Looking to create a paint stick table top? This amazing herringbone design is easy to recreate and adds a fantastic change to old furniture.
I totally meant to show you a much better picture of this table before.
It would have made the after so much more rewarding.
But I got busy cutting paint stir sticks and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was about to be on and I forgot to take a really good before picture.
It was pitiful though.
You have to take my word for it.
It was covered with splattered paint and rings of where the spray paint can used to be and scratches and big chips in the veneer.
Wobbly and woebegone and just waiting for a make-over.
Before and afters are the best.
They’re kind of like watching a really good Hallmark movie.
Like the one about the girl who no one ever noticed because she always wore glasses and frumpy clothes with not cute hair and she was super shy. And she didn’t really have any friends. But you knew that she could be so cute if she just cut her hair and put on make-up and remake the prom dress that her dad gave her.
And then one day she bumped into the most popular guy in school who knocked her books over. And then he helped her up with her books and for a moment he gazed into her eyes….well actually he really gazed into her glasses, but it didn’t matter because he saw beyond those glasses…..
…..and truly saw her for the first time.
He saw her for the true beauty that she was.
And he asked her to homecoming and she turned from a shy, awkward ugly duckling into the belle of the ball in her beautiful remade prom dress.
Before and afters are the best.
And here’s one of my favorites:
(here’s an attempt at a before picture….it could have been so much better)
Herringbone Paint Stick Table
sandpaper and sander
Step 1: Cut paint strips into five-inch sticks
This is what you use to create a paint stick table.
Paint sticks. I used about 25 paint sticks for this project.
We cut each paint strip individually with a saw in a miter box.
I used 34 five inch sticks to start the base of the pattern for the table and then
filled in around the edges with other smaller pieces.
Step 2: Paint base of table
I used SW Mindful Gray for this table base.
Step 3: Measure 2 1/2 inches from the edge of the table and place a strip of blue painter’s tape
The blue painter’s tape is your guide for the edge of the first row.
It is very important that you line up the first row properly so the rest of the herringbone pieces are straight.
Line up the first two pieces with tape and a square ruler.
Apply wood glue and let dry.
Step 4: Using blue tape as your guide continue laying pieces of paint stick
Line up the edge of pieces on tape to keep the pattern straight.
Glue each piece in place with wood glue.
Follow the herringbone pattern as shown.
Step 5: Repeat step 4 until the basic pattern is laid
Once pattern is laid and glued in place, measure side spaces and cut side pieces to fit.
Don’t worry if the sides don’t line up perfectly, the sides will be sanded to match later.
Step 6: Fill gaps in the paint stick tabletop with wood putty
After your paint strips are all laid in a herringbone pattern, there will be some that don’t match up perfectly.
Use stainable wood putty to fill in gaps.
Follow directions on the package.
Step 7: Sand entire tabletop
The strips are made of pine which is extremely soft and sands easily.
Round the edges of the table top until the sides are uniform and lined up.
Sand where putty has dried and sand any uneven pieces of paint stick.
Step 8: Stain table top
Follow directions on the stain for application.
I used Minwax Provincial.
Apply two coats and follow up with a water based polyurethane to seal the wood.
This project is relatively simple and so inexpensive to make.
It looks like a high-end piece from an expensive retail store.
Here’s the after in all her paint stick tabletop glory.
From ugly duckling to the belle of the ball.
I am totally calling the Hallmark Channel. 🙂