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DIY Faux Driftwood Outdoor Dining Table Makeover

How to revive an old outdoor dining table with a Serena and Lily inspired driftwood finish using just spray paint.

This is definitely one of those “Why didn’t I do this sooner?!” kind of projects. You know the ones where you just walk by a piece of ugly furniture in your house everyday and dread painting it?

This one ended up being way easier than I thought it would be and turned out SO good.

Our outdoor dining table definitely didn’t start out that way.

outdoor dining table with french bistro chairs

I really love the look of the driftwood finish on Serena and Lily outdoor dining tables, but I’m definitely not down to spend $2,500 on one like this.

So here’s what I did instead to create a driftwood look on our outdoor dining table.

Supplies Used:

The Steps

1. We lightly sanded any rough spots to remove the loose flaking finish on the tabletop first. (Robert can’t resist a reason to bust out a power tool and he was out here sanding this table before I could even grab the sandpaper.)

sanding an outdoor table

2. We primed the table all over with a coat of the Kilz Original spray primer to block any old stain from bleeding through the paint.

kilz original spray primer to use on outdoor furniture

Honestly, I was tempted to just paint the table white, but I wanted some natural wood tone on our pool deck since everything else out there (the fence, cabana, concrete) will be gray or white. And white is harder to keep looking clean outdoors anyway.

primed outdoor dining table

I chose these three different light brown paint colors to create some dimension in the wood so it wouldn’t be just a flat 1-color painted surface.

spray paint colors to create a driftwood finish

3. We gave the entire table two light coats of the Camouflage Khaki paint first. (I like using this comfort grip since it makes the paint spray more evenly and keeps my hand from cramping.) Always spray in a sweeping motion, never stopping, in fewer, light coats to prevent drips.

comfort grip for better spray paint application

4. Once the Khaki was dry, I used the Sand color about 20 inches from the surface (further away than recommended) and lightly dusted over the Khaki color for some variation. Then, I repeated the same with the Nutmeg color, only spraying enough for an extra light layer of color.

how to add depth using spray paint for a driftwood finish

Once it was dry, in the evening, I set it up just in time for a backyard cookout because…

outdoor dining table decor

It’s my birthday! So cheers to 34 and paint makeovers. 😉

outdoor patio with limewashed brick and dining table

This outdoor dining table really turned out so cute. I might add a glaze just for an extra layer to bring out the natural cracks in the wood underneath, but maybe that’d be overdoing it. We’ll see.

Either way, it was a huge improvement from the before.

outdoor dining table set for a birthday party

While we were at it, we painted this old outdoor IKEA table too.

IKEA outdoor dining table makeover

So now it’s ready to go for a summer full of fun ahead.

night time backyard patio and back porch with string lights and candlelight

Outdoor Bistro Chairs | Outdoor Table (similar) | Bowls | Plates | Flatware | Linen Napkins | Outdoor Wine Glasses | String Lights | Candle Holders | Votives

night time backyard patio and back porch with string lights and candlelight

Hopefully soon, we’ll build a cabana and outdoor kitchen beside that fence over there (which is also due to be replaced). So much is happening out here this summer.

night time backyard patio and back porch with string lights and candlelight

This backyard has been quite a journey, and we’re nowhere close to finished, but this view has definitely made the hard work feel worth it.

night time backyard patio and back porch with string lights and candlelight

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10 Comments

  1. Oh, and a question–please tell me more about the “Rust-Oleum Comfort Spray Grip Accessory.” Does it work on other brands of spray paint cans, too? I’ve never heard of something like that. I NEEEEEEED IT!

    1. Yes! Works on any spray paint can that has that style of nozzle. I’ve used it on Krylon spray paints and other brands. It saves my hand from cramping when I need to use more than one can.

  2. Happy Birthday lovely lady! Beautiful tables and welcoming tablescapes. You and your family are a blessing to those you invite into your home and garden, both in person and online. Thank you for all your wonderful, charming, delightful, ideas!

  3. Wow, it looks amazing! I’ve been dying to paint my teak furniture but I always thought it wasn’t possible. Is your table made out of teak?

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