From Dump to Divine With Unicorn SPiT

I saved this table from the landfill and I am so glad I did! It's GORGEOUS now! And so easy to do!
First I sanded it down to bare wood with my orbital sander.
Then used Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain to create this! I used four different colours on this piece; purple, green, blue, and teal.
So awesome and so easy to use! Unicorn SPiT is a water based, non toxic (yay!) wood stain that you literally can use with your bare hands! And that's what I did! I placed the stain on the table with the syringes sold by Unicorn SPiT and smeared it across the table with my hand, back and forth.
There are awesome step by step tutorials at, where you can also buy the product. This is just one of many techniques that can be used to create awesome effects!
Look at the wood grain pop through!
I finished the table off with 5 coats of Minwax water based polyurethane to get the super glossy finish. The base of the table is traditional Minwax wood stain in Dark Walnut.

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19 questions
  • Andrea Weiffenbach Finfrock
    on Apr 13, 2016

    I was wondering when you were all done what did you seal it with? I'm getting ready to try something similar with my son's art table.

  • Amanda Janke
    on May 6, 2016

    Did you water down the unicorn spit on this table? or did you use it full strength?

  • Gail Mckerrow
    on Jul 22, 2016

    You say you finished with water based poly but I understood you have to use an oil based finish as anything water based reactivates the spit. Did you use something in between?

    • Tracy Downing
      on Jul 22, 2016

      Hi! I used a poly by Minwax and its water based oil modified. I've had very good luck with it.

    • Melissa Friesz
      on May 24, 2017

      what's exact name of it or do u have pic of can
    • Marci Wiesen
      on Nov 24, 2017

      I would like to know as well: exact name and a picture of the product because all discussion about how to seal Unicorn Spit ALWAYS warn to not used a water based sealer. This would be awesome to use if this kind of sealer can in fact be used. Tracy, would you share the info ? xo

  • Melissa Craig
    on Oct 2, 2016

    My kitchen cupboards have been finished with linseed oil. Can I pAint over them?

    • Kathleen Browder
      on Oct 23, 2016

      I believe you need to put Bonding primer on first...beacause there is oil on them now. If you try and jyst will peel off.

    • Mary Guentner
      on Oct 26, 2016

      You can use linseed oil paint

    • Kerri Scott Pittiglio
      on Dec 3, 2016

      I work with paint and it is extremely difficult if not impossible to get anything to adhere to linseed oil. It's a tough product that's pretty much impossible to remove or cover with something else

    • Susann
      on Feb 3, 2017

      I've treated several window frames in boiled linseed oil and the most important thing is you have to rub the linseed in thoroughly and let it dry for 24 hours! Not good on a humid day. After it has dried. Should not feel any tackiness.....I've painted these ,using oil based paint . They have turned out well and have not had any issues . 2 years so far.

  • Mim9215498
    on Oct 31, 2016

    Hi, I cannot get on web site for unicornspit products. I'd like to try this idea but can't find any water base stain to do this so I'd like to order some off the web site, can you help please? Thanks Cathy

  • Amanda Payne
    on Dec 28, 2016

    What are the names of the colors?

  • Lisa Snider
    on Jan 19, 2017

    How long is the wait between the wax coats?

  • Lili
    on Jan 19, 2017

    What brand is your orbital sander?

  • Pep6104670
    on Feb 6, 2017

    Where do you get the colors? And are they expensive?

    • Melissa
      on Mar 21, 2017

      I think it is Unicorn Spit Wood Gel Stain. Amazon has them for 8oz. for about $20ea.

  • Regina White Lovvorn
    on Mar 25, 2017

    if they come in 8 oz size. how much did you use for this coffee table

    • Tracy Downing
      on Mar 27, 2017

      Very very little. I still am using the same bottles 2 years later and I've done a ton of projects.

  • Xoqtox1960
    on Jun 10, 2017

    what is unicorn spit exactly? where do u get the designs?
  • Glynes
    on Jul 18, 2017

    In the Uk where can I buy Unicorn Spit not over the Internet?
  • Bronwyn Thomas
    on Aug 6, 2017

    Is it available in australia and what is the costing if this. Do you have an Australian supplier/ distribution agent
  • Minta B
    on Oct 17, 2017

    How did you put the min wax on with a paint brush if you did that wouldn't you see the brush strokes?
    • Jo Ann Spofford
      on Nov 5, 2017

      I use unicorn spit. I love it and the results that it produces. You do not see brush strokes when the poly dries.
  • Laura bailey
    on Feb 26, 2018

    Is milk paint the same

    • Heidifdez
      on Apr 10, 2018

      No, milk paint is paint. SPiT is a stain, which is semi-transparent. It can be thinned with water to make it even more transparent.

      *** Note: This stain MUST be sealed with polyurethane or it will wipe right off if it gets wet!

      Also, if you don't like the way that the stain came out, you can add a little more stain (or water) and it becomes re-workable.

  • Laura bailey
    on Feb 26, 2018

    Is milk paint the same

    • Paula
      on Mar 6, 2019

      nooo, Unicorn spit is soft as silk and blends amazing and it's a stain not a paint

  • Jessica Ann
    on Feb 7, 2019

    I use this stuff all the time and I absolutely am in LOBE with it!!!!

  • Stuart
    on May 16, 2019

    How did you get it so smooth? Did you have to sand and buff?

  • Kristin
    on Oct 28, 2019

    I am new to the business of repurpose furniture. I will be trying this today and tomorrow. Any tips or tricks you could pass on? Beautiful piece btw.

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