I had no intention of checking out the Community Garage Sale in my neighborhood but I couldn’t ignore my neighbor across the street now could I? I zeroed in on a wooden piece with so much character. My neighbor brought it back to my house and told me his uncle made it. It looks like a plant stand but he didn’t know what his uncle made it for. I knew what I was going to do, add a round wooden top and paint it in a custom color using Old Fashioned Milk Paint. I’ll show you how to mix colors like a pro using milk paint. It is so easy.
Of course to prepare the piece I always wipe it down with a solution of white vinegar and water. Since I didn’t want to sand it or use deglosser on the base so I roughed it up with steel wool.
I had gotten two colors from Old Fashioned Milk Paint, Slate Blue, and Tavern Green. I couldn’t decide on which color to use and decided it is a perfect way to show you how easy it is to mix the colors together.
In the meantime, I had to prepare the table top. I bought an 18-inch stain grade round. And I made the stain. It is a solution of vinegar and water with rusty nails and torn up steel wool. I used my homemade vinegar stain when I made trays a while back. It is translucent. This time I used a sweetened black vinegar with water, added the rusty nails and steel wool in a jar. It is a darker stain than the one I made the last time. Let it sit for a few days and shake the jar every so often. It will be ready by the time the top needs to be stained.
First off decide on the dominant color. I decided I wanted the Slate Blue to be dominant and measured 4 Tablespoons of the milk paint powder. Then I added in 2 teaspoons of the Tavern green. I mixed them together and added the same amount of water. I didn’t add any extra bond because I wanted it to chip if it wanted to.
Now you know I like to layer paint but I thought this color is so pretty that I didn’t want to go over it. So what I did was add a pinch of the black OFMP and a ½ teaspoon of the slate blue to the mixture. I applied the beeswax disk over a few areas. Then I brushed the darker color over the pedestal. Don’t worry about covering every inch. You want the colors to blend and be visible. The difference in color is very subtle.
The wood round got 3 coats of stain. Before putting on the first coat spray the piece with water to open up the grain. It will take the stain better.
To attach the wood round to the pedestal I made a paper template of the wood round and the top of the pedestal because I am so bad at math. I cut out the circles and folded them to get the center. That allowed me to know where to drill the pilot holes so the top could be screwed into the bottom.
Once the table is put together, use the waxing brush to apply the wax and the brush attachment on the drill to buff it out.
This is the perfect little side table to put by a chair and you learned how to mix colors like a pro.
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Wooden Pedestal 18” Wood Round
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