Furniture Makeover: Weathered Driftwood Furniture Finish

How to lighten a dark wood finish on furniture and apply a driftwood stained finish.

I recently 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.

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.

For the table legs: I used DIY chalk paint to paint them white. I used the Calcium Carbonate with Plaster of Paris recipe. You can find more info on how to make and use chalk paint, here:  Chalk Paint Recipes and FAQ’s


When the table was dry, I brushed on a coat of the Driftwood Finish.

Note: I did not put a sealer or poly over the stain. I wanted the table to look rough-hewn. If you want to put a sealer over the table it will darken the stain quite a bit. It may not be the look you want.  The maker of this stain recommends these two products that will not darken the stain. Safecoat® AcriGlaze Matte by American Formulating and Manufacturing and  Bio Shield Wax Finish #39

Update on Sealing the Finish:  A reader told me that she used Saman’s Dead Flat Varnish on the table to protect it and it did not darken the color or add shine. You can find it here: Saman Dead Flat Varnish

If you need to seal your piece, you may want to try Rustoleum’s stain in Driftwood. You can read about how I used it in these posts:

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. It is not protected and I have to use placemats and coasters to protect the table.

  • I did not use poly over the finish. I wanted it to look matte and natural. Poly and most waxes will darken the finish.  To protect it you can use two products I mentioned earlier in the post that will not darken it.
  • Driftwood Finish has a new product that will seal your new finish and not darken it. It is called Driftwood Final Finish. You can buy it on the DIY Driftwood Finish site.

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.

You can find out more about about the Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish on their website.


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

Wait to you see how I made over the ladderback chairs with chalk paint, I that go around the table. I even changed the color of the rush seats.

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  1. Can you still buy the Driftwood products I had seen a few old projects of yours that I love.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Tana – The Driftwood finish that I used on my dining room table is no longer available, but here are two other options. Both of these products are the same thing, the only difference is that they are pre-mixed and not in powder form. The first is Minwax Wood Effects – you can see it here:

      The second is called Better With Age – you can see it here:

      I will have to update the post with these links. :-)

  2. I am really going to try this – the table looks great.

  3. I have a cedar chest I would like to refinish like this-any idea if this technique would yield a similar result or would cedar need a different technique to get rid of the reddish streaks through it?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Susan –

      Different types of wood take the weathered driftwood stain differently. It may come out in a shade you don’t expect so I would test it out. Have you looked on the Driftwood site? She has a few small samples that you can check out. It may help you decide. Here is the link to see the sample page:

  4. Your table looks fab. I have a solid oak chunky table that i would like to modernise. It is very orange and like the colour you have stained yours. Very natural. If I strip an oak table do you know what tone of wood i would have before staining?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Heidi – Most oaks when stripped will be light. If it is a red oak, you may see some red/pink graining, but overall light. The only way to find out is to remove some of the finish on a “least seen” area to see if you like the wood.

      I did this for the big armoire in my studioffice. I wanted to strip and leave it bare or give it a light whitewash, but the wood color after stripping and it was dry was an ugly brown. I ended up painting it.

  5. Linda Parsons says:

    Can I get these products in the UK?

  6. Linda Parsons says:

    Can I find these products in the UK

  7. Linda Parsons says:

    I really like the finish you achieved

  8. Henry Walker says:

    What shading lime glue would be best on getting an “old French look”?

  9. Katherine says:

    Hi! What is the purpose of the odorless mineral spirits? I am trying do make my project as cheap as possible and I am wondering if that step is absolutely essential.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Katherine – Mineral spirits are needed to really clean off all the stripper from the wood. If there is any residue of stripper left it could effect the way the stain goes on.

  10. Hello! I LOVE this look and am wanting to achieve this on my lower cabinets in my kitchen. Do you think this technique would work for kitchen cabinets? Anything you would change?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Brittany –

      I don’t think I would do this on kitchen cabinets unless you sealed them with a water-based poly to protect them. When you do add poly, it darkens the stain quite a bit and changes the pale washed look. For cabinets, I think I would use Rustoleum’s Sunbleached stain and then use a matte water-based poly over it. This finish will be much more durable for cabinets.

