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Creating that gorgeous driftwood finish you see a lot of in catalogs like Restoration Hardware, is so much easier than you might think! When we were doing our Nautical style Boy’s Bathroom Makeover I got this adorable fish picture frame with a faux driftwood finish from TJ Maxx and when I decided to make a Porthole Window Shutter for that little window above the shower, I wanted to recreate that finish. Here’s how I did it:
You will need:
- Americana Decor’s Chalky Finish Paint – Timeless (or Heirloom)
- Americana Decor’s Chalky Finish Paint – Everlasting
- Americana Decor’s Chalky Finish Paint – Yesteryear
- Americana Decor’s Soft-Touch Varnish
- Stain of your choice (optional)
If the piece you will be applying this technique on already has a wood finish there is no need to stain. If you will be working with unfinished wood, as I was with our Porthole Window Shutter and as pictured here, you might choose to stain the bare wood prior to using this technique.
Then, unload (or pounce) your brush to remove any excess paint. You’ll be doing what’s called a dry brush technique for this which means you want just enough paint to rub off onto your piece without actually covering it with paint.
This is what it will look like after you’ve applied your final color. You can go back now and add a few dry brush strokes of any of the other two colors to highlight it here and there, if desired. Allow to dry.
Once you’re done, you’ll be rewarded with a lovely aged look that will have you daydreaming of the seaside. And it was so much easier than you thought, right? I will caution you though, this technique is easier in small doses so if you’ll be doing this on a large piece, like a piece of furniture, practice the technique on something small first.
So. What will you try it on?