Use SALTWASH paint additive to transform run-of-the mill surfaces into an aged beach cottage look! Check out our tutorial for creating a layered SALTWASH finish here.
SALTWASH is an easy-to-use base coat formula that creates a textured effect when mixed with most brands or types of pre-mixed liquid paint achieving an authentic time worn look–as if aged from years on the coast.
Mix SALTWASH powder with the paint of your choice and apply the mixture to any surface. It’s an instant and affordable way to achieve a genuine vintage look in a few easy steps!
The large 42 ounce container ($26.95) has enough paint additive to be combined with 1 Gallon of paint. The small 10 ounce size ($16.95) has enough to be combined with approximately 1.5 Pints of paint. Please see instructions below and link to video ‘how to.”
Layered Saltwash Finish: Before & After
Directions: Mix the SALTWASH powder using the included scoop, into any paint of your choice. The SALTWASH-to-paint ratio can be based on 20oz – 25oz of Saltwash to one quart of paint (about 1:3 Saltwash to Paint), for desired effect. This amount can be increased or decreased depending on the amount of paint you choose to use.
Important: Desired paint mixture should be thick like cake icing.
Apply heavily all over your surface using a stippling technique with your paint brush. You will notice the heavy SALTWASH texture, this is good and will add to the look you want to achieve. When the Saltwash layer is half-way dry and still tacky, wipe softly with a paint brush, using light paint strokes in a back and forth motion to slightly smooth down the Saltwash. These strokes should only lightly smooth out the Saltwash layer leaving the heavily stippled texture more even and only slightly smoother. If the Saltwash layer becomes too dry to smooth down, simply dampen the paint brush with water and resmooth. If you need more texture, simply reapply the Saltwash.
Step 2 (optional for a layered look)
For a layered look, once the Saltwash paint layer is completely dry, apply your top coat of paint. No Saltwash will be added to this second layer of paint. Reapply this topcoat of paint if needed to achieve the desired coverage.
Once your paint is totally dry, a light sanding to your final piece of furniture will bring out the underlayer details of the Saltwash and give it a multi-layered and “years aged on the salty coast” look and feel you want!
For a more layered technique, use a different paint color on top of the Saltwash base coat to create contrast.
Try multiple layers of saltwash to add more interest.
A light coat of wax in a brown tone will add to an authentic vintage look.