Funky Flowers and a Rainbow of Saltwash Texture

fff-feature-button-250x250_zps1dj53s4vWe found an art-deco style dresser from the 1940’s … added 1960’s-inspired flowers … and designed a fresh new look that is perfect for 2017!

This Funky Flower Dresser and Mirror was a lot of fun to create and I’m happy to share the details with you.funky-flower-dresser

Wait. What texture?

This awesome texture I added to the top!


Saltwash is a new product we are carrying at All Things New Again and in our new online store right here. It is a powder made from real sea salt you add to the base coat of paint to create wonderful texture.

My tutorial on how to mix and apply Saltwash is posted here.

I did something a little bit different on this piece. I usually add Saltwash to one color for the base coat, then add a second color on top and sand it.

The flower power napkins on this dresser were rocking so many pretty colors, I couldn’t decide which one to use for the base coat.

So I used all of them.

saltwash_available-at-all-things-new-again_www-allthingsnewagain-netSaltwash is mixed into paint in a 1:1 ratio. I usually recommend starting with a 1/4 cup of paint because that is about the same size as the scoop that comes in the large tin of Saltwash. For this project I did not need that much of each color so I just used plastic spoons to measure instead. I added two spoonfuls of Saltwash to two spoonfuls of paint for all four colors (in separate containers) and stirred until it was the consistency of cake frosting. It worked out perfectly.

I started with the yellow, pouncing it onto the top of the dresser, in random patches.


Then I overlapped a little pink.


I created a patchwork quilt of paint across the entire top of the dresser using all four colors. Here’s what it looked like when I was finished.


After all of those crazy colors dried, I painted white over everything.


Then I sanded to reveal the rainbow of colors underneath.


img_5999I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Here’s the Funky Flower Dresser again.


saltwash-texture-closeup_all-things-new-again_www-allthingsnewagain-netSaltwash is famous for that timeworn beachy look, but it is a versatile product that can be used with many decorating styles from farmhouse to funky. You just need to experiment a little—and that is always part of the fun.

❤ Courtney

We’re linking this post up with Friday’s Furniture Fix #64!

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Make a New Year’s Resolution to learn a new skill!

Our next Learn How to Paint Furniture class at All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia is this Sunday, January 15. We teach—and you practice—several techniques (including how to create texture with Saltwash). Your home will be beautiful in 2017! Painted furniture is a popular look right now and is an easy and inexpensive way to update your home. You can do it … we will teach you how! Click here for class details.

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Please join us for a Saturday Morning Paint Workshop—only at All Things New Again! This Rustic Valentine Front Door Heart is our project every Saturday until Valentine’s Day. (That’s Saltwash on the smaller heart.) No painting experience needed. We provide all of the materials, instruction and encouragement for you to go home with a finished project you love. Invite your friends! Click here for details.





2 responses to “Funky Flowers and a Rainbow of Saltwash Texture

  1. Love the marriage of these two techniques! Very Unique and imaginative piece Courtney! My daughter would just love this in her bedroom it’s so fun and cheerful. Thanks so much for sharing it at Fridays Furniture Fix I will be featuring your project this week!

    • Thank you so much Brenda! I never get featured–this is so exciting! 🙂
      Thank you for taking on the Fridays Furniture Fix. It is such a fun event. I always enjoy seeing the wonderful ideas everyone comes up with.

      Have a great weekend!
      ❤ Courtney

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