Bed Shelf

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Project by ToddE posted 09-18-2009 05:03 AM 1707 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I were at an old country store a little while ago and she saw this shelf that she liked (last picture). So I thought it was neat too, but if I could zoom the picture so you could see the price tag, it all the sudden became very ugly. So I told her to take a picture of it and I will build it for you. Well, she made me stop at a box hardware store on the way home and I bought all the stuff to make it. Cause you know I wasn’t going to really make it, it was just an excuse for her not to spend money on something I “could” make, but never really do.
Anyway, it was fun because I had just gotten my rotator cuff operated on two weeks earlier and I wasn’t supposed to be moving it at all, but I was dying to get back out into the shop, even if it meant for a crafty type project. First time I ever used milk paint and it was the first time I ever tried antiquing with chemicals. Oh well, she got her shelf, I got another one armed project in and we are all happy. I paid only $10 more for all the material than they wanted just for that berry swag thing! They wanted $30 for the swag!!!! Can you believe it???? I have to figure out how to make those things! Women love them!

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 06:01 AM

Very Nice I like it, good job.


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 09-18-2009 03:03 PM

Very nice!

A great job on the antique finishing.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 09-18-2009 04:51 PM

Yours looks better. Any tips on the milk paint? I would like to make a country looking bench and use.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#4 posted 09-19-2009 12:42 AM

Milk paint is great stuff. Just use warm water, not hot, warm. You can reseal it and use the left overs later. I used plastic wrap and a rubber band over the container. You only need to mix up little amounts at a time. I used equal amounts of powder and water. Make sure you use contrasting paint colors. On this one I used chocolate brown base color and then white paint over it. As far as antiquing goes. Put the base coat down, let it dry over night. Then put the antique solution on it and let it dry. The next day, paint it with the top coat. Make sure you don’t do any vertical surfaces with the top coat. Roll the project over so the vertical surfaces are flat. In this example, I should have laid the shelf on its top and then painted the underside of the shelf. It runs if you try and paint the top coat over the antiquing. Other than that, use a thinner layer of paint for the top coat. You will see after you do it on a project. The biggest problem I had with it was the cost of the antiquing formula, but you don’t use a lot and you can refrigerate the left over material. Good luck with your project.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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