This is the month I decided to give The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest a try! It’s a monthly themed contest run by a group of talented bloggers. This month’s contest is sponsored by Salt Wash. Saltwash is an additive to any type of paint to give your piece an authentic time worn look battered by the sun, sea and salt air.
The theme for June is Coastal Inspirations. You know I have a garage full of furniture. I decided on a coffee table I bought so long ago. It was waiting for the perfect treatment. And this technique using Saltwash is just the thing that will bring this beauty back to life as a coastal cottage coffee table.
My coastal vision for this thrift store table was inspired by my drives in the early morning over the coastal waterway as the sun is rising in the sky. Before the sun gets really hot and intensified, the colors of the sky and water. As the sun is peeking out from the clouds, waking up our world the colors are soft and subtle.
The day arrived when I got the container of Saltwash and the instructions. Time to get to work. Before I could even start painting I had to prep the table. Since the table had a dark stain and a slightly glossy coating, I lightly sanded the top and legs. And as usual I took it all apart. It makes it easier. Then I primed it. I did not want to take any chances the stain would bleed through.
Once the table was prepped, I mixed up my DIY Chalk Paint recipe of one part Plaster of Paris with water, then three parts paint. Then the moment came, I added the Saltwash. Now since I didn’t want to mix up a quart of paint, I calculated the amount of salt wash I would need for a pint. Which is half of a quart right? I did run a little shy and mixed up a little bit more to finish a table leg.
I used a large paint brush and globbed the paint on. That was strange. When the paint became tacky, I knocked down some of the peaks with the same brush. For the table legs, I used a smaller brush but did the same technique. Then I left it so it would dry completely.
The next day I was back at it. I used a lighter color in the shade of the wave starting to hit the beach. I also mixed in the Saltwash in this color. Once again I left it so it would dry thoroughly. I didn’t have to knock down any high spots. When I was applying the mixture I kind of felt like I was stuccoing a wall.
The final coat of paint… I mixed up a marshmallow white, the color of surf as it gets close to the sand. The DIY Chalk Paint was watered down to create a washed effect. It didn’t take long to dry and it was time to sand.
And sand I did, first with a 60 grit paper. As I sanded the textured finish became smooth but it still has texture. When I started to work on the coffee table legs I thought I made a bad choice but the design started to peak through. To finish up the sanding I went back over it with 220 grit sandpaper. The surface seemed to have a very hard finish. The texture made me think of the weathered concrete of the piers after water has lapped against them for many years.
Once the table was sanded to my liking, I waxed it with clear and then dark wax. I did use my buffer attachment that goes on my drill. It brought the finish up so it looks like glass, sea glass perhaps.
I like the idea that you can use any paint with this product. It also gives the piece interest and texture and is easy to use. I know what my next project will be using Saltwash. What do you think of this effect?