DRIFTWOOD FINISH ON A DINING TABLE - using annie sloan chalk paint







This is a dining table I brought back to life creating a driftwood finish for the top and beautiful dark legs on the bottom.





BEFORE - table top & legs


GETTING EVERYTHING UNIFORM
This table is made of oak and probably 100 years old so it has
 seen a lot of use and more recently it has been in storage.
To achieve a consistent looking driftwood finish across all 
pieces I needed to create a uniform finish first, bare with me 
while I try my best to explain.
The leaves still had stain and clear coat on them, but the
 main rounds of the table didn't, they are stripped bare.
Another problem was the deep dark stains in the wood. All
 these things would show through in a regular finish.
 They would need to be dealt with first and
I will share MY method for fixing.



I mixed a light grey with ASCP graphite and pure white and
brush painted it on the table in the direction of the grain. In
one foot squares I painted then lightly wiped the excess off with 
paper towel, my hands got very messy. Below you can see the 
first layer of paint pulled in the direction of the wood grain.
You can also see in the next photos the issues I mentioned 
above about the stains and different finishes coming through.

WORKING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WOOD 
GRAIN WITH EVERY STEP IS VERY IMPORTANT 
IN CREATING THIS DRIFTWOOD FINISH


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SEALING THE FINISH

Here is a close up of the different original finishes creating
 an uniformed look. SO the next step was to seal everything,
 and I used Varathane's water based spray clear coat, semi gloss.




After that I use dark stain across the table top.
Below you can see the results.



RE-APPLY PAINT
Once again I use the light grey AS paint and brush painted it 
on the table in the direction of the grain. In one foot 
squares painted then lightly wiped the excess off with paper 
towel in the direction of the grain. This is what creates the 
final look you see here below. Then I did two coats of the
 Varathane spray clear coat across the table with a final waxing.




The table legs were sprayed in Annie Sloan Graphite
Chalk Paint then clear coated three times.



See the matching chairs here:  https://bit.ly/2Odirih


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