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How to Make Over Furniture Using Saltwash Paint Additive
The Hubs and I recently visited our local auction house. We occasionally venture away from the thrift stores and yard sales to see if maybe we can luck up and find a few deals at the auction. You can read the best places to find used furniture if you’re a beginner over on the blog. While browsing the used furniture, I came across this buffet.
Once I got the buffet home, it was time to determine what I would do to make it beautiful again. While attending a local vintage show, I watched a demonstration on the Saltwash Paint Additive. I was intrigued, so I purchased a can of the additive, and it sat in my cabinet for months. I decided to use it on this buffet, considering I only spent $45.00.
To begin with, I removed the drawers and the hardware. The hardware would remain in its original state. With that being said, all that needed to be done was simply wash them in a solution of dawn dish detergent and water, just to clean.
Next, I cleaned the inside of the drawers, the inside of the buffet where the drawers had been removed, and underneath. When a piece is old, don’t forget to clean inside and the bottom. Sometimes dirt and critters get up in the cracks! You can see how I clean my old furniture over on the blog.
I then gave the buffet and the drawers a thorough cleaning with my vinegar and water mixture just to remove the grit and grime. Allow it to dry completely before you start painting.
Once the buffet had completely dried, it was time to mix the Saltwash additive with my paint. I chose Dixie Belle's Cotton as my paint color. I simply followed the directions on the back. I had never used this additive before, so it was a learning experience for me.
The directions stated the consistency of the mixture should be like icing.
Rather than starting the process on the entire buffet, I decided to start with a drawer front. That way, if I totally messed it up, I would have a small area to fix and start over again.
I did just as the directions stated. I dabbed my paint on with my brush. Yep, dab! You do not apply like you would ordinary paint. While dabbing, you want to form peaks in the paint. Here is an example of dabbing on a piece of wood. Hold your paintbrush up straight and dab.
Do not freak out! It will look like a big mess trust me. It is not, I promise you. Also, I recommend using a cheap chip brush.
While the paint is still tacky to the touch, lightly take your brush and gently brush down the small peeks. Do not apply pressure as you would when painting.
After it had completely dried to the touch, I applied a second coat in the same manner. As a result, we can see the beautiful texture.
By this point in the project, I was confident using the additive. Therefore, I did the same method on the buffet itself, working in small sections. I also painted the wood applique in the same manner.
I wanted the buffet to have a worn look. For this reason, I sanded around the edges and curves of the buffet.
Afterward, I removed the sanding dust with a piece of my tack cloth. I then attached the wood applique with hot glue to the center of the bottom drawer. The wax was applied with a lint-free cloth, wipe off any access.
She turned out beautiful. I still can’t get over THOSE LEGS! I am so glad I decided to do the buffet makeover using the Saltwash. It was a learning experience and I will definitely use it again.
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