  11. What type of wood species is the tabletop made from? Thank you.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Lesley – Good question :-) I am not sure as they set was a hand-me down. My guess is that it is maple. I would go check the table, but I no longer have it since I moved and no longer have a dining room. I gave the table and chairs to my daughter.

  12. Hi there, just curious about how you went about the indented lines on the table top? My table is almost identical, and I am just worried that some of the stain will get right into those creases. was there any way that you avoided that?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Dita – When I was applying the stain to the table, I just wiped it up and down the length of the table and went right over the indented lines. You need the stain to be in the creases or they would be left the original color of the table? Are you thinking you don’t want the color darker in the creases? If that is the case, you can remove some of the stain after it is applied with a clean cloth as you wipe up the length of the line.

      1. thank you for getting back to me so quickly. I am not concerned about the crease color being darker, I was more so concerned about the stain possibly building up in there as in filling in the creases so to speak, and if that would be alright. but if you just went right over them as if they weren’t even there and it worked, then I will just do the same. :) how many coats of stain did you apply to yours? our “before” colors are identical and I would love to get the exact same shade once dry, as you did.

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Dita – I watered the stain down so it would go on lighter. 4 cups of water to the mix. I think I used two coats, but depending on your wood you may need more or less to get your desired color.

  13. Kristin Baldyga says:

    Hello Diane!

    I’m very interested in trying this driftwood technique on my current kitchen table. I know I can paint the legs with chalk paint. However, I’m a little nervous about the top bc I don’t think its real wood? What steps should I take for the driftwood finish if my table is faux wood?

  14. I have white rocking chairs with paint that’s chipped in places and that wood has weathered. I’m sanding off paint in other area and want those areas to look weathered. Could I rub the finish on just those areas?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Nancy – Yes you could use Driftwood Finish, but if your chairs are outside the rain may wear the stain away very fast. You may want to try Minwax stain in Driftwood or Sunbleached. It will seal the areas as well as apply color and hold up to the elements.

  15. Could this product be used to get a white wash look on kitchen cabinets?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kathy – the Driftwood finish will not white wash, it darkens. If you want a white washed look you can add a white wax over the wood. Many companies make one. Driftwood Finish sells one as does Miss Mustard Seed and Briwax. If you want a lighter driftwood color on the cabinets, check out Rustoleum stain in Sunbleached. It may offer the look you are trying to achieve.

  16. Bonnie Cruickshank says:

    I love a do-it-yourself project and this seems a good one. We just moved into a 70’s stuck house with fake paneling all around the bottom of the rooms. i’d love to do this technique on the paneling. Does it have a finish that needs stripped–or can I merely sand it, then perform the technique? Thanks so much.

  17. Elaine Williams says:

    I love this! I agree with you – the style is beautiful and the furniture has ‘good bones’ but the original finish was so dated. This looks like something out of Crate & Barrel! Beautiful job.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Elaine. I love strolling around Crate and Barrel…so much inspiration to be found. Bright cherry and colorful. It is my fave home store.

  18. I LOVE this table. I have a similar table that I was going to replace. I love the build of the table, but not the finish. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for posting. Already bought my driftwood.

  19. Hi, what a terrific way of transforming furniture! As a uni student I am always looking for ways to save money while allowing my creativity to wander. What type of wood was your table made out of?

  20. Did you put any sealer on it? I am going to do this to my kitchen table, but we eat on it everyday so I was wondering how you recommend protecting it so it can be wiped down after meals.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Laurie – If you put poly over the stain, it will darken the color. You can use white liming wax over it and buff to create a barrier, but it will darken the color a bit too. The company told me that you can use Safecoat® AcriGlaze Matte by American Formulating and Manufacturing and, Wax Finish #39. Both of these products worked well and did not change the color much at all so we highly recommend these two.

