Sunday, August 7, 2016

Quickies - Painting With Sea Salt

quick makeover, painting with sea salt, texture painting
Let me preface this Quickies post by saying the project itself takes a couple of days, but only a few minutes of your time.

I have been noticing all the beautiful Saltwash furniture around and ordered a large tub of it to use on a bookshelf.

However the extreme heat and humidity followed by rolling storms have prevented me from trying out the stuff.

Remember the fifty zinc pots I purchased a couple of months back?

They were too new looking for me, and I wanted some crusty texture.

I thought immediately of the Saltwash

However it is a bit pricey.

As I was looking for my Saigon cinnamon in the spice aisle, I noticed sea salt in a handy shaker.

And I thought, why not?

Mixed in sea salt with some oops blue latex to the consistency of icing like the directions on Saltwash.

Dabbed it all around each pot.

I only did ten - not all fifty.

Drying took awhile - hours.

Yes, I got the texture I desired.

Yes, it stayed on.

Dry brushed a latex white over each to bring out the texture.

Love the way they look - all crusty.

Like they washed up on a beach.

I had enough left over to dab it on this display box. 

The cubbies I left to paint.

Using the same white latex.

Added a few tiny treasures.

While busy taking photos, I knock over the box and beheaded my favorite Frozen Charlotte.

Oh, well, heads will roll.

Total cost for paint and sea salt?


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  1. Very cool! But I'm MOST jealous of those rolling storms!

  2. What a great idea, and thrifty too! Love how the pots turned out, like they just washed up for sure. :)

  3. I've seen that saltwash paint stuff, where did you buy yours? I love how this substitute turned out though, I wonder what it would look like if you sanded it in places too.


  4. Donna I knew you would figure out sea salt paint without the huge price!! Love how they turned out. Poor Charlotte!! Happy Sunday my friend!

  5. Love it! Why didn't I think of that before I ordered the Saltwash? I found it on Etsy cheaper with free shipping :-)

  6. Love how those turned out Donna! Looks like you created your own Saltwash! Yes that stuff is pricey! I haven't bought any yet.

  7. i had the same thought but didn't have the guts to try it lol thank you for being braver than i xx

  8. Love the texture of the salt paint.

    Poor Charlotte...she'll have to join the other baby heads!

  9. Way cool, Donna! The crusty texture is really attractive. Great idea!

  10. I can't wait to try your method. I have been using Saltwash.

    I was surprised when you said that it took hours to dry because my projects dried quickly. I used Annie Sloan and it dries quickly so I guess that's why.

    I'll let you know how a project for me goes with just sea salt.

  11. Love the look, Donna--am pinning for future reference. So sorry about Charlotte's head :(

  12. Very cool looking!! I've got to try this new technique! Would you consider sharing this at our Dishing It & Digging It Link Party? It's live every Sunday @4pm! We'd love to have some of your creative projects! :)

  13. I have not seen this technique but it certainly fits in with the coastal look. Good job and thanks for the tutorial. I might try it sometime. The lady who textured and painted the vanity area of our bathroom suggested using the "mud" she used on the walls to add texture to furniture too far gone to restore. I like a smooth texture, so that is "iffy" for me.
    Stay cool.
    Audrey Z.

  14. I bought a huge container of Saltwash and will never use it. Back in the day, I used sea salt and oatmeal to create texture. It worked! Your buckets look so beachy and cool.

  15. Never would have thought of this idea! Worth a try as yours look nice!

  16. I love how the zinc pots turned out!

  17. I like the look of the sea salt paint, really want to give it a try.

  18. Beautifully done and it looks so unique and summery. Donna, I am hosting a new link party called Sweet Inspiration and would love to have you join us. It runs Fridays 10am est to Tuesdays.

  19. Great idea to try making your own Donna. Love how the pots turned out!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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