I glued the loose veneer and taped it.
The table sat in the basement for a couple of months while I was working on the other table redo. You know, the one I don’t like to talk about. Anyway, I slapped a little wood filler on the edge and then a few days later, sanded it. I did this several times before it was smooth.
Because I had to use wood filler, I wasn’t able to just re-stain and varnish as originally planned. I painted the edge with black milk paint. This was my first time trying milk paint- it was a little runny, but it went on really smoothly. Here it’s still wet in spots.
There was a ridge on the edge of the table that I could press the brush against, so it wasn’t too hard to get a good line. The top already had a finish on it, so if the paint went over a little, it was easy to wipe it off with a damp cloth. Or, if you are working in the basement with no running water, a little spit on a paper towel will do. Or so I’ve heard.
I also painted the decorative pieces and the groove on the apron. Same routine, wipe any stray paint immediately with a damp cloth or – you know.
I touched up scratches on the top with Minwax golden oak stain, then used a wipe-on poly over the top and apron. The top looked a little bare.
Time to give the new Silhouette Cameo a maiden run. It took me several hours to figure out how to use the thing, but it made a great stencil.
Here’s a trick I used to get the stencil centered on the table. After removing the backing from the sticky vinyl, I pushed a straight pin through the center of the stencil, then held the pin to the center of the table while I was arranging the stencil. After burnishing the stencil onto the table, I removed the transfer paper (the grid paper you see below).
I dabbed the paint on with a stencil brush. I didn’t use the milk paint for the stencil, fearing the dreaded bleed. I just used some leftover paint from a sample jar from Lowe’s. When I peeled up the stencil, I found I still had some paint bleed and had to go back and paint the edges smooth with a small round artist’s brush.
After it dried, I sanded very lightly and wiped on another coat of poly. I’ll add another coat of poly, but couldn’t wait to show you.
What do you think? Would you consider trying a stenciled dining room table project?