Asked on May 18, 2014

Driftwood look

Paula Hanson
by Paula Hanson
I have a 1950s coffee table with a glass top. The base looks like it was made with tree roots. It was stained a dark color and I wnt to lighten it up and give it more of the look of driftwood. Ant ideas/suggestions?
  9 answers
  • Z Z on May 18, 2014
    The best way to do this is with the vinegar stain. You'll have to remove the old finish first.

  • Paula Hanson Paula Hanson on May 19, 2014
    Unfortunately I can't remove the old stain. This base is literally like a tree root with too many deep grooves and crevices.

    • Z Z on May 19, 2014
      @Paula Hanson without seeing a photo, they always help, then I'm with Nancy.

  • Nancy Culhane Hoag Nancy Culhane Hoag on May 19, 2014
    Have you thought of putting it out in the sun and let the weather work on it? Does it look like it can handle the weather? If its a real tree trunk I thinkk it might help. Gosh it sounds like it would be a cool piece to have. Good luck with your project.

  • Leslie Long Leslie Long on May 19, 2014
    You could white wash it with a watered down paint of your choice. Water down some latex paint so it's thin, like stain, and brush it on and wipe off the excess. Keep adding layers until you get what you want. Then if the crevices get too light, you can use a small brush and put some stain on them to darken them. I love a challenge like this! Post pics when you're done....would love to see it. The table sounds very interesting :)

  • Gillian Gillian on May 19, 2014
    Not sure about the resale value, but this is our third home and I LOVE having a 3rd floor laundry room! No more trips to the basement, can put a load in and take a shower and put that load in the dryer-it is so easy!

  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on May 19, 2014
    Try this method. Scuff it up some with a 3M Scotch pad. Pick 3 shades of gray, from dark, medium, to a light almost white. Apply the dark gray over the entire piece. Being sure to leave the crevices and grooves the dark gray, use the medium gray to give it streaks by dry brushing the paint on. Apply the 3 color doing the same. HOW TO DO Dry brush method: ~apply the paint to your brush, then on a paper towel or newspaper, going in a back and forth method, brush most of the paint off. Click on picture below. You do not want a lot of paint on your brush to make the streaks and be sure and go the length of the piece not the circumference. When applying the paint to the piece, make light, long sweeps down the your base. IF you mess up, you can always go back with the darker gray and try again.

  • Paula Hanson Paula Hanson on May 20, 2014
    Thanks so much for your help!

  • Pepsigirl13 Pepsigirl13 on May 20, 2014
    you could also spray paint the base with Kilz, to cover old color. Use a white /off white 2nd coat in flat latex or even chalk paint. you could then rough it up with steel wool or the 3M pad, and wipe on some dark wax, then wipe it off until you get the look you are going for

  • Paula Hanson Paula Hanson on May 25, 2014
    After looking at all the answers, I think the dry brush technique is gonna work the best for me.