Coastal Inspiration Chair Makeover


Mad Crazy Intro

You know how you can tell it's Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest time? Because you got a notification that I wrote a post. You could say I've been taking it REALLY easy this year. More on that later, maybe. I have grand plans to write about it now, but honestly … who knows. Meh.

Legal Stuff

I prefer to just get this out there right in the beginning so you know what's what: I received a free sample of Saltwash to create a project for this contest. I signed up willingly, because I wanted to test the product out – I'd heard some good things! All opinions are my own and honest – if I don't like a product, I'll let you know. Some or all of the hosts of The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest receive monetary and/or product compensation from the sponsoring brand, Saltwash, in order to complete their themed projects. Saltwash and their sister company, Saltwater Salvage Designs, will also provide the prize package for the contest winner.

This month's victim


Saltwash Coastal Chair Before

The cool thing about having friends that know you like to flip furniture: every time they're about to get rid of something, they check in first to see if it can be of use. My dear friend Aimee was going to discard this well loved (AND OMG SO HEAVY) recliner and I snapped it right up. It then came to live in my garage for a good three months or so before I tackled it. I have a habit of sort of sitting on things until inspiration strikes. Get it? Sitting on things. IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE IT'S A CHAIR.

Saltwash Chair Before Paint

This little love needed a fair amount of TLC.

Product Details: Coastal Inspirations theme with Saltwash

I'd heard of Saltwash in a vague sort of way, but to be honest, I didn't really understand what it was, exactly. Turns out it's this witty little powder additive that turns the paint of your choice into a 3-D Texture machine. The specific 3-D texture being that of the lovely weathered, beat-up look that happens to items exposed to the sea air for an extended period of time. As a Southern California native who bleeds saltwater instead of blood – Saltwash has been a legitimate tug on the heartstrings for this landlocked Texas transplant.

Easy to use? CHECK!

There was a bit of a learning curve for me with Saltwash. Since I know this is a thing with me and new products sometimes, I mixed in small batches until I figured it out. Or at least I think I figured it out. I like my final result, so I suppose that's all that matters. The cool thing is that you can use Saltwash with any paint – ANY PAINT. Well not spray paint, technically, because you do have to be able to get to the paint itself and add the Saltwash. I've gotten bored sometimes waiting for things to dry and have actually read the back of the spray paint cans – you are NOT supposed to open those things, just so you know. Focus, Dee, focus. Although Saltwash provide general guidelines for paint-to-product ratio, due to the varying composition in paint you have to just get in there and start experimenting. Sound intimidating? I thought so, too – but it's really so easy. Here's a how-to video from the Saltwash people themselves to give you an idea.

Watch this!

What I did wrong the first two times had to do with improper consistency – that's why I recommend mixing a small batch to start, in case you get it wrong and have to start over. Which if you do is also TOTALLY NOT A BIG DEAL – after it dries, you can just put more right on top! After mixing and applying the paint mixture, then smoothing down the peaks, the Saltwash should look like this:

Saltwash Application Close Up

After the application is completely dry, it can be painted. For the most dramatic effect, mix Saltwash with a paint color that contrasts or complements your top coat. If the colors match too closely, you won't really be able to tell the difference. Colleen at 58 Water Street got super clever on (a super cool cabinet makeover): this smarty pants layered two complimentary blues over her Saltwash and when she sanded it down – GAH! You just have to go look – it's gorgeous.

Saltwashed Chair Closeup

Here's my chair arm, post-Saltwash, -paint, and -sanding. I think it looks super cool! Like the OCEAN ACTUALLY PERSONALLY PHYSICALLY ATTACKED MY CHAIR ARM FOR A COUPLE YEARS. Which, if we're honest with ourselves, is the shared dream of us all, is it not?

Saltwash Private Beach DIY Sign

Saltwash Fail: There just had to be one.

The one place where Saltwash fails miserably is in the complete absence of a warning label indicating how FREAKING ADDICTIVE THIS PROCESS CAN BE. I built & Saltwashed a small shelf for the wall (not pictured, because, well, I did it wrong and it's kinda sucky, no reflection on them).

I may need a support group.

Then I built and Saltwashed (yeah, it's a verb now, accept it) this private beach sign. Did I stop? No I did not.

DIY Private Beach Sign Closeup

I found some bamboo bowls on clearance … so I Saltwashed & painted those, too.

Coastal Decor DIY Bowls Using Saltwash

Look how cool that texture came out!

I am so enamored. I really really love things that are different and unique. You may have noticed in any of my previous furniture renovations:  I would rather chop off my hands than shabby-chic paint a frickin nightstand. I mean HONESTLY how many ways are there to distress a two drawer nightstand? Yes, they look awesome, but the Mona Lisa is hanging in the Louvre for a reason – and it isn't because there are forty two thousand of them. Zzzzz … give me a unique, one of a kind paint job, stencil job, or like this – a whole new way to use paint to add a cool effect – I AM SO IN.

DIY plain glass vase with Saltwash

Next on the hit list: a mercury glass vase. Not like a real one worth money or anything, but it was definitely shiny and silvery and I did not like it one bit.

DIY Beach Bowl Makeover

That's another bamboo bowl – I used a dark metallic cream (the same one I used for the feathers on my cabinet makeover) over the Saltwash on this one, and it turned out so boss applesauce.

In conclusion

Now go get yourself some Saltwash. Because holy moly. It's fun, it's fast, and it will give you decor that is individually yours. That's why.

Before you go, check out my Armoire Makeover – stencils, mineral paint, swans. It's got it all.

Did you know I have a board on Pinterest where I pin my favorite Home Decor? True story.

If you've reached the end of this post and felt a bit sad that you aren't doing these boss contests – never fear! If you are an active blogger who would like to join up, just shoot an email over to the lovely ladies in charge at

Speaking of those same lovely ladies, do be sure to check out their host projects:

Colleen at 58 Water Street

Thea at Sweet Tea Refinishing

Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street

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Until next time, my lovelies.

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