  21. Heather Krull says:

    I used clear polycrylic. No color and its destroyed my pretty finish. Don’t do it Ruth! I even tried waxing a spot and then poly over that thinking the poly might not a sort and change the color so much but that didn’t work either. I’ve not found a solution and don’t have much longer. I have company coming over for thanksgiving so if I’ve not figured something out before then, I’ll have to just paint the top of my table to match the legs. Makes me so sad to think about! I know that Diane has contacted the manufacturer for help on this issue. I’m remaining hopeful.

  22. Heather Krull says:

    Hi! I found this on Pinterest and loved it so much that I ordered the stain. I stained the top and painted the bottom just like yours. In fact my table looks nearly just like yours. I absolutely loved it but I have a problem! I waxed the top with paste wax for protection and after one meal, there were water and oil stains.

    1. Heather Krull says:

      I sanded the wax off and tarted over with poly but the poly made it extremely dark. So I’ve now sanded all of that off and in the process took so much finish off that I’m restraining it. How should I protect this beautiful piece from my 6yr old? Is there another wax you know of that would protect and not darken the color of my table so much?

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi Heather –

        I did not put anything over my table, so I can’t tell you for certain what to use. Did you use water-based poly?

        1. Heather Krull says:

          Yes it was polycrylic. Has your table held up well with nothing over it? I’d be afraid of it staining horribly as it already did even with the wax on it. A few of the spots won’t even sand off. Thank you for the reply! I guess I’ll try some other waxes. If I could attach my picture to show you what the poly did, I would to discourage others from trying it as I did.

          1. Ruth Wentzel says:

            I have exactly the same question about the finish – we put liming wax on and it stains like crazy. There must be some solution to this…did the poly you used have color in it?

          2. Heather Krull says:

            I used clear polycrylic. No color and its destroyed my pretty finish. Don’t do it Ruth! I even tried waxing a spot and then poly over that thinking the poly might not a sort and change the color so much but that didn’t work either. I’ve not found a solution and don’t have much longer. I have company coming over for thanksgiving so if I’ve not figured something out before then, I’ll have to just paint the top of my table to match the legs. Makes me so sad to think about! I know that Diane has contacted the manufacturer for help on this issue. I’m remaining hopeful.

          3. Diane Henkler says:

            Hi Heather – Here is what the manufacturer responded:

            You can put whatever top coat you want over the Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish however, be aware that most will turn the Driftwood color darker and some will turn it browner. This is not always a bad thing but you do want to test your top coat first to see what you will end up with. And this includes, waxes, polys, varnishes and lacquers. We have tried many different topcoats and have only found a few that do not change the color and may offer some protection against spills and suggest them on our website and whenever customers inquire.

            Safecoat® AcriGlaze Matte by American Formulating and Manufacturing and , Wax Finish #39. Both of these products worked well and did not change the color much at all so we highly recommend these two.

            Bioshield Paint Co. also makes a Resin Floor Finish product #48 which I tested on birch (like pine, Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish will give a lighter color on birch because of the lack of tannins in the wood). Overall, the product worked well and it is made for floors however it did produce a satin finish whereas I prefer a matte finish on driftwood and it did make the color darker as well as turn it a little browner. It still looks very good.

            I hope this information helps your customers and if they have anymore questions, we are always available to answer them.

  23. Ruth Wentzel says:

    Can I poly over the driftwood finish if I don’t use the wax? I have found that the liming wax stains easily.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Ruth – I left my table unsealed, so I am not sure if you can use poly or not without changing the color. I would have to experiment first to see. I will ask the brand to see what they say and get back to you.

      1. Did you ever learn more about sealing this?

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Sara – Have you used the product? I did find out that the maker of the stain recommends two products to seal that won’t darken the color. I added them to the post a while back. They are: Safecoat® AcriGlaze Matte by American Formulating and Manufacturing and http://www.BioshieldPaintCom/ , Wax Finish #39.

          If you can’t find these products and want a driftwood stain that you can use water-based poly over without changing the color, you can use Rustoleum stain in Driftwood. I used it on chair seats and a mirror frame and it took both Minwax Polycrylic and wax without changing the color.

