Ode to Downton Abbey: Table Transformation

I know it’s been a long time coming, but I finally got around to painting my barley twist coffee table in Ralph Lauren’s fabulous Golden Candlesticks metallic paint.

ralph lauren metallic paint

Ralph Lauren’s Golden Candlesticks Metallic Paint



Do you remember the “before”?


 Coffee Table “Before”



OK, I know it was lovely before, but look at it gilded!  Ahhh, I’m so in love with gilt . . .


 Coffee Table “After”


I blogged my love of gilt and of Downton Abbey here.  Gilt was all the rage during the British Edwardian Age.  And it’s all the rage in my house!  Here’s the table after a few coats of Ralph’s Golden Candlesticks (don’t you just LOVE the name of that paint?)


Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint – Golden Candlesticks


One last picture – let’s back up a little.  My living room with my newly gilt coffee table:

vintage room


I am pleased.  Maybe this will keep me satisfied until the next season on Downton Abbey . . .


Linked to It All Started with Paint:  Mission Color


  1. And now we wait and wait and wait…

  2. With the suit of armor in the corner I can almost imagine a footman coming in carrying a silver tray with a telegram for you as you demurely sip a cup of tea from the good china. :)

  3. I love the way the gold looks in your room. It makes the table look more expensive too.

  4. So Chic!!! Love it and all your posts!!!! Thanks!

  5. I am on a gilt trip myself! The table looks great Kristie~I spy a gilt candle sconce on the left too….mmmm

  6. Looks great Kristie. Did you paint it with a brush or spray it? I goes perfect in your living room.

  7. christine says:

    Unfortunately, that is definitely not a Barley Twist table, but do love the gold embelllishment.

  8. I like them both but the gold is lovely in your living room!

  9. Table looks great! So glad you posted about the RL metallic paints because while I love gilt, I see that they also come in real colors! Gasp! Do you think a chandelier painted in one of those real color metallics would look good, or are colored chandeliers already dated? Or would that just depend on the individual color, or the execution (i.e. something closer to the main colors in the home as opposed to a vibrant contrasting accent color), or… I think I may have found the one topic your excellent posts about lighting and hardware finishes haven’t addressed yet!

  10. Absolutely beautiful! I love the new look. Your living room is gorgeous! :-)

  11. I just love this kinds of transformations. They are not too demanding nor expensive, we usually need just one can of paint and little bit of time. This golden effect is just amazing, I like it a lot. Amazing work.

  12. Your coffee table looks perfect with your paint transformation. Your living room is beautiful!
    Mary Alice

  13. Your room is absolutely beautiful! I love the mix of patterns and colors and the tiny elements of glam. The gilt coffee table is fabulous. Thank you for so much inspiration.

    Have a great day!


  14. A girl after my own Downton Abbey loving heart! That table would be right at home in the Countess of Grantham’s home!

    So glad to see this at our Color party!

  15. What a wonderful color upgrade on those legs. :) Thank you so much for linking up to our party!! :)

  16. oh, I do like that dining room with the interesting mix of chairs. what a lovely place to sit and chat, as well as share a meal.


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