniversary of The Purple Hydrangea on Facebook! (come follow me if you don’t already)

I finished my patio makeover a couple of weeks ago and I was in between paint projects. My headboard bench was pretty involved so I wasn’t really looking to tackle anything that required paint stripper again.

Then I received a message from a friend of mine asking if I might be willing to donate a piece to a vintage furniture auction to raise money for a local woman battling breast cancer. I said “of course” without any hesitation.

I have always wanted to finish a piece for a cause and this opportunity came along at just the right time.

Paint Bucket List.

I have a paint bucket list. Actually, I have two. I think most sisters in paint do.


One day I will disclose my full list. I’m not sure we’ve been dating long enough for me to share all my secrets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

One list is for styles of furniture I want to paint and the other is Miss Mustard Seed’s Paint colors I want to use but haven’t yet.

What is a pie crust table you ask?

The timeline to complete this project was a little tight so I decided this Duncan Phyfe style pie crust table would be perfect. It just so happens a pie crust table is very near the top of my style bucket list.

Pie crust tables come in a variety of heights with 1,2, and sometimes 3 tiers. As you can see the edges are scalloped like a pie crust, thus the name. ย I personally have never made a pie crust that even remotely resembled this or any other table I have seen. (giggle)

Here it is before.

Here's my Duncan Phyfe style pie crust table before she had a total makeover using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. To see the after visit www.thepurplehydrangea.net

Choosing a piece was the easy part but of course, then I agonized over color choices. Like I do.

Should I go bright and fun or keep it light and classy.

So I asked my Facebook friends and they had two suggestions, blue or ivory.

As much as I think cream or white would have been beautiful I knew before I even started that bleed through would be an issue.

Just in case you’ve never heard of the “B” word that makes furniture painters cringe, let me explain.

Bleed through happens many times when white paint is used on dark woods like mahogany or cherry. The tannins in the wood “bleed through” and appear as an ugly pink hue.

There are a couple of different ways to eliminate the “B” word but we’ll save that conversation for another day.

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So this brought me to blue. I was out of my favorite blue/green that I have used on almost every piece I’ve painted this year so I decided to use Flow Blue. This is one of the colors on my milk paint bucket list.

The color inspiration for the name of this blue comes from blue transferware pieces. It’s a really rich color. It just seemed like the perfect choice for such a classic piece.

The only other issue that needed to be addressed was the seriously slick and shiny surface. I decided to give the whole thing a pretty good scuffing with a 180 grit sanding sponge. See ya later shine!

The rest of this post is really what I shall call “show and tell.”

I used two coats of milk paint and after the second I was a little worried the blue was too bright.

So I slathered on a coat of white waxย which immediatelyย calmed my anxious heart and gave it a lovely white washed look.

I love how the wax just settled into the scalloped edges.

Pie crust table in Flow Blue sealed with white wax from Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.

And can we talk about these grooved legs? I got carried away and brushed the leg caps with wax. I kinda love it.

Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Flow Blue, sealed with white wax.

A last-minute decision to run out to the backyard for a hydrangea bloom was the right one.

Pie crust table made over in Flow Blue Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and sealed with white wax.

Unless you are new around here you are probably in disbelief that I didn’t distress any part of this table. I am actually shocked that none of the paint chipped off.

This vintage Duncan Phyfe style pie crust table has a new look using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Flow Blue and sealed with white wax.

I took no less than 50ย photos in about 30 minutes. The time of day I had to shoot it was probably one of the worst as far as natural lighting goes.

I opted for this simple shot with my favorite flower, in a plain white pitcher, resting in a blue transferware plate that belonged to my grandmother.

Sometimes less is more.

This Duncan Phyfe style pie crust table makeover using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Flow Blue, sealed with white wax.

Did this piece sell? As of right now, I can’t answer that question. I was assured if it didn’t sell during the auction the organizers would sell it and the proceeds would still be donated to the cancer treatment fund for Lauren.

If I’m being honest, I will feel a bit disappointed if no one chose my little pie crust table. I poured a lot of love in a short amount of time into this piece.

At the end of the day, I was blessed to have the opportunity to bless someone else with my work.

So tell me, what do you think of Flow Blue? I like it but… Kitchen Scale is still my favorite.

Do you have a paint bucket list or am I the only one?

Your sister in paint,



  1. Janice says:

    What a gorgeous piece, Lisa! You are so talented! Flow blue is pretty cute too! I want to paint knotty alder cabinets next. That’s my only paint bucket list for now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you Janice. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cabinets as you know are also on my bucket list to paint.

      I can’t wait to see and read all about yours when they are finished.

