I am excited to participate this month in The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest sponsored by EnviroTex. The theme for this month’s contest is “Showstopping TOPS with ETI EnviroTex”. My entry is a side table makeover using fabric and EnviroTex Lite® resin finish.
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I have never used an epoxy resin before so I was excited and unsure about participating this month. I wanted to learn how to use epoxy AND make a fabulous looking side table for my home at the same time.
But first, I want to say a special thank you to Evey and the hosts at The Fab Funiture Flippin’ Contest for putting this contest together and to ETI Envirotex for sponsoring this month’s contest. Let me tell you a little bit about ETI Envirotex and the EnviroTex Lite product they supplied for this project.
“EnviroTex Lite® is a water clear reactive polymer compound. It cures to a thick, glossy coating in about 8 hours at 70°F, and reaches full strength and toughness in about 48 hours. This durable, resilient material requires no polishing to produce a high gloss. One coat is all that is usually required for a deep attractive finish, however, two or more coats maybe applied one over the other by simply wiping the surface with a clean cloth and alcohol prior to re-coating.”
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. EnviroTex supplied the products to me to participate in this month’s contest. However, this post is based on my own opinion and experience using the products. Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, ETI Envirotex, in order to complete their themed projects. ETI Envirotex will also provide the prize package for the contest winner.
I have never attempted to use a resin epoxy product before because to be honest, I was a bit wary of the technique and the mess I could create with it. I have to say though that after using EnviroTex Lite for the first time I not only found it easy to work with, their instructions clear and easy to follow, but I really like the high gloss finish and will be trying this product again in the future.
Side Table Makeover with EnviroTex Lite®
The side table I used for this contest was one I picked up about six months ago at a church rummage sale but I wasn’t entirely certain at the time what I wanted to do with it. So it sat around just waiting for the right inspiration. When I decided to sign up for this month’s contest with The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, I was excited to give it a makeover with a Showstopping Top.
The side table was originally just a simple brown stained table with very little character.
I worked on this table in my very messy craft room so please ignore the extra clutter. This room will get attention AFTER the holidays. For now, back to the side table makeover project.
Fabric is a great way to update furniture by adding color and texture.
I knew I wanted to paint it a lighter color so I chose a nice chalk paint in Ivory. I had also originally purchase some fabulous fabric swatches with ivory backgrounds and jazzy modern designs in gold metallic thread, but the samples ended up being too small for the round table top so I had to dive in to my stash of fabric swatches that I have left over from old design projects until I found a suitable replacement. I came across this discontinued Thomas O’Brien print and wish I had thought about it first. I have always loved the subtle brown hues and creams in this print and it looks fabulous as drapery so why not a table top as well.
After painting the table in Ivory and sealing it with an acrylic finish, I attached the fabric swatch to the top of the table with Modge Podge and allowed it to dry overnight. I then cut the edges of the fabric to the exact shape and size of the table top before pouring on the high gloss finish.
Do you remember that I mention that I have never used a resin finish before? Well of course then I made some rookie mistakes like mixing too much product and causing a cascade of resin to fall quickly on the work surface below. I was able to recover quickly and followed EnviroTex’s instructions on how to brush away the excess mixture to create a smooth surface on the side on the table top.
I loved the high gloss shine applied over the fabric immediately!
EnviroTex Lite® High Gloss Finish is very easy to mix and apply.
The two products, the hardener and the resin were easy to mix by following the ratio of 1:1 in the cups provided in the kit. You will first mix the two ingredients, mix them together for two minutes, pour them in to a new container, mix for another minute and then pour it immediately on to the surface of your project. Very easy to do, except to take pictures of the whole process when you are the one doing the mixing and pouring while home alone. Sorry, but I was unable to get photographs of this part of the process for you. However, EnviroTex has some great videos on their website that explain the procedures to you.
In the end, and despite my rookie mistakes, the look and surface of the side table top is fabulous! I did have to sand down the edges and the drips that collected underneath the table top overnight, but those were very easy to correct and remove. Overall, I am very pleased with the look of this side table makeover.
I encourage you to check out all of the other entries by some very talented bloggers on The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest website including this month’s featured host’s entry by Sheri at Hazel + Gold Designs.
If you are interested in participating in future contests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.