3 Easy Steps to a Driftwood Finish

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Do you like the weathered driftwood look?

Learn how you can DIY your own driftwood finish in 3 easy steps.

I’m going to show you step-by-step how easy and inexpensive it is to create this finish. Keep reading…..

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This was the door before I transformed it with the weathered finish. My client wanted a distressed beachy feel to go with the theme of their house.

These are the colors I selected for this door.

Base color: Gray Tinted Primer

Glidden paint: Gull Wing

SW: Alabaster

SW: Medium gray (not sure of the exact color) it’s lighter than the Gullwing)

The first thing I did was prime the door with two coats of Stix primer.

As you can see, the bottom right corner only has one coat. This is why I like to apply two coats. It gives it more durability and better coverage.

This is a really easy finish to do. I used an old chip brush to apply the paint and randomly dry brushed the door. I started out with the darkest gray first and the lighter gray and finishing with the Alabaster. All you need is a sample size of paint. You can use any paint at your local hardware store.

The nice thing about this technique is you can go over the areas that you want to fix or add another color.

Once the paint was dry, I use 320-grit sandpaper and lightly sanded areas on the door, especially the trim and high areas.

You can sand as much or a little as you want. It’s really your preference.

Once it’s dry, add a clear polyacrylic sealer with a soft brush, so you don’t get steaks. I like to use this brush.

What a difference a little paint can make. They loved the finished project. I was exactly what you had envisioned.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on creating a beautiful driftwood finish and found some inspiration.

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See Ya on the inside!



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  • Becky McKinnon Becky McKinnon on Mar 09, 2021

    what type of paint could I use on metal doors to get that same look?

  • William William on Mar 04, 2022

    Can I go over semigloss white as the primer(latex)?

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  • Gayle Gayle on Mar 05, 2021

    Pretty pretty!!!

  • Cheryl Phan Cheryl Phan on Mar 06, 2021

    Hi Dee:

    Yes you can do it on metal but you will have to prime it first. I would use Stix primer. It's a really good primer and will stick to just about anything. You can get it at any Benjamin Moore store or on amazon. Here's a link so you can see what it looks like. or buy it if you want. https://amzn.to/3rnTzbD.

    I also have some blogs showing you other doors I've done that you might be interred in. https://artzyfartzycreations.com

    Hope this was helpful.