ShowStopping Tops with ETI EnviroTex!
Disclosure; Envirotex Supplied the materials for this project. All experiences shared and opinions given are my own.
First, I would like to thank Evelin Alvarez-Flores, Creator of “The Fab Furniture Flippin Contest.” Let’s not forget our Hosts; Christi, Scottie, Jessica and this months Guest Host Sheri of “Hazel & Gold Designs” for all the hard work and long hours they put into planning these contests for everyone in the group! If you are interested in joining you may do so here or at firstname.lastname@example.org I also want to thank the people at Envirotex for their generosity in sponsoring this Furniture Restyle competition. They have graciously supplied their product to myself and the other competitors for use in this project!
Guest Host, Sheri, Of “Hazel & Gold Designs’
I’m especially excited to get to use “Envirotex Lite!“ products. I have had my eye on these products for more than a year now. I’ve watched video after video on “YouTube” of the product being used for everything from Abstract Art to Countertops! I had just never taken the leap! Now that I’ve been able to try this incredible product, I’m hooked! It is so cool! I was astounded at the crystal clear finish! It’s Beautiful!
First, let me tell you a little about our Sponsor “EnviroTex Lite”.
EnviroTex Lite is a high tech epoxy polymer resin compound. It is a pour on- high gloss finish! It’s Durable, Resilient, waterproof and alcohol proof, It is a hard finish and requires no polishing to achieve a crystal Clear glass-like finish! EnviroTex Lite can be used for everything from Resin Jewelry Crafts to coating bar tops and counters! The only limit is your imagination! EnviroTex Lite is available in many sizes including 32Oz. crafters size, gallons for large projects and industrial sizes for pro jobs! EnviroTex also makes “EasyMold” Silicone Paste and “Fast Cast”, a urethane casting Resin! Check out their full line of products (EnviroTex) and get your creativity on! Now for my Project!
Redo any piece of furniture of your choosing using any EnviroTex Lite pourable epoxy resin.
Mid Century Table Transformed To Audiophile Phenom!
My original plan was to do a large dining room table but the day my product arrived the temps dropped from the 80’s to the 30’s…go figure. This product performs best when used between 70-80 degrees. I decided to try a smaller project that I could complete indoors if necessary. This nice yet drab Mid Century two-tier table has been hanging around for a while. I decided to use it instead.
I wanted to keep in the theme of the Mid Mod and the first thing that came to mind were records! They were so 50’s! I could see some teens kneeling around this table with their portable turntable on top!
Mid Century Table “Before”
Who still has records? I wish I did! I grabbed a stack from a thrift store and cut a few of them in half. Score it with a sharp knife or Exacto several times deep and snap it in half. I tried to do some with curved cuts but those would not snap cleanly.
I used tin cans to elevate the records while painting so they would not stick to the paper. Leave your metallic records to harden at least a week after painting. You are going to need to press them down well on the mid century table surface to allow for as little air as possible under the record when you pour your EnviroTex Lite.
Yes, I sanded the table. I know I took a pic of that and the primer I sprayed on the mid century table top as well. They have disappeared so you’ll have to take my word for it! The mid century table top had a glossy finish. I used a 400 grit sandpaper on it to scuff it up then sprayed on a primer for grip before painting it white. I painted the middle risers and edges gold metallic, like the records.
Changed my mind and painted again! All white this time with gold on the tabletop edges and dipped the feet in gold. Note: White fresh paint and newsprint do not work well together! Painted the legs again! I had just bought a new roll of painters paper that morning! What was I thinking?
Play with the record layout a bit before gluing them. Get an idea how you’re going to want it to look!
Apply the glue to the entire record bottom. Make sure you get it all the way to the edges without it being so thick it smooshes out when you press the record onto your mid century table top. I globbed it on and smeared a bit but next time I will coat the bottom side evenly. This will reduce the air between it and the table top.
Be sure to measure for the square footage you will be covering with the EnviroTex Lite. Prepare a bit more than you think you will need. Just in case…
In order to get an even thickness on your surface when you pour, check to be sure your surface is level side to side and front to back.
Make sure you have everything you need at hand. Measuring cups, several changes of plastic gloves, two flat bottom & sided containers large enough for the total ounces of your pour when you combine the hardener and resin. ( you will combine into one and stir then pour into a second and stir again) stir sticks with flat bottoms, brushes and a torch (or straw for smaller projects) to use for bubbles and something to light the torch as well as a damp sponge or cloths for drips.
