Today I’m back with a new Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest project and this month theme is “Coastal Inspirations”. Being in summer and living on an island there wouldn’t be a better theme than this! But wait, because there is something that makes this project so awesome and it is Saltwash™. If you have not heard about it before, Saltwash™ is an additive invented to create a unique weather worn, layered sun and salt air soaked look in just two quick steps. As it is made with real sea salt, you will notice it dries quicker and adheres to almost any surface that takes paint. Doesn’t it sound amazing?
Searching through all my furniture waiting to be “updated”, I found this ugly filing cabinet that would be perfect for what I had in mind. I found it curbside one day while I was moving, and as soon as I saw it I stopped the car to check if it was worth taking it. It was in good condition and really heavy! Then looking at it I had an inner conflict about taking it or not. My junker side was telling me “take it, you can make something out of it”, but my adult side said “don’t you have enough stuff already? You are moving, aren’t you tired of carrying things back and forth to add another heavy thing to carry?” I was there, standing in front of it, debating myself for maybe about half a minute and then my junker side won. Yay!!
Here’s a shot of the product and a painted sample, isn’t that logo cool? The weathered wood looks great too! I imagine using it for wall art with some quotes, it would look awesome too.
My daughters were as excited as I was so they helped me with it. First, we took the drawers out.
Then we prepared the paint. The good news about using Saltwash™ is that you can mix it with the paints you normally use and they won’t change the color. The goal is to get the mixture to a “cake batter” consistency in this step.
The fun part is that you are not using the ordinary paint technique, you glob it on.
The girls and I had so much fun with this!! Here’s miss A helping me.
When the paint was almost dry but still tacky I just smoothed the crests a bit and let it dry completely. Then I added a layer of white paint on top. We did the same with the front of the drawers.
Once the white paint dried I took my mouse sander and sanded everything. Love how it looks!!
Then I thought I could replace the original hardware by some rope to give the cabinet a coastal look. I drilled bigger holes for the rope.
I really really love the texture and weathered look it has.
When I finished and looked at it, I felt it was a bit boring and needed something else. I decided to add different colors to the drawers in a gradient look, so I started the top drawer with the base color and then added white to make it lighter for the rest.
I used an old brush to dry paint with white the drawers to give some depth.
I cut some numbers with my Silhouette Cameo because I planned to stencil them.
We mixed some blues and greens and end up with this pretty color for the numbers.
So here it is the final result!
It really seems to have spent part of its life at the front porch of a beach house.
The texture… oh that texture, love it!
What do you think? Do you like this type of furniture?
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