Closed Saturday & Sunday Oct 1st & 2nd 2016

Sea Rose Cottage’s Bristol, Rhode Island location will be closed this weekend Saturday and Sunday October 1st & 2nd to celebrate the marriage of a very special couple.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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The shop will re-open Monday, October 3rd from 10am-3pm.  Remember, our online shop is always open at searosecottage.com. Not sure about weekly hours?  Feel free to call ahead at 401-254-1166.

Enjoy the week!

 

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Layered Saltwash Finish Tutorial

It is a breeze to create a cool coastal weathered finish using SALTWASH!  Saltwash™ powdered paint additive can be mixed into most liquid paints to achieve a textured effect on surfaces for a gritty time-worn feel.  This post shows you the step-by-step process for achieving a layered look using SALTWASH.

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First things first–find something to paint!  The perfect nautical-inspired wood surface for my project is reclaimed wood pallet art.  These are created by Rhode Island Artisan Guy Lemione and are available for purchase at Sea Rose Cottage along with many  of his other designs.

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Decide on what type of liquid paint you want to mix with the SALTWASH powder.  Many types of pre-mixed liquid paint can be used to mix with the product.  Leftover latex paint works well mixed with SALTWASH.  However, if you use a glossy paint, your finish will have some sheen.

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I like using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan for its matte quality and ease of use in application and sanding. It is also quick drying which saves time.  I also like Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for colorful top coat options but would avoid mixing it in the basecoat with Saltwash.  The watery consistency of traditional milk paint doesn’t lend itself as well to this application.

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If you are doing a layered effect, it is helpful to work out a colorway for your project.  My plan is to do the first SALTWASH textured layer in a deep blue-green color and then vary the top coat.

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I worked out the top coat colors by playing with some color mixes and landed on a pattern of light blue-green, medium blue-green, white, and a grey blue-green.

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For the 2nd coat each wood board will be painted a different color to create a striped effect.

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First I mixed my SALTWASH powder into my deep blue-green paint.  The mixture should be thick like a cake icing–or maybe just a bit thicker.  Stir the mixture well to be sure the powder is incorporated.

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Using a stippling technique, apply the mixture to the surface with a paint brush making sure you allow thick, tall peaks to remain for best results.

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Don’t be stingy with the mixture, you will need to apply a generous coating across your surface area to create your desired texture.  It is not a fussy application–think about the looseness of finger painting in kindergarten or making mud pies in the backyard!  Just have fun with it–make your mark and keep loading the brush with the mixture and piling it on until the surface is covered.

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When the layer is still tacky, lightly brush down the peaks.  Resist the urge to smooth out the SALTWASH finish.  A rough texture is needed to create an authentic feel.  If you don’t achieve the desired result, don’t worry.  You can always apply a second layer of  SALTWASH texture if needed.

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To create a layered look, once the SALTWASH is dry apply a contrasting topcoat.  You can use one or more colors.  Since the texture has been established in the first layer, there is no need to mix SALTWASH in the second layer.

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After the topcoat has dried, lightly sand to reveal the SALTWASH layer beneath.  For my project I used an orbital sander with 220 grit paper to get the job done quickly.  Try starting out with light pressure on the sander so you avoid sanding completely through the SALTWASH layer.  Continue sanding until you achieve the desired effect.  I used a tack cloth to wipe off some of the sanding dust as I went so I could see the SALTWASH effect taking shape without over-doing it.

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In some cases a top coat is needed.  If you use latex paint, the second layer is self-sealing so your project is finished after sanding and cleaning off the surface with a tack cloth.

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Since I used an absorbent, matte water-based paint, I am sealing with a Hemp Oil Wood Finish. Wax or other topcoats can be used depending on your paint of choice and if the application is indoor or outdoor.

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I am so pleased with how this project came out!

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The coastal weathered finish on this wall art would be perfect for a pool house, beach house or cottage décor and would make an ideal twin headboard.  I can’t wait to have fun with other color combinations and surfaces!

If you would like to try your hand at SALTWASH purchase here from Sea Rose Cottage.

 

 

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Reclaimed Wood British Flag Serving Tray

I was looking for a fun way to mark the occassion of the 2nd Annual British Motorcar Festival coming to Bristol, Rhode Island June 9-12th, 2016.

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It has been a long time since I painted my British Flag Dresser (tutorial here) and while it was possible to repeat it, I resisted in favor of doing something on a much smaller scale (and less time consuming of course!).

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Luckily I have some reclaimed wood boards that were salvaged from 1920′s era voting booths. I thought they would be the perfect surface for art work, painted signs–or in this case a painted serving tray adorned with a British Flag design.

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The sturdy boards measure 26 1/2″ by 19″, and have 1 1/4″ tongue and groove breadboard ends.  I found the original patent which showed the boards were used as a writing surface.  They clipped on to a 3-panel surround to secure the voting booth and the privacy of the user.

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The first step was removing the metal clips from the board and then cleaning up the surface.  I chose not to fill in any holes or scratches and keep the character of the original piece.

My starting point was to paint the entire board with white–thinned a bit with water so it wasn’t so opaque and revealed a bit of the wood surface underneath.

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Since I plan to make multiples of this project, I decided to order a custom British Flag Stencil rather than taping off the stripes as I did with my painted dresser.    Follow the link to my tutorial for taping off the flag design here.

After the white paint was dry, I affixed the stencil to the board with blue painters tape.  I first stenciled the red cross of St. George  (England) and then the red diagonal stripes representing the cross of St. Patrick (Ireland).

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After the red paint was dry I stenciled in the blue sections. The blue ground color with the white diagonal stripes form the cross of St. Andrew (Scotland).

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Once all the paint was dry, I sealed the surface with clear soft wax.

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For my project I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Pure White, Emperor’s Silk, and Napoleonic Blue.  It was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear Chalk Paint® Wax.

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After the surface was painted and waxed, I attached some brass handles to the board for easy transport.  The handles were centered horizontally and vertically on the breadboard ends.

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For decorative appeal and protection brass corners were added to the tray.  Self-stick felt pads were attached to the four corners on the bottom of the tray to prevent scratches over solid services.

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The tray is quite weighty and would be great to use over an ottoman or a picnic blanket to create a stable surface.

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No doubt a festive addition to any celebration of all things British—

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—especially the 2nd Annual British Motorcar Festival in Bristol, Rhode Island.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

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