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Boring to Bold Dresser With Unicorn SPiT #SPiTchallenge #CREATIVEJUICE

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I saw an article on Hometalk featuring Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain and Glaze in One by Shimmershell's Eclectic Inc. and immediately knew I HAD to try this vibrantly colored wood stain.
Time: 5 Days Difficulty: Easy
I ordered my Unicorn SPiT (www.unicornspit.com) and began my search on Craigslist for the perfect project piece. When I ran across this beat up beauty, I could see the potential. And the price at $20 fit the bill.
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I started sanding the piece using 120 grit sandpaper, followed by a second sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. I used an orbital sander on the flat surfaces to speed up the job. After doing the top drawer, she was looking better already! I wiped down the dresser using a tack cloth to remove any dust particles.
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Although Unicorn SPiT can be used in a variety of ways, I knew I wanted to use it as a true wood stain to allow the beautiful wood grain to come through. I mixed about 3 parts Blue Thunder to 1 part Dragonsbelly (green) and added 30% water to get a thin stain. The SPiT is very concentrated so a little goes a long way. I use inexpensive chopsticks as stirrers, which also lets me test the color. I sprayed a light mist of water on the dresser to help the SPiT move, then brushed on two coats with a foam brush, allowing the first coat to dry before adding the second.
The SPIT dries in a dull matte finish. But when you add oil based polyurethane, SPiT magic happens. I used Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane in Clear gloss. It's important to use an oil based product as water based products could reactivate the SPiT and muddle the color. I applied 5 coats of poly (yes, 5!) with a foam brush to get the high gloss shine, sanding very lightly between coats with 400 grit sandpaper and using tack cloth to remove any residue. After the first 2 coats, I was in love! Look at all that beautiful wood grain! So worth the time and effort of so many coats!
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All that was left to do was add new hardware. My grand pup, Farrah, gave her seal of approval!
  • beat up to beauty with unicorn spit spitchallenge creativejuice, how to, painted furniture
  • beat up to beauty with unicorn spit spitchallenge creativejuice, how to, painted furniture
  • beat up to beauty with unicorn spit spitchallenge creativejuice, how to, painted furniture
Beat up to Beauty! I just love the wood grain! You can see other people's Unicorn SPiT creations at www.unicornspit.com.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain and Glaze in One   (www.unicornspit.com)
  • Minwax Fast Drying Oil based Polyurethane in Clear Gloss   (Home Depot)
  • Sandpaper
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To see more: http:\\www.unicornspit.com

  • Laura Benavidez

    This was such a unique piece to begin with and the color you mixed up is absolutely beautiful! I love it!

  • Sparks614
    Sparks614 Makanda, IL

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! I love your color choice! One of the best makeover pieces I've seen! I now have to order that spit...

  • Lisa Palmer Zeeben

    I love the color does this stain require a sealer? I prefer a matt finish.

    • Sandi Jones
      Sandi Jones Oklahoma City, OK

      Yes,an oil based sealer is needed. I used gloss, but you can used what you like.

  • Anita Moulpied Holland

    Stunning piece, just recieved my unicorn spit so hoping I can produce something as good as this. Well done

  • Cathy

    Very nice job, I love both the style of the chest and your choice of stain.

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