My friend, KT gave me these little corner shelves. She couldn’t stand looking at them anymore and was fresh out of inspiration for them. They are handmade and kind of cute. So I decided to paint them in a driftwood look. In 4 easy steps to a driftwood finish, the shelves got a new look.Click To Tweet
Now, I not going to count cleaning then off with white cleaning vinegar and water. Then I sanded it the shelves down to remove the paint that was already on it. After a good sanding and I didn’t get every bit of paint off I got to work but enough. I wiped them off and I was ready to get started on this project.
For this project, I decided to use Dixie Belle Paint. After the shelves were sanded and wiped down I painted the backs first working my way to the front in the color, Hurricane Gray. It is a pretty soft gray and would be lovely in just this color alone. Even though the paint is thick and goes on smooth I painted 2 coats on the front, one on the back. But I really wanted to do something special with these shelves. So step 2 is the start of it.
After I painted each shelf in the hurricane gray I let it dry completely. The next color I used is called Driftwood. That is an appropriate name, isn’t it? You will notice I only painted the back of the shelves with this color. Now I have a pretty steady hand and did not tape it off. It comes from years of practice but I did go back in some spots and touched it up with the Hurricane Gray. I left the actual shelf in the darker gray and the edges for the contrast.
This next step is how it gets its driftwood look. I used the Whitewash glaze. I dipped the tip of the brush into the glaze and tapped the tips of the bristles on a paper towel. Then spread the bristles and dragged across the piece. If it looked too heavy I wiped it back with a damp paper towel. I did this technique on the back of the unit including the edges and the shelves.
The final step isn’t really necessary, but I felt a shelf may get heavy use so I applied Clear Coat in a satin finish.
Now wasn’t that as easy as 1,2, 3 and 4? This is an easy way for the drift wood look to blend with the coastal look. By the way, if you like how I displayed the shell I can you how to do it here.
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