My mom and I are having so much fun creating wonderful layers of color and texture on our painted furniture with Saltwash, the new product we are carrying at our shop All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.

Here’s a close-up look at the Saltwash on my latest project.

Did you know this amazing look can be created in just 4 easy steps?

Step 1: Mix

Saltwash is a powder you add to your base coat of paint. It can be used with any type and any brand of paint. You mix the Saltwash to paint in a 1:1 ratio and stir until it has a thick consistency like cake frosting.

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TIP: The little scoop that comes in a large tin of Saltwash is about 1/4 cup. Keep an inexpensive set of measuring cups with your paint supplies. I got mine at the $1 store. I use 1/4 cup paint to 1 scoop of Saltwash as a good place to start. You can adjust to your preference.

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Step 2: Pounce

Apply Saltwash to your project in a pouncing motion. This creates the awesome texture. You will see little peaks start to form as you pounce.

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Saltwash recommends that you wait a few minutes until your paint has started to set up a bit, but is not completely dry. Then you come back with your brush and gently smooth down some of those peaks. I usually forget this step, but I always like my results anyway.

Step 3: Paint

This is easy. After your base coat dries, just paint over it with your second color. For this project, I used Dixie Belle Paints, the no-VOC mineral paint we also carry at All Things New Again. The base coat is Blueberry and the white is called Fluff. 


Step 4: Sand

Once the paint is dry, sand your project to reveal the layers of color underneath. This step also smooths out the texture and makes your project feel nice. I forgot to photograph this step, but I use a little mouse sander. You can do this by hand with a piece of fine-grit sandpaper, but it will take a lot more elbow grease.

Here is a link to the demo we did over on Facebook.

In the video, you can see the entire Saltwash process—start to finish—on the drawers for this project plus a few other projects we recently completed.

And here’s the finished table with a matching Saltwash’ed mirror!


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Wait until you see my mom’s latest project. She Saltwash’ed her kitchen table at home in black and white.

It looks awesome!

<3 Courtney

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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.). We offer painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next do-it-yourself project, and fun painting classes and workshops.

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