HOW TO PAINT A REALISTIC FAUX DRIFTWOOD FINISH | SALVAGED NESTING TABLES MAKEOVER
Hi sweet #sifamily. I’m so excited about today’s makeover! Not only because these tables were FREE… and you all know how I love a good curb-shopped makeover. But also because this Faux Driftwood Finish turned out so darn gorgeous! I can’t wait to share how I created this look using 2 paint colors, shop towels, and some water!
I’m also joining my Furniture Fixer Upper friends today. Woot woot! I’ll be sharing their makeovers at the bottom of today’s post so you can check out their before and afters as well.
Here’s what I started with. My sister found these nesting tables curbside and hauled them home for me. Aren’t sisters the BEST!
The orange stain and dark tops had them looking a little dated — but check them out now!
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HOW TO CREATE A FAUX DRIFTWOOD PAINT FINISH
I started by cleaning these tables REALLY well. I used TSP and water being sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Tip ~ If you have a plastic sheet or designated area to work on your painted furniture makeovers, using a spray bottle and the large auto sponge is a quick and easy way to clean your furniture. For these nesting tables, I flipped them over to expose the underbellies. I sprayed. Cleaned. And then made sure I wiped them down with a clean wet sponge.
The key to using heavy-duty cleaners like TSP or similar products like DB White Lightning is to be sure ALL the residue is wiped clean. After I cleaned the bottom/underneath, I lifted the tables to sit upright and repeated the process. I find using the spray bottle a much easier way of disinfecting and cleaning furniture.
Here’s what the tables looked like while they were being sprayed.
To create a driftwood finish, I took this Gravel Road and mixed in some water. I mixed a 50/50 mix but depending on the color of the finish you’d like, this can be customized. Less water for a darker finish. More water for a lighter finish.
I brushed on the wash working in sections. I started with the top. Then the sides. Then worked on one leg at a time.
Working in sections keeps the paint wet enough to wipe back. Below I’m wiping back the wet paint using these shop towels which I always have in my studio.
These shop towels are great to have on hand for ANY painting project. They are super durable and are lint-free, unlike fabric rags.
For the top, I used a ragging technique. I wiped the wet paint back and then bounce the shop towel up and down in different directions until I achieve the desired effect.
There is no right or wrong way of doing this. I just keep on “playing” until I get the look I like.
Here they are down in my studio. One table with the base coat. The other with the driftwood wash. What a difference, right!?
I didn’t get a chance to topcoat these before my photoshoot, but they’ll be sprayed with a few coats of this super durable topcoat. Gator Hide will keep the flat/matte driftwood finish and because it’s so durable, make them super easy to clean.
They’ve come a long way, don’t you think?
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of girls do. Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
2. Salvaged Inspirations (So Happy You’re Here!)
Here’s one more look at the before and after…
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE FAUX DRIFTWOOD NESTING TABLES… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
ALSO IF YOU GET INSPIRED BY ANY OF MY MAKEOVERS AND GIVE THEM A TRY, BE SURE TO TAG ME ON IG OR FB WITH #SIBLOG — I’D LOVE TO SEE WHAT YOU’RE UP TO AND POSSIBLY FEATURE YOUR WORK!
Happy furniture painting my friends!