Hi, I’m Megan.  I blog at Apple House Revival – mainly about furniture that I bring back to life.

I’ve followed and participated in CSI since it began and I am very excited to be sharing one of my projects here.

You don’t normally think of buttons and furniture together, but I love unexpected pairings, so when I came across a small occasional table that had a ledge around the outside of the top, I knew just what I wanted to do!

First I painted the entire table a nice creamy color, distressed it, and then rubbed it all over with a dark stain.

I ended up purchasing three large packages of mixed buttons from Michales.  I sorted them and chose a color way of blue, green, yellow, and white, however I wanted them to look older, so I used some dark brown dye to age some of them.

Next came the tedious part. . . glue all those buttons down.  It took me three evenings to get them all on there.  I tried several different glues, but ended up liking good old Super Glue the best for this particular project.

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.

So when you think of buttons, remember that they don’t always have to stay in the realm of fabric and thread.  I can’t wait to see what all of you do with your buttons!

Thank you, Dee, for giving me the opportunity to share a part of my creativity on CSI and also to be a part of this great community.

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