A POP of Colour for My Boring Deck Using Unicorn SPiT!
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.
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
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)
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.
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
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!
- Unfinished wooden planter (Home Depot)
- Unicorn Spit (www.unicornspit.com)
- Rustoleum Spray Lacquer (Home Depot)
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Published June 9th, 2016 2:53 PM
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