This baby is solid wood and solid as a rock and believe it or not there were two identical ones and now I wish I had gotten them both.
Grass Stained (to Be) Thrift Store Jackpot Find.
I found this amazing little quality drop leaf table at my local thrift store and when I saw the price I was floored! I bet you will be too! This solid little piece needed a bit of tlc but what a jackpot!
That's right this sweet find was $8.99 SCORE!
I sanded the top with 180 grit then 220 grit then steel wool to remove the scuffs, scratches and marks in the top. Luckily the base only had a couple of small dings so I didn't have to thoroughly sand all the spindles, just a good steel wool scuffing did the job.
I had these stencils on hand so I decided to do a large mandala stencil on the top and small mandala stencils on each of the drop leaf sides. I used basic white acrylic craft paint and let it dry.
After steel wooling the base and thoroughly cleaning off the dirt and dust with a damp cloth I used the stain I had on hand and stained the entire base and all edges.
The stain took even better than I thought it would.
After letting the stain dry thoroughly I used a rustoleum lacquer spray that I had on hand from other projects to give a nice gloss and seal the stained base.
I decided to experiment with natural grass/plants to create a stain so here we go...crossing my fingers this will work! I added a touch of water and blended the grasses into a thick watery paste.
This is the paste, now lets see if it works like I imagine it will.
I ended up pouring my grass stain right on the table top and spreading it around and rubbing it in. Here is the result, not quite as dark as I thought but not too bad.
After letting it dry thoroughly I used the lacquer to seal my grass stained top also give it a nice shine.
Guess I will be trying other plants/colors to make natural stains.