Tools & Materials

Materials
  • Choice of furniture or accessory
  • Can of Saltwash
  • Choice of paint color
  • Steel wool, fine grit sandpaper, or small electric sander

Instructions

The hottest new paint treatment adds a vintage seaside finish to almost any surface.

Step 1

Sitting Pretty – A mish-mash of furnishings are united with a spray of paint and Saltwash.

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Step 2

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.

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Step 3

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.

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Step 4

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.

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Step 5

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.

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Step 6

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.

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Step 7

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.

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Step 8

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.

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Step 9

Saltwash applied with a paint sprayer provides a real chalky finish…that lasts.

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