Walnut and Oak Entry Table

By Brian Davis in Garland, TX.

This table was a wedding gift for my youngest son and his bride.  The table features a drawer with full extension slides, a lower shelf unit, and tapered legs.  The apron, drawer and legs are made of White and Red Oak, and the lower shelf of Poplar. My father in law gave me some rough milled Black Walnut for the top panel, making it an heirloom piece for the new couple.

The apron, legs and shelf  were finished with a 1:1 mix of Halcyon Blue and Coastal Blue General Finishes Milk Paint.  Paint was mixed in small quantities and worked in small areas at a time.  After two coats of milk paint, it was sealed with High Performance Topcoat, then Pitch Black Glaze Effects was applied (again, in small areas).  High performance water based topcoat was applied over the glaze effects to seal the entire apron and leg assembly. 

The Black Walnut top panel was sanded to 220 grit and finished with Arm-R-Seal, applied with a soft, lint free cloth.  Each coat up to the last was lightingly buffed with #4/0 steel wool.

Modern coloring on the legs and apron, classic finish on the top, and a bit of an arts and crafts feel on the lower shelf.  A bit of an eclectic piece made for two very special people.

Project Category

WoodworkingTables & Desks

Color Recipe

  • 1 part GF Halcyon Blue milk paint
  • 1 part GF Coastal Blue milk paint

Products Used

  • GF mik paint
  • GF Water Based High Performance Topcoat
  • GF Arm-R-Seal
  • GF Pitch Black Glaze Effects

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