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High Gloss Resin Finish

Have you ever come across the perfect piece of furniture whose top has been completely destroyed?  Or have you found a great base with an odd shape that would be perfect with a killer table top if only you could custom make a killer table top?  Today I am trying a new product by EnviroTex called EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish.  This product can help you create that fabulous high gloss resin finish top!  I learned how to apply a high gloss resin finish and if I can do it, so can you!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Envirotex High Gloss Resin Finish

ETI has been in business since 1969 and has set the standard for high gloss resin surfaces.  You can check out their website and products here.  When I heard about their products, my mind immediately went to faux marble!  I absolutely love marble but it is so expensive.  I checked out their projects on their website and indeed there were faux marble tables.  I grabbed a project piece from my project pile at my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment, and got started.

ETI provided this product free in exchange for my participation in this month’s Fab Furniture Flipping Contest.  This post does contain affiliate links.

I selected a basic coffee table for my project.  We get alot of these types of coffee and side tables in my store.  We often paint them for a more contemporary look as cherry and mahogany are not so popular right now.    Here is the before photo:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Envirotex High Gloss Resin Finish before

My plan was to use the resin to create a faux white marble top.  The product came with great instructions.  The company website also has videos and instructions for many projects, including faux marble tops.  Since I wanted to tint my resin, I called the 800 number to inquire as to they types and quantity of paints or pigments to use for tinting.  The tech, Michelle, was so very helpful and suggested against using white as my base color as the resin, like all resins, will yellow over time.  So I decided against white and settled on a gray.

I painted the coffee table with gray paint and allowed it to dry. 

the-blue-building-antiques-Alabaster-shopatblu-high-gloss-resin-finish-grey basecoat

I followed the instructions for mixing the resin.  I used 3 batches and moved quickly to complete the application within the appropriate drying time.  Once the gray was completely applied, I added some white.  I am happy with result for my first attempt at marbling!


I can’t wait to try some other furniture tops with this product.  I would love to do a kitchen or bathroom vanity counter!  So many possibilities!



This project was sponsored by Envirotex as part of The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, a monthly contest where bloggers revamp a furniture piece using products provided by a sponsor.  Our theme for this month was “Showstopping TOPS”!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Envirotex High Gloss Resin Finish Envirotex Logo


If you are a blogger who tinkers in furniture upcycling and are interested in participating in future contests, inquire by sending an email to

We are lucky to have the following wonderful hosts:


And this month we have a guest host as well.  Check out Sheri of Hazel and Gold Designs.  She also used Envirotex Lite on a fabulous project.  




How to Make a Farmhouse Porch Welcome Sign

I have been eyeing a gorgeous Farmhouse Porch Welcome Sign for a while.  I’ve seen them on Pinterest.  I’ve seen them on blogs.  I need one!  I want one!  I have wood!  I have paint!  I can make stencils!  So here we go!  Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a farmhouse porch welcome sign!

First Things First

Although I do have a bunch of wood at my store, The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment, I was curious as to the price of plywood.  I plan on making more signs soon.  So I bought a sheet of basic plywood at The Home Depot for $19.  The standard size is 8 feet x 4 feet.  This will make 8 signs at 12 inches x 48 inches.  I used my Kreg Rip Cut Jig to cut these 8 equally sized boards.  I can’t say enough about this jig!  It makes cutting straight lines so incredibly easy!

the blue building antiques and consignment Alabaster AL diy tool guide Kreg project kit


I used my Homeright paint sprayer to easily and QUICKLY paint my 8 boards.  I painted all 8 because I know I will be making more signs.  When painting raw wood, always use a primer first.  Finish up with one coat of your color of choice.  I selected white for my sign.

If you are looking to save time when painting, I highly recommend the Homeright Finish Max paint sprayer.  It is easy to use, maintain, and will save you soooo much time!  


The Blue Building Antiques, Alabaster, AL HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer

Making Stencils

Next I grabbed by Silhouette Cameo and made the stencils for my sign.  I used basic Time New Roman font.  If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can trace letters or freehand!

The next step was stenciling!  I centered the stencils and used black paint to make my letters.

 I used paint from Plain Enterprises.  They make all kinds of wonderful craft supplies including stencils and Folk Art paint.  I love Plaid!  They provided all of the paint for a Make It Take It session that I taught earlier this year at The Philly Home Show .  You can read about the fabulous farmhouse decor clocks that we made HERE.

Where to get these tools!

Here are my affiliate links for the Homeright Finish Max,the Kreg rip cut  jig, the Silhouette Cameo and Plaid’s Folk Art Acrylic Paint:


Voila!  My Farmhouse Porch Welcome Sign!

And here is my sign!

It really was that easy my friends!  

This post is part of a sign making challenge with Gina Luker from The Shabby Creek Cottage.  Gina is a wonderful mentor to thousands of bloggers and she sponsors these challenges several time a year.  She is constantly providing guidance and inspiration to so many new and seasoned bloggers.  And besides being an incredible mentor, she is just a sweet fun person…with cool aqua hair!  You must browse through her blog!

Check out all of the incredible signs in this challenge.  And remember, alot of these projects will be as simple as mine!