The right finish for these sofa table plans was discussed several times, because it had to match the "found" table legs. Getting the new parts to match the old was a challenge!
This page is just about finishing these Kreg table plans.
These Kreg plans are on 2 pages. At the bottom of each page you will find a free download of the woodworking PDF.
These Kreg table plans started with a set of table legs found in Ben's Grandpa's wood shop. They were dented, scratched and chipped, but beautifully turned.
The first step in the finishing process was to bring out more of the character already in the legs. This involved locating a wear area or other blemish, and then sanding lightly around that area to reveal some of the paint beneath the black.
This step was done in many stages, so as not to sand any one leg, or even any one area, too much.
After the sanding was complete, Clear Coat was applied to the legs. The difference was astonishing! It brought out the details and the highlights, and just made you want to touch them.
After completely sanding the aprons for these sofa table plans, the next step was to dye the wood. This dye is formulated to work under milk paint finish.
On my first milk paint project I made the mistake of not dyeing the wood first, and was sorry! The new wood shows through on that Shaker step stool, undermining the old feel I was trying to achieve.
After the dye has dried, you can apply your first layer of milk paint. This green is tavern green, and is NOT at all neon! Many attempts-in many different lights-did not produce an accurate photo of the color.
See the correct color in the Amazon link on the right.
The aprons are now green, and it is time to apply the pitch black milk paint.
I started with the short aprons as tests to get the paint to "match" the table legs. The one on the left was lightly sanded to remove some of the black.
I used a soft rag on the apron on the right to remove the black paint. This was much more difficult to do! It had to be done before the black paint dried, and it was hard to control how much of the paint came off with each stroke with the rag.
For this project sanding to expose the green was the right choice.
The photo shows blue, but there is nothing blue about it. The purpose of the photo is to show that SOMETIMES, when you apply the clear coat, it turns cloudy. This is temporary! As the clear coat dries, the cloudiness disappears.
This photo is about 20 minutes after the first clear coat. The cloudiness is gone.
The next step is to decide how to finish the sofa table top. I did a test board to see which dye and stain combination would have just the right contrast with table base. I like using both dye and stain because they absorb differently in the grain, creating a depth to the finish.
Both sections had medium brown dye as the base. The one on the right had a cherry stain and the one on the left was done with a dark walnut stain. And the decision is. . . .
The decision was the dark walnut.
The top is sanded and the medium brown dye is being applied.
In the background, the latest application of clear coat is drying on the aprons.
The walnut stain was applied over the medium brown dye.
The walnut stain looks very dark in the photo, but, after about 20 minutes, most of it was rubbed off with a soft rag.
The table top is done. It is not perfect, and for this project it didn't need to be.
The blemishes in the wood add to the old look we wanted to achieve.
The final result was definitely not what we wanted! Ben put the wood sofa table together, so we could finish writing the plans pages.
But the finishing is not done and this finishing page is not done!
Ongoing discussions are being held to determine how to make the aprons better match the legs.
Stay tuned to see how the finishing of these sofa table plans works out!
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