How To Give Your Furniture A Beachy Look

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I am excited again this month to participate in the June Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest.  Each month we have an opportunity to join in and each month there is a different sponsor and theme.  For June our sponsor is Saltwash and with this product I am going to show you how to give your furniture a beachy look.  Our theme this time was…..Coastal Inspirations!

This is a sponsored post.  Saltwash provide each of us a ‘bucket” of Saltwash to use on our piece.  They will also be providing the winner with a prize package.  But all opinions are 100% my own.  You can see full disclosure here.

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look

I live in the heart of the midwest so I never considered the coastal or beachy look as fitting into my home.  But, to me, at least with my project, I also think the Saltwash can give a chippy, farmhouse look.  Maybe MY theme should be “coastal farmhouse”.  What do you think?

Anyway, I loved this product.  I had never used anything like it before and it was fun to try something new.  Have you ever heard of Saltwash?

Well,  basically this is a powder that you add to any type of paint that creates a weathered, textured look on your piece of furniture or whatever it is your are painting.  And it really does work.

I have been working on our bedroom and Jeff asked me when I was going to re-do the chest at the end of our bed.  You know…it had never crossed my mind.  Weird right?  It definitely needed it.

This piece is so huge that it doesn’t fit out of our bedroom.  It was in the house when we bought it 20 years ago.  I have been walking past it for so long I just didn’t see it anymore.

After creating the shutter headboard and the sconces for the headboard. I thought the Saltwash would be the perfect addition and fit right into the room.

Here is what this beast of a chest looked like before.  Complete with drops of paint and everything.  Pretty bad.

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

I first started giving the chest a light sanding to “rough” it up a bit.  It looks sort of shiny in this photo but it wasn’t really too bad to hold paint.

I wanted this piece to be the same colors as the headboard pieces.  I didn’t have enough of the Icicle Blue left to do the entire chest so I had a quart mixed up to match it.  Since you can use any paint with the Saltwash I purchased regular latex.

The blue would be my first coat so it would also be the color I mix with the Saltwash.

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

 

The instructions say to mix 20 ounces of Saltwash with a quart of paint.  Well I was using not quite half of my quart so I mixed in 4 – 2 ounce scoops.  It is supposed to be the consistency of cake batter.

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

After it is all mixed into the paint.  You actually “glob” it onto the piece.  It is a strange thing.  It leaves a texture from the brush bristles.

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

When the paint becomes tacky you brush over it lightly to gently get rid of some of the peaks.  Then you let it dry completely.  After it has dried, you add your second coat of paint.  This time I used the same white latex paint as my headboard.  I wanted a light coat so sanding to reveal the blue underneath wouldn’t be quite so hard.  (Sanding is not my favorite part)

This is before the sanding!

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

And here it is after the sanding and all done.

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

In the next photos you can see how nicely it all blends in with the headboard pieces and the bedside tables.  I love it!

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

 

 

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

I am really happy with the way the entire room is coming along.  I only have a couple of more things to tackle.  The drapes, the closet and the ceiling fan.  Then I will feel like this room finally has the look I have envisioned.

Once again the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest has challenged me and allowed me to work with a new product.  I don’t think I would have ever heard of the Saltwash if I hadn’t joined the fun.

 

How to Give Your Furniture a Beachy Look - www.michellejdesigns.com - In this post I am using an amazing product that will help you achieve the chippy, beachy look each and every time!

 

To see all of the projects from this month’s contest you can check out either of these two blogs:

58waterstreet.com, or

thirtyeighthstree.com

And if you would like to join in the contest and would like more information you can email info@fabfurnitureflippincontest.com

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you like furniture makovers, be sure to check out my other projects.  They are super fun!

See you later,

Michelle

 

 

 

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28 Comments

  1. Carolann

    I just love what you did with this chest. The colors are so dreamy. Perfect for the bedroom. What a stunning transformation!

    26 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann! I am loving it too. I can’t wait to get just a couple of things transformed in this room then it will be done! Thanks for stopping by!

      28 . 06 . 2016
  2. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    Your chest is just perfect for the room! What a great finish….. And the colors are dreamy. Now, you have a whole new bedroom. Hope you enjoy all of your lovely new pieces. Great job!