  24. Kelly Brown says:

    Hi there!! I wanted to ask you a question- I ended up deciding to paint the furniture with Annie Sloan chalk paint. I already bought the diy driftwood and am going to use it on something else. But, can I use the liming wax from the diy driftwood kit on the Annie Sloan? I wanted to because I already have it. Thanks so much!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kelly – Yes you can use it – it is just normal liming wax. I would do a test run with it on a scrap piece of wood first – just to get the hang of applying and buffing it.

  25. Love this! U are truly inspiring! I love the dollar store supply run ;) great idea for my indoor projects. ( it’s been raining a lot) I want to do this to my nightstands. Thanks and please stop by my site.

  26. Kelly Brown says:

    Thanks so much. I left the CitraStrip on overnight and now it’s somewhat dry and I can’t get the strip off. Did you run into any of this? Do you have any insight? I was thinking about using the mineral spirits to dampen it, but wasn’t sure. Thanks so much!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kelly – You did not do anything wrong- you may just have to put more stripper right over top of the dried areas again to loosen the previous layer of dried stripper. Mineral Spirits will also help wet the stripper again so that it is moist enough to remove. CitraStrip also sells an After Wash that may help dampen it enough so you can scrap it off. I always leave CitraStrip on for 12 – 24 hours. Maybe add a thicker layer so it does not dry out as fast. If it is very dry in your home or outside – this could dry the stripper faster than normal and making it stick.

      1. Afterwash is AMAZING. The only downside is that has a very strong smell. I will say when I use that it actually stripped the paint off the piece I was cleaning. I tried to strip it off with something else and even sand it and it wasn’t working so I was going to leave it after cleaning with the after wash but it actually came off with the after wash. so not only does it remove any residue or dirt apparently it can remove some paint I’m not sure the paint that was on the peace I was using but it came right off

  27. Kelly Brown says:

    Hi there! This is so wonderful. I really want to do this to a bedroom suit of furniture. It’s special to our family but definitely that outdated oak orange color. I wanted to ask if you had to do any sanding? Or did the stripper left on over night take are of all of that? I’m trying to gear up for the project and want to make sure I have everything I may need. Thank you so much!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kelly – I did light sanding on the table top with 160 grit sandpaper on a hand sanding block after I stripped the finish off. I spent about 10 minutes – enough to make sure the surface was smooth and even before applying the driftwood finish.

  28. Hi Diane, I found your table makeover on pinterest and I got so excited… it looks amazing! This is exactly what I want to do to my dining table & chairs! I am just making a list of all the materials I have to buy and I was wandering if the mineral spirits is a necessary step (I couldn’t figure out what it’s supposed to do, and if it’s not absolutely necessary I would like to cut back a little on time, money etc.). I’m just so new to all these…
    Thanks for all the info and the pictures!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Eva – The mineral spirits are the last step of the stripping process. It cleans and removes any lasting stain/poly residue from the wood. If you strip your table and chairs well and are sure that the stain and poly is completely gone, then it is OK not to use it.

  29. What brand of odorless mineral spirits did you use? I looked up Klean brand but it has terrible reviews.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Alice – I used the Klean-Strip that comes in a white plastic container with a green and white label. It worked well for me. I have used it for a few projects and would buy it again.

  30. WOW! WOW! I’ve always wanted to do this to our very dark mahogany dining table, but just don’t have the guts for I’m sure I’ll somehow mess it up. This looks so easy though, and the final result is amazing. Great job!

  31. So cute! You said you used a DIY chalk paint, what was the “recipe” you used? I’m looking to make my own chalk paint but am afraid ill use the wrong concoction.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Audrey – I like the Calcium Carbonate Powder mixed with a little bit of Plaster of Paris the best. I use the NOW brand of Calcium Carbonate Powder. You can find all the recipes and all the post I have written about making and using DIY chalk paint starting with this post.

