Hello! Have you ever had a piece of furniture with a bubbled top you didn't know what to do with?? Here's an idea to cover up those imperfections while giving your furniture a whole new look in the process. Introducing Saltwash paint additive...
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A friend gave me this pair of end tables to refinish, she wasn't sure what to do with them since the top was bubbled up. (Water is the enemy for particle board!)
My original plan was to create new plank tops, but I didn't have enough wood on hand. Then I remembered a little sample I got at the General Finishes Expo. It was a cute little can of Saltwash. Hmm...
How To (A Saltwash Tutorial):
All I did was follow the instructions on their website.
You mix the Saltwash with paint until you get a cake-batter like consistency. I chose to use Seagull Gray as the paint to mix in. Then you start blobbing (it's very technical) it on the furniture with a brush, making stipples and texture as you go. Now listen, DON'T OVERTHINK THIS! This is not exact, this is just texture. Here's how the tables looked after adding the texture...
See the texture? Okay, now just let it dry!
I used Driftwood Milk Paint as the next color for these tables. I painted one coat over the entire table, texture and all!
Let the Milk Paint dry, and then grab your sand paper. I used 80 grit to knock down the texture and distress at the same time. All of the spots on the table I didn't cover with texture came through faster so it looked nice and distressed. All of the Seagull Gray showed through really nice with the texture.
Already, this is looking pretty neat, but I wanted to add one more layer giving it even more dimension so I grabbed my Pitch Black Glaze Effects. Again, DO NOT OVERTHINK this step, just put some glaze on there and start wiping it back with a rag (paper towel, cotton t-shirt, or cheesecloth will all do the trick).
Wear gloves for this step, glaze settles in all the cracks of the furniture as well as your fingers if you don't!
I got the glaze where I liked it and just let it dry. I like to distress BEFORE glazing because the glaze will color the wood showing through, it's just a little detail that I think looks good.
Once the glaze is dry, I applied one coat of High Performance Top Coat in Flat finish. Just to seal it all in.
Here's how these babies turned out.
There is enough texture to make these look really interesting and to hide the bubbling top but not so much as to prevent a glass or lamp from sitting flat on it.
Texture like this is an excellent thing to have in your bag of tricks for pieces just like this with some flaws you want to cover up. It also brings a lot of visual interest to otherwise plain tables.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, it was a fun new product to try for sure! Thanks to Saltwash for the sample.
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