If you have driftwood pieces that you found at the beach, you then know that is not the easiest thing to clean them. But this is not hard as it seems, you only need few ingredients.
How to clean driftwood?
The number one is water of course. Then you have to find a bucket and a brush. In a bucket of water, you have to mix the soaking solution by using 2 cups of bleach. Then you have to sink the driftwood into the bucket full of this mixture and live it for five days, but change the water every day. After five days let the driftwood to dry out before using it again, but make sure to store it to in a low humid place when it is drying.
Little pieces of driftwood will take one to two weeks to fully clean, but the larger ones might take a bit longer. When it is dry use it to decorate your house or make a DIY project like mirrors, photo frames, vases, the possibilities are endless. If you don’t have an idea, just go online, and you will find many different projects that you would defiantly like. The bleach that you use to clean driftwood will eliminate any bugs, planktons or other sea creatures that use to live in the wood. Bleach would also lighten the natural color of driftwood, and make it even prettier.
How to preserve it?
The first thing you have to do is to add an insecticide so the bugs won’t inhabit driftwood again. Mix insecticide with water in a spray bottle, and spray it all around the driftwood, but make sure that you do this outdoors. After applying this mixture leave it on the sun for few days. If you want to apply paint to the driftwood use wood conditioner. Use a cloth with conditioner and spread it all around driftwood, and let it dry. If you want the driftwood to last use furniture wax, which consists of an equal mixture of beeswax and turpentine. You can also use clear matte or gloss protective finish.
Mirrors made from driftwood are such a beautiful object to have in your home design, especially if you want that beachy vibe through your home. You don’t have to buy it in the expensive home shop; you can easily make it by yourself. Anybody can make them, even people who don’t have carpenter skills. Collect driftwood that you found, and get on the job.
The first step is to prepare the base of the mirror. You have to use a thick sheet of plywood and cut it in a circular shape, which has to match the shape of the mirror. Cut along the marked line to create mirror base. When that is over, sand down all the edges because you want to have a smooth finish. Add two sets of hooks to the back side of the base, so you can hang a mirror on the wall after you are finished.
The second step is to attach the mirror to the base, and to do so, carefully turn the mirror on a smooth surface. Make sure that a mirror doesn’t have scratches or that is not broken. Squeeze a generous amount of glue onto to the back of the mirror, and make sure to spread it all around using a flat spatula. Once again gently turn the mirror back over and place it centered on the top of plywood. Plywood and mirror have to clamp together, and glue has to dry for several days before you can move to next step.
The final and third step is to attach the driftwood. Once the mirror is set in his place, you can remove all the clamps and laid the mirror on the right side up. You can attach driftwood by using any glue, but it is best to use a glue gun. You have to attach driftwood to an exposed plywood base and continue to do so until you made a circle. Because you are using hot glue, driftwood is going to be a bit fragile, so you want to be very careful when moving it around. When you complete all the steps, proudly hang it on the wall.
Driftwood lamps area piece to have in your home. They are a statement piece, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to have it, you can easily make it by yourself. You can use one large piece of driftwood or eve several smaller ones. Your creation is going to have enough texture, and your home is going to have a nice outdoor feeling. There are a few ideas how can you make it, and this projects wouldn’t last more than one afternoon.
Create a beautiful lamp from a Flea Market find
Just find a basic table lamp from a local flea market or yard sale, if you already don’t have one that you would like to redo. Disassemble the lamp, and try to remove every decorative element of the lamp column, so that you only have a metal center poll. To this part, you would attach driftwood that you found. Take several of them that curve outward at one end. The bottom will be the base of the lamp, and the top will reach just beyond the socket. Attach driftwood with glue and top the lamp with a lampshade that you have chosen. When you turn the lamp on, the light will have a nice and soft driftwood silhouette.
Make a driftwood lamp for your desk
Make sure to find inexpensive lamp kit and a thick wooden base, four wooden buttons and five or more driftwood pieces of similar length to the base. You have to start with the base and drill a hole into the center. Drill the same hole through the center of each driftwood piece. Then you have to fix the lamp rod to the base. You have to secure it with a nut and a washer. Then stack the driftwood horizontally over the rod and into the base. When you decided how to place driftwood pieces, glue each part together so they will stay in place. You have to spread lamp cord through the base of the lamp, and through pieces of driftwood, and all to the top of the rod. Then wire and secure the socket to the rod’s top end, and then connect the harp to the socket. The final step is to glue the wooden buttons to the bottom four corners of the base if you want to give height to accommodate the lamp cord under the base.