A choice of finishes for your driftwood table
Although all of my driftwood furniture is created from Florida red cedar, there is a variety of ways that I can finish it. With all tables, once they’re structurally completed, I have them sandblasted. This reveals the natural colors of the red cedar or Juniper tree. At this point the table can be left in that state & it’s ready for the glass table top.
In addition to the reddish brown colors, with some pieces there will be streaks of blond sap wood intermingled.
If that vibrant sandblasted patina is too intense (it will fade slightly over time once inside ), it can be left to be exposed to the weather for a period of time until the desired faded look is achieved. Of the 2 tables directly above the top one was left out for 4-6 weeks & the bottom one for 2-3 months.
A similar look to the sun faded finish is accomplished by submerging the sandblasted piece in a special bleaching solution. The outcome is a table that has more of a beige finish.
If that procedure is continued it will be predominately white which is closer to the silver gray patina & takes much less time to accomplish.
Most tables I have in my current inventory are the of the silver gray nature. It has proven to be my most popular & because I have to rely on the elements they are also the longest to complete. Depending on the time of year that could be 2-4 months.
Finally, a table that has some nice blend of colors can be finished with a satin dull rubbed lacquer enhancing the natural reddish, brown, blond tones.
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