Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Driftwood Bookcase

I'm fresh back from a three day seminar at the Annie Sloan Unfolded Studio in High Point, North Carolina. We learned so many different paint techniques and styles that my head is just buzzing with creative inspiration! I was honored to share the experience with an amazingly talented group of women and couldn't wait to get back to my shop to start applying what I learned.

While in NC, I finally had the time to experiment with color mixing...I mixed and played until I learned how to create a driftwood type finish. Why was I so determined to create a driftwood look...well, I lust over the finishes that Restoration Hardware creates on their furniture and I knew I should be able to create a similar look for a fraction of the cost. {and I think I've done it}

On the flight home I was already planning and plotting as to what piece I would try the driftwood look on and this stout bookcase seemed to be the perfect candidate!

It's really not an overly complicated process, it just takes some time to let the coats dry between colors. If you're like me...you are in a big hurry to see the completed project but trust me, it's well worth the wait! {don't ask me how I know this!} The process is a series of washes with a few different Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors and then at the end I distressed the piece and used a mix of dark and clear wax to finish it off. I'm thrilled with the final product!

 Have a splendid day!


  1. Absolute awesomeness !!! Luv RH finishes ! I need to learn how to do this !

  2. HI Crystal how are you? this bookcase turned out so beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up to our Something to Talk About Link Party again and I hope you join us again tomorrow morning at 6 am est (or when you're up and have had coffee..lol). Have a great week, Lisa at Concord Cottage

  3. Thanks Lisa! Coffee is brewing and my projects are linked up! Thanks for hosting a great party!