milk paint tiered side table

Project Description

What type of item is this? Functional How would you describe the style of your project? Retro / Vintage How would you describe the style of your project? Funky What are you most proud of? This piece may have been handmade/homemade as it had a few dodgy construction techniques. Bought this about 15 years ago and procrastinated for that long!! The top had a massive separation of the boards. I used a 2 part epoxy to fill the crack and it took ages to sand and patch 3 times. I think the repair job was worth it on the top, but I opted to leave the same crack on the bottom level since it showed the history (read - I felt too lazy to do it all again!). Proud of getting my project finished - onto the next one now! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Maybe when you start distressing, step back more frequently to reassess the finish. I think I took this a bit too far - I find it a little theatrical! Like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean! Though with a little styling it could be truly 'Fab'. Perhaps I'm just too used to seeing 'smart' furniture and need to loosen up a little!

What you will need

  • bonding sealer
  • milk paint in 3 colours
  • wax in 2 colours.

Q&A with lessles

shazdove asked:
I love the table its quirky. You have done a great job and I love the way you left the crack in the bottom tier. Everything we do we can learn from so on with the next project and don't forget to post a pic.
lessles answered:
hmmmm, note to self - must post photos of my fab dining table
Karen Emelia asked:
I love the color of the table. The sanding and waxing really finished it off nicely. What two waxes did you use?
lessles answered:
Firstly I used a black antiquing wax to 'dirty' the piece up a little and then polished with a clear wax.

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