  2. skstewart12202016 says:

    That table is wonderful!! I am sure it sold ๐Ÿ˜‰ I painted a small bookcase, and the drawers of an ugly 70’s dresser with chalk paint (not sure if I am a fan of that product) I need to MMS milk paint and see if I like it. The chalk paint was just soooo thick!! I still have an end table to paint and I am sure I can come up with a lot more ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      When I first started painting I used chalk paint primarily because milk paint scared me! Once you get used to it, chalk paint seems like painting with glue. LOL

    • abracadabra99 says:

      if you are using annie sloan chalk paintยฎ you can water it down 20% and get an almost brush-stroke free like finish. I keep a water spray bottle handy too and am always spritzing as I paint. That’s the great thing about it, you can paint it thick, think, texture, some people even leave it in the fridge to thicken it up even more. But I love mmsmp too, I call it a creative crap shoot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. 1915house says:

    I absolutely adore how this turned out!!!!! I can’t believe it didn’t chip at all- and I love the velvet glow that the white wax gave your pie crust!!! (Also, I’d never heard of a pie crust -other than the pastry sort) ๐Ÿ˜‰- it’s a lovely piece.

    While I love this blue, I l agree that I do prefer Kitchen Scale.๐Ÿ˜ And as for a “pieces and paint” bucket list, mine is extensive. I want to paint many things and try many paints! So fun!!!!

    Standing ovation for yet another delightful piece by The Purple Hydrangea. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      It is truly a “no chip” miracle. Milk paint is very mysterious…in a lovely way.

      Let’s paint all the things this summer!

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you Lucy! I don’t see them around very often and I found this one for a song. I am now on the hunt for another one.

  4. Chloe Crabtree says:

    OH my! So beautiful! The blue you decided on is stunning. You did a marvelous job on the finish! I can’t imagine why it didn’t sell, I am sure it will! What a gift you created and passed on! I have my painting list, too. I am just hesitant to take the first step…a big armoire, a trinket box and a pair of bedside stands! I would love it if you could take a moment and share this over at the Celebrate Your Story! link party. Here is the link if you have a sec:http://celebrateanddecorate.com/celebrate-story-30/

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you Chloe and I am happy to report it did actually sell and the new owner loves it.

      Thank you for the invitation. I will take you up on it.


    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Isn’t it amazing what a little paint and wax can do to make details pop on a piece???

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      I am glad you are feeling inspired to try something new Pam. You must share a picture with me on my Facebook page.


  5. Kim Jones says:

    Hi, Lisa
    I am sooo very impressed! Love the blue and love this table! Hydrangea are a favorite of mine but can’t grow them here!!! Just beautiful post! White wax was a hit!

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you so much Kim. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think everyone has one plant they just can’t grow…it’s roses for me. I don’t even try anymore.

      Have a happy day.


    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Hey Cheryl,
      To be honest I didn’t know the correct term for them until I purchased this one about a year ago. I just called it a “tiered table.”

  6. paulasweetpea says:

    Lovely makeover! The white wax is the perfect finishing touch for this piece. I know the new owner will cherish this.

  7. Florence says:

    Beautiful table! Kicking myself that I passed on a rickety one like it at a thrift store. Went back & of course, it was gone. I like the whitewash effect over the blue. Lots of times I feel like I have to tone down some things of mine too.

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Oh Florence isn’t that the way it always is? You find something, pass, and then you have to have it and poof, it’s gone.

      Thank you for stopping by.


  8. Debrashoppeno5 says:

    Be still my heart the table is absolutely beautiful. From the color blue you choose to using the white wax. I can not imagine this piece didn’t sell. I bet there was a bidding war.

  9. Janine |Happy Happy Nester| says:

    This is such a cute table! You did a fabulous job! Can you come over to my house and help me on my dark piano that I want to paint!

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Janine I would love to paint your piano but I think you are just a tiny bit too far away. I hope you tackle this project soon. I can’t wait to see it finished.

  10. Debbie says:

    Of course it will sell and it will bring a pretty penny! Thank you for the close up photos on your finish details. The color of blue and the wax are spectacular. I love it. Also loved hearing what a Pie Crust table is. I had never heard of it before and I think I owned one once :). I have yet to paint a piece of furniture. I have an old cherry Queen Anne sofa table in dire need of refinishing. If I keep reading your blog…which of course I will…I think I am going to get past the procrastination and make something I will be proud of. I like coral!

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      I am pleased to tell you Debbie that my table did sell!

      Miss Mustard Seed has a color called Apron Strings that is retiring soon. It is a lovely soft coral shade. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you very much. I learned something myself when I started researching these little tables.

  11. Chef Carol says:


    • taylorlisa43@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you Carol. You should try milk paint. I bet you would love it.

      Thanks for hosting Inspired Design.

  12. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    You can never have enough tables, and especially when they look as good as this one. I love the technique you’ve used Lisa.

  13. Carla says:

    I love the fact that you followed through and painted the little brass feet. Lots of people leave them brass and to me, it uncountryfies the whole piece and they stick out like a sore thumb.. Very nice job, sweetie!

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