Coastal Craft DIY Driftwood Table Paint Project

{Coastal Crafts} Faux Driftwood Tables

Today’s coastal craft was deservedly featured on IKEA Hackers this month.  What immediately caught our attention was the weathered driftwood look of the tables as well as the fact that we love everything painted.  We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again, “Paint creates amazing transformations without a ton of money!”  The project uses a small materials list, milk paint and was completed by Lydia Pudel, a blogger from a small town in Germany.    She was inspired to transform some IKEA tables by painting them to take on a beachy driftwood look.  She had first been introduced to milk paint earlier this year by Miss Mustard Seed.

What inspired Lydia to get the paint brushes out? She saw these pretty side tables, dining tables and coffee tables and decided that she needed one too…We’re inspired too and have the perfect coffee and end tables that could use some refreshing.


Coastal Crafts - DIY Faux Driftwood Tables

Coastal Crafts - DIY Faux Driftwood Tables

Coastal Crafts - DIY Faux Driftwood Tables

Tips for working with Milk Paint: Lydia didn’t use much water for the darker paint and used it like chalk to get the dark spots on the wood.  She found the paint pretty easy to use. Miss Mustard Seed shared…” it’s a little tricky, but the results are fabulous.  The first thing you’ll notice is that it comes in powder form in a bag.  This means you have to do the mixing, but you just add equal parts warm water and stir.

The consistency is much different from a latex, oil or chalk paint.  It is a little thinner and the first coat is usually a little transparent and streaky.  This is a great look if you want a very worn, authentic finish.  Apply a second coat for better coverage.”  >Visit Miss Mustard Seed for photos of her gorgeous projects painted with milk paint.


Use Milk Paint for Coastal Driftwood Crafts

Materials List:

  1. Hemnes coffee table from IKEA
  2. Milk Paint in Driftwood and Buttermilk
  3. Foam Paint brushes
  4. Electric sander

The tables were amazingly transformed from modern and sleek… Coastal Crafts

to beachy and driftwood chic…

Coastal Craft DIY Driftwood Table

In the end, the large table looks like this… a nice weathered driftwood look!


Coastal Craft DIY Driftwood Table Project

Coastal Craft DIY Driftwood Table Paint Project

Coastal Craft DIY Driftwood Table Paint Project


>Learn how to paint furniture with milk paint

>Learn the step by step tips on creating your own faux driftwood table



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12 thoughts on “{Coastal Crafts} Faux Driftwood Tables

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  2. Rene

    I really like this look and am wanting to try it on an oak chest that has that ugly orange finish. Thanks for sharing the tips and for leaving a nice comment on my blog.

  3. Michelle

    Oh my this is amazing!!!! I would love to try this and I can’t believe how much it looks like driftwood!!
    Thank you for sharing in this! Have a wonderful day!

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