East Coast Driftwood Look… How She Did it!

I know, I know. This table has taken the internet by storm. How did she do it?  How did she get that East Coast Driftwood look?

Lol. I may be exaggerating. But, I have gotten more questions about HOW I did this table than any other piece, ever!

East Coast Driftwood Look on a Coffee Table

I will be honest….I don’t know if I could ever 100% duplicate this. But I will share my process!

The Process

First, I painted the base in Antique White from General Finishes. Next up, the top!
I tried General Finishes water based walnut stain. It was my first time using it and I didn’t love how I applied it. I sanded back down to almost bare wood but not so much that all the stain was removed. I then painted the top with antique white.
Next up, I let out a big sigh and huffed and puffed. I feel these are important steps. Then, I instantly realized it was going to take a lot of work to paint this white after staining it and the solid white was not what I wanted. Noticing that I could kinda see some of the stain, I saw some potential so I started sanding and sanding and sanding. I sanded a lot and with different pressures and more in certain spots. I kind of liked it but thought….well, this is all water based right? So I grabbed the stain and stained on top of my stain/paint table top and wiped A LOT of it off. VOILA. I present to you the East Coast Driftwood look.
I buffed the table and sealed with two coats of Modern Masters Supreme Clear. And I love it.
If you try to duplicate….send us pictures!!!