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Have You Heard of the Saltwash Effect?

A “Saltwash” effect is a technique that gives a worn-out seaside effect. This is the effect that we love so much and reminds us of the small cottages on the seaside with their facades worn by the sea air and saltwater.

To create this look, I wanted to experiment and try a homemade recipe to texturize the paint and make it grainy. The result is beautiful and it’s super easy to do!

Here are the steps to antique furniture using the Saltwash effect. 

The Steps to Follow

1. Clean the surface

2. Sand the surface

This ensures better adhesion of your paint

3. I applied the Tractor Dust colour directly to the desk to have a background colour that would show up during the last sanding.

4. Afterwards, I made the mixture and applied it by dabbing with a brush.


2 tbsp plaster of Paris

2 tbsp water

2 tbsp chalk-based paint (Cotton Ball)

1 c kosher salt

Mix it all up.

5. I sanded here and there to remove some paint and give a worn and antique look.

6. To give more contrast, I added Storm Gray beeswax on the base of the cabinet.

7. For the wooden top, I created the stonewashed effect. To do this, I wiped the Cotton Ball colour paint with a cloth. The paint was then wiped off so that the grain of the wood is clearly visible.

Finishing Touches

For the final step, I varnished the wooden top with a foam roller to protect it.

In Conclusion

Let your heart sing when creating furniture and follow your gut. Follow Colorantic’s blogs to learn how it’s done. Don’t forget to visit Colorantic’s YouTube channel Colorantic to watch the videos that will help you visualize the steps to follow to achieve your transformations.

Remember to enjoy yourself and have fun!

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