The DIY Designer: How to create a beachy look on furniture with paint

Love beachy decor? Learn how to get this beachy color washed look on your next furniture makeover! (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

Authored By rainonatinroofblog

Are you a fan of washed-out hues on furniture? Where there’s some color, but it looks a little faded out from time? I call that the “beachy look.” If you love that look, then you’re definitely going to want to try this painting technique out on your next furniture makeover-it’s so easy!


Step one
First, make sure the surface you’re painting is clean. I cleaned my table with Ready, which will also degloss your piece at the same time, keeping you from having to sand or prime it before painting. Just spray Ready on the table, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then wipe it clean with paper towels.

Step two
To achieve the beachy-colored look, you will first want to give your piece of furniture a base color of white. I gave my table two coats of Minimalistic before layering on the color.

Step three
After the paint is dry, mix up your colored glaze, which is what will give the piece a beachy look. To make the glaze, I mixed a little bit of Boheme (a turquoise hue) with Enhance clear glaze. You’ll want a little more of the glaze than the paint in the mixture. The consistency should be watery. There’s really no exact measurement. Just play with it-you can’t mess it up. You won’t need much of this mixture at all; a little bit goes a long way.

Step four
With a paintbrush, apply the colored glaze to your surface. Just put a little on your brush-you don’t need much at all-and brush it back and forth just like you would with paint. If your glaze is too dark or too colored to your liking, use a lint-free cloth to wipe away some of the glaze, but be sure to do so before it dries. With this table, I started by wiping up some of the glaze as I went, but decided I actually liked it better with the glaze as-is on the table, so I just brushed it on the entire table and let it dry.

If you need more detailed instructions, you can view the video in this post to see how I mixed up the glaze and applied it to the table.

After the table was dry, I was left with a washed-out turquoise “beachy” look.

You can make the glaze in any color you wish. You can see where I’ve made other colored glazes here.  

What do you think of the beachy look? 

Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at [email protected] or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.