Tools & Materials
- Choice of furniture or accessory
- Can of Saltwash
- Choice of paint color
- Steel wool, fine grit sandpaper, or small electric sander
The hottest new paint treatment adds a vintage seaside finish to almost any surface.
Sitting Pretty – A mish-mash of furnishings are united with a spray of paint and Saltwash.
Saltwash provides an authentic seaside finish in this outdoor great room. Tables, chairs, even shutters and screen doors can all have that “by the sea” look.
For a real, authentic looking vintage finish, use Saltwash finish, a powdery salt additive that can be added directly to paint, or washed over a finish when mixed with water and a scant amount of white acrylic. This will give your furniture years of age, as steel wool and sand paper would do, without changing the color intensity of the paint, like a watered-down white paint would do. Now get that beach-like salt finish with a paint sprayer on any piece of furniture, including intricate wicker and cane material.
Recipe for Success – Saltwash can be applied in several ways.
Traditional application is to add 3 cups of Saltwash to a quart of paint to make a thick cake-like batter. Apply to furniture and let dry. Top coat with untreated paint applied with a sprayer over salt mixture. For best results, the top coat should be a different color. Once dry, a chalky seaside finish appears that adds instant age and style. Distress to show off both shades and a crumbly salt finish.
Saltwash in a Sprayer – Dissolve 1 even scoop of Saltwash in 8 oz of water. Stir to combine and add 2 oz of white acrylic paint. Stir and spray on as topcoat over a painted finish. Let dry and distress. Be sure to keep finished pieces out of the rain.
TIP: Keep shaking the sprayer paint bowl to keep the salt additive dissolved.
Spray Transformations – Cane, rattan, and wicker are all a dream to paint with the sprayer. Get an instant vintage look with the addition of Saltwash. We transformed this whole pile of flea market finds with a Wagner Home Décor Sprayer in just a weekend afternoon. Remember to let the paint fully cure before any distressing.
A transformed chair has a most popular and desired patina of seaside blue.
Sprayed on Style – A room full of revived summer furniture glows with seasonal color and style. Once a piece is painted and cured, then distressing is possible. You can use steel wool, fine grit sandpaper, or a small electric sander. Distress to your desired finish and then spray the entire piece with a clear coat of water-based urethane. Keep all the outdoor furnishings under cover during inclement weather.
Spray Your Way – Creating your own specialty finish is fun and easy and a great way to truly express yourself. Almost any object can benefit from the depth that Saltwash will provide. The painting in this photo gains subtlety with a thin coat of Saltwash gently dulling its bright colors. A cast-off table becomes a powdery and textured work of art. A new bottle enjoys a vintage seaside appeal.
Saltwash applied with a paint sprayer provides a real chalky finish…that lasts.