This guest post is from our contributor FP Naomi.
I was walking down the street one day when I came across this beautiful white cabinet that someone had kicked to the curb. It had a rustic look to it with wrought iron fixtures that melted my heart instantly. It must have been ripped out of someone’s kitchen because it was missing a top, but nonetheless I scooped it up and muscled it home. After settling the piece into the kitchen, I decided to make a little project of it, and got to building a new top from paint sticks. All it takes is a little cutting, a little gluing and painting stuff on, then sand some here and there, and you’re done! The end effect has a rustic farmhouse feel that is good for any counter or island in your kitchen space. Here’s how it’s done…
What you need:
- A piece of plywood cut to the size of your surface (tip: measure beforehand, any Home Depot will cut it to the size you need for free)
- A hand sander (tip: if you don’t have one, you can rent from Home Depot at little cost)
- 150 grade sand paper
- Paint sticks (I used approx. 30 for a 1’x2’ surface)
- Wood filler
- A putty knife or scraper
- Some kind of saw or wood cutting device
- Wood glue
1. Nail sheet of plywood on top of your cabinet or counter to make a surface.
2. Using a ruler, draw straight lines across your paint sticks right before the curvy part, and then cut the wood along this line.
3. Begin gluing sticks down, starting from the edge and working your way across. As you fill in spaces towards the end, trim pieces down to size. Its ok, and better, to leave a little extra hanging off. You can always sand it to line up afterward.
4. Fill in all gaps with wood filler. Smooth and let dry for about an hour. Afterward, sand the entire surface to make wood filler and gaps even.
5. Finally, stain your surface with two coats, following directions on the can. After drying, finish off with two coats of polyurethane.
And you’re done!
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