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How to use Retique It Liquid Wood with a Folding Table Makeover

This post was first published on Hometalk and was sponsored by Retique It. All opinions are my own.

My oh my I never thought I would be using a product like this! From chalk paint to milk paint to white wash, I feel like I’ve used it all. Then I discovered how to use Retique It Liquid Wood. This stuff is so cool! Who would have thought you could blend actual wood into a paint product. Let me show you how with a folding table makeover.

Every day there are new paint products on the market. Friends, this one is different.

When the folks at Retique It reached out and wanted me to create a project using their liquid wood, I figured I would makeover an old dresser. But the more I thought about it, the more I decided I wanted to transform a non wood surface into a real wood surface. Why not right?

Hence the folding table makeover…

Where do we start?

Let me show you the “before” picture of my folding table.

folding table before the Liquid Wood
folding table before the Liquid Wood makeover
folding table before the Liquid Wood makeover

I used this table for so many different projects; mainly as a craft table hence the stains on the table top. Since I use this table even when I film craft videos, I wanted to make it look a little more presentable. Normally I would cover it with a table cloth, but I’m hoping the Retique It Liquid Wood will give it a new look where I don’t have to cover it anymore.

Folding tables can be so functional and I’m about to make it functional and fabulous.

Video tutorial on how to use Retique It Liquid Wood

Before I get into the liquid wood tutorial, let me show you what I did to the base.

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I spray painted the legs and base with my favorite gold spray paint!

spray painting legs of table

If you’ve been inside my house you will notice tons of surfaces painted with this spray paint. Like I always say, don’t underestimate the power of paint, even a little spray paint!

It’s looking better now! Or maybe I think everything looks better in gold. 🙂

folding table with a spray painted base
folding table with a spray painted base
folding table with a spray painted base

Now for the fun part…

Supplies for Folding Table Makeover

You can buy a “graining tool kit” from Amazon here. It includes the Liquid Wood product, stain, graining tool set, paint brush and staining cloth.

After you’ve cleaned the surface, open the Retique It Liquid Wood product and stir it really well. Make sure scrape the bottom of the can to mix all those little wood sediments real well.

How to use Retique It Liquid Wood for a folding table makeover

  1. Apply the Retique It Liquid Wood in long even brush strokes with a synthetic paint brush.

Make sure you use a synthetic brush with the Liquid Wood. Don’t use a bristle brush (the brushes you use with chalk paint).

Let it sit for two hours to dry. Don’t worry about brush strokes.

painting the first coat of Liquid Wood
Painting on the Retique It Liquid Wood

2. Apply the Second coat of Liquid Wood and while it’s still wet use the graining tool.

Applying the second coat of Liquid Wood and using the graining tool
Graining Tool

Grab the graining tool and pull it in long even strokes rolling it while you pull. This creates the “wood grain look.”

Note; don’t press too hard or you will pull up the Liquid Wood. If you do mess up, just roll the graining tool over the same area again. If you still don’t like it, apply another layer of Liquid Wood and then use the graining tool again.

using the Retique It graining tool
after using the graining tool
Still wet but looking good!
Retique It liquid wood applied to a folding table

Once it’s dry this is what it looked like. You can see the wood grain variations a lot better once it’s dry.

graining tool with Retique It liquid wood

3. Put the gloves on, grab a foam brush or regular brush and start to apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain.

applying stain to the Retique It Liquid wood

You can use a variety of stain products like Varathane stains as long as they aren’t penetrating stains. Minwax is a penetrating stain- don’t use a product like this. I would image it’s because there isn’t much to penetrate!

4. Next take a lint free cloth and wipe away the excess stain.

wiping away the liquid wood stain

Repeat this process until you get the desired finish.

adding polyurethane to the Retique It Liquid Wood

5. Add a layer (or two) of your favorite sealer. I’m using the Retique It Polyurethane.

I LOVE the Retique It products because they have virtually no VOC’s, which means almost NO PAINT ODOR! This is huge because I’m guilty of painting inside our house more than I want to admit.

