For this outdoor space, I wanted a simple finish on the dining table so any decor could be paired with it. Outdoor spaces allow us to change the decor as the season go by and this keeps the outdoor dining more exciting to use during the warmer months. I purchased this table from a local shop on Cape Cod that has unfinished furniture. This way I was able to finish it exactly the way I wanted, and I saved a ton of money doing it this way.
I originally purchased a can of Minwax Wood Stain in the Classic Gray. After two coats, it just wasn't giving me the washed up, driftwood look I was going for. So I decided to take some leftover paint I had laying around and dry brush it on to create the look I wanted. For this table I used Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. Dry brushing is super easy! Barely dip the end of your brush into the paint and then wipe the excess off with a towel so the brush is almost dry. Wipe it over the table and you will see faint streaks come from the brush. You can add more if you want but this allows you to add a little at a time.
Since this is a piece for the outdoors, it's a good idea to finish with a clear stain that will protect it from the elements. I used Minwax Water Based Helmsman Spar Urethane in a clear satin. This is available at pretty much any home store and if they don't have it just ask for something that will protect your furniture outside so you aren't hauling it in everytime a cloud rolls in.