A POP of Colour for My Boring Deck Using Unicorn SPiT!

Laurie Brennan
by Laurie Brennan
3 Materials
2 Hours
Here in Canada, spring has been late in arriving this year. The gardens are not flourishing yet and I felt like I needed an instant colour boost for my deck. I had purchased this unfinished wooden planter last year from Home Depot, and decided it was the perfect candidate.
Planter Base-Before
I wanted something fast and easy, so I grabbed my Unicorn Spit to make that happen. Unicorn Spit is a vibrant wood gel stain and glaze in one. It is water based and smells great (like Jasmine). It was created as an Art Therapy medium by a fabulous woman named Michelle Nicole, and has branched out into the art/furniture refinishing world from there. It is easy to use and gives amazing results
Unicorn Spit
I grabbed 4 colours of Unicorn Spit....Purple Hill Majesty, Blue Thunder, Pixie Punk Pink and White Ning. I also created a plum colour, in the small squeeze bottle, using Purple and Pink mixed together. One of the benefits of this product is the ability to mix custom colours. The jars on the right are the old packaging for Unicorn Spit, with which I would use the syringe to dispense. It now comes in a convenient squeeze bottle (on the left)
Applying the Unicorn Spit
Okay...I will admit, at this point it looks like a hot mess, but have faith! I lightly spritzed the unfinished wood with plain water and then applied my colours randomly.
Swiping and blending
I then used the side of my hand to swipe and blend the colours to my satisfaction (watch out for those slivers!). If you are unhappy with a section, add more colour and swipe away again. It really couldn't be easier. I had originally used Pink, Purple, Plum(my mix) and White, but after I was done, decided it was too pink. I lightly spritzed the whole thing again (a section at a time) and swiped in some Blue. The spritzing reactivates the Spit and allows the new colour to blend right in
Sealing the planter
Unicorn Spit requires an oil based sealer, so I was looking for a spray (easiest solution) that was for outdoor use. I had some Rustoleum Spray Lacquer, and although it does not say for outdoor use on the can, it does say this on the product information on the Lowes and Home Depot websites. Several light coats as opposed to a couple of heavy coats is always best (and prevents dripping of the product)
After my topcoat had dried, I placed a potted plant inside and sat back to enjoy the new pop of colour on my deck. It's starting to feel more like summer!
Suggested materials:
  • Unfinished wooden planter   (Home Depot)
  • Unicorn Spit   (www.unicornspit.com)
  • Rustoleum Spray Lacquer   (Home Depot)
Laurie Brennan
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  • Brenda Joyce Carriere Brenda Joyce Carriere on Jun 13, 2016
    Where can you purchase Unicorn Spit in Canada?
  • Barbara Beveridge Barbara Beveridge on Jun 13, 2016
    I live in Australia & love the project where can I get the paints & lacquer from in Sydney, NSW? Thanks.
  • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Jun 13, 2016
    What type of paint can I use,I live in Europe and do not have the type you use,is there an alternative I could use as I painted my two a boring white?thank you.
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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 29, 2016
    I love how this turned out Laurie, the colors are so gorgeous.
    • Laurie Brennan Laurie Brennan on Jul 06, 2016
      Thank you Michelle...all the Unicorn Spit colours are beautifully vibrant and easily mixed for more colour options. I love that about this product
  • Judy Ann Judy Ann on Jul 02, 2016
    I have to get some of this paint, it looks like it is too much fun, have lots of things I could do with it! Love all your colors
    • Laurie Brennan Laurie Brennan on Jul 02, 2016
      Thank you Judy Ann....it really is fun. It's actually a wood stain more than a paint, but some of us paint with it too. It's a very versatile product.