Tybee Island Inspired Weathered Saltwash Finish

I have so much fun using Saltwash® as I shared in an earlier post here.  SALTWASH is a powdered paint additive that helps you achieve a layered and weathered coastal look.  I especially like to use it on decorative surfaces.

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For my latest project, I used SALTWASH to create a colorful textured finish on reclaimed wood pallet art by Rhode Island Artisan Guy Lemione.

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My “seahorse” color palette was inspired by the exuberant and colorfully painted Tybee Island cottages in Georgia.

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Source: Visit Tybee

After playing with different color combinations,  I settled on a soft pink for the base coat, with a top coat alternating stripes of  lime green, turquoise and coral pink.

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My pink base coat is SALTWASH mixed with Antoinette Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  The folks at SALTWASH created a helpful guide for mixing different types of paints with the additive and the ratios of each to use.  They recommend 12 ounces of Saltwash® to 16 ounces of Chalk Paint® or roughly 40% additive to 60% paint.  Don’t get too hung up on being exact  —when mixed it should have a thick “icing like” consistency.

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I applied my basecoat to the wood by pouncing the surface with a brush covered in a generous helping of the mixture. Don’t be stingy or you will be rewarded with having to do a second pass over the surface.  When it starts to dry you can gently knock down the peaks with your brush  —avoid smoothing out the texture completely.

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Once dry, apply a thin layer of contrasting top coat. I created three custom colors for my top coat using Chalk Paint® but you can keep it simple using one contrasting color or stay in the same color family to create a subtle tone-on-tone effect. White over gray is a great neutral option! It really depends on the surface you are painting and the look you want to achieve.

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After the top coat is dry, sand the surface to reveal the Saltwash® layer.  I use an orbital sander for larger projects, but for this one I simply sanded gently by hand with 100 grit sandpaper. I find it helpful to use a tack cloth and wipe off the surface as I go so I don’t take off too much paint.

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For this rustic wood surface I used a Hemp Oil Wood Finish  —it brings the color to life and provides water-resistant protection.  I simply brushed the oil on following the instructions. Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil is solvent-free and food safe —a definite favorite!  The type of top coat you use (if any) depends on your paint of choice and also if the piece is to be used indoors or outdoors.

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I love how these Tybee Island inspired Sea Horses turned out!

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They are now ready for a happy home or home-away-from-home!  Follow the link to find out more about SALTWASH and to purchase products here.

SALTWASH, Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seed products can be purchased from Sea Rose Cottage online or in our brick-and-mortar store in Bristol, Rhode Island.  We also carry Guy Lemione’s reclaimed wood wall art and other paintable surfaces.  We are happy to take orders for custom work or put project kits or gift sets together for you or the DIYer in your life.

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