Table & Chair Project Using Driftwood Products and Poets Paint Waterglass Paint
This is a project I’ve been working on for a year and a half, little by little, here and there until it’s finally now done. Well, not really – I still have two more chairs that need to be stripped and finished but all I have room for right now is two chairs so I’m good – for now, I’ve got my driftwood weathered wood finished table and chairs.
I not only used the Driftwood line of products on this project, including the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish, Driftwood Weathering Wax and Driftwood Liming Wax, but I also borrowed from our sister company, Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint and painted the caning in Vintage White. I also used one of my favorite colors, Poet’s Paint Vintage Silk Blue, which is a beautiful soft pale blue, and painted a drop cloth and used that for the chair covers.
Below, I’ve stripped and sanded this little table, then applied the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish and finally applied the Driftwood Liming Wax.
I had my driftwood weathered wood finished table so next I started on the chairs. I have four of them that I found at a second hand store and had to have them. The carving is just exquisite but they are all heavily painted and need to be stripped. I tried stripping them myself by it was soon clear it was way too laborious and tedious and I needed to call in the professionals. I had two stripped professionally and the other two are still waiting to be done.
I still have no idea what type of wood they are made from and suspect that it is a composite. You can see there is a variation in color in the two legs on the stripped chair and that caused a variation in color when I applied the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish.
Now I used the Driftwood Weathering Wax and waxing brush to get more gray tone and even out the color. After the Driftwood Weathering Wax, I went over by brushing it lightly with the Driftwood Liming Wax. I have found that I like the combination of the Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish with the Driftwood Liming Wax on most of my pieces and usually do both.
Now comes the chair cover. For this I used a drop cloth and Poet’s Paint Waterglass Paint in Vintage Silk Blue. I filled a plastic storage container with about 3 gallons of water and to that I added about 1/2 quart of the paint and then just soaked the two pieces of cloth that I had already cut out for about an hour. After an hour, I took the material out of the solution, rinsed it off and hung it to dry. I later soaked it again in a bath of water softner as I found the canvas cloth to be rather stiff – due more to the weight of the canvas cloth and not the paint. The softner bath helped a little so I could wrap it and staple it.
Once dry, I steamed them with a hot iron and wrapped and stapled them to make my chair covers. The color was perfect.
My chairs and table are complete and look fantastic on my sun porch.