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How to Get the driftwood look for your frame

August 20, 2019

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to walk along the beach and collect seashells, driftwood, and beach glass.

My collection of driftwood was the inspiration for this simple project!

To get the driftwood look for this white frame I used wood stain and craft paint.

This large frame was the door to our entertainment center.  If you would like to see how I repurposed it, you can read about it here.


The first thing I did was remove the glass.   I wanted a lighter frame to hang on my newly painted plank wall. 

Then I sanded the white paint, just to rough it up. I used weathered gray wood stain and burnt umber craft paint.

This is my own method on how to make painted wood look like driftwood:

foam brush
wood stain
latex gloves to protect your hands!

Using a foam brush, I brushed on the stain.  Then I rubbed the stain into the white paint with a soft cloth.  Next, I used a damp cloth and wiped some of the stain off.  I Added more stain and continued the process.

Then let it dry! 

Here is what the frame looked like before I added the craft paint.  It's a pretty grey, but not weathered enough to look like driftwood.

The final step to get the driftwood look is applying the craft paint!  I used a cloth to apply the craft paint.  I rubbed the craft paint into the stain and wiped it with a damp cloth.  Let it dry...


That's it...Now I have the driftwood look! I added the doorknob from the entertainment center to cover the nail.



Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, what a difference. It changes the entire look of the picture. Must pin!

Linda at Mixed Kreations said...

Wow, that looks great! I've been wanting to try making some wood look like driftwood and the tutorial I found have me soaking my wood in Borax and don't know what I did wrong but it didn't work. This looks so much easier. I wonder if it would work on a small tree branch that is smooth. Thanks for sharing your technique! Pinning!

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