First I started by painting the table in a pretty cream color, then distressing it and rubbing it all over with a dark stain.
Next I purchased buttons in a particular color way and then dyed them to give them a bit of age and patina. It would have been fun to do this with vintage buttons, but it would have been far too expensive, and would have taken me even longer to find the buttons. I had to buy three packages of buttons. Unfortunately, the first Michael's I went only had one. I found another at another Michael's location, and then continued to look when ever I was nearby, but they never got another package in the same color way in for weeks and weeks. Finally, I found the third package at a Michael's in Utah while I was there visiting and brought it back with me!
The last step was to use a product called Envirotex Lite from a company called Environmental Technologies to pour an epoxy finish over the buttons. I got it at my local Ace Hardware, but you can find it on Amazon.
If you decide to try this, be sure to follow the instructions. You can only pour 1/8 of an inch at a time, so I had to pour it on in three coats.
The finish is VERY durable and feels nice and smooth. I have had so many people touch it and be surprised that it isn't glass or plexiglass.
It was a lot of fun to work on. However, next time I think I will chose something a bit bigger than tiny buttons.
The Button Table is for sale. See my Portfolio and Available page for pricing and dimensions.
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