Product provided by ETI Environtex. Project idea, and all opinions are 100% that of my own (see full disclosure policy).
You know I always look forward to participating in The Fab Furniture Flippin Contest®. Can you imagine my excitement when I found out this edition is sponsored by ETI Environtex? The company provides polymer to create all sorts of projects. The theme for our contest is “Showstopping TOPS with ETI Envirotex”. I immediately knew what I was going to do to make you say stop and look at that table top!Click To Tweet
A while back I had picked up a board and had the vision of adding hairpin legs to it. When I learned of this product I figured this would be perfect for this old board to jazz it up.
After placing my order, I started prepping the board. It was sanded clean and smooth. Then stained with some of my homemade stain. I make it by adding rusty nails and torn up steel wool along with vinegar and water to a glass jar.
Now in my mind, I couldn’t have a show-stopping top with a plain stained board. And lo and behold I had an idea! I would add belts to it. Now the original idea was to have a belt on either side with the buckle on top. But as I thought about it I decided I liked the idea of using 3 pieces of the belt wrapped around the board. Isn’t it funny how the original idea morphs into the final project?
I had everything in place for when I got the package of resin. Cut the belts to size and nail them to the board.
The product arrived and I was ready to make a show-stopping top. Prior to starting, I went to the website to look at the videos so I would know what to do. I also read and reread the directions. They suggest laying down layers of cardboard and plastic wrap to protect the work surface. I didn’t want to mess up the future table project so that is what I did.
Mix the material according to the directions. I finally got smart and mixed up a big batch. I let her rip. This plain old board was starting to transform.
What a mess I had. Actually, it was in my hair, arms, and torso but we won’t go there. I felt kind of deflated because the edges didn’t get covered the way I had hoped. Oh I know, no excuses but this is my first project with this product.
You have to know when to walk away and consider options. And when I do it is usually for the best. I say that because I love how the top turned out. To get the look, sand the edges. Then I mixed up some of my favorite chalky like paint in black. Paint the edges and part of the top. The next step was a waxing. The combination of the belts, shiny polymer and matte black works for my vision of this scrap piece of board.
The next step or should I say problem was the legs. The board is wonky and not at all level. I played around with it and finally decided to sleep on it. I left it in the great room with 3 legs. And had a vision of the table with one leg on one side set in the middle.
So that is the saga for the first time using this product and now I’m hooked. I had a few setbacks but that is so normal for me. But you can learn from my mistakes, right? Personally, I love how this came out. It does say stop and look at that table top!
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