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Paint Stick Tabletop by REstyle Contributor Thistlewood Farm

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Refresh a Vintage Table

CONTRIBUTED BY THISTLEWOOOD FARMS

If you have an old table lying around in your home that could use some re-finishing, try out this fun herringbone tabletop. Instead of a fresh coat of paint or stain, this textured topper gives a new life to your table.

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Materials and Tools Needed

  • Table
  • Paint stir sticks
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper + sander
  • Saw
  • Miter box

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steps
  1. Cut paint strips into 5″ sticks. KariAnne used about 25 paint sticks for this project. She cut each strip individually with a saw in a miter box.
  2. Measure 2 1/2″ from the edge of the table and place a strip of blue painter’s tape. The tape will be a guide for the first row. Line up the first 2 wood pieces with tape and a square ruler.
  3. Apply wood glue and let dry.
  4. Continue lining up wood pieces using the tape as a guide. Glue each piece into place with wood glue. Follow herringbone pattern as shown.
  5. Continue STEP 3 until the basic pattern is laid out. Measure side spaces and cut side pieces to fit. Don’t worry if the sides don’t line up perfectly, they will be sanded later.
  6. Fill gaps with wood putty. Let dry. Sand entire table top. Round the edges of the table top until the sides are uniform and lined up.
  7. Stain table top. Follow directions on stain for application. Apply two coats and follow up with a water based polyurethane to seal the wood. KariAnne used Minwax Provincial.

PHOTO: Thistlewood Farm

PHOTO: Thistlewood Farm

PHOTO: Thistlewood Farm

PHOTO: Thistlewood Farm

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