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How To Make A Table From Reclaimed Parts And Paint It White

I often find parts and pieces when junk shopping and I pick them up if I think I can use them in a future project. Well, it works out great sometimes like now.

rustic meets mid century modern project petticoat junktion

This table is kind of rustic meets mid-century modern. The JTS put this table together for me using two reclaimed wood pieces.

chest top junk reclaim petticoat junktion

I bought this reclaimed vintage table top.

table legs junk find petticoat junktion

and this mid century set of table legs. Both items came from My Favorite Junk Shop on the same day. I never thought they would get together….really.

working on projects petticoat junktion

But I brought them home and the JTS glued the loose joints together on the legs (no pics ) and I set the top on the legs and adjusted….and adjusted. And it looked like it could work.

attaching a top to table legs petticoat junktion

The problem was getting the table top bottom cross boards set just right on the legs so everything would be nice and even and not off center. The legs were fully movable so they could be arranged really close together or further apart to make a square.

rustic meets mid century modern project petticoat junktion

The JTS did an awesome job. Everything is nice and centered. He also puttied over the screws and filled the gaps between the boards with glue. Now I get to take over! I’m thinking of keeping the table myself. I really like the way the two pieces look together. So I just have to decide if I have a place for it ……and what piece has to go.



Time to paint the table.The JTS did all the prep work for me and all I had to do was sand off the excess wood filler. For those of you who may be new here or just wonder about my sanity….JTS stands for Junktion Technical Specialist….and that’s my oh so handy husband. I couldn’t really see calling him “Mr. Petticoat Junktion” or “The Petticoat Junktion Guy”, so JTS it is!


Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Ironstone Petticoat Junktion paint project

I’ve been having milk paint withdrawal so I grabbed a bag of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Ironstone for this project. I mixed it with a little water and was ready to go.

paint project in progress petticoat junktion

I applied two coats of paint back to back with no drying time in between.


chippy milk paint finish project by petticoat junktion

Chippy white paint. What’s not to love?

chippy white milk paint in ironstone table project by petticoat junktion

My snowball bush is lovely this year. I couldn’t resist cutting a few blooms to use for the photo shoot. The crystal decanter and creamer came out of my china cabinet and the gallon jar (with weird holder thingie) came from my workshop.

mms milk paint project by petticoat junktion color ironstone

I wiped the table down several times with a dry rag to remove the loose paint then used a paint scrapper to remove a little more paint.

Painted Furniture by Petticoat Junktion using miss mustard seed milk paint in ironstone

I finished with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Wax. So, what do you think. I always ask that and I really want to know….even if you don’t like it. As always thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I love this SO much, Kathy! I love Miss Mustard Seeds paint!

  2. very nicely done! Your garage is not so bad. My house looks worse, W
    e’ve had a flood in our basement and I have just not recuperated.

  3. Kathy, I didn’t know you could make milk paint. I’ll have to click on over and see what you’re up to!!

  4. The white milk paint is so soft and pretty on this piece!

  5. Today I will be painting with milk paint that I am making myself. Can’t wait to see how it does. I will be posting pics on my blog.

  6. whats not to love? she is perfect a nice blend of old and new…. i was looking at the tarp under the table and was wondering how many stories it could tell on you lol it would look good on a stretcher frame i think blobs of paint it oh so artsy fartsy now a days xx

  7. I have to admit, modern anything is not my style, but your finish on this is beautiful. I have yet to try MMSMP, but just love tutorials that use it.