    26 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie! I do love it a lot. I have just a couple of things to work on in that room but then it will be done! Yay!

      28 . 06 . 2016
  3. Debrashoppeno5

    I love your comment about not seeing the chest. That is so true. Now you will see it because it looks fantastic. The whole room is so inviting with the colors you have in it.

    26 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much Debra! When my husband told me I should paint that I just couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it first. LOL! But it is true…I just didn’t notice it anymore. You are right! I do notice it now and I love it!

      28 . 06 . 2016
  4. Michelle James

    Michelle this came out awesome! It really does blend so nicely with your new headboard! The chest must be so great for storage! I would love something like that for off season clothes. Great update!

    26 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Michelle! Thanks for stopping by. I do love this big chest for storage. Right now we use it for extra bedding and blankets but sometimes I think about the coats and jackets that could be in there during the summer months. I am really loving the Saltwash results and it did end up matching and blending well with the headboard. Yay!

      28 . 06 . 2016
  5. Sue

    You are right in that I have never heard of Salt Wash before. This has me so intrigued and it is so interesting how the chest was there when you bought the house and it is too big to get out the door. It is so nice that I want to steal it, but you’re okay since I could not drag it out of there. Seriously love the blue and white colors and how you painted and then sanded.

    26 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Haha! Sue. This made me laugh. You could try your best to steal it. Maybe it would fit out of the door and nobody wants to try. It is pretty big. They must have gotten it in there somehow right? I am so happy with the results and am a little sad I didn’t paint it years ago. But…I guess I was waiting for the Saltwash. Thanks for stopping by!

      28 . 06 . 2016
  6. Heather Northington

    I adore this piece Michelle! I think coastal farmhouse is a perfect description. I have never used Saltwash before, but I can’t wait to give it a try. It is very unique and adds that special something to the finished look. Thanks for a great tutorial too!

    26 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you! I just love the way it turned out and it really gives the bedroom a different feel. The brown beast at the end of the bed is gone. LOL!

      28 . 06 . 2016
  7. Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

    Very pretty mix of colors, Michelle! Love the transformation and how well it goes with your whole room. Especially the headboard you recently finished! Just fantastic! Pinned to share onto two boards. =D

    29 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Robin! I appreciate the shares too. I absolutely love the way the room is coming together and this was totally a fun project. Thanks for stopping by!

      30 . 06 . 2016
  8. darrielle tennenbaum

    What a great update and the colors and chippy are amazing!

    30 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much. I had a a great time working with the Saltwash and I do love the chippy results.

      30 . 06 . 2016
  9. Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod

    Your trunk looks beautiful and perfectly coastal. We aren’t fans of sanding either…but with Saltwash we couldn’t wait to do it LOL

    30 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Yeah, you have to do it. But the results were great so I wouldn’t do it any differently the next time. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      30 . 06 . 2016
  10. karen@somewhatquirkydesign

    Man that’s one large chest! And it looks great now!

    30 . 06 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Karen hi! it is huge right? I had to do all of the painting and sanding in the bedroom. LOL! But it did turn out nice. I am so glad you think so too. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      30 . 06 . 2016
  11. Brenda Young

    Great piece for a beachy cottage makeover! Loving the planked wood on this piece, it pairs so well with the furniture in the room. Nice job MIchelle!

    05 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Brenda! I had a fun time (except for all of that sanding) and I am super happy with the result. I add that planked wood to a lot of my projects I love it so much. But this one already had it. Bonus!

      06 . 07 . 2016
  12. Susie Bentz

    Very cool technique/product. quite a fabulous transformation on that chest!

    05 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie! This product is pretty cool. It really gives it a different look that I ended up liking a lot. Thanks so much for stopping by and for voting. You are the best!

      06 . 07 . 2016
  13. Gilmer Gal

    Love how this chest turned out. Just needs bigger hardware handle, but I’m definitely going to try this!

    12 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      I agree with the hardware handles 100%! I could not find anything that I really loved. I may go back and fix them later. You should definitely try it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      12 . 07 . 2016
  14. mike

    Loving the saltwash look

    09 . 01 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you. This is a fun product!

      10 . 01 . 2017

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