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Driftwood Changing Table in Vanilla Frosting

August 17, 2017
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Do you love coastal, nautical decor? Crystal from The Driftwood Home chose Vanilla Frosting to pair beautifully with the natural driftwood top of this changing table and we just adore it!
It’s such perfect timing that the first piece we released after our re-brand from Team Sutton Designs to The Driftwood Home is this darling changing table with a driftwood finish.

Our clients are expecting a little one soon and their nursery theme is nautical inspired so of course we knew we had to incorporate driftwood in there somewhere. They also wanted something their baby could grow with so neutrals seemed the best pick.

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They chose Vanilla Frosting from the Country Chic Paint line for the base. This dresser is solid oak and previously had a dark finish on it so I knew I had to prime. Oak is notorious for yellow bleeding, so I wanted to make sure to protect the paint. I sprayed three coats of shellac based primer and two coats of Vanilla Frosting. This paint color does have yellow undertones to it, so distressing over the primer by hand would be obvious against the stark white primer. My go-to method to minimize sanding through the paint (with primer showing) is to use an orbital at an angle. Then, I sealed with three coats of a clear top coat in a Satin finish.

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The top was a little tricky since this was my first time doing a driftwood finish on a flat surface. I tried to incorporate the original stain but it was just too overpowering with the red undertones. So I sanded down to bare wood and stained with two coats of a gray stain for a base. Then I took a chip brush and dipped it into a dark walnut stain and dry brushed it on going with the grain. I used a stain pad to wipe away and it added some warmth to the gray stain. I continued by dry brushing a white glaze to help blend and balance. The key to the driftwood finish is layers and blending. Overall, this finish took about three layers of blending gray, dark walnut and white. After I sealed it with a clear coat, I went over with one coat of dark wax just to add some depth.

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I think it turned out perfectly. The combination of driftwood and Vanilla Frosting definitely make a great coastal and nautical pair.

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Crystal {The Driftwood Home}

We are Jake & Crystal Sutton, owners of The Driftwood Home! Jake & I are both Active Duty military serving in the US Air Force. We spend our days driving across San Antonio picking up furniture that’s ready for a new look. Jake is the prep guru and does everything from sanding, to routing, to reinforcing shaky foundations. I make things pretty with my spray gun and paint brush, and design all the pieces from top to bottom. Although this is not our primary job, this is our future and every day we work harder to make our dreams of one day opening our own furniture store come true.

Make sure to follow Crystal on her blog, The Driftwood Home. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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