Published on September 12th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


DIY painted "driftwood" table

Materials: Hemnes coffee table, Milkpaint, brushes, electric sander

Description: I bought a long time ago this HEMNES coffee table from IKEA.
I sanded them a little and got the paint to create a driftwood look.
I had some Milkpaint left from an other project, and started to paint.

I didn’t use so much water for the darker paint and used it like chalk to get the dark spots on the wood.

In the end it looks like this, a nice beachy driftwood look!;)

See more of the driftwood table.

~ Pudel – design, Deutschland

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8 Responses to DIY painted "driftwood" table

  1. Stacy says:

    I’m interested in doing this, but I’m not sure I understand the steps? Is there more than just the driftwood milk paint applied? How do you get the white streaks?

  2. It’s beautiful! I love how it turned out!

  3. It is totally fabulous and would love to try this paint technique for some tables in my beach cottage.

  4. ashleyist says:

    I’m floored. And drooling.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How ZENesque! Nice work. Knock on wood (so to say) that this will last in the years to come.

  6. chicca says:

    simple and elegant at the same time :)

  7. Beautiful. Love the tray too!

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