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Add Salt To Your Paint To Give Furniture A Beautiful Textured Upgrade
Upcycling old furniture is a fun DIY project, and when added to paint, salt creates a crackled, textured look that can give your wooden pieces the perfect beach aesthetic.
To achieve this effect, you’ll need Kosher salt or salt washes, plaster of Paris, a palm sander, flat white latex paint, and two colors of flat paint that pair well together.
Mix 1 tablespoon of salt with 1 cup of your base color paint and 3 tablespoons of plaster of Paris, creating a thick paint. For best textured results, gradually mix your paint.
Clean your furniture before painting to guarantee the salt paint adheres to the surface. Paint using thick layers, dab the brush, or use brush strokes to create more texture.
Once the first coat is dry, repeat the process with your second color, completely covering the first layer of paint. After it's dried, use a dry brush to apply a thin layer of latex paint.
After the latex paint has dried, use 120-grit sandpaper over the entire area. Sand more in some places than others to reveal the underlying colors, then clean it with a wet cloth.