Folding table makeover with Retique It Liquid Wood

How to use Retique It Liquid Wood with a Folding Table Makeover
How to use Retique It Liquid Wood with a Folding Table Makeover
Retique It Liquid Wood with a Folding Table Makeover
Retique It Liquid Wood with a Folding Table Makeover
How to use Retique It Liquid Wood
Retique It Liquid Wood with a Folding Table Makeover

How to use Retique It Liquid Wood with a Folding Table Makeover

how to use Retique It Liquid Wood

Learn how to use Retique It Liquid Wood with a folding table makeover. See how I took an ugly plastic folding table and transformed the top into a beautiful slab of wood with real wood grain.

Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost 50- 80 dollars

Materials

  • Retique It Liquid Wood
  • Retique It java stain
  • Retique It polyurethane
  • Synthetic paint brush
  • Foam brush
  • Gloves
  • Lint free cloth
  • Graining tool

Instructions

  1. First clean the surface really well. Make sure there are no dust particles. You don't need to strip the paint or sealer, just make sure it's clean and smooth.
  2. Stir the Liquid Wood product really well. Make sure you stir all the wood particles at the bottom of the can.
  3. Apply the first layer of Liquid Wood with long even brush strokes with a synthetic brush. Let it dry for two hours.
  4. Apply the second coat of Liquid Wood.
  5. While it's still wet, use the graining tool. Pull the tool in long even strokes rolling it as you go to create the wood grain effect.
  6. Let it dry for another two hours.
  7. Apply the wood stain of your choice. Penetrating stains are not recommended.
  8. Use a lint free rag to wipe away excess stain.
  9. Repeat step 7 and 8 until you get the desired finish.
  10. Add a sealer to the surface once the stain is dry. Apply 1-2 layers of sealer.
how to use Retique It Liquid Wood

What could YOU make over with this fabulous product?

I’m off to find something else to transform.

Lindsey**

Joanna

Friday 15th of October 2021

My little one has one of those lifetime folding tables. And its difficult for homework time because of the bumpy surface, did this product work to smooth out the table? Would applying more layers help to cover the bumpy texture? Thanks!

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Sunday 17th of October 2021

Honestly, I don't think it would smooth out the texture enough to make a difference. It might smooth it a little, but probably not enough for what you're looking for.

Beth Coats

Sunday 18th of July 2021

If you put 4-5 coats of sealer over this, would it hold up on a countertop?

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Sunday 18th of July 2021

Maybe? I would reach out to the manufacturer to make sure. I think I remember reading about someone who redid their countertop with it. Good luck!

Kathleen

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

Years ago, my sister painted my mother’s sewing machine cabinet. What do I need to fo to use your wood paint without striping the whole piece? Also, the top veneer was completely taken off. Do I need to sand it completely?

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Tuesday 19th of January 2021

So the top veneer was removed and then it was painted? I would make sure the paint isn't chipping. This is what their website says about prep work: "Remove any loose paint, dirt, grease, or other undesirable content for best results. Patch any unwanted holes or grooves in your project with putty or non- shrinkable painters caulk. This product will not adhere to silicone caulk."

Kate

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Wow it turned out very nice. Looks like a really cool product to work with. Since completing this project about 6 months ago how has it stood up to use? Has there been any delaminating or separation of the product from the plastic table top or chipping since you mentioned it’s a table used for crafting on? Super cool and potential game changing product.

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Saturday 7th of November 2020

It has held up like a champ! I use it for my craft table so it gets a lot of heavy use (and abuse) and still looks the exact same. On some of the sides where I've accidentally scraped it up against a wall trying to squeeze it into a small closet, you can see a small scratch or two. As far as seperation from the plastic top- none. This Liquid Wood adhered to the surface really well. I hope this helps!

Sophie

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Great job! The color made a big difference.

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Thursday 5th of November 2020

Thank you!

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