Shades of Blue-Unicorn SPiT Cabinet Makeover

4 Materials
$20
2 Days
Medium

Hi everyone! I got a message one day from a former coworker if I'd be interested in a couple pieces of furniture. They were cleaning out his fathers house and were trying to get rid of the items that no one in the family wanted. I immediately was drawn to this cabinet which was built by one of his distant relatives many years ago.
It is a very well built and solid piece. It took me a while to think of how I wanted to redo it. I didn't want to put a thick layer of paint all over it, so I decided to do a thin layer of blending with chalk paint and Unicorn SPiT so that the grain would still show through. I did not touch the inside of the drawers as they had pencil drawings on them that were so cute and I didn't want to cover up the history of this piece.
For the base I decided to go with a darker blue already made chalk paint and a teal colored paint that I mixed with Pixie Dust Paint Company's Pixie Dust. I love this Pixie Dust for making chalk paints. The paint dries really smooth and you don't have to sand unless you want to do some distressing. I started by brushing on the blue, then the teal. I then layered with Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain & Glaze in Molly Red Pepper and Zia Teal. I also used a little Tuscon (orange) which is not pictured. Then I highlighted with a little Unicorn SPiT Sparkling Stain in Frinchi Fran.
Materials Used
1. Before 2. With blue 3. With teal 4. Final
I sealed the base with several layers of Pixie Dust Paint Company Hemp Paste Finishing Wax. Love this stuff. It smells like lemons. When using Unicorn SPiT you must use an oil based sealer. A water based sealer will reactivate the pigment in the SPiT and can remove the color. The Hemp Paste Wax works well to seal if you are going for that distressed chippy look.
Now onto the top. I sanded most of the finish off. I drew a flower in pencil and originally shaded it in using Unicorn SPiT in Rustic Reality using my finger inside a rag to shade. I liked it, but more color was calling my name so I decided to go with blue. Using small artist paint brushes I colored the petals in using Unicorn SPiT in Blue Thunder, Zia Teal, and Navajo Jewel.
I spray sealed the top with 2 layers of Rust-Oleum Special Lacquer and let it cure for 3 weeks before placing anything on top of it. And here is the final result.
In the daylight..
I love it! I am using it in my kitchen to store containers and lids in the square drawers, smaller cookie sheets behind the door, and k-pods for the Keurig in the long drawer. When the sun hits it, the colors look brighter and when it's darker the colors are more deep.

There is no right or wrong when doing this. You just keep adding, layering, and blending the colors until you like it. :)
You can check out more pictures on my facebook page.

Thanks for reading


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  • Bianka Jesse
    Bianka Jesse
    on Mar 10, 2018

    Hello,,love what you did. Where can you get a pattern for the flower you painted on top. Thanks

    • Smc49537446
      Smc49537446
      on Jan 27, 2021

      See if maybe office max could blow up the photo off your phone or buy a children’s coloring book to get some ideas of simple flowers that you could try & sketch a simple one on the top of your furniture it might get your inner creative juices flowing! If you would feel more confident with a projector & tracing from the projected image is more fail proof & maybe you could borrow one from a school on a weekend & bribe them with if it turns out I could talk some of the art students through just the steps of tracing from a projector image & the dos & don’t s of what you gleaned from trying this technique - kids like to know that mistakes can be made in the learning experience! Traci’s project turned out great & the flower on top was a surprise! The colt choices worked so well, I didn’t want to see any plain “brown” color on the chest!

  • Barb C
    Barb C
    on Sep 8, 2018

    So you painted the bottom first with chalk paint ? Was that just for a certain look you wanted or because you would need to sand the piece down for unicorn spit to adhere well or effectively "stain the wood"? I've never used or seen U.spit. thanks for any advice or explanation. Nice job.

    • Smc49537446
      Smc49537446
      on Jan 27, 2021

      I liked hearing more about using the chalk paint before the unicorn spit application. How does the unicorn spit compare with the transparent color stain at Home Depot or Lowe’s? I imagine the spit has a much wider choice of colors than their choices. Thanks for your tutorials - I enjoy reading & watching the steps & seeing your finished projects!

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