Create a Quick Easy and Beautiful Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish in Minutes.
Create a Beautiful Driftwood Finish on Bare or Unfinished Wood
Finish Lasts a Lifetime Clean up with soap and water Enough to cover approx. 50-70 sq. ft.
Simple to Use – Mix with water and apply – results in minutes
You’ve seen the Driftwood Weathered Wood look in high end stores like Restoration Hardware and Ballard Designs for a lot of money and now you can do it yourself for a lot less.
Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish is a simple powder mixture and when added to water and applied to unfinished and untreated wood or wood furniture, will provide a gorgeous, beautiful and long lasting weathered gray driftwood finish.
Hard woods such as oak and mahogany will develop a darker bluish-gray color while softer woods such as pine, poplar and birch develop a lighter weathered bluish-gray color. Other woods that have been tested include maple, cedar, cherry, fir, spruce and redwood. NOT recommended for use on particle board, balsa, rubberwood, parawood or Malaysian oak.
The solution penetrates deep into the wood so the driftwood finish will last the lifetime of your indoor or outdoor furniture and will not need to be re-applied. It’s very simple and easy to apply and the results are amazingly quick. And, there’s no messy cleanup.
Wood treated with Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish is an all natural product safe for humans, animals and the environment.
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Directions for Creating Your Driftwood Weathered Wood Finish:
Mix 1 packet with 1 Cup of water. Each packet is enough to cover approximately 25-35 square feet – more if you wish to dilute the solution.
(TIP: test your wood in an inconspicuous area to see the color which will develop. Some woods such as oak and mahogany develop a darker weathered finish than pines and birch. If you prefer a lighter finish, dilute the solution until you get the tone you want.)
Using a brush or roller, apply the solution to bare, unfinished and untreated wood or furniture that you have stripped and sanded. Sand all visible glue.
The pictures below are of a “mystery wood” chair that had been painted white enamel, sandblasted and a final application of the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish as well as a maple highboy that had been stripped, sanded and a final application of Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish.
There’s no need to be precise when applying the solution and – you just need to get all areas wet. The Driftwood Weathering Wood solution will begin to work on most woods within a 10-15 minutes and the results will usually darken slowly over the next 24 hours. The first few minutes after application can be rather intimidating as you will either see lots of different colors developing or it will look like nothing is happening at all – be patient. It will actually quicken and enhance the procedure if applied and left to dry in the sun.
Cleanup is simple with soap and water. Any leftover solution can be stored for up to 3 months in a non-metallic container. Leftover powder can be stored indefinitely.
Top Coating Your Piece
While you can use any top coat product you wish over the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish, keep in mind that most oil based top coating products or ones that contain solvents will usually change the color of the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish from gray to more brownish and will normally make it darker. This is not necessarily a bad thing as certainly weathered wood comes in various shades of brown, but if you prefer to keep the gray tones as much as possible, you need to look for a water based top coat without any solvents in order to preserve the color.
Of the many top coating products we have used, we find our new Driftwood Final Finish Liquid Wax to be one of the best at preserving the color and tone of the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish and highly recommend it. It can be used as a top coat on furniture, cabinetry, floors and any indoor piece where Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish has been used. It will seal the finish with a layer of carnauba wax leaving a very hard and durable protective matte top coat. Just apply with soft cloth, let it dry and then buff to a final hard finish. Two coats are recommended and more if your wood is particularly dry and soaks up the finish.
This dining chair was previously painted white and was sandblasted to remove the paint but it still left a lot of white paint in the crevices. No idea what type of wood this is but it is very pale, dense and hard without much grain. The carving, however is exquisite.
I had no idea how the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish would react to this wooden chair and once I had applied it, as you can see, I became apprehensive as within a few minutes I was getting a lot of different colors and a lot of brown tones. You just have to be patient and give the product time to work its magic. Sometimes you don’t think it’s doing anything at all and sometimes it looks rather scary like above. Be patient.
The chair dried to a beautiful aged and weathered wood shade. You can still see leftover white paint in some of the crevices that the sandblasting had left behind. I later got creative and used an inexpensive electric nail filer and one of the 1/2″ nib attachments in the small crevices to sand out all the extra white paint – it worked perfectly!
Here’s the chair after an hour in the sun. It’s exactly the color I was hoping for. This chair took less than 10 minutes to apply the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish and about 45 min. in direct Florida sun to dry.
Avoid inhalation of the powder, contact with eyes and prolonged contact with skin. In case of accidental contact with eyes, flush with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. Use gloves whenever possible to avoid skin irritation and staining. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.