Hello All! Today I’m going to reveal how to achieve the driftwood finish using chalk paint.
Probably about four months ago, I was visiting my local Restore It Resale Shop, and I came across this solid Oak tri-fold mirror they were selling. The mirror is pretty darn heavy, and I wasn’t overly excited about the sides of the mirror, so they came off. After searching for some inspiration, I decided that I would try to imitate a Restoration Hardware finish, so the driftwood finish was B.O.R.N (Ha!- no pun intended:)
She turned out beautiful, I love it!!! Three colors of Chalk Paint are used to achieve this finish, and for those of you who strictly use Annie Sloan, you’ll have to custom make two of your colors. The base coat is Graphite, however you could use a deep rich chocolate. Either of these two base coats are awesome with this look. Your next coat of paint needs to be CeCe’s Mississippi Mud.
*UPDATE: After many experiments, I was finally able to match Mississippi Mud using Annie Sloan’s paints! Here’s the ratio: 2 Coco, 2 Arles, 1 Old Ochre.
When applying this layer, use a “criss cross” action (and not too thick), so that your NOT covering the entire base coat. After this coat dries, lightly sand it because your trying to reveal some of the base coat.
Now your ready for the final color. Your going to need CeCe’s Myrtle Beach Sands, and you’re not going to need a lot of this color. When you apply this, either water it down, or wet your brush- your choice. I wish I could explain the ratio, but I’m one of those painters that goes by look and feel. Your not trying to put it on like water, but you do need to be able to see the first two coats of paint. Hopefully that makes sense?
Really get a good look at the side here, you should be able to see what I’m trying to explain when applying the top layer.
Now sand lightly. Your top coat is pretty thin, so you don’t want to sand it off. There is only clear wax on this piece, and I’m sure it would look terrific with dark wax if that’s a preference, but I personally think it’s marvelous without:)
I hope you all have a wonderful day, and maybe you’ll give this driftwood finish a try!
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