Entry table in distressed teal

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Project by ay1978pa posted 02-15-2014 05:15 PM 2479 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table over the past couple of months out of pallet wood. It measures 42’ wide, 34.5’ tall and 14’ deep.

I primed it and pained it with Behr outdoor latex paint that I got for 50c out of Home Depot return bin – two layers of primer, then two layers of paint. I mixed some plaster of Paris in the second layer for chalk paint effect. After it dried, I distressed the paintwork with 100 grit sandpaper, slapped some espresso Minwax stain on, let it sit for a bit and wiped it off. This gave the whole paintwork a brownish hue and also stained the exposed wood around the corners. I then applied a couple of layers of butcher block wax conditioner.

The table top was made with a circular saw so it’s not perfect but I kinda knew from the beginning I was going for a rustic look. I sanded it down and stained it with the above mentioned Minwax stain in espresso, then sealed it with wax.

-- Alex

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 08:37 PM

This is very nice ! I really like your art deco cabinet too , that is sweet . You do some great
work with the tools you have at hand !

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 11:25 PM

Thank you!

-- Alex

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 03:35 AM

Very Nice indeed Alex! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 04:04 PM

Beautiful distressed table. I love making distressed pieces myself and usually finished them in the opposite order you did, stain first, paint second. I’m going give your technique a try. Thanks for the idea.

-- Ron, Montana

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#5 posted 02-16-2014 06:57 PM

Thanks guys.

Ron, I looked at some of your projects and they look beautiful – those jelly cabinets is just what I need in my kitchen. This was my first attempt at distressed finish, and I wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. After doing some research online I found out that most people either distress the paint and leave it like that, or cover it with tinted glaze. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I was covering the paintwork with Minwax, so I tried on the drawer first. I guess the plaster of Paris particles in the top coat of latex paint absorbed some stain resulting in brownish streaks. Same applies to the exposed pinewood around the corners. In addition, the stain residue admixed with the wax gave the paintwork a nice patina and a layered look.

Overall I am quite happy with the result and can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations. I have a person coming to buy the table tomorrow, plus another order for a similar piece. I am planning to invest the money in a table saw so I can make bigger, better tabletops.

Thank you again for the comments.

-- Alex

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#6 posted 02-18-2014 08:51 PM

Hey! That’s the color of our kitchen! Nice job. It inspires me that you can make such beautiful things with “basic” tools. Now I don’t have a saw stop and my table saw isn’t that impressive, but I really have no excuses. Great Job!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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