I didn’t get to this project as quickly as I had hoped, but now that I did, I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to sample this product that brings life to the old, possibly damaged pieces of furniture or in my case, taking something intended for one purpose and give it new purpose. I made some mistakes along the way (but honestly there are no mistakes with this product and I’ll explain soon) and while the product worked great, the colors I chose leaves the end product less desirable (for me anyway).
Introducing . . . SaltWash.
I follow a neat store on fb. The name, Sage and Ivy Designs. The store is located in Pace, FL on Woodbine Road next to Coffee Break. If you miss the Sage and Ivy sign but see the Coffee Break sign, then you are in the right place. They are right next to each other. Kippi is the owner and she is one talented woman! She has a great sense of home style/decor, she is gifted in restoring furniture and has an eye for beauty in broken pieces. Sage and Ivy is a local retail shop that offers SaltWash in our area. I highly encourage you stop by the shop and while yo are there sign up for one of the craft classes being offered.
I used SaltWash on an old solid wood drawer that I desired to turn in to a cute accent table. It’s original color was a celery green on the outside and inside and the top was a pale yellow. The inside/bottom of the drawer was marked and cut leaving a marred surface.
I poured some country white paint in to a plastic container and and added the SaltWash to it, but I didn’t know exactly how much paint I needed and I poured too much (this is the mistake I mentioned earlier, that really doesn’t have to be a mistake). While the mixture was not as thick as I believe it is intended to be, I still like the results of the texture. After mixing the SaltWash with the paint I used a paint brush to spackle on the paint mixture. When I first started I was trying to spread it out to not be wasteful but there were no peeks like it was supposed to have so I started adding more to my brush and started tapping a couple times, then repeated until the entire piece was covered. I don’t think I got the texture intended because of too much paint but again . . . .you can’t really mess this stuff up.
After the product had started to dry I spread over the peeks, let it completely dry then added an ocean blue top coat (that did not include the SaltWash). Once that dried I began the sanding process. Now, here is what I like about this product (beside the fact you can’t mess it up) . . I am in control of how much texture I want on the piece. For this one I sanded it smooth which left a beautiful pattern of the country white and blue. I heavily sanded the edges in hopes of the yellow and green to show through the layers. I got the look I wanted, but after achieving the look I wanted, I didn’t like it (the colors). In my opinion it looks more vintage than Shabby Chic and while I like some vintage, this isn’t working for me, plus in some places it just looks dirty instead of distressed. I will likely make a watered down white glaze to smooth out some of the edges and see how that works for me. My husband cut and sanded some boards for me so I could add a middle shelf. I attached them with some small brackets and now have a cute side table. While the wooden handle on top will hinder having a large lamp on it, a small lamp and maybe alarm clock will fit perfectly.
I did not try using chalk paint with the SaltWash on this piece. I usually make my own chalk paint, but not so much for painting as I use it more for stenciling because its thick texture keeps the bleeds down; however, Sage and Ivy sells Dixie Belle Chalk Paint that is on my list to try next!
If you have an old piece of furniture or even a newer one that needs new life, I highly recommend trying SaltWash. You can’t go wrong with it. In fact, I think I might even use it in one of my own craft parties before Christmas.