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Entry Hall Side Table

By: Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
I have always loved to draw and paint but I didn't really throw myself into it until after I had my first son.  I wanted to be a stay at home mom and at the same time be able to decorate the new home we had just purchased. I taught myself how to use power tools and began to build furniture which I would paint and sometimes sell.  What was once a hobby became a new part-time career which I feel so blessed to be able to do.
A dose of energetic color makes this hall table an eye-catching accent piece.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


FolkArt ® Milk Paint™ - Tavern Ale, 6.8 oz.
Item #38911
True to its name, Tavern Ale has the earthy yellow tones of a golden brew. FolkArt Milk Paint is a casein based paint that dries to an opaque, matte finish. This centuries old paint tradition has been updated for contemporary applications and is ideal for use on use on raw wood. FolkArt Milk Paint comes premixed, and brushes on like a stain, but dries to a flat finish. Whether you’re going for farmhouse chic or a modern update, FolkArt Milk Paint is a versatile and beautiful option.


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FolkArt ® Milk Paint™ Finishing Oil, 3.7 oz.
Item #38938
Used over FolkArt Milk paint, this finishing oil offers exceptional protection from the inside out. Non-toxic and solvent-free, the oil is absorbed into porous surfaces and provides a durable finish. It penetrates the surface to form a final coat of protection without leaving a film that will chip or scratch. Great for raw, stained, or Milk-painted wood, this finishing oil is mineral based and cleans up easily with soap and water.


FolkArt ® Milk Paint™ Brush, 2"
Item #38999
This 2” brush is specially designed for use with Folk Art Milk Paint and makes application a breeze. With its large brush area and easy-to-grip handle, this flag-tipped, rounded-bristle brush helps ensure a smooth, streak free finish. Excellent for a wide variety of home decor projects, this high grade brush is reusable and cleans up easily with soap and water. These brushes continue the quality and ingenuity of the Folk Art Milk Paint line.


Other Supplies
Unfinished wood table
Brush Basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam bowls and plates for palettes
Lint-free cotton cloth
Craft knife
Medium or fine grit sandpaper
Tack cloth


  1. Create a surface that will be easy to both sand and paint by removing all hardware using a screwdriver. Remove doors, knobs or handles.
  2. Next, lightly sand the unfinished entry table which will open the wood pores and ensure a smooth surface for painting.
  3. Pour a small amount of Tavern Ale into a foam bowl. Load your paintbrush by dipping into the milk paint. Remove excess paint by brushing the side of the bowl.
  4. Paint Tavern Ale to the unfinished wood entry table by brushing the color following the natural grain of the wood. Use long, smooth strokes allowing the Milk Paint to penetrate into the open pores of the unfinished wood. Once completely painted, allow to dry.
  5. Sand the wood surface smooth using medium grit sandpaper. Wipe to remove sanding dust, then reapply a second coat of Tavern Ale. Allow to dry.
  6. Finishing – Brush a coat of Finishing Oil onto the milk painted surface allowing the oil to penetrate the dried milk paint as well as original unfinished wood surface. Immediately after applying the Finishing Oil, wet sand the oiled surface with fine grit sandpaper creating a velvety smooth finish. Wipe to remove sanding dust.
  7. Attach cabinet doors and replace hardware or select a new, modern style as a change. Allow to cure.
  • TIP: If upcycling an entry table that had been previously painted, stained or varnished, be sure to prime the surface first and seal the completed project using the Bonding Primer & Sealer.
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