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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…

Raised Stencil Wood Tote

Raised stencil wooden tote tutorial today.

I scored this sweet solid wood tote at the thrift store that was created for some woodworkers conference.

Using DAP wood pro-x and my handy credit card, I filled in the wood burned details and power sanded for a smooth surface. This was done on both sides.

The inside was painted with HomesteadHouse Milk Paint in bright cheery garden seed.

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To the remaining yellow milk paint I added Fusion Mineral Paint  fresco powder to create an embossing paste.

I applied it over a Celtic stencil from The Stencil Warehouse .

Then the stencil was carefully lifted to reveal the design and left to dry overnight before repeating on the other side and ends.

Once it was all good and dry it was ready to paint.

Fusion Mineral Paint in the soft turquoise blue called little tea pot was brushed over the outside of the tote.

The raised stencil was lightly sanded using a sanding sponge to reveal the yellow.

Fusion Mineral Paint's ageing wax was brushed over the raised areas and edges to give an aged feel to the tote and highlight the details.

Isn't it adorable?


  1. I love the raised stencil on your wooden tote and the colors you painted it too!

    1. thank you Marie, your kind words are always appreciated!!


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