Last week, I gave you a glimpse of my dining room table that I had just completed making over using a driftwood furniture finish. Today I will show you the process I used to make the transformation.
My dining room table is a hand-me-down from my mom and dad. I like the style of the table, but not the orange-tone finish.
Here is the table before:
and the after…
I love it – it is exactly the finish I wanted. The best part – it was easy and inexpensive to do.
I love the look of salvaged, driftwood, or greyed-stained wood and if I had money to buy all new furniture, I would acquire a few pieces of it. So when I was recently asked if I would like to try out a new product called, Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish, I was intrigued and said yes, thinking it may get me the look I want at a fraction of the cost of buying new.
I was sent two packages and some liming wax. I read the directions – all you have to do is add water to the powder and brush it on – EZ! My type of project. I saw a few photos of what the mixture/stain would do and decided to go for it.
I had to strip the table first.
I used CitraStrip after reading in the comments section in the post that I wrote about stripping my kitchen table that many of you recommend it. Now that I have used it – I agree. Thanks for the recommendation. If you are going to strip furniture, this is product to use. It comes in a spray version, too – which is great to use on vertical pieces with lots of grooves.
I used clean cardboard boxes that I found in the dumpster behind my dollar store and a shower curtain liner that I bought inside the dollar store to protect the floor.
I applied the CitraStrip and let it sit overnight. In the morning, the old finish came right off with a plastic spatula and a steel wool pad.
After I removed all the stripper, I went over the table with a rag dampened in Odorless Mineral Spirits. Then went over it again with a damp rag to rinse.
When the table was dry, I brushed on a coat of the Driftwood Finish.
How To Make the Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish/Stain:
Pour the contents of one packet into a glass jar with a lid. I wanted a very light stain, so I added 4 cups of water to the powder and mixed it well. (If you want a darker stain, use less water.)
Simply brush the mixture evenly over your surface. Wipe away any excess with a lint free rag.
It dries quickly. Repeat until you have the surface covered.
In this photo, you can see from left to right: bare wood, wet Driftwood Finish, dry Driftwood Finish. As you can see – it adds a grey tone to the wood. It removes the orange tint.
Liming wax (white wax) and greying wax is sold along with the stain. I may wax the table in the future, but for now I am going to leave it just like this.
I used DIY chalk paint and clear wax to paint the underside and legs of the table. I used the Calcium Carbonate Powder recipe to make the chalk paint.
Some tips when working with the Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish:
- It will stain your fingers, so wear rubber gloves and protect all surfaces you don’t want to stain.
- Experiment first as the stain will look different on different types and pieces of wood.
- I received 2 packs of stain. I only used one pack and a fraction of the mix for the table. It goes a long way. Cost $12.99 a pack.
- It takes about 24 hours for the color to fully develop, so if you don’t want it too dark – only apply one coat, let dry and then after 24 hours, if you want it darker, apply another coat.
- Applying poly or varnish is going to darken and change the color – use wax to protect. The company sells liming wax as well as greying wax. You could also just use a clear wax like Johnsons over it to protect.
This dining room table was one of my Mom’s favorite pieces of furniture. She enjoyed decorating and I know I got my designing eye from her. She passed away soon after I started blogging, but I know she would like the table’s new look. I can hear her saying while waving her arms up in the air in excitement…Oooohh!… Ooohhh!… can you do that on something for me. XO
Now I have to tackle the chairs. I have a lineup of chairs to do – the 3 in my kitchen and now add 6 more.
I see a lot of chair painting in my near future.
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