End table Redo

Project Description

What type of item is this? Functional How would you describe the style of your project? Funky What are you most proud of? The smooth top. This is a wood table, but the top had a wood veneer which had bubbled, cracked, and much of it had splintered off in pieces over the years. I had kept it covered with a tablecloth and had plants on it; it wasn't good for anything else. I started with the sander/deglosser and then used wood filler on the top. With the missing veneer, this took a bit of work, and elbow grease to fill and sand. But, as Ann Marie says, don't skimp on your prep work, so I didn't, and I found the process satisfying. I couldn't find any milk paint locally, so since I wanted to do this NOW, and not wait for mail order, I primed it and then painted it blue. After that dried, I decided it was too bright, so I toned down the paint with black and painted it again. Then I toned down the paint even more and painted a line on the legs to define this little detail that was part of the leg (snagged my daughter's artist brush for that.) The stencil I used was one I found at my local craft store, and I used a bit of the blue/black/and white paint for that. Next was a bit of distressing, which let a bit of the brighter blue come out, along with a bit of the original brown of the wood. (Distressing was fun! I used my husband's mouse sander.) Then I finished with a coat of Johnson's paste wax, as again, I wanted to do this NOW, and no one stocks Briwax around here. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun, do your prep work, and don't be afraid to experiment. AND take a before picture!

What you will need

  • Old beat up end table

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