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Have you heard of this before? 

No; keep reading then!


 You will be eager to try Saltwash by the end of this blog.

Saltwash is a powder paint additive that creates a unique weathered texture.  A layered sun and salt air soaked finish, that gives a "Saltwash" look to your DIY project


The application process is fun and easy.  With the cake batter like mixture, coverage is fast, imperfect, and uneven.  For me, imperfection is key in DIY projects, there is no way to mess them up!


I recommend a simple project for first-time use or practicing on an old cupboard door.  The best part, the Saltwash mixture can be applied to almost anything, with very little prep work.

My advice, if you are looking for a very chipped and weathered look, do not sand the board prior to painting.  If you are wanting less chunky chipping and a lighter distressing, do a little sanding first.  Just a little scuff is all that is needed, though.


Once you have the first layer applied, go back over the peaks that are tacky at this point, with a clean-ish brush.  Knocking down the peaks is a key factor in the weathered texture.  The more texture and clumps the better!

The next step, when the first layer is completely dry, is to cover the entire board with a complimentary color of regular paint.  Do not add Saltwash to this layer.  If you want to give your project more character, you can add a third layer of paint that is a different color than the first two. The top layer of paint is going to be the most exposed color.

The last step is to sand the board until the texture is more even and smooth.  A power sander is best, making it quick to level out and expose the layers of paint.  In this process, you can determine how distressed you want it by the pressure and placement of the sander.  If you don't want the detail work to burnish to exposed wood then I recommend sanding by hand in those areas.

Saltwash Instruction Sheet 

Saltwash Mixing Instruction Video 




And there you have it! 

So simple and intriguing isn't it?


  • Oct 18, 2016
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