"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."
~Vincent Van Gogh
Step by Step Instructions:
1. Mix the Saltwash using the included 2 oz scoop into your paint. In a typical application, you will mix about 20-25 oz of Saltwash, per quart of paint. For best results, you want the Saltwash mixture consistency comparable to a thick cake batter.
2. Once your Saltwash is mixed to the correct consistency, you can begin to apply it to your piece of furniture, using a glob-like technique, leaving thick, tall peaks.
3. As the Saltwash begins to dry, and becomes slightly tacky to touch, you will want to lightly smooth out the peaks in a gentle, back and forth, or side to side motion. The strokes should only knock down the heavy peaks, leaving it slightly smoother, and a only a little more evenly-leveled. This step helps to provide the weathered, layered texture look - you want to retain some of the non-uniform coating of the base application. If the Saltwash layer has become too dry to smooth down the peaks, simply add a little water to your brush and easily re-smooth. You can always re-apply more of the Saltwash basecoat, to add more texture.
4. Once your Saltwash layer is completely dry you will apply your top coat of paint. This layer will have NO SaltWash added. Reapply the top coat of paint as desired.
5. Once your top coat of paint is completely dry, apply a light sanding. This will reveal the Saltwash base coat and give it the beautiful, multi-layered and years aged, "salty coast", look and feel.
TIP: Try combining various colors and experimenting with multiple layers and paint types, to create your own unique Saltwash style. As you mix, dust may fly, so consider wearing a dust mask.
Using Saltwash to Transform an Old Outdated Printer Table into a Plant Stand
While at the General Finishes Conference, we met the Saltwash originator, Carol Hunter, and she gave us a 10 oz. can of Saltwash to try. Pure & Original had already given me two of their classic colors, Poetic Blue and Steel Blue, so we chose them to combine with the Saltwash.
The combination was stellar.
The Saltwash gave it a unique look - one that will fit into any home from a classically traditional to Coastal, to Farmhouse. Not many designs can pull that off, but this one can.
The Before is pretty sad >>>
Sand as little or as much as you like, revealing the layer below for a two-toned look OR, distress even more and bring out a little of the original wood surface. Be careful not to distress too much, or you'll lose some of the Saltwash layer. Just take your time and do a little at a time, step back, evaluate, then go at it again.
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