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Milk Painted Patio Tables AKA Wooden Spools

Check out my freshly painted patio tables created from wooden utility spools.

I live on the Canadian prairies and our fairly new home was built in the middle of a hay field. This means we get ALLOT of wind so everything we have outside needs to be sturdy (or stacked when not in use like the Adirondack chairs)

We use these wood utility spools for tables around our fire pit and on our deck. They are however lacking personality. Bring on the paint!

As in all projects the first step is a good deep clean. I used a hose and scrub brush along with a bucket of soapy water but a pressure washer works great too.

Flip so all sides get a good scrub.

Let them dry well and make any repairs, this one had a board lifting so it was glued and nailed back in place.

I chose milk paint for these two projects. Milk paint works really well on raw wood absorbing into the fibers for great adherence.

This one was painted solid in Homestead House Milk Paint laurentien then Homestead House Milk PaintQuaker blue dry bru…

Dresser in Shades of Teal Blue



If you have followed me for awhile you know I LOVE any shade of teal blue so when a customer called a dresser from my stock to paint album and wanted it in shades of teal I was ecstatic. Now the problem arises in the fact that there are endless shades of teal and blues. She had a certain color in mind and after sharing all the colors I had on hand I directed her to a local Dixie Belle retailer.


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A lovely combo for sure don't you think?


Step one was to scrub the entire piece well using Dixie Belle white lightening cleaner then rinse and dry before filling the dings and damaged areas and power sand smooth with my Dewalt orbital sander.


Antebellum blue was brushed on using Dixie Belle's oval brush perfect for the staggered edges and flat surfaces.


Here is coat one drying


and dry but the lighting is goofy to get the right color


To add highlights and an ombre effect around the edges, DB peacock was brushed on, misted with my spray mister and blended in.


It gives a soft subtle color effect shown right with left just the solid blue.


The edges were lightly distressed to keep the vintage feel.


The rest of the dresser with peacock being added...


and blended all in.



The customer originally wanted the hardware painted silver but after I showed her the original antique gold with the blues she chose to keep it. Hardware was scrubbed ready to go back on when complete.


Dixie Belle easy peasy spray wax was applied on the body followed by a clear paste wax.


The top was given a coat of Dixie Belle satin clear coat before the wax layer for additional durability.


The scrubbed original hardware in place was given the OK


To give even further dimension to the piece


ageing wax was added along the edges and in all nooks and crannies.


All the hardware was put on and it is complete!











UPDATE here is a photo the customer sent of it in her home, lovely right?



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