      To see all the recipes:

      If you are new to using it. Read all the posts and even the comments and you will find out a lot of information about it.

  32. Candace Meili says:

    What color lime paste would be best on getting an “Old French look”?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Candace – Most liming wax is white or pastel based. Grayish white would work. I just got a sample of a turquoise liming wax that is not out on the market yet. Even though it looks turquoise, it goes on mostly a light white, due to the fact that it has lime in in. Do you plan to use it on raw or stripped wood? Liming wax looks best on raw wood as it gets into the grain and brings out the character in the piece.

  33. Sheila Falcuci says:

    Hello, I finally got around to trying this and my table came out awesome. I am so impressed. My husband did some heavy duty sanding as we really wanted to remove all the orange from the oak. Thanks so much for sharing your technique, it was very easy to follow and we are very greatful to you.
    Sheila Falcucci
    Rustic Revival

    1. Pamela Welsh says:

      Hi Sheila,
      Did you use stripper or just sand it? I’d love to try this product, but am a little intimidated by the task of stripping an armoire
      . Thanks! Pamela

  34. Wow, I love this look! Thank you for sharing it. I always enjoy your tutorials, you write them so well. Now I’m hunting for an appropriate piece to try this on! :)

  35. I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! A month or so ago I saw a piece of furniture in a store with a similar finish and loved it. I searched online for hours trying to find a diy to achieve the look but didn’t know what to call it and as a result came up pretty much empty handed.But still that “look” was haunting me….and here it is! Driftwood! Who knew! I’m so excited to try it! Thanks for the great info!

  36. I’m considering doing this to my own dinning table which has the wood grain running in several different directions. I’d like to know if your brush strokes show when using this product. If so, would you recommend taping off each area of different grain direction and brushing on in the same direction?

  37. Did you refinish your table in your house? I love the look of the table and when I went to Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish’s website to read more about the process, they suggested having the piece sit outside in the sun to enhance the color and dry.

    I really would rather not take apart my table to bring it outside. What did you do? Does the stain have a harsh smell?

    The table looks wonderful!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Temme – I did not take it outside. I stained it right in my dining room. I believe if you want the stain to darken even more than it naturally will – you can place the piece in the sun. It has a faint smell – to me it smelled like a Brillo pad. No chemical or harsh smell at all. It is like brushing on tinted water.

  38. Kris {Driven by Décor} says:

    Thanks for sharing this – I have a project that it will be perfect for!

  39. I have a question. Is this product a type of paint (a coating) or is it actually changing the color of the wood?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sona – It is a stain – it changes the color of the wood.

  40. thank you so much for posting! I’ve been looking for directions to do this! Can’t wait to try it.

  41. Stephanie@cre8tive says:

    Wow, what a great product! Pinning this for a future project, thanks so much for all the tips and tutroial on how to do it!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Stephanie – It is truly amazing. I was hesitant to try it at first, but am so glad I did.

  42. Hi Diane,
    I am new to you & it must be an omen that I found you. I have been wanting to strip & bleach my breakfast room table. Now I know how! I found u through google plus. I added u & will FB like as well. My blog is Come on over for a visit!

  43. Thank you for this. Our moms were kindred spirits.

  44. Diane this is fantastic! So fantastic, in fact, I went straight to the website and bought it! I cannot wait to try it out. Thank you so much for the demo, your table looks wonderful!

  45. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says:

    Diane, I have been looking for a product that would give my pine armoire the driftwood look. This sounds perfect! Your table turned out wonderful and I love the finish.

  46. Marvelous transformation, Diane! I just love the new finish, and I can’t wait to get some of this Weathered Wood Finish. I can think of several projects this would be perfect for!

