I am building the Restoration Hardware Inspired 1900s Boulangerie Table from The Design Confidential. (These plans can be found here.) The plans call for different pieces of wood as the main panels on the tabletop. In an earlier post, I shared my method of making the legs out of 2x4s. Today, I will share the method I used to create the striped wood panels using oak plywood and different colors of wood stain.
- Oak plywood
- Various wood stains (I used Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Paprika and Sunbleached, and Minwax Wood Stain in Special Walnut)
- Frog tape or blue painter’s tape
- Pencil and straight-edge
Let’s get started!
Any species of plywood scraps can be used. I used oak because I like the way the stain looks on it. I started by cutting my pieces to the sizes I need and thoroughly sanding the pieces with 80 grit sandpaper, then 120, and finally with 220 to create an ultra-smooth surface.
I lightly drew lines on the plywood in the same direction as the grain. The stripes can be as narrow or wide as desired! Next, using the Frog tape (well, blue tape too – I ran out of Frog tape!), I taped off an area or two to stain with the first color (Walnut). I drew arrows for myself indicating which “stripe” I would be painting – I tend to get confused!!
After I wiped the stain off, I removed the tape…
When the first stain dried, I taped off the next set of stripes. I applied my second color of stain (Paprika). I removed the tape after wiping the stain off…
After the second stain dried, I taped off the remaining areas and used the third stain color (Sunbleached). Then I let it completely dry overnight.
Once the panels were dry, I sealed each of the panels with three coats of Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane in Satin. Between the second and third coat, I used 220 sand paper to smooth the surface. I let it cure completely(7 days according to the can).
These panels can be made for any use – why not bright colors for wall-art? Neutral colors for chair seats? The possibilities are endless! But the most important part is to be creative and HAVE FUN!
Until next time,