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How To Create A Driftwood Finish

Today I’m teaching you how to get the look of driftwood using Americana Decor Chalky Paint. I love the look of driftwood, however, these pieces can come with a hefty price tag.  I scored these dark brown candlesticks at the thrift store for $3 each.  They still had the Pottery Barn stickers on the bottom so I’m thinking they cost a pretty penny back in the day. Using chalk paint I was able to achieve a driftwood look with no sanding or priming. You can use this method on a large piece of furniture (future plans for this) or a small accessory like these candlesticks.   A great DIY tutorial that will give any piece an instant update!

Here they are before I got my hands on them, they really are beautiful!


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Before I start on the tutorial, I wanted to mention that I have transformed pieces in the past with stain but that involves sanding and you really don’t know what the final outcome will be. The stain will take on a different look depending upon the type of wood.  That’s why I loved this method, I had complete control of how the end product would look.  I have also noted what each color is (tan/dark brown/gray/white)  in case you have similar colors on hand.



2 Inch angle brush or chip brush
DecoArt Americana Decor Creme Wax, Deep Brown
Americana Décor Acrylic Chalky Finish Paint: Everlasting White, 8 oz—–White
DecoArt ADC-25 Americana Chalky Finish Paint, 8-Ounce, Rustic—-Dark Brown
DecoArt Ameri Americana Decor Chalky Finish 8oz Artifact—–Gray
DecoArt Ameri Americana Decor Chalky Finish 8oz Restore—-Tan
Clean Rags
Step 1: Give your piece a good cleaning with a soapy rag and dry well.

Step 2: Dry brush the color  RESTORE for your first coat and let dry.  It’s fine if you have a few bare spots. Drybrushing is when you dip your paintbrush into the paint but the brush is still relatively dry.  When painted on the surface, it creates uneven streaks, almost a scratchy appearance.

Step 3: Dry-brush a light coat of Rustic Chalky paint over the tan, again it does not need to completely cover the tan, let dry.

Step 4: For the third coat of paint, mix equal parts of your Artifact and Restore together.  Dry brush a light coat of this over your entire piece.  In areas I felt it was too dark I would use a damp rag and lightly wipe it off.  In areas where I felt it needed more, I added more.  You really can’t make any mistakes, allow this coat to dry.

At this point you might be done, you just need to add the dark wax.  When  I compared the candlestick to our dining room table (the color I was going for) I decided I wanted the candlesticks to be a little bit lighter.

Step 5: Dry brushed a layer of Everlasting Chalky Paint and wiped it off with a slightly damp cloth until I achieved the look I was going for.

Step 6: Add the dark cream wax to protect the piece.

Here is a side by side comparison of the candlesticks.  The one on the right is before I added a layer of white, the one on the left is with the layer of white paint.

This is why I love this technique, it truly is impossible to mess up.  If you aren’t satisfied with how your piece looks, you simply add another layer of paint.   Just keep dry-brushing on layers until you love the result.




I made some more Pumpkin Succulent Planters like last years, (you can find the tutorial here) and added it along with a candle to give the table an Autumn feel.


It’s Thrift Store Decor Day, come see what all the other ladies did with their thrift store finds this month, I see lots of candlesticks in there!

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Thank you so much for stopping in today, you can find more of my Thrift Store Projects Below.


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  1. Kristen,

    whoa! If I did this, they’d look like a hot mess. Pinning so I can try to do something like this without messing it up. Your tall candlesticks are gorgeous! I love all the cute pumpkin decor you have. Perfect.


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