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.
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.
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!
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)
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