Have a non-porous tarp under your project and skirt off any part of the project that the EnviroTex may drip or flow onto during the pouring process.
Now that the mid century table is fully painted with all items glued on and the project properly skirted with all items needed at hand, I will warm the resin and hardener. This is not a normal step but a necessary one if the temps are a bit on the cold side. I placed the two containers in a bowl and ran hot water around them, turning and mixing each container to evenly warm the contents till they did not feel cold to the touch.
Measure the exact & equal amount of both the resin and hardener in separate containers. Measure all the product that you will need for the entire surface.
I used a couple of large plastic buckets for the mixing. Take the measured resin and the measured hardener and combine them into the 1st of the larger containers and stir for a full 2 minutes. Then pour that mix into the second of the two large containers and stir, scraping the sides and bottom for another two minutes. There will be a lot of tiny bubbles but do not worry, they will disappear!
After the second two minutes of mixing, pour your EnviroTex onto your surface. This pour was a bit slow and thick as it was cooling off quickly. Don’t stress. You actually have ample time to work the product. I used a gloved hand to smooth it evenly over the mid century table top and let it even itself out.
You will notice how I taped off the edges of my table top. Do not do this. (See item #2 below under “full disclosure”). I have been watching “youtube” videos made by artists of “dirty pour” techniques using acrylic. They taped off this way. EnviroTex directions say to allow the product to “drip freely off the sides”. Good advice! You can wipe away any little drips from the underside of the surface with a damp sponge.
Immediately after pouring and smoothing (did I mention EnviroTex Lite has self-leveling properties?) you will see all the tiny white bubbles. Here’s where it gets fun! Take your torch (so much faster and more efficient than a straw, not to mention fun!) and on very low, wave it across the surface lightly. As is by magic, the little bubbles disappear! I loved that part!
I had one record that must have had a lot of space beneath it because the center hole kept putting out bubble after bubble! (see item #1 under “full disclosure” below) I would just blow and it would disappear!
This part is very important! Now that you have poured your EnviroTex Lite and the air bubbles have ceased, create a safe place to keep your project free from dust. make a tent over it or slide it under a higher table in a clean, dust-free , undisturbed space and let it cure.
It was so amazing! It was so glassy and gorgeous! I was hooked for eternity! I all ready have a plan to do a glitter tray! Look at that beautiful clear finish! It was pretty hard the next day. Curing time depends on temperature and humidity factors that EnviroTex has listed on the instructions included with the product or you can find them on their website along with all the EnviroTex Product line as well as how-to videos and other peoples projects!
The Money Shot!
You can see yourself in the Mid Century Tabletop!
I did have several issues with this project. Please know that NONE of them were related to the EnviroTex product! They were all due to my execution! Before you try to duplicate this project, learn from my mistakes!
- When adding details to the project, such as the records, be sure to glue the entire underside of the object to prevent excess air bubbles. I used enough glue to secure them from “floating” but had to pop bubbles under one for nearly 45 minutes because of the “space” between it and the table.
- Follow the manufacturer instructions which are included and use the “flood” method for pouring product. Do not “tape” a barrier around the tabletop as I did. The product compresses as it hardens. It sucked the tape inward and created a “ridge”. Thank goodness EnviroTex is sandable and can be layered because that is what was needed to “fix” it. I used 80 grit on my mouse sander and followed with a wipe down of rubbing alcohol. The second pour bonds beautifully and seamlessly as if it were the first. This is also great when you are adding thick objects.
- Be sure to overestimate the amount of product you need. Better to have more than not enough. Some of my record edges were barely covered with the first pour but I could have poured on more if I had prepped it.
- Painting records metallic makes them difficult to handle. Even after a couple days, my painted records imprinted with the paper towel design when I stacked them. The metallic paint shows all fingerprints, no matter how clean your hands. Paint them and leave them for at least a week before you use them.
There is nothing like experience for learning new things! ( or being able to follow manufacturers directions!) I learned a lot from this project. Like why you should follow directions as they make for better outcomes and less work! I learned that I really love this product and can not wait to do another! I was a little intimidated to use this at first. That’s why I put off trying it for so long! There is nothing to be intimidated about but so much fun and so many beautiful pieces to create! Get your EnviroTex Lite on today!
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