Milk paint on the top of tables

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Michael James

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09-25-2014 07:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: milk paint coffee table oak

So I want to change up the coffee tables I built a few years ago. I’ve never been happy with the tops – it was my first real woodworking project with solid wood and then I cheaped out and used plywood for the tops. It just doesn’t look right.

Anyway, my idea is to build new tops with solid maple and breadboard ends. I’m thinking I’ll do a distressed milk paint finish on the top. I’ll leave the bases as is because I still really like those.

For the life of me, I can’t find any examples where someone has done a stained wood base finish with a milk paint top – it’s always the other way around.

Here’s my question – Am I crazy to try it the other way around? Should I not even attempt to do a milk paint top? I do have a few other ideas but my wife really like the milk paint look.

Thanks for your help.

-- Michael James -

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 07:23 PM

I don’t think it would appeal to me, to combine a folksy distressed milk paint finish with an A&C design base. I would go with oak and make the finish match the base. Sorry I just can’t envision it looking right.

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