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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…

Rustic Stained and Painted Sideboard / Dresser


This SOLID maple dresser was in excellent condition having purchased from a 96 year old ladies estate sale. It just needed some updating and reviving. The style was perfect for a rustic farmhouse style update.


Solid wood pieces are not common anymore and if they are they are $$$, most are veneer over press board.



As per usual it was given a head to toe scrub with warm soapy water and 2 capfuls of  Fusion Mineral Paint TSP.


After the good cleaning it was left to dry.


The top was lightly power sanded with 120 grit sandpaper but the super hard factory finish left the tiniest swirls brought out after a rub of  Homestead House's ebony stain and oil finish that made my OCD go crazy.


In the meantime I moved on to the base. It was lightly hand sanded then Homestead House's ebony stain and oil finish rubbed in. This is the best product ever invented.


Rub it on, wait 10 minutes and wipe off. The built in top coat levels beautifully with a rich color. I applied it to the drawer and door fronts (which I removed for ease of working).


The dresser base was painted Fusion Mineral Paint  in coal black using my angled Zibra brush .


Back to the top where after 2 coats of stain oil the marks are still showing


I tried sanding the finish with a palm sander but it gummed up the paper so I used mineral spirits to take it all off before moving on.


I then went back to the orbital sander going from 80-120-220 wiping often


SO after sanding for a couple hours straight, my advice to the factory finished maple pieces is to strip it from the get go!


Perfect, bare gorgeous solid maple wood


You can determine solid wood or veneer bu looking from the back side. This is thick solid wood!
Looking inside at the construction also gives a good idea of the quality of the build and woods used too.


To keep the bare wood from going too dark now that it was back to raw, I started with Homestead House's cappuccino stain and oil . This matches the original finish better, I applied 2 coats of cappuccino then back to Homestead House's ebony stain and oil finish for the last coat.


The original hardware was dated, time for new and unique. D Lawless Hardware carries an extensive array of hardware. I chose this pretty black Venetian rose with a touch of copper highlights for this beauty.



I have shared loads of photos so you can see this gorgeous beast from all angles











I put the original drawer liner back in as it was in immaculate shape and so sweet.










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