From My Q&A Did It Work? Beach/Driftwood Look


Some of you have asked how I did this look. I am attempting my first post with instructions.
Well, I must admit it was not from a sudden flow of creative juices. Quite by accident (for me), I bought a table at a yard sale that was a pretty aqua but flat finish and was not a color to go with my decor.
I then took some “leftover” (remember this word) Behr Wedgewood Blue latex paint and started to paint the table. I am not a skilled painter, so from my heavy hand or a substandard brush or whatever; the paint went on streaked. Now at first I just thought I would do another coat to cover.
Voila, I discovered what I call my Beach Look
Now back to the project you guys were asking “How did I do it?”
This is what it looked like before I began. Just light sanded and used deglosser on the base. The top I sanded down to bare wood so I could use the stain.
I started with my “leftover” wedgewood blue as a base coat. Then I took some “ leftover” med blue "oops" paint - Glidden eggshell latex - I had picked up in the paint dept of a hardware store. I added water to the paint so it wouldn’t just cover the base paint when applied. I then used an old cotton sport shirt to rub on the paint till desired look. (Be prepared to work till done on each surface, as the watered down paint does try to dry pretty fast.)
The top has two coats of Minwax Classic Gray Wood Finish. (Bought just for this project LOL) This also can be applied till desired look.
Tape opposite grain direction-prevent overlap
I hope this answers your questions. Sorry, I didn't have step-by-step pics as I wasn't planning this type of post.

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  • Marge
    on Apr 16, 2014

    very interesting I have a table I plan to try this on

  • Jeri Munoz
    on Jun 18, 2015

    Love it, my son moved out and now I have an empty room to work with. Seriously thinking beach themed and this works perfect.

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