How to Create a Faux Driftwood Finish

by THAT Painter Lady

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How do you make yellow pine look like driftwood? any paint techniques for that? I want the trim in my house to resemble driftwood. ~Susan

Hi Susan, this sounds like a fun and creative project. Be sure to get a few pieces of REAL driftwood to use as samples of how you want the finish to come out.

Drift Log

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1. Remove any paint from the trim using paint stripper and a sander. Get as much off as possible. It is important to see the natural woodgrain

2. Randomly rough up the edges of the wood using an  Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander .

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3. You can use a hammer or other tools to bang up the wood if you want a more distressed look

4. Use a drill with wire wheel to grind out the soft grain, leaving the hard grain of the wood.

5. Mix Glaze: 50/50 mixture with 3 shades of grey paint (dark-not too dark, to light) You can play around with these colors to get the exact colors that you want.

6. Randomly brush darkest glaze onto raw wood and wipe excess off with a cotton rag

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7. Then brush the medium grey onto the wood.

8. Finish by dry brushing the lightest color glaze onto just the surface of the wood. Try not to get a lot of this into the recessed areas.

9. Wipe again with a cotton rag to remove any excess glaze

10. You can seal your surface with a  DEAD FLAT VARNISH .

Good luck with your project!

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