Hand-Me-Down Dresser Into Work of Art Using Unicorn SPiT

Detta Nolen
by Detta Nolen
5 Materials
3 Hours
Unicorn SPiT is my new favorite product! I mean, who wouldn't be intrigued by something with the name Unicorn SPiT??? Its described as a non-toxic gel/stain/paint. I found this product online after searching for ways to give my old furniture a new look. I am by no means an artist so I was a little intimidated in the beginning. It turns out that this is a product lives up to the hype! It can be used on just about any surface, the colors are amazing and you can use it on just about any surface. Not only that, I literally applied it with my hands! Easy as finger painting. My project was an old hand-me-down dresser that has been with me for over 20 years. The end result is amazing!
Old dresser sanded to the bare wood
I started by sanding the entire dresser with 80 grit sand paper to remove the previous layers of stain and polyurethane. I made a few repairs with wood filler and made sure the surface was nice and clean.
Unicorn SPiT White Ning and Blue Thunder
Next I chose the colors that I intended to use. This was hard because there are so many vibrant colors available. In the end I decided on the White Ning and Blue Thunder.
Stain applied with hands
I decided to mix some of the white with the blue to come up with the lighter shade of blue. You can actually mix colors together to come up with new colors! You can even dilute the stain with water for a more translucent color. Its just one more great feature of Unicorn SPiT. I simply squirted the colors onto the wood and spread it with my fingers and the palm of my hands in long horizontal stokes, following the wood grain. It blended beautifully! And I can still see the wood grain peeking through. Another bonus!
A coat of Tung Oil to bring out the color
Once I was satisfied with the application, I lightly sanded the entire surface by hand with 220 grit sand paper, removed the dust and applied a coat of Tung Oil. The Tung Oil deepened the color of the stain, bringing out the richness in the blue stain.
The end result! Amazing!
I wanted a glossy finish so I sealed the piece with 4 coats of high gloss clear polyurethane, sanding with 220 grit sand paper between coats. I splurged on some new drawer pulls and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results! Unicorn SPiT gel stain has completely exceeded all expectations and made an amateur like myself end up with a professional looking piece of furniture.
Suggested materials:
  • Unicorn SPiT Gel Stain   (www.unicornspit.com)
  • Minwax Clear Gloss Polyurethane   (local hardware store)
  • Sand Paper   (local hardware store)
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  • Linda Linda on Sep 07, 2017

    How did you get the dark navy blue color with blue thunder?? I'm working on a project now and the blue is not dark enough. Suggestion??

  • Adrienne Oliver Adrienne Oliver on Sep 30, 2018

    How much Unicorn SpiT did you use for this project? I’m getting ready to do a dresser that looks like it’s about the same size as that one and I want to make sure I have enough without spending too much on the stain.

  • Judy Steffen Judy Steffen on Nov 18, 2020

    Thanks for your post. How did you accomplish the dark blue color?

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