25 May 2015

Driftwood Table



But first...this is where we started.



This table caught my attention a few weeks ago, and it was offered at a price that I couldn't refuse.

It looked frumpy when I brought it home. The top was not appropriately attached to the base, which is why it sits at an awkward angle. 

I knew the legs would be white/ivory, but I just couldn't bring myself to paint the wood on top. 

After the first layer of stain & stripping agent was removed I loved the rough texture of the wood, but not the orange tones.


After patching and repairing the base and legs, I primed and painted it Antique White. Somewhere in the history of this table, a previous owner had a dog who liked to gnaw on wood. The top was attached correctly and sits level now.

I have been waiting for the perfect piece to try a gray wash/driftwood finish, and decided to try it on this table.

I sanded the top and applied a very watered down mix of white paint and water, quickly wiping it away with a damp cloth.



I did this twice and really liked the effect, but it needed more gray for a weathered driftwood look. So I mixed in some gray from my paint stash, and did the same wash, wiping away with a damp cloth after a few seconds.



Time for the top coat, and this is where it got a bit hairy. It looked so pretty, and I didn't want to alter it by adding wax or clear coat. But raw, unprotected wood is not going to last on a dining/kitchen table.

First I tried a wax, and when I rubbed in the wax it brought back all of the orange tones in the wood. I waited and panicked, thinking it might return to gray after it dried, but no luck. So I sanded that small area and reapplied the gray wash. Long story short: I should have started with Minwax Polycrylic. It is my favorite; it always dries to a hard, solid, satin finish. And because this table will be used, washed, and wiped down regularly, it needs a solid wipeable finish. Bonus: Polycrylic made the finish even more beautiful. It was a bit dull before, because I used flat paint in the wash. The satin poly added dimension to the grays, whites, and wood grain.





Before & After:




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11 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I love how the color turned out on the top!! Found you linked up at Home Stories A to Z!

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    1. Oh thanks! And thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Wow you did a great job at bringing this table a new life!! I really like the driftwood top!!!
    Darlene
    www.BundleMeBaby.etsy.com

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  3. Very pretty, and thanks for the great tutorial!

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  4. Wow,Colleen…this is amazing!! Just love the new look!

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  5. Beautiful finish, love the grey weathered top paired with crisp clean white , nice job!

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  7. Colleen, I just refinished the top of my coffee table with a similar driftwood color. My table has a similar turned base in black, and have debating about painting it white. I love love love how the white looks on your beautiful table! You did an amazing job.

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