Anywho, today I am back in the newly updated foyer with the deets on the dresser. Last week I shared how I spontaneously painted the foyer navy to get the makeover ball rolling. Then the how and why on the "Eat Well Travel Often Choose Joy" DIY art. Today, it's all about the driftwood dresser.
Y'all. I realize that most people do not want their furniture to look like it has been tumbling around in the ocean and washed ashore.
But that is EXACTLY the look I wanted for this dresser.
Yep. I wanted this dresser to look like driftwood and today I am going to show you how I did it. Take very careful notes because it is very specific with lots of exact steps.
Ha, yeah right. You know how I roll. But I will share my non-specific way I gave this a driftwood finish.
First, I went on the hunt for a piece of furniture for this space. I wanted something long and narrow, and storage was a must. When I found this amazing dresser at the Habitat Restore for $100, I was sold! But I definitely knew it would need some work.
Off to Pinterest to read about 128 tutorials on how to gray wash, white wash, get the Restoration Hardware look, yada-yada-yada...
In summary: There is absolutely no one right way to do it and very little science to it. I figured I would give it a whirl! So based on the various tutorials I read, I wandered into the basement and pulled out a bunch of leftover paint and stains I thought would work. (note=free)
And then I just experimented until I got the look I wanted.
Here are the supplies I ended up using:
- Sand Paper
- Annie Sloan French Linen Chalk Paint
- White trim paint (leftover)
- Old T-Shirt
- Adventurous Spirit
As a reminder, here is what we started with. I love the hardware it came with so I just left it as is.
I just started by giving the dresser a very light sanding. Then I gave it a very light coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint using the dry brush method. The key to getting the driftwood look is the dry brush. Basically you want very little paint on the brush before you apply it.
And yes, it makes the painting process much longer. But totally worth it!
Here is a progress shot. Kind of scary, right?
After I gave it a pretty good coat of gray, I started adding very dry white brush strokes. By very dry I just mean VERY little paint on the brush. If I got too much, I would just use the old t-shirt to wipe it off.
I figured I really couldn't mess it up so I just added a little here, a little there, being sure to take my time.
I just did this over and over. Over and over. Light coats with a very "dry" brush.
Until it had almost full coverage. I love how some of the original color still shows through in places.
I love the driftwood gray finish against the navy wall.