How to Get the Driftwood Look | The Restoration Hardware Finish

This is the last week of the Summer Tutorial Series. Thanks for sticking with me this far, if you missed any, here is what we’ve covered:

Week 1: Java Gel Stain Tutorial

Week 2: Painting Laminate Furniture

Week 3: Color Washing Tutorial

Week 4: Wood Stain Tutorial

Week 5: Pearl Effects Metallic Tutorial

Week 6: Glazing Tutorial

Week 7: How to Re-Upholster a Chair

Week 8: Color Washing Over Wood

On to business… today’s tutorial is how to get the Driftwood Look (also called the Restoration Hardware Finish).  I’ve tried a few different methods to get this look, and the way I’m sharing today is the most consistent and fool-proof.

Here’s the before and after of this cedar trunk.


Materials you need to get the Driftwood Look:

Some of the links are affiliate links to help you find what you need!  These are products I have tested and used myself or something comparable.

220 Sandpaper
Driftwood Milk Paint
Winter White Glaze Effects
Van Dyke Brown Glaze Effects
Purdy XL Cub Paint Brush
● Dry Paper Towels
General Finishes High Performance Poly

To start, you apply 2 coats of Driftwood Milk Paint, then it’s two coats of glaze applied in a dry brushing technique.  (I also think a watered down milk paint could get you the same look. If you have Snow White and Dark Chocolate, you can try that.)

Paint can be substituted for glaze, but not the other way around :)

This technique is a great way to add character to a plain piece or over a detailed piece to make the details really pop.  Also, the glaze settles into and brings out dings and scratches for really nice character.

Here’s the tutorial video

I’d love to see your projects if you try this technique.

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Happy Painting!