Salt Wash Style Painting
Saltwash applied with a paint sprayer provides a real chalky finish that lasts.
The hottest new paint treatment adds a vintage seaside finish to almost any surface. Matthew Mead shows us his best insider tips and tricks.
A mish-mash of furnishings are united with a spray of paint and Saltwash. Sea glass shades in saltwater-kissed finishes. 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.
Authentic-looking vintage finish
Furniture painters are always looking for a real, authentic-looking vintage finish. While steel wool and sand paper do well to add years of age, until now the only way to get that beach-like salt finish was to use a watered-down white paint. But that often changes the color intensity of the paint. Enter 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.
Spray on depth using saltwash
Now, with a paint sprayer, you can add this subtle and powdery finish to any piece of furniture including intricate wicker and cane material. Saltwash in the paint allows the powdery finish to rise to the surface.
Recipe for success
Saltwash can be applied in several ways. Traditional application is to add three 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. Distress to show off both shades and a crumbly salt finish.
Using saltwash in a sprayer
HOW TO USE SALTWASH IN A SPRAYER: Dissolve one 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.
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, distressing is possible. You can use steel wool, fine grit sandpaper or a small electric sander.
Spray with clear coat
Distress to your desired finish and then spray the entire piece with a clear coat of water-based urethane. Keep all 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. A painting 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.
Salt wash style
For more information on Saltwash finish and where to purchase it go to ilovesaltwash.com.
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