  47. Donna Wright says:

    How can any person be so talented? I am going to put this on my to do list! I love the look also. I so look forward to checking my e-mail each day to see if I have something from you. I lo-o-o-o-ve everything you do.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Donna Wright

  48. This is really beautiful. Love the weathered look too. You did an amazing job and what a difference. A+

  49. Gorgeous . . . you are tempting me!

  50. I love how it turned out. It looks beautiful! Since you used chalk paint on the rest of the table, could you ideally just strip the top where you used the driftwood treatment and rough up the finish where the chalk paint was used prior to painting? I have a similar table I’d love to transform in this way. I love how the driftwood took the orange tones away.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Tracy – That is what I did, I only stripped the table top. I roughed up legs and table base with sandpaper, and then painted with chalk paint. No reason to have to strip it when just going to paint over it. :)

      1. Great! Thanks for your reply. The transformation you did is really awesome.

  51. Thanks for the tutorial! I am really going to try this – the table looks great.

  52. You did a wonderful job on this table. I just LOVE the driftwood look. I already used your idea “greying” my baskets; now I will take on my coffee table.

    Glad to hear of this product – since I love the grey / driftwood look.

  53. Debbie C in MN says:

    I love this!! What a beautiful new look! Great pictures. I am saving this one so I can copy your idea! Thanks!

  54. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors says:

    I love the new finish on your table! I have a lot of orange colored furniture too, and have been debating whether I should strip them. I may have to check this out! Great job.

  55. Great finish! I smiled when I read the part about your dear Mom getting excited and asking you to do this to something for her – my Mom would have done the same thing! I miss my Mom as I am sure you miss your Mom.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Pat – I miss my mom very much, too. She was so creative and it makes me feel closer to her when I do creative projects, especially when I am redoing something that was once hers XO

  56. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    What a gorgeous finish! You really did a wonderful job! I’m off to check out Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish. Thanks!

  57. Love this! I’m always looking for new products to try!

  58. Wow what a transformation!! And I absolutely love your name tag place holder idea, how clever with the chalkboard tiles!

  59. Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl says:

    Diane, that is gorgeous! I’ve never seen a product like that. I’m going to have to look into it for future projects. Thanks for sharing and I agree, I bet your Mom would love what you did to the table.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Brittany –

      I never heard about or used anything like it before either. When I first got it, I wasn’t sure it would work, but then the owner of the company sent me a few photos of the furniture she used it on and I was sold. It really is versatile – you can make it as dark or light as you want. I like to think the table came out so well, because my mom was looking down and helping me get it just right :)

  60. Diane..I love the new look of your table… can’t wait to see chairs. I am thinking of doing the same to my dining room table and chairs..I really want to since I’ve seen your table..My chair backs have a lot of detail that’s why I’m a little hesitant. Great job as always…

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Pam – I know how you feel about having to do chairs- when you have more than one it takes on a production line quality taking some of the fun out of the transformation process.

  61. Like you, Diane, I’ve been wanting to update the farm table in my kitchen. This driftwood finish might be the answer. It’s also curious that this process somehow turned your corner cabinet turquoise. wink, wink….

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jane – Good eye :) I have been working on the corner cabinet and hope to write a post about it next week.

  62. Diane,

    Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks it’s quite normal to refinish and strip furniture in my living room LOL!


  63. Shannon Mallory says:

    Wow-wee!! That looks fabulous!!! Love how it turned out! :-)

  64. The Glamorous Housewife says:

    This looks amazing! I just purchased the powder and I can’t wait to use it. I want to create a weathered looking sign for my Halloween decorations and I think this will work perfectly!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  65. So pretty! I am looking for ideas for my bookcase. It’s rubber wood but I want the inside of it gray or white. Fantastic inspiration!! Thanks for sharing Diane. Pretty table setting.

    1. Kathy,

      We manufacture the Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish product that Diane used and just wanted to let you know that it does not work very well on rubberwood, parawood, Malaysian oak, particle board or balsa wood. It just doesn’t take the color well. Diane’s table came out awesome – I just love create DIY people!

  66. I love it! I have wanted to make several pieces in my home look like they have a driftwood finish, and now I know how. Thanks!

  67. Love these furniture finishes! They’re beautiful and very creative.

  68. Diane this is gorgeous! I love this treatment. What a fabulous transformation. Fantastic job!